"Timepieces, The Best of Eric Clapton" is a 12" vinyl LP album released in 1982. It serves as a compilation of Eric Clapton's greatest hits up until that point in his career. The album features popular tracks like "Layla," "Cocaine," and "Wonderful Tonight," showcasing Clapton's prowess as a guitarist and songwriter. "Timepieces" provides a comprehensive overview of Clapton's remarkable musical journey and remains a beloved collection for fans.


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Album Description:

In the vast realm of music history, few names shine as brightly as Eric Clapton's. From his days with The Yardbirds, Cream, Blind Faith, and as a solo artist, Clapton's guitar virtuosity and soulful voice have left an indelible mark on the world of rock and blues. In 1982, a remarkable tribute to Clapton's journey emerged in the form of a 12" vinyl LP album titled "Timepieces, The Best of Eric Clapton". This collection of musical gems stands not only as a testament to Clapton's artistry but also as a cherished treasure for vinyl record collectors and music enthusiasts alike.

Produced by the seasoned Glyn Johns, the album's every note is a reflection of Clapton's evolution as a musician. The album cover, featuring a snapshot by Gererd Maknowitz, captures Clapton's essence, hinting at the melodious journey awaiting the listener. Released in 1982, "Timepieces" encapsulates Clapton's hits up to that point, weaving together a sonic narrative that spans emotions, eras, and experiences.

The LP opens its auditory odyssey with "I Shot the Sheriff", a reggae-infused rendition that reiterates Clapton's genre-defying prowess. As the needle glides, "After Midnight" follows, a track that exudes a vibrant blend of rock and blues, leaving no doubt about Clapton's ability to connect with his audience on a profound level. The ethereal strains of "Knockin on Heaven's Door" showcase Clapton's emotive depth, reminding us of his knack for infusing heart into every chord.

As the album gracefully flips sides, "Wonderful Tonight" tugs at heartstrings with its tender lyricism. A pinnacle of Clapton's romantic repertoire, it's a ballad that resonates with listeners across generations. Yet, perhaps the album's most iconic moment lies in the quintessential masterpiece "Layla". This track is a testament to Clapton's intricate songwriting and the dynamic chemistry of his collaborations.

The second side kicks off with the energetic rhythm of "Cocaine", a track that resonates with a raw energy reflective of its subject matter. "Lay Down Sally" brings a country-infused vibe to the mix, showcasing Clapton's genre-spanning capabilities. "Willie and the Hand Jive" serves as a joyful interlude, demonstrating Clapton's ability to have fun with his craft.

"Promises" invites reflection with its soulful melody, while "Swing Low Sweet Chario" adds a touch of spiritual resonance to the album. Finally, "Let it Grow" concludes the musical journey with its uplifting spirit, leaving listeners with a sense of optimism.

Music Genre:

  British Blues Rock

Album Production Information:

The album: "Eric Clapton Timepieces, The Best of Eric Clapton" was produced by: Glyn Johns

Photography Gererd Maknowitz

Record Label Information:

  RSO 2394 404

Media Format:

  12" LP Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram  

Year & Country:

  1982 Made in Germany
Track Listing of: "Eric Clapton Timepieces, The Best of Eric Clapton"

The Songs/tracks on "Eric Clapton Timepieces, The Best of Eric Clapton" are

    Side One:
  1. I Shot the Sheriff
  2. After Midnight
  3. Knockin on Heaven's Door
  4. Wonderful Tonight
  5. Layla
    Side Two:
  1. Cocaine
  2. Lay Down Sally
  3. Willie and the Hand Jive
  4. Promises
  5. Swing Low Sweet Chario
  6. Let it Grow
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ERIC CLAPTON Mini-Biography

  Eric Clapton (Full-name: Eric Patrick Clapton ) a British guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He is widely considered one of the greatest guitarists of all time and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame three times. He first gained fame as a member of the band The Yardbirds, and later as a member of Cream, one of the first supergroups. Clapton has also had a successful solo career and has released numerous hit songs, including "Layla," "Wonderful Tonight," and "Tears in Heaven." He has won 18 Grammy Awards and has been awarded the Order of the British Empire for his services to music.

  Clapton was born in Ripley, Surrey, England, in 1945. He showed an early interest in the guitar and began playing in local bands in his teens. He rose to prominence in the mid-1960s as a member of The Yardbirds, and later as a member of Cream, where he showcased his virtuosic guitar playing and blues-influenced style.

  In the 1970s, Clapton launched a successful solo career, releasing several critically acclaimed albums and hit songs. He collaborated with a wide range of musicians, including George Harrison, Bob Dylan, and B.B. King, and became known for his emotional and soulful playing.

  Throughout his career, Clapton has struggled with personal issues, including addiction, and has been open about his struggles with alcoholism and substance abuse. Despite this, he has continued to tour and perform, and has remained a popular and influential figure in the music world.

  In addition to his musical achievements, Clapton is also known for his philanthropy and activism. He founded the Crossroads Centre in Antigua, a treatment and rehabilitation facility for individuals struggling with substance abuse, and has been involved in numerous charitable causes throughout his career.

  Eric Patrick Clapton was born in Ripley, Derbyshire, England, United Kingdom on 30/3/1945. He is the first child of Edward Walter Fryer 21/03/1920 and Patricia Molly 07/01/1929.

  When he was 40 years old, his father Edward Walter Fryer died (15/05/1985). When he was 54 years old, his mother Patricia Molly died (Mar 1999).

  His partner is Lory Del Santo. His partner is Alice Ormsby-Gore. His partner is Yvonne Kelly. On 27/3/1979, he married Pattie Boyd in Tucson, Pima County, Arizona, United States. On 1/1/2002, he married Melia McEnery. He was 33 years old when he married Pattie Boyd. He was 56 years old when he married Melia McEnery. He got divorced from Pattie Boyd in 1989. He has three children with Melia McEnery: Julie Rose Clapton 13/6/2001, Ella May Clapton 14/3/2003, Sophie Belle Clapton 1/2/2005. He has one son with Lory Del Santo: Conor Clapton 21/08/1986. He has one daughter with Yvonne Kelly: Ruth Kelly Clapton 1985.