Offered for sale is a rare test pressing of the promo-only 2 LP set Classic Cuts from RSO’s Collectors’ Editions, featuring tracks by Eric Clapton, Cream, Derek and the Dominoes and Blind Faith.
It’s hard to believe, given how popular those bands were, but in the mid-1970s, the entire Cream catalog, Eric Clapton’s first solo album, the only album by Blind Faith, and Layla and Assorted Love Songs by Derek and the Dominoes were all out of print in the United States.
In 1977, all of those albums, originally available in the U.S. on the Atco label, were reissued by RSO Records. In order to promote them, RSO pressed a special double album containing the best tracks from those albums for use on radio and for in-store play to encourage sales. This album was titled Classic Cuts from RSO’s Collector’s Editions.
While it’s a great collection of just about everything you’d ever want to hear from Eric Clapton’s classic period, this double album was not sold in stores, and it’s rather hard to find today.
- Cream – Badge
- Cream – NSU
- Cream – Four Until Late
- Cream – I’m So Glad
- Cream – Mother’s Lament
- Blind Faith – Presence of the Lord
- Cream – White Room
- Eric Clapton – After Midnight
- Cream – Strange Brew
- Derek and the Dominoes – Bell Bottom Blues
- Eric Clapton – Let It Rain
- Derek and the Dominoes – Why Does Love Got to Be So Bad
- Blind Faith – Can’t Find My Way Home
- Derek and the Dominoes – Layla
- Derek and the Dominoes – Thorn Tree in the Garden
- Cream – Crossroads (live)
- Cream – Sleepy Time Time (live)
- Cream – Sunshine of Your Love
About this copy: This copy of Classic Cuts from RSO’s Collectors’ Editions is an original 1976 test pressing of the 1977 promo-only release. The two discs were issued in plain white covers and include the label copy sheets. (See photo for an example of the cover for the released version, which is not included.)
The two discs have labels that say “Advance Promotional” and “Columbia Records, Pitman New Jersey.” Sides 1 and 3 have the side and catalog number written on them in ballpoint pen; the other two sides have no writing.
Both discs are M- and look unplayed.
A nice copy of a rare Eric Clapton LP.
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