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Listen to previously unreleased Eric Clapton track Born Under a Bad Sign

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Eric Clapton is due to release a boxed set of vinyl containing six newly remastered solo albums and a disk of rarities from his ‘80s/’90s Reprise Records era.

Slated for release on 30th September, The Complete Reprise Studio Albums – Volume I is available to pre-order here (opens in new tab).

Ahead of the release, Clapton will be playing a selection of US dates (opens in new tab) with Jimmie Vaughan (opens in new tab).

Eric Clapton Reprise Volume I boxed set

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Appearing as 12 180-gram vinyl disks, this limited edition boxed set contains Money and Cigarettes on a single LP, while Behind the Sun, August, Journeyman, From the Cradle and Pilgrim are being released as double-LPs.

The twelfth disk – titled Rarities (1983-1998) – features eight rare recordings, including live and unreleased tracks.

A cover of Albert King’s Born Under a Bad Sign taken from the Rarities disk has been shared on Clapton’s YouTube channel.

You can take a listen here…

Here’s a quick rundown of the Clapton albums featured on The Complete Reprise Studio Albums – Volume I…

Money and Cigarettes

Eric Clapton Money and Cigarettes album artwork

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Released in 1983, Money and Cigarettes is Clapton’s eighth studio album and was regarded as something of a personal comeback.

It features a stellar lineup of musicians, including Albert Lee (who plays keys in addition to acoustic guitar and electric guitar duties), slide guitar aficionado Ry Cooder, and legendary Stax bass ace Donald "Duck" Dunn.

Tracklist:

  1. Crazy Country Hop
  2. Everybody Oughta Make a Change
  3. The Shape You’re In
  4. Ain’t Going Down
  5. I’ve Got a Rock ’n’ Roll Heart
  6. Man Overboard
  7. Pretty Girl
  8. Man in Love
  9. Crosscut Saw
  10. Slow Down Linda

Behind the Sun

Eric Clapton Behind the Sun album artwork

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Named after a line from the Muddy Waters song Louisiana Blues, Behind the Sun was co-produced by Phil Collins

This 1985 LP became a top ten hit in the UK and reached platinum status across the pond.

Tracklist:

  1. She’s Waiting
  2. See What Love Can Do
  3. Same Old Blues
  4. Knock On Wood
  5. Something’s Happening
  6. Forever Man
  7. It All Depends
  8. Tangled in Love
  9. Never Make You Cry
  10. Just Like a Prisoner
  11. Behind the Sun

August

Eric Clapton August album artwork

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Continuing Clapton’s collaboration with co-producer Collins, August was released in 1986 and spawned the singles Miss You, Tearing Us Apart (featuring Tina Turner) and the chart-topping It's in the Way That You Use It.

Tracklist:

  1. It’s In The Way That You Use It
  2. Run
  3. Tearing Us Apart
  4. Bad Influence
  5. Walk Away
  6. Hung Up On Your Love
  7. Take a Chance
  8. Hold On
  9. Miss You
  10. Holy Mother
  11. Behind the Mask

Journeyman

Eric Clapton Journeyman album artwork

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The top ten, platinum-selling Journeyman LP saw a recovering Clapton return to form again in 1989. 

The album’s Bad Love single was awarded a Grammy for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance the following year.

Tracklist:

  1. Pretending
  2. Anything For Your Love
  3. Bad Love
  4. Running On Faith
  5. Hard Times
  6. Hound Dog
  7. No Alibis
  8. Run So Far
  9. Old Love
  10. Breaking Point
  11. Lead Me On
  12. Before You Accuse Me

From the Cradle

Eric Clapton From the Cradle album artwork

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1994’s From the Cradle was Clapton's first all-blues album and followed up his number one-selling Unplugged release – the live MTV broadcast recording that helped reinvigorate the popularity of Martin Guitars.  

Reaching the number one position on both sides of the Atlantic, From the Cradle received a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album.

Tracklist:

  1. Blues Before Sunrise
  2. Third Degree
  3. Reconsider Baby
  4. Hoochie Coochie Man
  5. Five Long Years
  6. I’m Tore Down
  7. How Long Blues
  8. Goin’ Away Baby
  9. Blues Leave Me Alone
  10. Sinner’s Prayer
  11. Motherless Child
  12. It Hurts Me Too
  13. Someday After A While
  14. Standin’ Round Crying
  15. Driftin’
  16. Groaning the Blues

Pilgrim

Eric Clapton Pilgrim album artwork

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Clapton’s 1998 “passion project,” this Grammy-winning album was a global top ten smash and featured the singles My Father’s Eyes, Circus and Born In Time (written by Bob Dylan).

Tracklist:

  1. Inside Of Me
  2. My Father’s Eyes
  3. River Of Tears
  4. Pilgrim
  5. Broken Hearted
  6. One Chance
  7. Circus
  8. Goin’ Down Slow
  9. Fall Like Rain
  10. Born In Time
  11. Sick And Tired
  12. Needs His Woman
  13. She’s Gone
  14. You Were There

A follow-up release is planned for early next year. Intended as a companion vinyl boxed set, The Complete Reprise Studio Albums – Volume 2 spans Clapton’s Reprise studio albums from 2001 to 2010.

Stay tuned to the Eric Clapton (opens in new tab) website for news.

Rod Brakes is a music journalist with an expertise in guitars. Having spent many years at the coalface as a guitar dealer and tech, Rod's more recent work as a writer covering artists, industry pros and gear includes contributions for leading publications and websites such as Guitarist, Total Guitar, Guitar World (opens in new tab)Guitar Player (opens in new tab) and MusicRadar (opens in new tab) in addition to specialist music books, blogs and social media. He is also a lifelong musician.