|"Change the World"|
|Single by Eric Clapton|
|from the album Phenomenon|
|Released||July 5, 1996|
|Format||7" vinyl · MC · CD · digital|
|Songwriter(s)||Tommy Sims, Gordon Kennedy, Wayne Kirkpatrick|
|Producer(s)||Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds|
|Eric Clapton singles chronology|
"Change the World" is a song written by Tommy Sims, Gordon Kennedy, and Wayne Kirkpatrick whose best-known version was recorded by the English singer Eric Clapton for the soundtrack of the 1996 film Phenomenon . The track was produced by R&B record producer Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds. The Clapton release, recorded for Reprise and Warner Bros. Records, reached the Top 40 in twenty countries and topped the charts in Canada, as well as Billboard magazine's Adult Contemporary and Adult Top 40 charts in the United States. The single won eight awards, including three Grammy Awards at the 39th annual ceremony in 1997.
Tommy Sims is an American bassist, songwriter, record producer, and bandleader.
Gordon Scott Kennedy is a Nashville-based songwriter, musician, and record producer whose most successful composition is the international hit song "Change the World", recorded by Eric Clapton, for which Kennedy and his co-writers received a Grammy Award for Song of the Year (1996). Kennedy also received a Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Album (2007), co-producing, composing and performing on Peter Frampton's Fingerprints album. He was a member of the Christian rock band White Heart for six years in the 1980s. Kennedy has written 15 songs recorded by Garth Brooks, and has done extensive projects with Frampton and Ricky Skaggs. Kennedy's songs have been recorded by artists including Bonnie Raitt, Alison Krauss, Stevie Nicks, Faith Hill, and Carrie Underwood. His compositions have been heard in the film soundtracks of Tin Cup, For Love of the Game, Where the Heart Is, Almost Famous, Summer Catch, Someone Like You, The Banger Sisters, Phenomenon and Disney's The Fox and the Hound 2.
Wayne Kirkpatrick is an American songwriter and musician born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana but now lives in Nashville, Tennessee. He graduated from Baton Rouge Magnet High School in 1979. His younger brother is American screenwriter and director Karey Kirkpatrick.
In an interview with American Songwriter , Gordon Kennedy retold the recording history of the song: "'Change the World' was a song written over the course of a year by Tommy Sims, Wayne Kirkpatrick, and myself. On a recording session in Quad Studios in Nashville, in the early '90s, Wayne and I were recording some demos in an attempt to do the 'artist' thing. We recorded four songs that day, three of which wound up on Garth Brooks' Chris Gaines CD (this would happen several years later). During that session, Tommy was there playing bass and played us the nugget of an idea he had, wondering if it might be something that would work for the sound we were doing. He had the title and a chord progression and melody direction going. Wayne would ask him some months later for a tape of the idea so he could work on it. He wrote the lyrics to the chorus and all but one line of the second verse. Then, it went dormant again for a time before I asked Wayne about its progress. He gave me what he'd done on it. I finished writing the music, went to Columbus, Ohio and laid down a demo track with Tommy. He was there working on a church choir album. On the way home, I listened to a tape of the track and dictated lyrics into another little handheld recorder (I still have the micro-cassette!). I wrote the lyrics to the first verse and the missing line in the second verse. When I got home, I went into the studio and did a guitar and all of the vocals for a finished demo, the one Clapton heard later... None of the three of us were together when we wrote what we each wrote on the song".
American Songwriter is a bimonthly magazine, established in 1984 covering every aspect of the craft and art of songwriting. It features interviews, songwriting tips, news, reviews and lyric contest. The magazine is based in Nashville, Tennessee.
Nashville is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Tennessee. The city is the county seat of Davidson County and is located on the Cumberland River. The city's population ranks 24th in the U.S. According to 2018 estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, the total consolidated city-county population stood at 692,587. The "balance" population, which excludes semi-independent municipalities within Davidson County, was 669,053 in 2018.
Troyal Garth Brooks is an American singer and songwriter. His integration of rock and pop elements into the country genre has earned him immense popularity in the United States. Brooks has had great success on the country single and album charts, with multi-platinum recordings and record-breaking live performances, while also crossing over into the mainstream pop arena.
