Further On Up The Crossroads

Further On Up The Crossroads

"Further On Up The Crossroads" - Why Not - STBX027-4CD - Sound Quality varied but mostly sb5 - sb6.

CD 1 Total Time: 77:40
CD 2 Total Time: 77:50
CD 3 Total Time: 77:57
CD 4 Total Time: 77:48

Disc 1
I Got My Mojo Working

Closing jam session of the first rhythm and blues festival recorded live at Town Hall, Birmingham on February 28,1964
Featuring: Sonny Williamson (Vocals & Harmonica) / Eric Clapton (Guitar) / Paul Samwell-Smith (Bass) / Chris Dreja (Guitar) / Jim McCarty (Drums) / Spencer Davis R&B quartet / Stevie Winwood (Organ) / Muff Winwood (Bass) / Pete York (Percussion) / The Liverpool Roadrunners / Long John Baldry (Vocals) / Rod Steward (Vocals) / Ina Armit (Piano) / Jeff Bredford (Guitar) / Cliff Barton (Bass) / Billy Law (Drums)

Louise Live recording from the "Go Tell it on the Mountain" TV show of spring 1964 by the Yardbirds
The Yardbirds: Keith Relf (vocals) / Eric Clapton (guitar) / Chris Dreja (guitar) Paul Samuell-Smith (bass) / Jim McCarty (drums)
Key To Love A preview of a song later to be recorded for the memorable "Bluesbreakers" LP here performed on March 19,1966 for the "Saturday Club" BBC radio show.
John Mayalls' Bluesbreakers: John Mayall (vocals, keyboard) / Eric Clapton (guitar) / John McVick (bass) / Hughie Flint (drums)
The following 4 tracks were performed live by Cream at Klook's Cleek, West Hampstead on 15/12/66. EC / Jack Bruce (Bass) / Ginger Baker (Drums)
Lawdy Mama 2:51
Meet Me (In the Bottom) 4:23
Crossroads 3:32
Stepping Out 5:01
Lawdy Mama Alternate take recorded by Cream at Atlantic Studios, New York sometime in May 1967. 2:01
Falstaff Beer Commercial Long version (unedited, recorded by Cream at I.B.C. Studios, London sometime in July 1967. 1:24
White Room Early take recorded by Cream at Atlantic Studios New York around September 1967. 4:15
The following 2 tracks were broadcast on 29/10/67 on the BBC's "Top Gear" program. They were recorded on 24/10/67 in the BBC's Aeolian Hall Studio 2. EC / Jack Bruce (Bass) / Ginger Baker (Drums)
Sunshine of Your Love 4:11
Take It Back 3:10
Change of Address Very rare promo instrumental single sent by Island records to notify their change of address. Recorded by Blind Faith at Morgan Studios, London in February or March 1969. 3:20
Can't Find My Way Home Complete electric version previously only heard on "Up Close" US radio show. Recorded by Blind Faith at Olympic Sound Studios, London in May 1969. 5:41
Cold Turkey Previously unreleased alternate take to the one on the Plastic Ono Band single, from an acetate, recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London September 25,1969 and at
Trident Studios, London September 28,1969 with Klaus Voorman (bass) Ringo Starr (drums) Yoko Ono (vocals) John Lennon (vocals and guitar) Eric Clapton (guitar)
The following two tracks are taken from the German "Beat Club" TV show taped on 26/11/69. Band lineup is EC / Delaney Bramlett (Vocals & Guitar) / Bonnie Bramlett (Vocals) / Bobby Whitlock (Vocals & Organ) / Carl Radle (Bass) / Jim Gordon (Drums) / Jim Price (Trumpet) / Bobby Keys (Saxophone) / Rita Collidge (Vocals) / Tex Johnson (Percussion)
Poor Elijah 3:01
Where There's a Will There's a Way 4:18
Key of E Jam Unreleased jam session missing from Derek & The Dominos' "Layla 20th Anniversary" triple CD. Recorded during rehearsals at Criteria Studios, Miami in August and September 1970 by Derek & the Dominos: Eric Clapton (guitar) Duane Allman (guitar) Dicky Betts (guitar) Bobby Whitlock (organ) Gregg Allman (piano) Berry Oakley (bass) Butch Trucks (drums)


