Preview: Original Soundtrack to the Eric Clapton Documentary "Life in 12 Bars"

Artist: Eric Clapton
Title: Life in 12 Bars: Original Soundtrack
Release Date:
  • June 8, 2018 (CD & Digital)
  • July 20, 2018 (LP)
Label: xxx
Format(s):
  • 2-CDs
  • 4-LPs
  • Digital
June 8th sees the release of the complementary OST to the new Eric Clapton documentary, Life In 12 Bars. From Showtime Documentary Films and directed by Oscar-winner, Lili Fini Zanuck, the film takes an unflinching and deeply personal look into the life of the legendary 18-time Grammy Award winning guitarist and multi-million selling recording artist.

Eric Clapton: Life In 12 Bars is currently available on Showtime via streaming and on demand.

The OST, available as a 2-CD and 4-LP set plus digital formats, comprises 32 tracks spanning Clapton's long and illustrious career. (The LP version will be released at the later date of July 20th). It includes tracks by The Yardbirds, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Cream, Blind Faith, Derek and the Dominos, The Beatles, Aretha Franklin, Muddy Waters and Clapton's solo work.

Of the 32 featured there are five previously unreleased tracks:
  • From the Cream era there is a version of Spoonful, an incredible 17-minute tour-de-force, recorded live at the LA Forum in October 1968 during the group's final US, Goodbye tour. 
  • There are two from Derek and The Dominos – firstly a recording of High, originally recorded during the 1971 sessions at Olympic Studios for their unreleased 2nd album. This track was later revisited and re-recorded for Eric Clapton's 1975 album, There's One In Every Crowd. Secondly, the track Little Wing, a tribute to Jimi Hendrix, recorded live during the Domino's late set at The Fillmore East on October 24th, 1970. 
  • Finally, there are two previously unreleased Eric Clapton tracks from 1974; the first ever release of the entire full-length recording of the international hit version of Bob Marley's I Shot The Sheriff, recorded during the sessions for 461 Ocean Boulevard and a live performance of Little Queenie, the Chuck Berry rock 'n' roll classic, recorded at Long Beach Arena, California in July 1974 during Clapton's comeback tour to promote 461 Ocean Boulevard.
In addition, there are two alternative mixes made for Eric Clapton's 1970 debut album. Separate mixes were made for the album, by Delaney Bramlett and Tom Dowd (in LA) and also by Clapton himself (in London). Featured in this collection are Clapton's rare mixes of album highlights, After Midnight and Let It Rain.

Track List:

Disc 1                                                   
  • Big Bill Broonzy: Backwater Blues (from The Big Bill Broonzy Story, 1957)
  • Muddy Waters: My Life Is Ruined (Chess single, 1953
  • Muddy Waters: I Got Mojo Working (Live At Newport Jazz Festival, 1960)
  • The Yardbirds: I Wish You Would (Yardbirds' single, 1964)
  • The Yardbirds: For Your Love (from For Your Love, 1965)
  • John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers: Steppin' Out (from John Mayall Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton, 1966)
  • John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers: All Your Love (John Mayall Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton, 1966)
  • Cream: I Feel Free (from Fresh Cream, 1966)
  • Cream: Strange Brew (from Disraeli Gears, 1967)
  • Cream: Sunshine of Your Love (from Disraeli Gears, 1967)
  • Aretha Franklin: Good to Me As I Am To You (from Franklin's Lady Soul / Recorded on December 16 and 17, 1967)
  • Cream: Crossroads live (from Wheels Of Fire / Recorded 10 March 1968 at Winterland, San Francisco, CA16)
  • The Beatles: While My Guitar Gently Weeps (from The Beatles / Recorded 5–6 September 1968)
  • Cream: Badge (from Goodbye / Recorded October 1968 at IBC Studios in London)
  • Cream: White Room live (from Live Cream II / recorded October 4, 1968 at the Oakland Coliseum Arena)
  • Cream: Spoonful (live from Goodbye tour – LA Forum October 19, 1968 previously unreleased)
  • Blind Faith: Presence Of The Lord (from Blind Faith, 1969)
Disc 2                                                       
  • Delaney & Bonnie & Friends featuring Eric Clapton: Comin' Home (Live at Fairfield Halls)
  • Eric Clapton: After Midnight (alternate mix from Eric Clapton (first album), 1970)
  • Eric Clapton: Let It Rain (alternate mix from Eric Clapton (first album), 1970)
  • Derek and The Dominos: High (Olympic Studios, April 1971 previously unreleased)
  • George Harrison: My Sweet Lord (from Harrison's All Things Must Pass, 1970)
  • Derek and The Dominos: Thorn Tree In The Garden (from Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs, 1970)
  • Derek and The Dominos: Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out (from Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs, 1970)
  • Derek and The Dominos: Bell Bottom Blues (from Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs, 1970)
  • Derek and The Dominos: Layla (from Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs, 1970)
  • Derek and The Dominos: Little Wing (Live At The Fillmore, 1970)
  • Derek and The Dominos: Got To Get Better In A Little While (studio version recorded for Derek & the Dominos' planned second album)
  • Eric Clapton: I Shot The Sheriff (previously unreleased full length version from 461 Ocean Blvd, 1970)
  • Eric Clapton: Little Queenie (Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, California, July 19/20, 1974 previously unreleased)
  • Eric Clapton: Mainline Florida (from 461 Ocean Boulevard, 1974)
  • Eric Clapton: Tears In Heaven (from the soundtrack of the film Rush, 1992)

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