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Eric Clapton – Backless (1978/2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Eric Clapton – Backless (1978/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192kHz | Time – 00:41:09 minutes | 1,63 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, fficial Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | © RSO Records
Recorded: 1978

Backless is Eric Clapton’s sixth studio album and was originally released in November 1978. The album peaked at #8 on the Pop Albums chart, and the single “Promises” reached #9 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart. It was produced by Glyn Johns.

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Eric Clapton – No Reason To Cry (1976/2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Eric Clapton – No Reason To Cry (1976/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 46:33 minutes | 1,76 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Source: HDTracks |  Artwork: Front cover | © Polydor Records

No Reason To Cry is Eric Clapton’s fourth solo album and was recorded at Shangri-la Studios (the recording studio of Candian group The Band) in March of 1976. Rick Danko sang on “All Our Past Times”, which he co-wrote with Clapton. The album featured four singles: “Hello Old Friend”, “Sign Language”, “Carnival”, and “Beautiful Thing”. It peaked at #15 on the Billboard 200 chart in 1976.

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Eric Clapton – Pilgrim (1998) [Audio Fidelity 2014] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Eric Clapton – Pilgrim (1998) [Audio Fidelity ‘2014]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 77:25 minutes | Scans included | 3,11 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 1,40 GB
Mastered for SACD by Steve Hoffman | Audio Fidelity # AFZ 188

One strange thing about Eric Clapton’s ’90s success is that it relied almost entirely on covers and new versions of classic hits; he released no albums of new material between 1989’s Journeyman and 1998’s Pilgrim. In the decade between the two albums, he had two new hits — his moving elegy to his deceased son, “Tears in Heaven,” and the slick contemporary soul of the Babyface-written “Change the World” — and Pilgrim tries to reach a middle ground between these two extremes, balancing tortured lyrics with smooth sonic surfaces. Working with producer Simon Climie, his collaborator on the TDF side project, Clapton has created a numbingly calm record that, for all of its lyrical torment, displays no emotion whatsoever. Much of the problem lies in the production, which relies entirely on stiff mechanical drumbeats, gauzy synthesizers, and meandering instrumental interludes. These ingredients could result in a good record, as “Change the World” demonstrated, but not here, due to Pilgrim’s monotonous production. Unfortunately, Clapton doesn’t want to shake things up — his singing is startlingly mannered, even on emotionally turbulent numbers like “My Father’s Eyes” or “Circus.” Even worse, he’s content to take a back seat instrumentally, playing slight solos and fills as colorless as the electronic backdrops. The deadened sonics would make Pilgrim a chore even if there were strong songs on the record, but only a handful of tunes break through the murk. Considering that Journeyman, his last album of original material, was a fine workmanlike effort and that From the Cradle and Unplugged crackled with vitality, the blandness of Pilgrim is all the more disappointing.

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Eric Clapton – Time Pieces: The Best Of Eric Clapton (1982) [Audio Fidelity ‘2014] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Eric Clapton – Time Pieces: The Best Of Eric Clapton (1982) [Audio Fidelity ‘2014]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 45:37 minutes | Scans included | 1,83 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 883 MB
Mastered for SACD by Kevin Grey | Audio Fidelity # AFZ 190

This is a reissue of the Time Pieces comp, a good single-disc collection of Eric Clapton’s solo hits — including “I Shot the Sheriff,” “After Midnight,” “Wonderful Tonight,” Derek and the Dominos’ “Layla,” and “Cocaine” — that has since been supplanted by the more thorough The Cream of Eric Clapton, which combines his solo work with selections of his Cream and Blind Faith work. Nevertheless, the compilation still provides a good introduction for neophyte Clapton fans, especially those who just want copies of his ’70s hits.

