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B.B. King & Eric Clapton – Riding with the King (20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) (2000/2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

B.B. King & Eric Clapton – Riding with the King (20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) (2000/2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:10:59 minutes | 1,48 GB | Genre: Blues Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Reprise Records

Eric Clapton & B.B. King‘s album from 2000, Riding With The King, will be reissued next month to mark its 20th anniversary. The 12-track album of all-new studio recordings of blues classics and contemporary songs has been remastered from the original tapes (by Bob Ludwig) and is expanded, featuring two unreleased bonus tracks (recorded during the original sessions). Original co-producer Simon Climie rose to the occasion and produced and mixed these two additional numbers especially for this reissue.

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Eric Clapton – Slowhand (1977/2013) [Official Digital Download DSF DSD64/2.82MHz + FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Eric Clapton – Slowhand (1977/2013)
DSD64 (.dsf) 1 bit/2,8 MHz | Time – 39:19 minutes | 1,55 GB
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 39:19 minutes | 791 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds / HDTracks | Genre: Rock

This classic 1977 album featured 3 monster hits: “Cocaine”, “Wonderful Tonight”, “Lay Down Sally”, was ranked in Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”, and hit #2 on the Billboard Album Charts. Matching Clapton’s legendary guitar playing with some of his greatest songwriting, the album is among the best recordings of the legendary musician’s career. Everyone needs at least one copy of this classic.

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Eric Clapton – Slowhand (1977/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Eric Clapton – Slowhand (1977/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 39:15 minutes | 1,19 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Polydor Records

After the guest-star-drenched No Reason to Cry failed to make much of an impact commercially, Eric Clapton returned to using his own band for Slowhand. The difference is substantial — where No Reason to Cry struggled hard to find the right tone, Slowhand opens with the relaxed, bluesy shuffle of J.J. Cale’s “Cocaine” and sustains it throughout the course of the album. Alternating between straight blues (“Mean Old Frisco”), country (“Lay Down Sally”), mainstream rock (“Cocaine,” “The Core”), and pop (“Wonderful Tonight”), Slowhand doesn’t sound schizophrenic because of the band’s grasp of the material. This is laid-back virtuosity — although Clapton and his band are never flashy, their playing is masterful and assured. That assurance and the album’s eclectic material make Slowhand rank with 461 Ocean Boulevard as Eric Clapton’s best albums. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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Eric Clapton – Back Home (2005) [DVD-AUDIO ISO]

Eric Clapton – Back Home
Artist: Eric Clapton | Album: Back Home | Style: Blues | Year: 2005 | Quality: DVD-Audio (MLP 5.1 48kHz/24Bit, MLP 2.0 48kHz/24Bit, Dolby AC3 5.1 48kHz/16Bit, Dolby AC3 2.0 48kHz/16Bit) | Bitrate: lossless | Tracks: 12 | Size: 4.36 Gb | Recovery: 5% | Covers: in archive | Release: Reprise Records | Warner Music Group Company(9362-49440-2), 2005 | Note: Watermarked

Eric Clapton claimed in the press release for Back Home, his 14th album of original material, that “One of the earliest statements I made about myself was back in the late ’80s, with Journeyman. This album completes that cycle in terms of talking about my whole journey as an itinerant musician and where I find myself now, starting a new family. That’s why I chose the title. It’s about coming home and staying home.” With that in mind, it becomes clearer that the studio albums Clapton released during the ’90s did indeed follow some sort of thematic logic. 1989’s Journeyman did find Clapton regrouping after a muddled ’80s, returning to the bluesy arena rock and smooth pop that had been his signature sound as a solo artist. He followed that with 1994’s From the Cradle, where he explicitly returned to the roots of his music by recording an album of blues standards. Four years later, he released Pilgrim, a slick album that had Clapton strengthening his collaboration with producer/co-writer Simon Climie (who first worked with EC on his electronica side project T.D.F.). If Pilgrim touched on father issues, 2001’s Reptile loosely returned Clapton to his childhood (complete with a smiling boyhood shot of him on the cover) and found the guitarist struggling with a seemingly diverse selection of material, ranking from ’50s R&B to James Taylor. After a brief blues detour on 2004’s Me and Mr. Johnson, Clapton returns to the sound and feel of Reptile for Back Home, but he doesn’t seem to be as tentative or forced as he did there. Instead, he eases comfortably into the domesticity that isn’t just the concept for the album, it’s reason for being. In fact, the album doesn’t need “back” in its title — ultimately, the album is just about being home (which, if the center photo of Clapton at home with his three young daughters and wife is to be believed, looks alarmingly similar to the set of Thomas the Tank Engine, complete with a painted rainbow shining through the window).

