Artist: Eric Clapton
Title Of Album: Crossroads 2
Year Of Release: 1996
Genre: Blues, Blues Rock
Quality: FLAC(image) + CUE + LOG
Total Time: 04:27:22 (4 CD)
Total Size: 1.98 Gb (FLAC + Scans)
WebSite: MySpace / Official Site
Recorded in the U.S. and the U.K. between May 1974 and December 28, 1978.
CROSSROADS 2 is a 4-CD box set consisting mostly of Eric Clapton's unreleased live performances from 1974, 1975 and 1978, but is bookended by four previously unreleased studio tracks: "Walking Down The Road" (recorded in 1974), "To Make Somebody Happy," "Cryin'" and "Water On The Ground" (recorded in 1978). The set includes a 44-page color booklet with essays, complete credits and rare photographs.
With nearly 5 hours of music spread over 4 discs, CROSSROADS 2 never becomes redundant or too much of a good thing--a true testament to the power and fury of Clapton's excellent songs and fiery verve. Smoky vocals and truly inspired guitar workouts serve both his well-known hits and the sometimes obscure blues-songs he chooses. A 24-minute medley duet with Carlos Santana from '75 burns with passion and excitement. The album is bookended with 4 studio outtakes, with 1974's "Walkin' Down The Road" and "Cryin"--recorded four years later with the nucleus of Slowhand's next band--reflecting a more contemplative mood. A terrific set that entertains, surprises and delights, and an essential item that any Clapton connoiseur will treasure.
Eric Clapton (vocals, guitar);
George Terry, Graham Lyle, Carlos Santana (guitar);
Marcy Levy (harmonica, background vocals);
Dick Sims (keyboards);
Carl Radle, Dave Markee (bass);
Jamie Oldaker, Henry Spinetti (drums);
Armando Peraza, Sergio Pastora, Leon Chancler (percussion);
Yvonne Elliman (background vocals).