Although some of the recordings took place in London,most of the song's recording was conducted in Record Plant studios in Los Angeles, where for example Nathan East's bass parts were mixed and recorded. East also notes, the recording sessions were very busy, because many international successful artists wanted to work with Babyface at the time, however, the pop producer put Clapton and "Change the World" first. In 2013, Clapton explained his take on the song in an interview with Mojo magazine: "When I heard Tommy Sims' demo, I could hear Paul McCartney doing that, so I needed to, with greatest respect to Paul, take that and put it somewhere black. So I asked Babyface who, even though he may not be aware of it, gave it the blues thing. The first two lines I play on that song on the acoustic guitar are lines I quote wherever I can and they come from the beginning of "Mannish Boy" by Muddy Waters. On every record I make where I think, this has got a chance of doing well, I make sure I pay my dues on this. So I think I've found a way to do it, but it has to have one foot in the blues, even if its subtly disguised". While journalists from MusicTunes were in conversation with the single's producer Babyface, the American R&B artist recalled: "It was a real pleasure working in the studio with Eric Clapton" and added, that Clapton's "music is legendary and he is truly one of the entertainment industry's musical geniuses".
London is the capital and largest city of England and the United Kingdom, with the largest municipal population in the European Union. Standing on the River Thames in the south-east of England, at the head of its 50-mile (80 km) estuary leading to the North Sea, London has been a major settlement for two millennia. Londinium was founded by the Romans. The City of London, London's ancient core − an area of just 1.12 square miles (2.9 km2) and colloquially known as the Square Mile − retains boundaries that follow closely its medieval limits. The City of Westminster is also an Inner London borough holding city status. Greater London is governed by the Mayor of London and the London Assembly.
The Record Plant is a recording studio first established in New York City and later operating in Los Angeles, California, which hosts top level artists and musicians. It is mainly known for its role in innovating the recording artist’s workspace, as well as being the site of many highly influential recordings over the decades, including notable albums such as The Eagles’ Hotel California, Eminem's The Marshal Mathers LP, Guns N' Roses’ Appetite for Destruction and Kanye West’s The College Dropout. More recent albums recorded at Record Plant include Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP, Justin Bieber's Purpose and Ariana Grande’s Thank U, Next.
Los Angeles, officially the City of Los Angeles is often called by its initials L.A.. It is the most populous city in California; the second most populous city in the United States, after New York City; and the third most populous city in North America, after Mexico City and New York City. With an estimated population of nearly four million people, Los Angeles is the cultural, financial, and commercial center of Southern California. The city is known for its Mediterranean-like climate, ethnic diversity, Hollywood, the entertainment industry, and its sprawling metropolis.
For the recording sessions, several people were in charge of the production and making for the single, including Brad Gilderman and Thomas Russo as the recording engineers, Robbie Robertson as the soundtrack's producer, Mick Guzauski worked on the final mix, Babyface produced the "Change the World" songs (single mix and instrumental), and Clapton produced the B-side "Danny Boy" by himself. All the recording actions were overseen by music supervisor Kathy Nelson.The music mastering for the 1996 single release was done at Oasis Mastering in Burbank, California.
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An instrumental is a musical composition or recording without lyrics, or singing, although it might include some inarticulate vocals, such as shouted backup vocals in a Big Band setting. Through semantic widening, a broader sense of the word song may refer to instrumentals. The music is primarily or exclusively produced using musical instruments. An instrumental can exist in music notation, after it is written by a composer; in the mind of the composer ; as a piece that is performed live by a single instrumentalist or a musical ensemble, which could range in components from a duo or trio to a large Big Band, concert band or orchestra.
Matthew Greenwald of AllMusic notes the song is "melodic, soulful [and] catchy", due to its folk-pop and acoustic-based conception.Billboard magazine's Paul Verna thinks the song also features christian music styles. In the song, the performer expresses his desire to communicate his love to an unnamed woman ("If I could reach the stars, I'd pull one down for you", "If I could be king, even for a day, I'd take you as my queen, I'd have it no other way"). This love, he fears, will go unrequited without a drastic change in his life ("That this love I have inside, is everything it seems, But for now I find, it's only in my dreams", "And our love will rule, in this kingdom we have made, Till then I'd be a fool, wishin' for the day"). Elton John's lyricist Bernie Taupin, who worked with Clapton and John on the 1992 single release "Runaway Train", uses this track an example of a song that can succeed without a great title or lyric. He told Musician magazine: "What sold that song, I believe, is production. And it had a good melody. But don't listen to the lyric. Because the lyric is appalling. It's a bad lyric. There are some rhymes in there that are really awful. But that's not what sold the song".
