Crossroads (4:15)

Cover of The Cream of Clapton

From The Cream of Clapton and 43 other releases

Crossroads is a song based on “Cross Road Blues” by Robert Johnson released on Cream’s double album “Wheels Of Fire” in 1968.

During the spring of 1968, Cream came to America for their second US tour; after their first concert in Santa Monica on March 23, they played a string of dates at the Winterland Auditorium in San Francisco (Feb 29, and March 1, 2, 8, 9, 10 (all dates with two shows), with two dates at the Fillmore West on March 3 and 7 (both dates with two shows as well). It was during the first set of the March 10 show that Cream recorded “Crossroads”. Arranged by guitarist Eric Clapton, the Cream version had a faster tempo than the original, and included two lines borrowed from Johnson’s “Traveling Riverside Blues.”

Unlike Cream’s usual arrangement with bassist Jack Bruce singing, guitarist Eric Clapton took the vocals on this recording. Clapton’s explosive guitar solos cemented his reputation as a guitar legend; his work from the track was named by one critic the greatest live rock solo ever. Bruce’s fluid bass playing, blurring the line between rhythm and melody, has been similarly honored as the second-best live bass performance.

It was placed at #409 on the 2004 List of Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and #3 on the 2008 RS Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time lists.

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I went down to the crossroads, fell down on my knees
Down to the crossroads, fell down on my knees
Asked the Lord above for mercy, "Save me if you please"

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  • YoQueSe666

    As one of the greatest guitarists of all time, it’s no surprise Clapton’s got a number of signature solos to his name. While he and Duane Allman made history with “Layla”’s signature sound, it’s with Cream’s “Crossroads” solo that he really nails it. In fact, this hard-rock arrangement of Robert Johnson’s original blues tune is so good we think Slowhand may have signed a deal with the Devil too. -- watchmojo

    26 Jul 3:54pm Reply
  • delboy5

    ♬♫♪◖(●◡●)◗♪♫♬ classic Slowhand

    27 Apr 6:42pm Reply
  • DEATHIREAPER

    Great song but terrible quality

    16 Mar 1:33am Reply
  • Cola-hound

    clapton is great but what a bass line

    23 Feb 10:35pm Reply
  • klpra

    Live at Winterland. Must have been FANTASTIC!!

    10 Feb 6:03pm Reply
  • infinity-inc

    There isn't a comment thread in the universe that won't eventually degenerate into an atheism debate.

    10 Feb 3:02pm Reply
  • Heijohpeih

    Crossroads great with Lemmy Kilmister on vocals.

    6 Jan 10:36am Reply
  • lammasabacthani

    clapton said Duane Allman was the best he'd seen

    2 Nov 2013 Reply
  • DavidSmith98

    This is like God coming down from heaven and saying "Eric Clapton, I am going to give you the best damn solo ever." <- that makes no sense, because 'god' doesn't exist. Clapton is God. Clapton gave us the solo from his fingers, so yes God gave us the solo but not some white guy with a beard who lives in the clouds (santa?)

    1 Apr 2013 Reply
  • rikrijean

    ***THANK YOU JÜRGEN***

    1 Jan 2013 Reply
  • oldiesfanjohn

    Crank it up... Now we're cookin' with gas!

    29 Nov 2012 Reply
  • juniordorozario

    http://rockestra-edu.blogspot.com/2012/03/layla-and-other-assorted-love-songs.html Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs é o único álbum de estúdio da banda Inglesa Derek and the Dominos. A banda era formada por Eric Clapton (guitarra e vocais), Carl Radle (baixo), Bobby Whitlock (piano) e Jim Gordon (bateria) e ainda um célebre convidado Duanne Allman do The Allman Brothers Band...

    11 Mar 2012 Reply
  • beek56

    Everybody stands at a crossroad sometimes in their life.

    10 Mar 2012 Reply
  • sogletho

    you can run, you can run

    24 Jan 2012 Reply
  • vitaoma

    This is like God coming down from heaven and saying "Eric Clapton, I am going to give you the best damn solo ever." [2], so true!

    30 May 2011 Reply
  • Gibiruei

    essa musica é muito loca.

    29 May 2011 Reply
  • zoborey

    amazing

    10 May 2011 Reply
  • Lucas_Marques

    jack's bass is sick in this

    28 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Ortstadt

    Stickin to my seat!!!

    16 Jan 2011 Reply
  • nicoinfurs

    I dont know who's more amazing on this, Baker, Bruce of Clapton, they all shine. One of the sickest songs ever.

    29 Nov 2010 Reply
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