Review: Eric Clapton – Forever Man (3-CD Edition) (Warner Music Canada)

ClaptonBoasting an impressive 51 tracks over the course of three CD’s, the latest Eric Clapton retrospective, Forever Man, happens to be one of the most comprehensive looks at the legendary guitarist’s output of the last 30 years. Aside from featuring a bevy of late-era studio hits including “Tears In Heaven,” “My Father’s Eyes,” “Change The World,” and 1986’s “It’s In The Way That You Use It,” a 14-track live disc is also included. That disc runs the gamut of his career, featuring Clapton’s hit Unplugged performance of “Layla.” alongside material from Cream, a pair of tracks with the wonderful Steve Winwood (“Them Changes” and “Presence Of The Lord”) in addition to versions of “Cocaine” and “Wonderful Tonight.” The third disc in the set puts the guitarist front and centre at what many would consider his best attribute: the blues. This includes eight Robert Johnson covers, a pair of tracks with the late B.B. King, “Sportin’ Life Blues” with J.J. Cale, as well his spirited take on the traditional “Motherless Child.”