AllMusic is an online music database. It catalogs more than 3 million album entries and 30 million tracks, as well as information on musical artists and bands. It launched in 1991, predating the World Wide Web. As of 2015, AllMusic is owned by RhythmOne.
Christian music is music that has been written to express either personal or a communal belief regarding Christian life and faith. Common themes of Christian music include praise, worship, penitence, and lament, and its forms vary widely across the world.
Sir Elton Hercules John is an English singer, songwriter, pianist, and composer. He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin since 1967; they have collaborated on more than 30 albums. John has sold more than 300 million records, making him one of the world's best-selling music artists. He has more than fifty Top 40 hits, as well as seven consecutive number-one albums in the United States, 58 Billboard Top 40 singles, 27 Top 10 singles, four of which peaked at number two and nine of which reached number one. His tribute single "Candle in the Wind 1997", rewritten in dedication to Diana, Princess of Wales, sold over 33 million copies worldwide and is the best-selling single in the history of the UK and US singles charts. He has also produced records and occasionally acted in films. John owned Watford F.C. from 1976 to 1987 and from 1997 to 2002, and is an honorary Life President of the club.
The song is written in the key of E major. "Change the World" begins with an intro, which features a chord progression of E7, E major, E6sus4, E7, E6sus4, and E major chords, played around the E-based bass line, which later turns into a E major, F-sharp minor and G major bass line. The intro is followed by the first verse, which is accompanied by the intro chord progression and an A major, A6sus4, A7, A7, A6sus4, and A major chord progression for the B-section of the verse. After the E-major chord progression, including 6th and 7th chords was played again, it ends with a G#7 chord, leading to the C-section of every verse, consisting of an F#m7, G#7, C#m, Dmaj7, G#7, C#m, Dmaj7, G#7, C#m7, Cm7, Bm7, A, E/G#, G#m, Gm, F#m, ending to the E major chord. The first verse is followed by an interlude, which is identical to the first intro line. The accompaniment to the second verse and second chorus is identical to the ones before. A link is added with the lyric "Baby, if I could change the world", followed by Clapton's guitar solo, in which he played with the help of the E minor blues scale, ending his solo with the G sharp major pentatonic scale. After the solo, the chorus is repeated, now starting with the line "If I could change the world...", leading to the second link, which is repeated three times, before the song's outro, which is identical to the song's intro and interlude.
E major is a major scale based on E, with the pitches E, F♯, G♯, A, B, C♯, and D♯. Its key signature has four sharps. Its relative minor is C-sharp minor and its parallel minor is E minor. Its enharmonic equivalent, F-flat major, has eight flats, including the double flat B
F-sharp minor is a minor scale based on F♯, consisting of the pitches F♯, G♯, A, B, C♯, D, and E. Its key signature has three sharps. Its relative major is A major and its parallel major is F-sharp major.
G major is a major scale based on G, with the pitches G, A, B, C, D, E, and F♯. Its key signature has one sharp, F♯. Its relative minor is E minor and its parallel minor is G minor.
|7" vinyl and cassette single|
|1.||"Change the World"||3:54|
|2.||"Danny Boy" (Written by Jim Weatherly)||4:14|
|CD Maxi Single|
|1.||"Change the World"||3:54|
|2.||"Danny Boy" (Weatherly)||4:14|
|3.||"Change the World (Instrumental)"||3:54|
Before Clapton's hit version was released, the song was recorded by country artist Wynonna Judd for her February 1996 album, Revelations (MCA Records). Her three-minute, nineteen-second take on the song is more of a neo-traditionalist country music track. Judd did not release her version as a single.Judd's interpretation was also released on the compilation album Best of America, Volume 2 for Curb Records on June 3, 2003.