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B.B. King & Eric Clapton – Riding With The King (2000) [Audio Fidelity 2015] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

B.B. King & Eric Clapton – Riding With The King (2000) [Audio Fidelity 2015]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 62:02 minutes | Scans included | 2,49 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 1,11 GB
Mastered for SACD by Steve Hoffman | Audio Fidelity # AFZ-211 | Genre: Rock

The potential for a collaboration between B.B. King and Eric Clapton is enormous, of course, and the real questions concern how it is organized and executed. This first recorded pairing between the 74-year-old King and the 55-year-old Clapton was put together in the most obvious way: Clapton arranged the session using many of his regular musicians, picked the songs, and co-produced with his partner Simon Climie. That ought to mean that King would be a virtual guest star rather than earning a co-billing, but because of Clapton’s respect for his elder, it nearly works the other way around. The set list includes lots of King specialties — “Ten Long Years,” “Three O’Clock Blues,” “Days of Old,” “When My Heart Beats Like a Hammer” — as well as standards like “Hold on I’m Coming” and “Come Rain or Come Shine,” with some specially written and appropriate recent material thrown in, so King has reason to be comfortable without being complacent. The real danger is that Clapton will defer too much; though he can be inspired by a competing guitarist such as Duane Allman, he has sometimes tended to lean too heavily on accompanists such as Albert Lee and Mark Knopfler when working with them in concert. That danger is partially realized; as its title indicates, Riding With the King is more about King than it is about Clapton. But the two players turn out to have sufficiently complementary, if distinct, styles so that Clapton’s supportive role fills out and surrounds King’s stinging single-string playing. (It’s also worth noting that there are usually another two or three guitarists on each track.) The result is an effective, if never really stunning, work.

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Eric Clapton – Slowhand (1977/2012) {35th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition, 3CD + DVD-Audio}

Eric Clapton – Slowhand (1977/2012) 
CD Rip | FLAC (*.flac), image+.cue | 02:32:12 minutess | 932 MB
DVD Audio ISO | PCM 2.0 Stereo 24bits/96kHz, DTS 5.1 Digital Surround 24bits/48kHz  | 00:39:24 + 00:40:23 | 5,47 GB
Genre: Rock  | Scans  included, PNG, 300dpi, 1.97Gb

Disc 1: Slowhand Remastered & Expanded
Disc 2: Slowhand Hi-Res Stereo & 5.1 Surround Sound DVD (Audio Only)
Disc 3: Live At Hammersmith Odeon, April 27, 1977
Disc 4: Live At Hammersmith Odeon, April 27, 1977 Continued
Disc 5: Slowhand Vinyl LP

Slowhand was recorded at Olympic Studios in South West London in May 1977 and was produced by Glyn Johns. Released in November 1977, Slowhand was the most successful album of Clapton’s 70s studio recordings. It reached number 2 on the Billboard chart, where it stayed for five weeks, spending a total of seventy-four weeks on the American album chart.

Slowhand features “Wonderful Tonight,” “Lay Down Sally” and “Cocaine” songs that are still heard regularly on radio and at Eric Clapton’s live shows. So long after it’s release is a great recommendation and testimony to its place in Clapton’s canon. The album includes cover versions of songs written by some of his favorite songwriters (JJ Cale, John Martyn, Don Williams, Arthur Crudup) along with original compositions by Eric Clapton.

Both the Super Deluxe Edition and Deluxe Edition feature four Slowhand session outtakes (three of them previously unreleased) “Looking At The Rain,” “Alberta,” “Greyhound Bus” and “Stars, Strays And Ashtrays.”

A week before the Slowhand sessions commenced, the band performed at London’s Hammersmith Odeon. The Super Deluxe Edition captures the complete 14 track Hammersmith Odeon, April 27, 1977 concert on two CDs, while the Deluxe Edition features 9 tracks from the Hammersmith Odeon concert. Songs featured at the Hammersmith Odeon show include “Tell The Truth,” “Knocking On Heaven’s Door,” “Can’t Find My Way Home,” “Stormy Monday,” “Badge,” “I Shot The Sheriff” and “Layla.”

