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Released: September 13, 1994


Rating: 3.971 (average of 19 ratings)


Genre: British blues rock


Quotable: --


Album Tracks:

  1. Blues Before Sunrise (Carr) [2:58]
  2. Third Degree (Boyd/Dixon) [5:07]
  3. Reconsider Baby (Fulson) [3:20]
  4. Hoochie Coochie Man (Dixon) [3:16]
  5. Five Long Years (Boyd) [4:47]
  6. I’m Tore Down (Thompson) [3:02]
  7. How Long Blues (Carr) [3:09]
  8. Goin’ Away Baby (Lane) [4:00]
  9. Blues Leave Me Alone (Lane) [3:36]
  10. Sinner’s Prayer (Fulson/Glenn) [3:20]
  11. Motherless Child (traditional) [2:57]
  12. It Hurts Me Too (James) [3:17]
  13. Someday After a While (King/Thompson) [4:27]
  14. Standin’ Round Crying (Waters) [3:39]
  15. Driftin’ (Brown/Moore/Williams) [3:10]
  16. Groaning the Blues (Dixon) [6:05]


Sales:

sales in U.S. only 3 million
sales in U.K. only - estimated 100,000
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. 1 million
sales worldwide - estimated 6.5 million


Peak:

peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 1 1
peak on U.K. album chart 1 1


Singles/Hit Songs:

  • I’m Tore Down (9/10/94) #5 AR
  • Motherless Child (10/22/94) #23 AR


Awards:

Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more.


From the Cradle
Eric Clapton
Review:
“For years, fans craved an all-blues album from Eric Clapton; he waited until 1994 to deliver From the Cradle. The album manages to re-create the ambience of postwar electric blues, right down to the bottomless thump of the rhythm section. If it wasn't for Clapton's labored vocals, everything would be perfect. As long as he plays his guitar, he can't fail — his solos are white-hot and evocative, original and captivating. When he sings, Clapton loses that sense of originality, choosing to mimic the vocals of the original recordings. At times, his overemotive singing is painful; he doesn't have the strength to pull off Howlin' Wolf's growl or the confidence to replicate Muddy Waters' assured phrasing. Yet, whenever he plays, it's easier to forget his vocal shortcomings. Even with its faults, From the Cradle is one of Clapton's finest moments” (Erlewine).


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Previous Album: Unplugged (1992) Eric Clapton’s DMDB page Next Album: Pilgrim (1998)


Last updated March 31, 2008.