The Cream of Clapton
1995: Polydor/Polygram 31452 7116-2
Im really not a Clapton fan, not by any means. I had Cocaine on 45 back in my adolescence and still consider it the distilled essence of vinyl rock at its grittiest and most visceral. Id heard so many Clapton tunes on the radio as I was growing up but had no idea even that he was British, let alone that he was the person recording so many of those songs; Gerry Rafferty had a similar presence in my musical upbringing, though I find his work much more powerfully crafted than Claptons. I got this best of compilation because I wasnt willing to dive into the full Clapton repertoire, because I just wanted the pieces I already loved (specifically After Midnight, Sunshine of Your Love, and the best of the best, Cocaine).
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