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Crossroads is a 1988 music collection box set of the work of Eric Clapton released by Polydor Records.[1] 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.

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Box set by
ReleasedApril 18, 1988 (1988-04-18)
GenreBlues rock
CompilerBill Levenson
Eric Clapton chronology
The Cream of Eric Clapton

Several live or alternate studio recordings were previously unreleased. Anthony DeCurtis contributed the liner notes to the album, and The Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood painted the album's cover. Mitchell Kanner designed the package and, along with Michael Bays, art directed the package.[2] Crossroads was mastered by Greg Calbi and compiled by Bill Levenson.[3] The four-disc box set sold more than four million copies worldwide and was presented with six awards, including two Grammy Awards awarded in 1989. With high commercial success and positive critical response, this is Clapton's most-purchased box set to date.


Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
Rolling Stone     [4]
AllMusic     [5]

The critics for Billboard magazine noted mostly the production work, besides the compilations track listing stating: "Compiler Levenson has unearthed some superb rarities for the set, and Anthony DeCurtis contributes intelligent annotation. Classy package and bounty of unheard material will attract Slowhand's legion of fans".[2] Rolling Stone journalist David Fricke really liked the boxed set and awarded the release an extremely rare five-star rating in April 1988.[4] In his review for the American music website AllMusic, critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine presented the album with five out of five possible stars, rating the release as an AllMusic top album and notes:

[…] Clapton's set was a bona fide blockbuster. And it's easy to see why. Crossroads manages to sum up Clapton's career succinctly and thoroughly, touching upon all of his hits and adding a bevy of first-rate unreleased material (most notably selections from the scrapped second Derek and the Dominos album). Although not all of his greatest performances are included on the set – none of his work as a session musician or guest artist is included, for instance – every truly essential item he recorded is present on these four discs. No other Clapton album accurately explains why the guitarist was so influential, or demonstrates exactly what he accomplished.

— Stephen Thomas Erlewine, AllMusic[5]


Year Ceremony Award Result Ref.
1988 Billboard First Double Platinum-selling Box Set Won [6]
First Platinum-selling Box Set Won [6]
Highest-charting Boxed Set Won [7]
1989 Grammy Awards Best Album Notes Won [8]
Best Historical Album Won [9]

