Eric Clapton / Life in 12 Bars

Includes four previously unreleased tracks and two alternate mixes

A new Eric Clapton documentary Life In 12 Bars (Directed by Oscar-winner, Lili Fini Zanuck) has prompted a new two-CD (and 4LP vinyl) soundtrack which spans Clapton’s long career and includes selections from many of the acts he worked with, including The Yardbirds, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Cream, The Beatles (!), and Blind Faith.

The 32-tracks include five previously unreleased selections.From the Cream era there is a version of Spoonful, an incredible 17 minute tour-de-force, recorded live at the LA Forum in October 1968 during the group’s final US, Goodbye tour. There are two from Derek and The Dominos – firstly a recording of High, originally recorded during the 1971 sessions at Olympic Studios for their unreleased 2nd album. This track was later revisited and re-recorded for Eric Clapton’s 1975 album, There’s One In Every Crowd. Secondly, the track Little Wing, a tribute to Jimi Hendrix, recorded live during the Domino’s late set at The Fillmore East on 24th October 1970.

Life in 12 Bars also includes two previously unreleased Eric Clapton tracks from 1974; the first ever release of the entire full length recording (6′ 54″) of Bob Marley’s I Shot The Sheriff, recorded during the sessions for 461 Ocean Boulevard and a live performance of Little Queenie, the Chuck Berry rock ‘n’ roll classic, recoded at Long Beach Arena, California in July 1974 during Clapton’s comeback tour to promote 461 Ocean Boulevard.

In addition, there are two alternative mixes made for Eric Clapton’s 1970 debut album. Separate mixes were made for the album, by Delaney Bramlett and Tom Dowd (in LA) and also by Clapton himself (in London). Featured in this collection are Clapton’s rare mixes of album highlights, After Midnight and Let It Rain.

It’s very unusual for Beatles tracks to end up on these kinds of compilations, but While My Guitar Gently Weeps does indeed feature here, as does George Harrison’s My Sweet Lord.

This looks like a very well compiled collection. The 4LP vinyl set can now be pre-ordered in some territories and the 2CD set in the UK remains at just £8.74. What a bargain.

Life In 12 Bars will be released on 8 June 2018.

Life in 12 Bars – 2CD edition

Disc: 1
1. Big Bill Broonzy: Backwater Blues (4.07) The Big Bill Broonzy Story 1957
2. Muddy Waters: My Life Is Ruined (2.38) Chess single 1953
3. Muddy Waters: I Got Mojo Working (4.28) Live At Newport Jazz Festival 1960
4. The Yardbirds: I Wish You Would (2.19) – studio version
5. The Yardbirds: For Your Love (2.30) For Your Love 1965
6. John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers: Steppin’ Out (2.29) John Mayall Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton 1966
7. John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers: All Your Love (3.37) John Mayall Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton 1966
8. Cream: I Feel Free (2.57) Fresh Cream 1966
9. Cream: Strange Brew (2.50) Disraeli Gears 1967
10. Cream: Sunshine of Your Love (4.12) – studio version
11. Aretha Franklin: Good to Me As I Am To You (3.58) Lady Soul / Recorded on December 16 and 17, 1967
12. Cream: Crossroads live (4.18) Wheels Of Fire / Recorded 10 March 1968 at Winterland, San Francisco, CA16
13. The Beatles: While My Guitar Gently Weeps (4.45)The Beatles / Recorded 5-6 September 1968
14. Cream: Badge (2.48) Goodbye / Recorded October 1968 at IBC Studios in London
15. Cream: White Room live (5.41) Live Cream II / recorded October 4, 1968 at the Oakland Coliseum Arena
16. Cream: Spoonful (17.27) live from Goodbye tour – LA Forum October 19, 1968 previously unreleased
17. Blind Faith: Presence Of The Lord (4.52) – studio version

