The Yardbirds: Keith Relf (vocals, harmonica); Eric Clapton, Chris Dreja (guitar); Brian Auger (harpsichord); Paul Samwell-Smith (bass); Jim McCarty (drums); Denny Piercey (bongos).
John Mayall's Bluesbreakers: John Mayall (organ, vocals, piano); Eric Clapton (guitar); John McVie, Jack Bruce (bass); Hughie Flint (drums).
Cream: Eric Clapton (guitar, vocals); Jack Bruce (vocals, bass, piano); Ginger Baker (drums, vocals).
Blind Faith: Steve Winwood (vocals, piano, bass); Eric Clapton (guitar, vocals); Rick Gretch (bass); Ginger Baker (drums).
Delaney And Bonnie: Delaney Bramlett (vocals, guitar); Bonnie Bramlett (vocals); Eric Clapton, Dave Mason (guitar); Jim Price (trumpet); Bobby Keys (saxophone); Bobby Whitlock (keyboards); Carl Radle (bass); Jim Gordon (drums); Tex Johnson (percussion); Rita Coolidge (background vocals).
Derek And The Dominoes: Eric Clapton, Bobby Whitlock (guitar, vocals); Duane Allman (guitar); Carl Radle (bass); Jim Gordon (drums).
Additional personnel: Jerry Allison, Tom Bernfield, Bonnie Bramlett, Rita Coolidge, Sonny Curtis, Bob Dylan, Yvonne Elliman, Chuck Kirkpatrick, Katie Kissoon, Shaun Murphy, Tessa Niles, John Sambataro (vocals); Peter Tosh (vocals, guitar); Nathan East (vocals, bass); Marcy Levy (vocals, tambourine); Ry Cooder, Jesse Ed Davis, George Harrison, Albert Lee, Dave Mason, Robbie Robertson, Ron Wood (guitar); Stephen Stills, George Terry (guitar, vocals); Felix Pappalardi (viola, Mellotron); Michael Brecker, Bobby Keys (sax); Randy Brecker, Jon Faddis, Jim Price (trumpet); Dave Bargeron (trombone); Leon Russell (piano); Albhy Galuten (piano, synthesizer); Dick Sims (organ, keyboard); Gary Brooker, Alan Clark (keyboards); Greg Phillinganes (keyboards, vocals); Chris Stainton (keyboards, synthesizer, organ); Peter Robinson (synthesizer); Donald "Duck" Dunn, Dave Markee (bass); Roger Hawkins, Andy Newmark, Jamie Oldaker, Henry Spinetti (drums); Ray Cooper, Sergio Pastora Rodriguez (percussion); Phil Collins (percussion, drums, vocals).
Producers include: The Yardbirds, Giorgio Gomelsky, Mike Vernon, Robert Stigwood, Felix Pappalardi
Compilation producer: Bill Levenson.
Includes liner notes by Anthony DeCurtis.
CROSSROADS is a 25th Anniversary retrospective of Eric Clapton's career, spanning 1963-1987. The boxed set contains 6 LPs on 4 CDs, individually packaged in a 12" x 12" box with original cover art by Ron Wood. It includes a 32 page book with photos from throughout Clapton's career and a 6,000 word history of Clapton. All of the set's 73 songs have been digitally remastered for this release; in most cases, the source material was the original master tapes or original multi-tracks. All of the set's Derek And The Dominoes material is previously unreleased. In November 1990, CROSSROADS became the first CD box set to be certified platinum.
The release of the 4-CD box set CROSSROADS is the perfect package to commemorate Eric Clapton's first 25 years of making music. Starting out as a blues purist with the like-minded Yardbirds, Clapton left after the band moved in a decidedly more pop direction. He began an apprenticeship under John Mayall. Encouraged to indulge in his love for the songs of Freddie King ("Hideaway") and Robert Johnson ("Ramblin' On My Mind") among others, Clapton metamorphosed into a guitar god after forming Cream with two of Mayall's sidemen, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker. These three virtuosos set the bar for the classic power trio line-up and in the process redefined rock music and introduced unprecedented levels of improvisational freedom within songs such as "Crossroads." Post-Cream, Clapton took his godhead status into the supergroup Blind Faith before becoming a sideman with Delaney & Bonnie ("Comin' Home"). Using their back-up band on his solo debut led to the formation of Derek & The Dominos. This unit's synergy allowed Clapton to unleash all his accumulated creative might amidst the throes of personal unrest yielding the epic "Layla." Later, Clapton reinvented himself as a mellow singer-songwriter. CROSSROADS covers all this history and includes extensive liner notes by Anthony.