The recent rock documentary Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars is released on DVD, Blu-ray and digitally today, while a companion soundtrack album also is available now as a two-CD set and digital download.
Life in 12 Bars, which got its U.S. television premiere in February on Showtime, offers an intimate profile of the British guitar legend’s life, including his traumatic childhood, his rise to rock stardom and his struggles with drug and alcohol abuse.
The movie features extensive interviews with Clapton, as well as with some of his family members, friends, musical heroes, collaborators and admirers. The doc also features rare home movies and clips of vintage live and TV performances.
Among the many well-known musicians appearing in new or archival footage are B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix, George Harrison, Duane Allman, The Yardbirds‘ Chris Dreja and Jim McCarty, John Mayall, Roger Waters, Steve Winwood and one-time Derek and the Dominos keyboardist Bobby Whitlock.
The Life in 12 Bars soundtrack features 32 songs spanning most of Clapton’s career and including recordings of Eric with The Yardbirds, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, Cream, Blind Faith, Delaney & Bonnie & Friends, Derek and the Dominos, and solo.
In addition, the compilation boasts songs by a couple of Clapton’s blues influences — Muddy Waters and Big Bill Broonzy — as well as The Beatles‘ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and Aretha Franklin‘s “Good to Me as I Am to You,” which both feature Eric on guitar.
Five previously unreleased recordings appear on the album, including a full-length studio version of Clapton’s hit cover of Bob Marley‘s “I Shot the Sheriff.”
A four-LP vinyl version of the record will follow on July 20.
Here’s the track list for the soundtrack’s two-CD version:
“Backwater Blues” — Big Bill Broonzy
“My Life Is Ruined” — Muddy Waters
“I Got Mojo Working” — Muddy Waters
“I Wish You Would” (studio version) — The Yardbirds
“For Your Love” — The Yardbirds
“Steppin’ Out” — John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers
“All Your Love” — John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers
“I Feel Free” — Cream
“Strange Brew” — Cream
“Sunshine of Your Love” (studio version) — Cream
“Good to Me as I Am to You” — Aretha Franklin
“Crossroads” (live) — Cream
“While My Guitar Gently Weeps” — The Beatles
“Badge” — Cream
“White Room” (live) — Cream
“Spoonful” (live) — Cream*
“Presence of the Lord” (studio version) — — Blind Faith
“Comin’ Home” — Delaney & Bonnie & Friends featuring Eric Clapton
“After Midnight” (alternate mix) — Eric Clapton
“Let It Rain” (alternate mix) — Eric Clapton
“High” — Derek and the Dominos*
“My Sweet Lord” — George Harrison
“Thorn Tree in the Garden” — Derek and the Dominos
“Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out — Derek and the Dominos
“Bell Bottom Blues” — Derek and the Dominos
“Layla” — Derek and the Dominos
“Little Wing” (live) — Derek and the Dominos*
“Got to Get Better in a Little While” (studio version) — Derek and the Dominos
“I Shot the Sheriff” — Eric Clapton**
“Little Queenie” (live) — Eric Clapton*
“Mainline Florida” — Eric Clapton
“Tears in Heaven” (studio version) — Eric Clapton
* = previously unreleased
** = previously unreleased full-length version.
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