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Eric Clapton ‎- Reptile (2001) [DVD-Audio ISO]

Eric Clapton ‎- Reptile
Artist: Eric Clapton | Album: Reptile | Style: Blues, Rock | Year: 2001 | Quality: DVD-Audio (MLP 5.1 88.2kHz/24Bit, MLP 2.0 88.2kHz/24Bit, DTS 5.1, Dolby AC3 5.1) | Bitrate: lossless | Tracks: 14 | Size: ~4.21 Gb | Covers: in archive | Release: Reprise | Wea (9 47966-9), 2001 | Note: Watermarked

For a musician known to strive for authenticity, Eric Clapton has always been curiously obsessed with appearances, seemingly as interested in sartorial details and hairstyles as in the perfect guitar lick. It’s hard to find two photographs of him from the 1960s and early ’70s that appear to be the same person, and even after he formally launched his solo career he switched looks frequently. Thus, the album sleeve of his 13th solo studio album of new material, Reptile, its “concept” credited to the recording artist, seems significant. The album cover shows a smiling Clapton as a child, and there are family photographs on the back cover and in the booklet, along with a current photograph of the artist, who turned 56 in the weeks following the album’s release, in an image that does nothing to hide the wrinkles of late middle age. This photograph faces a sleeve note by Clapton that begins with his explanation of the album title: “Where I come from, the word ‘reptile’ is a term of endearment, used in much the same way as ‘toe rag’ or ‘moosh.'” (Thanks, Eric. Now, all listeners have to do is find out what “toe rag” and “moosh” mean!) The note then goes on to dedicate the album warmly to Clapton’s uncle. All of this might lead you to expect an unusually personal recording from a man who has always spoken most eloquently with his guitar. If so, you’d be disappointed. Reptile seems conceived as an album to address all the disparate audiences Clapton has assembled over the years. His core audience may think of him as the premier blues guitarist of his generation, but especially as a solo artist, he has also sought a broader pop identity, and in the 1990s, with the hits “Tears in Heaven” and “Change the World,” he achieved it. The fans he earned then will recognize the largely acoustic sound of such songs as “Believe in Life,” “Second Nature,” and “Modern Girl.” But those who think of Clapton as the guy who plays “Cocaine” will be pleased with his cover of another J.J. Cale song, “Travelin’ Light,” and by the time the album was in record stores mainstream rock radio had already found “Superman Inside,” which sounds like many of his mid-tempo rock hits of the ’80s. This diversity is continued on less familiar material, especially the many interesting cover songs. Somebody, perhaps the artist himself, has been busy looking for old chestnuts, since Reptile contains a wide variety of them: the 1930 jazz song “I Want a Little Girl,” recorded by McKinney’s Cotton Pickers among others; John Greer’s 1952 R&B hit “Got You on My Mind”; Ray Charles’ 1955 R&B hit “Come Back Baby”; James Taylor’s 1972 hit “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight”; and Stevie Wonder’s 1980 hit “I Ain’t Gonna Stand for It.” The two earliest of these songs are old and obscure enough that Clapton is able to make them his own, and he recasts the Taylor song enough to re-invent it, but remaking songs by Charles and Wonder means competing with them vocally, and as a singer Clapton isn’t up to the challenge. He is assisted by the current five-man version of the Impressions, who do much to shore up his vocal weaknesses, but he still isn’t a disciplined or thoughtful singer. Of course, when that distinctive electric guitar sound kicks in, all is forgiven. Still, Reptile looks like an album that started out to be more ambitious than it ended up being. There may be a song here for each of the artist’s constituencies (and, more important to its commercial impact, for every major radio format except talk and country), but as a whole the album doesn’t add up to the statement Clapton seems to have been hoping to make.