Disc 2
The first two tracks were performed at the Rainbow Theatre, London on 13/1/73. No indication is given on whether the tracks are taken from the first or second shows.
Bell Bottom Blues 5:37
Key to the Highway 6:02
Tracks 3 to 12 are all outtakes from the "461 Ocean Boulevard" sessions in Miami during April/May 1974. Band lineup is EC / George Terry (Guitar) / Carl Radle (Bass) / Jamie Oldaker (Drums) / Dick Sims (Keyboards) / Albhy Galuten (Keyboard on "Motherless Children")
Dobro Jam 1 (Give Me Strength 1) 3:34
Dobro Jam 2 (Give Me Strength 2) 2:24
Blues Jam in F Minor 7:08
Blues Jam in D Minor 4:16
Gypsy (Please Be With Me) 3:17
Motherless Children (Jam) 4:10
Something you Got (Jam) 3:48
Jam in E 15:07
Meet Me (In the Bottom) Instrumental Jam 10.39
Meet Me (In the Bottom) Vocal 6:50
Fool Like You Previously unreleased studio outtake recorded during the "There is One in Every Crowd" session at Dynamic Sound Studios, Jamaica in September 1974


Disc 3
I Can't Hold Out Much Longer An "Ocean Boulevard" track recorded live in July 1974 during the USA tour. 6:58
You Don't Love Me Never recorded by Eric in the studio, again USA July 1974. 10:39
Little Queenie Never recorded by Eric in the studio, he usually performed this song as closing number or encore during his 1974 tour. 5:05
Tracks 4 and 5 were recorded at the Hammersmith Odeon, London on 4/12/74.
The Sky is Crying 4:20
Ramblin' on my Mind (Reprise) 4:20
Right Now (Rehearsal) Previously unreleased outtake from the informal "No Reason to Cry" session that took place between February and April 1976 at Shangri-La Studios, Malibu. 5:28
Early in the Morning Recorded live during the 1978-79 World Tour. 8:20
There Ain't No Money Previously unreleased outtake from the aborted "Turn Up Down" session at Surrey Sound Studios in March and April 1980. 4:28
Tracks 9 and 10 were recorded live at Guildford Civic Hall, Surrey on 18/5/80.
Country Boy 4:28
Thunder and Lightning 3:22
I've Got a Rock'n'Roll Heart Recorded live at the Universal Amphitheater, LA on 8/2/83. 4:33
Ain't Going Down Recorded live in February 1983 during the US Tour. 6:57
Double Trouble


Recorded live in Europe in April or May 1983. 10:58
Disc 4
Tracks 1 and 2 were released on an extremely rare Australian single in 1984. These are live versions recorded at Wembley Arena, London on 5/3/85.
Knock on Wood 4:04
You Don't Know Like I Know 3:22
Lady of Verona Previously unreleased outtake from the "August" sessions in April/May 1986. 4:48
Same Old Blues Recorded live on one of the Scandinavian dates in July 1986. 9:48
Phone Booth Recorded at the Mean Fiddler in London on 8/11/86, this track features Robert Cray's band with Eric and was released on a flexi-disc with the May 1987 "Guitar Player" magazine. 3:48
After Midnight Complete unedited version recorded at Power Station Studios, New York in August/September 1987 for a beer commercial. 6:22
Tracks 7 and 8 are previously unreleased rehearsals for the "Homeboy" session recorded at Olympic Sound Studios, London from 23/4/88 to 29/4/88.
Training Jam 1 3:10
Training Jam 2 4:15
Keep a-Knocking Closing Jam session for the "Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame" recorded on 31/5/89 at the Armoury, New York. Keith Richards (guitar & vocals), Eric Clapton (guitar & vocals), Dave Edmunds (guitar & vocals), Sarah Dash (vocals), Tina Turner (vocals), Jeff Healey (guitar) Vernon Reid (guitar), Waddy Wachtel (guitar), Ian Neville (keyboards), Bobby Keys (sax) Clarence Clemens (sax) Steve Jordan (drums) 4:18
Communion Previously unreleased soundtrack recorded at Townhouse Studios, London on 8 and 9/12/89 for the film "Communion". 3:33
Breaking Point Song from "Journeyman" recorded live at the Royal Albert Hall, London on 24/1/90. 7:27
Tracks 12 and 13 were recorded on 24/3/90 in New York for the "Saturday Night Live" TV show. Band lineup is EC / Phil Palmer (Guitar) / Alan Clark (Keyboards) / Greg Phillinganes (Keyboards) / Nathan East (Bass) / Steve Ferrone (Drums) / Ray Cooper (Percussion) / Tessa Niles (Vocals) / Katie Kassoon (Vocals)
No Alibis 4:46
Wonderful Tonight 6:47
Tracks 14 and 15 taken from Elvis Awards at the Armoury, New York on 6/6/90.
Before You Accuse Me 5:47
Sweet Home Chicago 6:42


Ken Duffin

Rating : 9/10

13 January 2006

A very good overview of Eric's career up to 1990. Some of the early material is surprisingly good quality sound.