Eric Clapton's version of the song was released on July 5, 1996, on 7-inch vinyl, compact music cassette, and compact disc formats.It was later made available as a digital download single. The publishing rights of Clapton's recordings belong to Warner Chappell Music, although the lyric writing license is owned by the Universal Music Publishing Group. The 1996 single was released and distributed through Reprise and Warner Bros. Records for worldwide territories. The title was also included on the Phenomenon soundtrack album, released by Reprise Records in June 1996. On February 11, 1997, "Change the World" was included on the 1997 Grammy Nominees compilation album, by Various Artists, where it was featured alongside other Grammy nominated and winning songs, including "Give Me One Reason" by Tracy Chapman and "Because You Loved Me" by Celine Dion. On February 2, 1999, the song was released by Warner Bros. Records as an extended play, accompanied by Clapton's 1998 studio effort Pilgrim . On October 12, 1999, the pop single was released as part of the number-one compilation album Clapton Chronicles: The Best of Eric Clapton for Reprise Records. On September 11, 2001, the song was released on the Clapton Chronicles: The Best of Eric Clapton and Unplugged double compilation for Warner Music Entertainment and was released Warner Bros. Records' Japan-only compilation album Ballads two years after, on December 23, 2003. On October 9, 2007, "Change the World" was released on the Complete Clapton compilation for Reprise and Polydor Records, accompanying the release of Clapton's best-selling autobiography, and was part of the Ultimate Grammy Collection, celebrating contemporary pop music hits, released on November 27, 2007 for Shout! Factory. On April 28, 2015, the pop title was released on Clapton's compilation album Forever Man , recognizing the biggest hits, Clapton released under both Reprise and Warner Bros. Records. In total, Eric Clapton's version of "Change the World" has been featured on over 20 releases, including extended plays and various artists compilation albums.
AllMusic critic Matthew Greenwald wrote that Clapton "smartly realized his strength in acoustic-based, soulful folk-pop and cut this fabulous side with noted producer Babyface" after the huge success of Unplugged and "Tears in Heaven". Greenwald called the song's homespun quality and overall sense of reality refreshing, and wrote that the release's "folksy melodic hook and soulful turnaround in the catchy chorus are handled by Clapton admirably here and, more importantly, with honesty and an artless grace".He rated the single 2.5 of five stars.
Music journalist Frank Merschmeier wrote for his review on the official Swiss music charts chart that the song is without a question a "definitive lovesong" and goes on by liking the religious background note of the song.The German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung awarded the single release four out of five possible stars. Journalist Violetta Schranke calls "Change the World" a "beautiful pop song" with "delicate production" with lots of "guitar artwork" and "fanstastic bluesy singing". The critic also liked Babyface's background vocals.
In Billboard magazine, journalist Datu Faison wrote that the recording is a perfect example how music has the power to unite musicians of different genres, nations and looks. He calls the title "great".Billboard magazine's Larry Flick notes, that "pairing rock hero Clapton with pop/soul maestro Babyface may seem totally incongruous. However, one listen to this positively electric single and you will be hoping for the two to collaborate on an entire album. Working with a sweet, uplifting lyric and melody, Clapton brings a worldly acoustic-blues favour to the table, while Babyface injects a splash of modern soul and pop gloss. Featured on the soundtrack to the new John Travolta movie, 'Phenomenon', this smacks of multiformat appeal". Critics from MusicTunes note, the Phenomenon soundtrack "is already an out-of-the-gate smash thanks to its debut single "Change the World", featuring the potent combination of an Eric Clapton performance with production by Babyface. It's the sort of innovative musical mix-and-match that not only evokes the timeless quality of that "mystical heartland" but points the way to an entirely new kind of creative synergy".