Disc: 2
1. Delaney & Bonnie & Friends featuring Eric Clapton: Comin’ Home (7.51) Live at Fairfield Halls
2. Eric Clapton: After Midnight (3.25) alternate mix from Eric Clapton (first album) 1970
3. Eric Clapton: Let It Rain (5.00) alternate mix from Eric Clapton (first album) 1970
4. Derek and The Dominos: High (3.10) (Olympic Studios, April 1971) Derek and The Dominos album previously unreleased
5. George Harrison: My Sweet Lord (4.44) All Things Must Pass 1970
6. Derek and The Dominos: Thorn Tree In The Garden (2.55) Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs 1970
7. Derek and The Dominos: Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out (5.01) Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs 1970
8. Derek and The Dominos: Bell Bottom Blues (5.08) Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs 1970
9. Derek and The Dominos: Layla (7.10) Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs 1970
10. Derek and The Dominos: Little Wing (6.11) Live At The Fillmore 1970
11. Derek and The Dominos: Got To Get Better In A Little While (6.05) – studio version
12. Eric Clapton: I Shot The Sheriff (6.54) previously unreleased full length version from 461 Ocean Blvd 1970
13. Eric Clapton: Little Queenie live (6.00) Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, California, July 19/20, 1974 previously unreleased
14. Eric Clapton: Mainline Florida (4.08) 461 Ocean Boulevard 1974
15. Eric Clapton: Tears In Heaven (4.31) – studio version

Life in 12 Bars / 4LP vinyl set

LP 1

Side A
1. Backwater Blues
2. My Life Is Ruined
3. I’ve Got My Mojo Working
4. I Wish You Would
5. For Your Love
6. Steppin’ Out

Side B
7. All Your Love (Side B)
8. I Feel Free (Side B)
9. Strange Brew (Side B)
10. Sunshine Of Your Love (Side B)
11. Good To Me As I Am To You (Side B)

LP 2

Side A
1. Crossroads
2. While My Guitar Gently Weeps
3. Badge
4. White Room

Side B
5. Spoonful
6. Presence Of The Lord

LP 3
Side A

1. Comin’ Home
2. After Midnight
3. Let It Rain
4. High

Side B

5. My Sweet Lord
6. Thorn Tree In The Garden
7. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out
8. Bell Bottom Blues

LP 4

Side A
1. Layla
2. Little Wing
3. Got To Get Better In A Little While

Side B
4. I Shot The Sheriff
5. Little Queenie
6. Mainline Florida
7. Tears In Heaven

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Julian H

Paul, nothing about EC’s Christmas album?

Tom J

Going to Steve’s comment: Spoonful should be great to hear. Why not on original ‘Goodbye’? Also, if that is available, should rest of Forum Oct. 68 also be out there in good audio quality? 50 year Anniversary of break up coming up, maybe a nice CD of un-released live tracks from Eric, Jack, and Ginger?


Does anyone know if the “Life in 12 Bars” documentary is coming out on DVD soon? It was outstanding. I saw it on youtube before it was removed, but I would be willing to get it on DVD.

Steve Thorpe

Can’t wait to hear the formerly unreleased version of “Spoonful” from the 68 Goodbye Tour!
I loved the version on “Wheels of Fire” album from San Francisco, Winterland also in 68.


Any idea if the DVD or Blu-ray will have any “bonus material” or a “Directors cut”..?

Alan Wilson

HMV have their pre-orders up, they stack up as follows:

Double CD – £9.99
Vinyl – £69.99
Blu-ray – £14.99
DVD – £12.99

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To answer the above question about the recent Grateful Dead documentary, presumably “Long Strange Trip,” CD and LP versions are available – including Amazon exclusive CD and LP versions, each the same additional 80 minutes. All good stuff.

“12 Bars” is worth the watch, big fan that I am. I’ve bought the CD set and look forward to the vinyl links – thank you Paul!


Little Wing. A beautiful song, when done by it’s writer. EC’s versions always sounded milk shopp city to me.

simon taylor

Full length I Shot The Sheriff is up on Spotify.

Mike Williams

It’s also 13.98 USD at Amazon U.S.A.: https://www.amazon.com/Eric-Clapton-Life-12-Bars/dp/B079NCCK2S/

Ken Evans

Glad the film is finally coming to disc for people who don’t care to bother with a Showtime subscription.