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Eric Clapton ‎- Slowhand (1977) [SACD 2014] SACD ISO

Eric Clapton ‎- Slowhand (1977) [SACD 2014]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 39:03 (2.0) / 39:53 (5.1) minutes |  2,58 GB
Features Stereo and Multichannel surround sound

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.

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Eric Clapton – Slowhand (1977/2013) [Official Digital Download DSF DSD64/2.82MHz]

Eric Clapton – Slowhand (1977/2013)
DSD64 (.dsf) 1 bit/2,82 MHz | Time – 39:19 minutes | 1,55 GB | Genre: Blues Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds | Digital Booklet | © Polydor
DSD file created by Gus Skinas from the original DSD audio used to create the existing SACD.

Perhaps Clapton’s best-known and best-loved record. This one never lulls from start to finish with familiar favorites like “Cocaine,” “Wonderful Tonight,” “Lay Down Sally,” “Next Time You See Her” and “Mean Old Frisco.” Everyone needs at least one copy of this classic.

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Eric Clapton And Guests – Crossroads Revisited: Selections from the Crossroads Guitar Festivals (2016) [Official Digital Download FLAC 24bit/48kHz]

Eric Clapton And Guests – Crossroads Revisited: Selections from the Crossroads Guitar Festivals (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 03:44:14 minutes | 2,8 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Front Cover | © Rhino/Warner Bros.
Recorded live at the Crossroads Guitar Festival 2004, 2007, 2010 & 2013

Whether you’re a guitarist, a wannabe string-slinger, or just a fan of the sounds that emanate from the instrument in question, it’s a fair bet that you’re familiar with a gentleman named Eric Clapton. In addition to his career as a recording artist, Clapton is also the founder of the Crossroads Guitar Festival, a recurring event which brings together guitarists from across the musical spectrum to take the stage and strut their stuff. Although these concerts have become the stuff of legend since the initial festival in 2004, precious few performances from the shows have made their way to CD or any other format in an official fashion.
That’s changing in a big way with Crossroads Revisited: Selections from the Crossroads Guitar Festival, which has just become available digitally and on CD. It’s a 40-track collection which features performances from the four festivals to date – 2004, 2007, 2010, and 2013 – and to say that it features an all-star cast of guitarists is undeniable.

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Eric Clapton – Slowhand at 70: Live at The Royal Albert Hall (2015) Blu-ray 1080i AVC DTS-HD MA 5.1 + BDRip 720p/1080p

Title: Eric Clapton – Slowhand at 70: Live at The Royal Albert Hall
Release Date: 2015
Genre: Blues Rock, Rock & Roll, Hard Rock, British Blues
Director: Blue Leach
Artist: Eric Clapton – electric and acoustic guitar, lead vocals; Chris Stainton – keyboards; Paul Carrack – keyboards, Hammond organ, background vocals; Andy Fairweather Low – keyboards, background vocals; Nathan East – bass guitar, background vocals; Steve Gadd – drums; Michelle John, Sharon White – background vocals

Production/Label: EPC Enterprises LLP/Eagle Rock Entertainment
Duration: 01:46:04
Quality: Blu-ray
Container: BDMV
Video codec: AVC
Audio codec: DTS, PCM
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 31994 kbps / 1920*1080i / 29,970 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio#1: English DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 96 kHz / 8189 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
Audio#3 (Bonus): English LPCM 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Size: 40.72 GB

Slowhand at 70 – Live at the Royal Albert Hall is a concert film released by the British pop-rock musician Eric Clapton. It features a selection of songs, Clapton performed on May 21, 2015 while he played during his “70th Birthday Celebration” tour at London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall. While on tour in London, Clapton broke the 200th concert mark, making him the act, who has most performed at the British venue. The film was released from September 14, 2015 onwards via cinema broadcasting in various territories. The cinema release also featured an in-depth report about Clapton’s history at the Royal Albert Hall. A DVD, Blu-ray, compact disc and grammophone record release of the performance was released on November 13, 2015.

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