|1996||Billboard||Most Played Radio Songs of Year||#13|
|CRIA||Record of the Year||Won|
|1997||ASCAP Award||Most Performed Songs from Motion Pictures||Won|
|BMI Film & TV Awards||Most Performed Song from a Film||Won|
|Grammy Awards||Song of the Year||Won|
|Record of the Year||Won|
|Best Male Pop Vocal Performance||Won|
|MTV Movie Awards||Best Movie Song||Nominated|
|Nashville Music Award||Song of the Year||Won|
|OFTA Award||Best Adapted Song||Nominated|
|1998||Q||Best Rediscovered Track||Won|
|1999||RIAA||Songs of the Century||#270|
|2015||WHTZ||Top 100 Songs of 1996||#22|
"Change the World" is one of Clapton's best-selling singles alongside "I Shot the Sheriff", "Forever Man", "Wonderful Tonight", "Tears in Heaven", "Layla", "Cocaine", "Bad Love" and "Lay Down Sally".The title was a global Top 40 phenomenon, reaching the single sales charts in more than twenty countries and staying in the charts for two years in a row, from 1996 to 1998. In the United States, the song was a big hit, reaching eleven of the American Billboard charts. The single debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 in the middle of 1996 at number 55 with sales of more than 3,000 copies, gaining a so-called "Hot Shot Debut". Eventually peaking at position number five, the release was certified with a Gold disc, just three months after its release by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), selling more than 500,000 copies while on chart in America. The single stayed 43 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and sold more than 700,000 copies by the end of 1996. In addition to that, "Change the World" peaked at number four on the Cashbox chart and sold more than 895,000 copies until August 1997. Also, the track debuted with a "Hot Shot/Airpower" certification on the Adult Contemporary and Adult Top 40 charts. The release topped the Adult Top 40 chart, where it stayed 38 weeks on chart and also spent 13 weeks at number one on the adult contemporary chart and remained on that chart for over a year and a half (81 weeks), a feat which was extraordinarily rare at the time. In addition, the single peaked at number two on the Mainstream Top 40 chart. By July 1998, "Change the World" sold more than one million copies in the United States alone.
"Change the World" was also well received in the R&B and Hip hop scene, reaching position 54, while twenty weeks on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chartand number 20 on the Hot R&B Singles Sales chart in the United States. The pop rock tune also received a lot of airplay in North America, reaching number two on the Hot 100 Airplay chart in 1996 and peaking at position three on the Hot 100 Recurrent Airplay chart in 1997. "Change the World" was the 13th most played song of 1996 by American radio stations all over the country. For the year-ending of 1996, the single release placed itself on number seven on the adult contemporary chart, number two on the Adult Top 40, position twelve on the Hot 100 Airplay chart and number 34 on the Top 100 Single Sales chart. In 1997, the single sales went down, however the track was still successful until the end of the year, peaking at number two on the year-end's Adult Contemporary, ranking at number ten on the Top Soundtrack Singles chart as well as being the 67th most purchased single and 55th most radio played song in the United States.
In Canada, the single release topped both the RPM magazine's Adult Contemporary Tracksand Top Singles chart in July and August 1996. In The Record magazine's compilation, the single peaked at number ten on the singles chart in 1996. Here, the release reached the 1996 year-end charts, placing itself on number two on the adult contemporary chart and number three on the Top Singles compilation. In Australia, "Change the World" charted at number eight on the ARIA singles chart. In New Zealand, the pop single peaked at number three on the official single chart and was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand (RIANZ) for sales of more than 7,500 copies in New Zealand. It was New Zealand's 37th best-selling single of 1996.
When a maxi single version of the single was released in early 1997, it peaked at number seven on the Japanese albums chart, compiled by Oricon.In 2015, the song reached Billboard magazine's Japan Hot 100, where the song peaked at number 48.
The single release was well received by British radio stations as "Change the World" peaked at number six on the Official Charts Company's airplay compilation in 1996.The hit single had two chart runs in the United Kingdom, the first of which the single peaked at number 18, its highest charting positions, and stayed five weeks on the British charts from July 20, 1996 to August 17, 1996. From September 21, 1996 to October 5, 1996, "Change the World" had a second chart run of three weeks on low positions (89, 100 and 98), charting a total of eight weeks in the United Kingdom. In Scotland, the single peaked at number 20 on the Official Charts Company's separate single chart for the country.
