Only a few like Eric Clapton could pull off such a riveting tribute to the blues gods that include Muddy Waters, Freddie King, and Otis Rush among others. His assurance as a guitar titan certainly mustered the humility that inspired From the Cradle, his 1994 release that fans had been waiting for over the past couple of decades. While the album sacrifices flash and unleashes sheer blazing force, it is down to the skeletal bones of electrified blues. It all comes down to the guitar work, and one may want to overlook the somewhat tempered vocals, but Clapton’s tribute album From the Cradle rises to the top as one of his best albums and fills the space for blues in any Desert Island Collection.
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Wesley is a lifelong music enthusiast. He started his career in the recording industry in New York City as an audio engineer, producer, and studio manager. Subsequently he toured across America as a guitarist with the short-lived band Land's Crossing. After many years in the technology sector and amassing a substantial vinyl and CD collection, he delved into immersive audio and created Hi-Res Edition to share with other listeners about the sound quality and discrete mixes available on many formats. He recently upgraded his system to 7.1.4 Dolby Atmos and continues to seek out and share about the best sounding releases.