Eric Clapton / The Studio Album Collection / 9LP vinyl box set


Eric Clapton‘s solo output, recorded for Polydor/RSO during during the 1970s, is gathered together in The Studio Album Collection, a new nine-LP vinyl box from Universal Music.

The box includes seven solo albums starting with 1970’s Eric Clapton and ending with 1981’s Another Ticket. The two ‘biggies’ are obviously present and correct (1974’s 461 Oceaon Boulevard and Slowhand from ’77) and by playing loose with the definition of ‘solo’ (i.e. ignoring it) the label also find a place for Derek and the Dominoes‘ 1970 masterwork, Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs.

The albums are reissued on 180g vinyl, in replica original artwork and this box has an inner ‘drawer’ that contains the records, slotting into the outer slipcase.Additionally, and “especially for this box set”, both Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs, and Clapton’s self-titled 1970 album, have been newly remastered. This implies that the rest use whatever the latest masterings might be. There is no word or digital v analogue masterings, so I guess we should assume the latter. This box also includes a download code for each of the albums.

The Studio Album Collection is released on 29 Jan 2016.



The box set includes the albums:

Eric Clapton – Eric Clapton
Derek & The Dominos – Layla And Other Songs
Eric Clapton – 461 Ocean Boulevard
Eric Clapton – There’s One In Every Crowd
Eric Clapton – No Reason To Cry
Eric Clapton – Slowhand
Eric Clapton – Backless
Eric Clapton – Another Ticket

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Alan Wilson

This is now £74.99 on both Amazon UK and HMV at the moment (21st May)


The format of the dowload files, at least for the time being, is WAV. Don’t know how long it will stay that way.
Usually, Universal/Sound Of Vinyl uploads mp3 files.
Sometimes, for “mistake”, they upload wav files.
Then, when they realize it, they convert it to mp3.

This happens regularly, most recently with the Sparks box set. The download was initially wav, then after a few days it was downgraded to mp3.

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I have ordered keen to know they are masters from original analogue masters not digital is there any way to confirm this. I do not want a digital recording pressed on LP


CD version please!


Is there any word on the format of the downloads that will be included?

I’m going to suspect 320kbps MP3, but I keep hoping FLAC becomes the standard.


This set does look nice but as mentioned above Im not really sure what the market for this is. Second hand vinyl of Claptons 1970’s output is fairly easy to find and this reminds me of the recent vinyl releases from John Mellencamp and Herb Alpert. Just about any of their vinyl releases can be had for less than $5. I guess theres a small market of people that’ll buy anything from anyone and thats what the labels are counting on. I like Clapton but if you give me a day or two I could find first original first pressings of all his 70’s output for under $100 in NM condition.


That’s a bargain on the German amazon site…!!!

simon taylor

Looks nice but as a long term fan I’m guessing this wont be for me. I don’t quite understand the worth in record companies doing this for acts like Quo and Clapton. There’s nothing here that couldn’t be found much cheaper secondhand. No apparent outtakes or something for the hardcore fan. I started collecting his vinyl in the mid 80’s and have kept all of them and play them often. Perhaps if the quadrophonic mix of 461 Ocean Boulevard and There’s One In Every Crowd was included it would be more interesting as I still don’t have those but to be honest, probably much cheaper to find on ebay. A little bit frustrated as hoped the next Clapton reissue would offer something more.