Although "Change the World" reach the Top 40 in every European country it charted in, the Clapton single was only a medium success. In Austria, the single peaked at number ten on the Ö3 Austria Top 40 chart.In Flanders, the single reached number nine on the Ultratop Tipparade, and position 27 on the Ultratop single sales chart in Wallonia, where it was the 90th best-selling single release of the year. On the French Singles chart, "Change the World" peaked at number seven and was certified with a Gold disc by the Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique (SNEP) for sales figures overstepping the 250,000 mark. In Germany, the single reached number 30 on the Media Control charts and reached number 97 on the German year-end charts in 1996. The release peaked at number 22 on the Italian single chart, compiled by the Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana (FIMI) in 1996. In the Netherlands, "Change the World" placed itself on both the Dutch Top 40, peaking at number 39, and on the Single Top 100 chart, where it reached position 24. In Norway, the release peaked at number 15 on the VG-lista. The single reached number twelve on the Polish Lista Przebojów Programu Trzeciego (LP3) in 1996. In Sweden, the single reached number 22 on the Sverigetopplistan chart. In Switzerland, "Change the World" reached position number 21 on the country's hitparade.
The music video was filmed at Hoboken Terminal in Hoboken, Hudson County, New Jersey.For the music video shooting, Clapton was provided with clothing, glasses, shoes and styling equipment by his long-time friend, Italian fashion designer Giorgio Armani. In the music video, mostly Clapton is shown singing and playing "Change the World" at the Hoboken Terminal, either using an early signature Martin acoustic guitar, or a vintage model. The song's producer Babyface is rarely seen playing and singing the pop song in front of the camera. While Clapton and Babyface are performing the song at one of New York metropolitan area's major transportation hubs, the scene is completely empty of both people and obstacles. Every once in a while, the performers and passengers, who come later to the terminal, disappear and appear as the director of the video uses an obliterate video effect. The video was originally released in 4:3 format and was re-sized in 1999 to a high-definition picture. The music video gained a lot of popularity, especially in the United States, topping the music video streaming chart of VH1 in October 1996. The release also reached number four on MuskVideo's power play chart, and peaked at number nine on the most played videos of MTV compilation as reported by Billboard.
Although "Change the World" is best known by Eric Clapton's unplugged acoustic version, an electric performance of the song was featured on Babyface's 1997 live album, MTV Unplugged NYC 1997 , released on November 25 the same year, with Clapton on co-lead vocals and electric guitar. Babyface also served as the song's producer for the electric guitar take. This interpretation of the hit song is of seven minute and 33 second duration. AllMusic critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine calls the duo "deliver[s the tune] with a smooth authority that borders on slickness".The Babyface-featuring Eric Clapton version was also released on the two compilation albums A Collection of His Greatest Hits and Wake Up Everybody in 2000 and 2004. On February 27, 1997, Clapton and Babyface performed the song at the 39th Annual Grammy Awards, at Madison Square Garden. The live album One More Car, One More Rider was recorded during the 2001 tour at Los Angeles' Staples Center on August 18 and 19, 2001 and also features a live interpretation of the song. Due to fan and TV recordings around the globe, the song was often illegally released on bootleg.
|Japan (RIAJ) |
|Japan (RIAJ) |
|New Zealand (RMNZ)||Gold||5,000*|
|United States (RIAA)||Gold||1,000,000|
*sales figures based on certification alone
Wynonna Judd covered the song on her 1996 solo album "Revelations". The American saxophonist Alto Reed covered the song in a jazzier feel for his debut album Cool Breeze, released on November 11, 1997 for Alto Reed Records.Remixed Eurodance versions of the song have appeared on the Dancemania series albums, including the 2000 compilation Dancemania SPEED 4 where an uptempo Eurodance remix of the song by CJ Crew and Blueman is listed. The Jamaican reggae singer Eustace "Thriller U" Hamilton covered the song in 2000, and released his interpretation of "Change the World" as a single. Dino Lenny & The Housemartins recorded their version of "Change the World" in 2003 and released the cover as a single in March 2003. For their 15th single "Wings of Words", J-pop group CHEMISTRY did their rendition of the song. As the B-side to the single, "Change the World" charted at number two on the Oricon Hot 100 singles chart and sold more than 140,000 copies while on chart. British musical theatre star and recording artist, Elaine Paige recorded the song as one of the brand new tracks on her 2004 greatest hits compilation Centre Stage: The Very Best of Elaine Paige
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|New Zealand||7" vinyl · CD single|
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Clapton Chronicles: The Best of Eric Clapton is a compilation album by English guitarist Eric Clapton featuring his hits from the 1980s and 1990s. The album was released on 12 October 1999 by the Duck / Reprise Records label. Two new songs are included on the disc, "Blue Eyes Blue" which was previously released as a single and "(I) Get Lost" which Clapton wrote for the soundtrack to the film The Story of Us.
