Eric Clapton’s Early Albums to Be Reissued in Vinyl Box
If your turntable's crying out for some classic Eric Clapton, help is on the way.
Polydor is readying the release of Eric Clapton: The Studio Album Collection 1970-1981, a nine-LP box that compiles the first decade of Clapton's solo career on 180-gram vinyl with "faithfully replicated" album artwork. Due in stores Jan. 29, the set is available for pre-order now.
According to a press release, only two of the albums bundled into the box — Eric Clapton and Derek and the Dominos' Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, both from 1970 — have been remastered for this collection, though like most veteran artists, Clapton's seen his work reissued repeatedly over the years, including on vinyl.
For those who don't already own these LPs, The Studio Album Collection 1970-1981 compiles some of Clapton's bestselling and most critically acclaimed work, from the Layla album to subsequent multi-platinum efforts like 1974's 461 Ocean Boulevard and 1977's Slowhand. If you don't feel like crate-digging to find the individual titles — or are just looking for a handsome box to house Clapton's early solo catalog — it'll do the trick.
In Clapton news relating to work of a more recent vintage, his new concert album and video Eric Clapton: Live at the Royal Albert Hall — Slowhand at 70 is now out on DVD and Blu-ray, giving fans an opportunity to catch a glimpse of the revered guitarist's record-setting gigs at the Royal Albert Hall in May 2015. He'll return to the road next spring, when he takes his band to Tokyo for a five-night residency at the Budokan.
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