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Eric Clapton – Live in San Diego with Special Guest JJ Cale (2017) Blu-ray 1080p AVC DTS-HD MA 5.1 + BDRip 720p/1080p

Title: Eric Clapton – Live in San Diego with Special Guest JJ Cale
Release Date: 2017
Genre: Blues Rock, Blues, Modern Electric Blues
Director: Martyn Atkins
Artist: Eric Clapton, guitar, lead vocals; J.J. Cale, guitar, vocals; Robert Cray, guitar, vocals; Doyle Bramhall II, guitar, backing vocals; Derek Trucks, slide guitar; Willie Weeks, bass guitar; Steve Jordan, drums; Chris Stainton, Tim Carmon, keyboard; Michelle John, Sharon White, backing vocals

Production/Label: Reprise Records/Bushbranch Records/EPC Enterprises LLP
Duration: 01:45:30
Quality: Blu-ray
Container: BDMV
Video codec: AVC
Audio codec: DTS, PCM
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 29961 kbps / 1920*1080p / 23,976 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio#1: English DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 96 kHz / 7082 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio#2: English LPCM 2.0 / 96 kHz / 4608 kbps / 24-bit
Size: 35.57 GB

On March 15, 2007, Eric Clapton’s world tour stopped at San Diego’s iPayOne Center (originally the San Diego Sports Arena and now the Valley View Casino Center). The band lineup for the tour continues to be a firm fan-favorite, with Derek Trucks and Doyle Bramhall II on guitars, Chris Stainton and Tim Carmon on keyboards, Willie Weeks on bass, Steve Jordan on drums and backing vocalists Michelle John and Sharon White During the set, EC’s long-time musical inspiration, JJ Cale, sat in for five songs, including three from their Grammy-Award winning album, The Road To Escondido, released in 2006.

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Eric Clapton – Happy Xmas (Deluxe) (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Eric Clapton – Happy Xmas (Deluxe) (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:03:08 minutes | 1,27 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Polydor Records

Eric Clapton has announced his first ever full-length studio holiday album, Happy Xmas, set for release on October 12th on Clapton’s Bushbranch Records/Surfdog Records. Happy Xmas is Clapton’s 24th studio album and his first since 2016’s “I Still Do.” It mixes instantly recognisable holiday classics with lesser-known unique titles along with an original new song “For Love On Christmas Day.” The album also features cover art illustration by Clapton himself.

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Eric Clapton – Happy Xmas (Deluxe) (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Eric Clapton – Happy Xmas (Deluxe) (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:03:08 minutes | 778 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download  | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Polydor Records

If we were to travel back in time and tell young 19-year-old Eric, who had just left The Yardbirds because he felt their For Your Love sounded too pop, that he would one day record a Christmas album, he wouldn’t believe us for a second and would threaten to knock us out with his guitar! It’s a fact; 73-year-old Clapton is a changed man. Not only has he overcome many hardships, but he also appears serene and relaxed, at last enjoying family life with real holiday celebrations by the fireplace. He therefore has every right to offer his own version of such classics as White Christmas, Silent Night or Away In A Manger (Once In Royal David’s City), and less mainstream titles like Sentimental Moments (1955 by Joan Bennett), Lonesome Christmas (by Lowell Fulson and later covered by B.B. King and Joe Bonamassa) or Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas that was interpreted by Judy Garland and Frank Sinatra, and was also featured on the Jackson 5’s Christmas album (when little Michael was twelve). Even Chrissie Hynde sang it with The Pretenders, that’s saying a lot…

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Eric Clapton – I Still Do (2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Eric Clapton – I Still Do (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 54:13 minutes | 2,02 GB | Genre: Blues Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: highresaudio | Artwork: Front cover | © Polydor

Music legend Eric Clapton has reunited with famed producer Glyn Johns for his 23rd studio album “I Still Do”. Clapton and Johns who has also produced albums for The Eagles, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and The Who most famously worked together on Clapton’s iconic Slowhand album, which is RIAA-certified 3x-platinum and topped charts globally. The 12-track record includes some original songs written by Clapton. This album follows his last release, the 2014 chart-topping “Eric Clapton & Friends: The Breeze, An Appreciation of JJ Cale”.

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B.B. King and Eric Clapton – Riding With the King (2000) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

B.B. King & Eric Clapton – Riding With the King (2000)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 61:33 minutes | 1,26 GB | Genre: Blues
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks| © Reprise

The winner of the 2000 Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Album, Riding with the King brings together two of the greatest, most influential blues guitarists of all time in a heart-felt exploration of blues standards. A true blues classic, the album was as commercial successful as it was critically acclaimed—shooting to #1 on Billboard’s Top Blues Albums Chart and certified 2X Multi-Platinum.

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