Crossroads is a 1988 music collection box set of the work of Eric Clapton released by Polydor Records. The set includes his work with the Yardbirds, John Mayall's Blues Breakers, Cream, Blind Faith, Delaney & Bonnie & Friends and Derek and the Dominos, as well as his solo career.
Reptile is the fourteenth solo studio album by Eric Clapton. The album was produced by Eric Clapton with Simon Climie and is Clapton's first album to include keyboard work by Billy Preston and background vocals by the Impressions. The album reached the Top 10 in 20 countries, topping the national album charts in three of them. In total, the album sold more than 2.5 million copies and gained several certification awards around the globe. To help promote album sales, music network VH1 streamed the album in full on TV.
"My Father's Eyes" is a song written and performed by Eric Clapton and produced by Clapton and Simon Climie. It was released as a single in 1998 and was featured on the album Pilgrim. The song reached the top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay chart, peaking at number 16, and spent five weeks at number two on the Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary chart. It became a major hit in Canada, where it peaked at number two, and it reached the top 20 in Austria and Norway. "My Father's Eyes" won a Grammy award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.
"It's Probably Me" is a song that was originally released in 1992 as an all-star collaboration by Sting featuring Eric Clapton, Michael Kamen, and Chris Botti.
"Lay Down Sally" is a song performed by Eric Clapton, and written by Clapton, Marcella Detroit, and George Terry. It appeared on his November 1977 album Slowhand, and reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
"I Can't Stand It" was the first single from Eric Clapton's 1981 album Another Ticket. On the record label for the vinyl 45, its credited as Eric Clapton and His Band. It was also used for interludes on Bill O'Reilly's radio show, The Radio Factor.
"Forever Man" is a song from Eric Clapton's 1985 album Behind the Sun, released as the first single of the album. It reached number one on the Billboard Top Rock Tracks chart, becoming his second single to do so. In total, the single release sold more than 500,000 copies worldwide.
"It's in the Way That You Use It" is a song, which was written by the English rock musician Eric Clapton in collaboration with The Band's guitarist and composer Robbie Robertson. The song was recorded and performed by Eric Clapton, who released the track under licence of Warner Bros. Records as the second of four singles from his 1986 studio album August in 1986 and March 1987. The song, which is used as the theme tune to the Martin Scorsese film The Color of Money, was produced by Eric Clapton himself with the help of Tom Dowd, who acted as the assistant producer. The release sold more than 500,000 copies worldwide.
"Blue Eyes Blue" is a pop song written by American songwriter Diane Warren. The tune was written for the 1999 soundtrack of Runaway Bride. The British rock musician Eric Clapton recorded the song for the soundtrack and released his performance of the song as a single on July 20, 1999 for Reprise Records.
"Promises" is a single released by the British rock musician Eric Clapton in September 1978. It is part of his studio album Backless.
The videography of Eric Clapton consists of 19 video albums and concert films as well as 17 music videos. His commercially most successful video releases are the DVDs of his Crossroads Guitar Festival series. His 2007 release sold over two million DVD and Blu-rays to date, making it one of the best-selling music video DVDs ever to be released. The 2004 Crossroads Guitar Festival DVD was certified 10-times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. Clapton's video releases are popular all over the world, especially in North and South Armerica, Europe and Oceania. Clapton's small number of music videos are similarly successful. Every music video Clapton has released, has been shown more than 30 weeks in succession on MTV, VH1, MuchMusic, MTV2 and Fuse TV – rarely has any other artist been broadcast that often on a music TV channel throughout their whole career.
"(I) Get Lost" is a pop song written and recorded by the British rock musician Eric Clapton. The title was released as both a single on 23 November 1999 for Reprise Records and is featured as part of the compilation album Clapton Chronicles: The Best of Eric Clapton, which was released on 12 October 1999. It was written for the movie The Story of Us.