Eric Clapton Life In 12 Bars Blu-ray and Soundtrack 2CD

27 June 2018 Recommends



Eric Clapton: Life In 12 Bars Blu-ray and Soundtrack 2CD

Before I go any further I have to say that if you have no idea who Eric Clapton is then watching the film before you listen to the soundtrack is important. For fans of Eric, you will love the soundtrack as it contains the music from the film and pretty much all will be familiar. My personal favourite is the extended version of I Shot The Sherriff. I knew a longer version of this song existed because I have read over the years that the single version and the album version originally on Eric’s comeback album 461 Ocean Boulevard were edited. Essentially the album version was just faded so no big deal really but for me at least it is interesting to hear, and I am thinking that there are others out there who are similarly curious.

The film, of course, has been the subject of huge discussion among Eric’s fanbase since it was first released to the cinema in early 2018.

My observations? Well, Eric’s mum Pat hardly comes out covered in glory. His grandmother Rose is a real hero though but the honesty in this film is almost too painful to watch at times. Eric explains in the extra footage at the end of the film that he did not ask for anything to be removed from the film and it is this honesty that really draws you into the man’s character. Yes, he made it hard for himself at times but out of the adversity, some of the finest music from the last fifty years emerged. Eric was also a founder member of three hugely influential bands (Cream, Blind Faith and Derek and The Dominos) and member of two legendary bands in The Yardbirds and John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. All are covered in this film and Eric comments on all of them. He even states in the extra interview at the end  of the film he regrets leaving all of them which may come as a surprise to many who have followed his career for more than fifty years

The film is full of rare and previously unseen footage and the views of many concerned. Ben Palmer to whom the film is dedicated finished his interviews for the film shortly before passing away and Eric’s grandmother Rose also adds some highly relevant commentary.

As a film, I doubt there will be a better or more honest rock film and as for Eric Clapton, there really will not be anything that comes close. Even if you are a casual Eric Clapton fan this film is hugely important and entertaining on so many levels but more importantly, it is a very human story of a man who touched -people’s lives even though at times his own was in turmoil

The soundtrack is a double CD and includes all the music from the film and as such is an i9ncredible cross section of Eric Clapton’s career. People always said David Bowie was a chameleon but really, Eric Clapton had cornered that title before Bowie started having hits. Every phase of Eric’s career involved a totally different look. In just about every phase of his career his music also too on a different slant. Even though The Yardbirds, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Cream, Blind Faith, Derek and The Dominos and his own solo career had Eric as the common factor they were all totally different. There are few artists who can claim that, and this soundtrack album certainly proves that in spades. Both film and soundtrack come highly recommended

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