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Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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6/8/2018

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Life in 12 Bars is the name of Lili Fini Zanuck's feature-length 2018 documentary about Eric Clapton, so it fits that its accompanying soundtrack also attempts to tell his story, only through song. To that end, the double-disc soundtrack doesn't limit itself strictly to music Clapton recorded himself, either on his own, as a sideman, or with the many bands he's played in over the years. It kicks off with three vintage blues sides -- "Backwater Blues" by Big Bill Broonzy, then two cuts from Muddy Waters -- and it later finds space for Aretha Franklin's "Good to Me as I Am to You" and George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord" (although, oddly, nothing from the Band's Music from Big Pink, which changed the course of Clapton's career as thoroughly as hearing blues for the first time). Around these totems are obvious selections ("Steppin' Out," "I Feel Free," "Crossroads," "After Midnight," "Layla"), along with several interesting live selections and songs that represent certain turning points in his life, such as "For Your Love," the song that caused him to leave the Yardbirds. Apart from "Tears in Heaven," which functions as a bittersweet coda, this stops in 1978, with Slowhand tearing through "Mainline Florida," which is fine: there is certainly more story left to tell -- all covered in the film -- but by stopping this narrative here, the soundtrack to Life in 12 Bars draws a good portrait of Clapton at the most vital part of his career. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Backwater Blues Big Bill Broonzy 4:6
  3. 2 My Life Is Ruined Muddy Waters 2:36
  4. 3 Got My Mojo Working [Live] Muddy Waters 4:22
  5. 4 I Wish You Would The Yardbirds 2:16
  6. 5 For Your Love The Yardbirds 2:28
  7. 6 Steppin' Out John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers 2:26
  8. 7 All Your Love John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers 3:31
  9. 9 Strange Brew Cream 2:45
  10. 10 Sunshine of Your Love Cream 4:10
  11. 11 Good to Me as I Am to You Aretha Franklin 3:53
  12. 12 Crossroads [Live] Cream 4:13
  13. 13 While My Guitar Gently Weeps The Beatles 4:41
  14. 14 Badge Eric Clapton 2:43
  15. 15 White Room [Live at Oakland Coliseum Arena] Cream 5:48
  16. 16 Spoonful [Live at la Forum] Cream 17:24
  17. 17 Presence of the Lord Blind Faith 4:47
  18. 1 Comin' Home [Live at Fairfield Halls] Eric Clapton 7:26
  19. 2 After Midnight [Eric Clapton Mix] Eric Clapton 3:18
  20. 3 Let It Rain [Eric Clapton Mix] Eric Clapton 5:16
  21. 4 High [Outtake] Derek & the Dominos 3:6
  22. 5 My Sweet Lord George Harrison 4:35
  23. 6 Thorn Three in the Garden Derek & the Dominos 2:52
  24. 7 Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out Derek & the Dominos 5:3
  25. 8 Bell Bottom Blues Derek & the Dominos 5:3
  26. 9 Layla Derek & the Dominos 7:5
  27. 10 Little Wing Derek & the Dominos 6:34
  28. 11 Got to Get better in a Little While Derek & the Dominos 6:3
  29. 12 I Shot the Sheriff Eric Clapton 6:47
  30. 13 Little Queen [Live] Eric Clapton 6:16
  31. 14 Mainline Florida Eric Clapton 4:4
  32. 15 Tears in heaven Eric Clapton 4:30

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