In a related matter has anyone heard anything about a disc for the Dead doco film from last year? This one really baffles me because most Deadheads are old and don’t stream.


George Harrison also plays on Comin’ Home (Disc 2, Track 1), as he performed on most of the show on this short Delaney and Bonnie UK tour. There’s an expanded 4-disc cd set from 2017 featuring many of these shows, currently selling for around £18 on Amazon, a bit more in HMV. Surely a must for both Harrison and Clapton completists.

Allan Johansen

Hi Steve, you’re right about Harrison taking part of the Delaney & Bonnie tour as ‘Mysterioso’, and he actually also went on with them to Denmark on 12 December 1969 (documented in a bad quality video). Anyway, the 4-disc set* was originally released by Rhino Handmade in 2010 in an over sized box, but with long and detailed notes detailing among others how Harrison got involved.
*)Royal Albert Hall, Monday December 1st; Colston Hall, Tuesday December 2nd; Fairfield Halls, Sunday December 7th (1st show); and Fairfield Hall (2nd show) from which ‘Comin’ Home’ is taken.

Euan Shanks

Thanks for the prompt heads up. Looks a fantastic set. Also the price is great. Cheers Paul.

Chris Squires

Yesterday I watched the excellent George Harrison documentary “Living in the material world” on Netflix and I found it to be rather wonderful. It featured quite a lot of Eric Clapton. It’s 3 and a half hours long but well worth the investment and if you haven’t seen it dig it out. It is far better than the awful Bowie: The man who changed the world documentary. The Harrison one feels like a proper documentary and the Bowie one is put together by the VIth Form media studies.

(tenuous Clapton link I know but it is very worth a watch)

Dick Walters

Eric Clapton has matured with age like a good malt whisky. May he continue to only disappointment is River of Tears is not on the album.

Marc K.

Wow, pretty unique to find a Beatles’ tune outside of their own catalogue, on a cd of another artist. Nice offer on Amazon UK

Paul Murphy

Without wishing to be churlish to a superb – albeit hardly-career encompassing – release, if the live version of ‘Guitar Weeps’ from the Concert for Bangladesh had been used, royalties would have gone to the George Harrison Fund for UNICEF. Strange that nothing from ‘Rainbow Concert’ is present, given its importance during the time-frame this release devotes a large chunk to.

Ian Fry

oh yes!. thanks again paul…

Simon taylor

The extras are of interest. The original High from 71 Dominos sessions. Had that for years on bootleg but it’s instrumental. Do we know if this has a finished lead vocal? Also the full length I shot the sheriff is superb, again, have on bootleg but only instrumental. The band gets really funky towards the end. Both this and High were missed off the most recent boxes – Layla 40th and Give Me Strength 74/75 Sessions. Proof that these apparently all encompassing boxes are still holding back outtakes for future releases.

All ordered, looks very interesting. One very happy Clapton fan here!

paul mcnamara

Is there any news of the release of the documentary on DVD/Blu ray etc.?


Yes, the film will also be released on DVD/Bluray on the sam day as the CD set.


Roel Glas

If you can’t wait and surprisingly, the DVD (Region 4 – Pal) was released in Australia last month (8/3/18). No blu-ray as yet (or CD).



Ordered at that bargain Amazon UK price … not sure about “spans Clapton’s long career” though as most of the tracks are from 1965 to 1970 with just two from the mid seventies and one from around 1992.


This is a must have for me !


Nice. I saw the film on its limited release. Whilst not much new for the expert fan, the context and personal perspective from Eric and those close to him was powerful. I hope we will see the DVD/Blue-ray of the film itself soon. Maybe worth holding off for a film/soundtrack combined set? Any news on the film release Paul?

Andrew M

Bargain of the year so Far? Pre-ordered – thanks Paarl! Look forward to the vinyl link!


No Chaka Demus and Pliers collaboration?

Gary Thompson

volume 2