Track listingsEdit

CD releaseEdit

Disc 1
1."Boom Boom" (with The Yardbirds)John Lee Hooker2:25
2."Honey in Your Hips" (with The Yardbirds)Keith Relf2:18
3."Baby What's Wrong" (with The Yardbirds)Jimmy Reed2:40
4."I Wish You Would" (with The Yardbirds)Billy Boy Arnold2:19
5."A Certain Girl" (with The Yardbirds)Naomi Neville2:17
6."Good Morning Little Schoolgirl" (with The Yardbirds)H.G. Demarais2:45
7."I Ain't Got You" (with The Yardbirds)Calvin Carter1:59
8."For Your Love" (with The Yardbirds)Graham Gouldman2:29
9."Got to Hurry" (with The Yardbirds)Oscar Rasputin2:35
10."Lonely Years" (with John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers)John Mayall3:17
11."Bernard Jenkins" (with John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers)Eric Clapton3:47
12."Hideaway" (with John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers)Freddie King · Sonny Thompson3:14
13."All Your Love" (with John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers)Willie Dixon · Otis Rush3:34
14."Ramblin' On My Mind" (with John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers)Robert Johnson3:07
15."Have You Ever Loved a Woman" (live) (with John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers)Billy Myles6:41
16."Wrapping Paper" (with Cream)Jack Bruce · Pete Brown2:21
17."I Feel Free" (with Cream)Jack Bruce · Pete Brown2:52
18."Spoonful" (with Cream)Willie Dixon6:30
19."Lawdy Mama" (live at the BBC) (with Cream)Traditional1:50
20."Strange Brew" (with Cream)Eric Clapton · Felix Pappalardi · Gail Collins Pappalardi2:46
21."Sunshine of Your Love" (with Cream)Eric Clapton · Jack Bruce · Pete Brown4:10
22."Tales of Brave Ulysses" (with Cream)Eric Clapton · Martin Sharp2:46
23."Steppin' Out" (live at the BBC) (with Cream)James Bracken3:31
Disc 2
1."Anyone for Tennis" (with Cream)Eric Clapton · Martin Sharp2:37
2."White Room" (with Cream)Jack Bruce · Pete Brown4:56
3."Crossroads" (live) (with Cream)Robert Johnson4:14
4."Badge" (with Cream)Eric Clapton · George Harrison2:43
5."Presence of the Lord" (with Blind Faith)Eric Clapton4:48
6."Can't Find My Way Home" (with Blind Faith)Steve Winwood3:15
7."Sleeping in the Ground" (with Blind Faith)Sam Myers2:50
8."Comin' Home" (with Delaney & Bonnie & Friends)Eric Clapton · Bonnie Bramlett3:13
9."Blues Power"Eric Clapton · Leon Russell3:06
10."After Midnight"J.J. Cale3:17
11."Let It Rain"Eric Clapton · Bonnie Bramlett5:01
12."Tell the Truth" (with Derek and the Dominos)Eric Clapton · Bobby Whitlock3:23
13."Roll It Over" (with Derek and the Dominos)Eric Clapton · Bobby Whitlock4:29
14."Layla" (with Derek and the Dominos)Eric Clapton · Jim Gordon7:07
15."Mean Old World" (with Duane Allman)Walter Jacobs3:50
16."Key to the Highway" (live) (with Derek and the Dominos)Big Bill Broonzy · Charlie Segar6:27
17."Crossroads" (live) (with Derek and the Dominos)Robert Johnson8:17
Disc 3
1."Got to Get Better in a Little While" (with Derek and the Dominos)Eric Clapton5:31
2."Evil" (with Derek and the Dominos)Willie Dixon4:25
3."One More Chance" (with Derek and the Dominos)Eric Clapton3:17
4."Mean Old Frisco" (with Derek and the Dominos)Arthur Crudup4:02
5."Snake Lake Blues" (with Derek and the Dominos)Eric Clapton · Bobby Whitlock3:33
6."Let It Grow"Eric Clapton4:56
7."Ain't That Lovin' You"Jimmy Reed5:26
8."Motherless Children"Traditional4:51
9."I Shot the Sheriff" (live)Bob Marley7:48
10."Better Make It Through Today"Eric Clapton4:05
11."The Sky Is Crying"Elmore James3:57
12."I Found a Love"Leon Russell3:38
13."(When Things Go Wrong) It Hurts Me Too"Mel London5:34
14."Whatcha Gonna Do"Peter Tosh3:01
15."Knockin' on Heaven's Door"Bob Dylan4:21
16."Someone Like You"Arthur Louis4:30
Disc 4
1."Hello Old Friend"Eric Clapton3:34
2."Sign Language"Bob Dylan2:56
3."Further on Up the Road" (live)Joe Medwich Veasey · Don D. Robey6:18
4."Lay Down Sally"Eric Clapton · Marcy Levy · George Terry3:50
5."Wonderful Tonight"Eric Clapton3:42
6."Cocaine"J.J. Cale3:35
7."Promises"Richard Feldman · Roger Linn3:00
8."If I Don't Be There by Morning"Bob Dylan · Helen Springs4:34
9."Double Trouble" (live)Otis Rush8:01
10."I Can't Stand It"Eric Clapton4:09
11."The Shape You're In"Eric Clapton4:09
12."Heaven Is One Step Away"Eric Clapton4:09
13."She's Waiting"Eric Clapton · Peter Robinson4:55
14."Too Bad"Eric Clapton2:37
15."Miss You"Eric Clapton · Greg Phillinganes · Bobby Columby5:05
16."Wanna Make Love to You"Jerry Lynn Williams5:43
17."After Midnight"J.J. Cale4:05

Vinyl releaseEdit

Commercial successEdit

Crossroads is Clapton's commercially most successful multi-disc boxed set, charting in both 1988 and 1989, selling a total of more than three million copies worldwide. In the United States, the 1988 box set was most successful. It peaked at number eight on Billboard magazines Top Pop Compact Disks chart in May 1988 and entered the magazines Top 200 albums chart at position 80. At that point, Clapton was the second artist ever to chart in the Top 100 field with a box set containing six discs, following Elvis Presley.[10] In its first week on chart, Crossroads was both the best- and fastest-selling box set, ever to be released, selling more than 240,000 copies in the first few weeks after its release in the United States. At that point, more than 120,000 copies which were sold were on CD formats, which was still quite rare at the time.[11] In 1988, the release topped the Top Pop Compact Disks chart[12] and reached number 34 on the Billboard 200 top albums chart, where Crossroads stayed a total of 26 weeks on chart.[13] In 2005, the compilation album was certified with a triple Platinum award by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), commemorating the sale of more than three million copies in the United States alone,[14] making it Clapton's best-selling box set in the country. In 1988, the Clapton record was the 26th most-purchased Pop music CD in the United States.[15] In Europe, the box set was a medium success, reaching the Top 20 in only two countries. In the Netherlands, the box set reached number 17 and stayed a total of nine weeks in the charts.[16] Crossroads also reached number 25 on the worldwide albums chart in 1988.[11]

Chart positionsEdit


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[14] 3× Platinum 3,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


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