Polydor/RSO to Issue Eric Clapton: The Studio Album Collection 1971-1980 in the New Year

January 2016 sees the release of this impressive eight-piece, vinyl only box set, which brings together all of Eric Clapton‘s solo studio albums from his time with the Polydor/RSO label, spanning the period 1971 – 1980. Each album has been faithfully replicated and pressed on 180g vinyl and two of them, Eric Clapton – Eric Clapton and Derek and The Dominos – Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs, have been re-mastered for this release.

Eric Clapton: The Studio Album Collection 1971-1980, 8 ALBUM VINYL BOX SET, JANUARY 29, 2016 (PRNewsFoto/Universal Music Enterprises)

Eric Clapton: The Studio Album Collection 1971-1980, 8 ALBUM VINYL BOX SET, JANUARY 29, 2016 (PRNewsFoto/Universal Music Enterprises)

Eric Clapton, who recently celebrated his 70th year, needs little by way of an introduction, as a renowned solo artist in his own right as well as a member of the Yardbirds, Cream and Derek and the Dominos. He is the only three time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame and is one of the most important and influential guitarists of all time. He has been the recipient of 17 Grammy Awards, 1 Brit Award and 1 Bafta.

This collection features:

1. Eric Clapton – Eric Clapton (00602547502674)

– Debut, solo studio album

– Released in 1970

– More than 750,000 copies sold worldwide

– Reached top 20 on four national music charts, #14 in the UK

– Includes “After Midnight“, “Blues Power” and “Let It Rain

2. Derek & The Dominos – Layla And Other Songs (00602547502704)

– Released in 1970

– More than 600,000 copies sold worldwide

– Inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame (2000)

– #117 of “500 Greatest Albums of All Time” – Rolling Stone

– Includes “Tell The Truth“, “Layla” and “Bell Bottom Blues

3. Eric Clapton – 461 Ocean Boulevard (00602537590926)

– Eric Clapton’s 2nd Studio album

– Released in the summer of 1974

– Sold over 2,000,000 copies worldwide

– #3 in the UK charts, # 1 in US and Canada

– Includes “I Shot The Sheriff

4. Eric Clapton – There’s One In Every Crowd (00602537590933)

– Clapton’s 3rd studio album

– Released in 1975

– More than 700,000 copies sold worldwide

– #15 in the UK charts

– Includes “Swing Low Sweet Chariot

5. Eric Clapton – No Reason To Cry (00602547502759)

– Clapton’s 4th solo studio album

– Released in 1976

– More than 600,000 copies sold worldwide

– #8 in the UK charts

– Includes a duet with Bob Dylan on “Sign Language

6. Eric Clapton – Slowhand (00600753407233)

– Clapton’s 5th solo studio album

– Released in 1977

– 4,000,000 sales globally

– Includes “Lay Down Sally” and “Wonderful Tonight

7. Eric Clapton – Backless (00602547502742)

– Clapton’s 6th solo studio album

– Released in 1978

– #18 in UK charts

– 2,300,000 sales globally

– Includes “If I Don’t Be There By Morning” and “Promises

8. Eric Clapton – Another Ticket (00602547502735)

– Clapton’s 7th solo studio album

– Final album for Polydor

– Released in 1981

– Has sold more 800,000 copies worldwide

– #18 in the UK

– Includes “I Can’t Stand” and “Another Ticket

Matana Roberts Presents Red, White And Blue(S), A Sound Quilt Of Sorts, Featuring Her New Year’s Eve Back Room 12TET

Returning to the Whitney Museum of American Art on New Year’s Eve, Matana Roberts will present a one-time performance of red, white and blue(s), a sound quilt of sorts. Robert’s score, which was composed in response to the Whitney’s new building as well as works from its collection, will be performed by the New Year’s Eve Back Room 12tet, an ensemble created particularly for this one-evening-only event. The members of The New Year’s Eve Back Room 12tet are Matana Roberts, alto saxophone, composition, and electronics; Stuart Bogie, clarinet; Jeff Tobias, alto saxophone; Peter Evans, trumpet; Steve Swell, trombone; Mazz Swift, violin; Daniel Levin, cello; Jessica Pavone, viola; Mary Halvorson, guitar; Gabriel Guerrero, piano; Me’Shell NdegéOcello, bass; Tomas Fujiwara, drums; and Helado Negro, wordspeak and electronics. Special guest DJ Rupture will also perform.

Matana Roberts Presents Red, White And Blue(S), A Sound Quilt Of Sorts, Featuring Her New Year’s Eve Back Room 12TET

Matana Roberts Presents Red, White And Blue(S), A Sound Quilt Of Sorts, Featuring Her New Year’s Eve Back Room 12TET

Over the past decade, Roberts has emerged as one of the most innovative cross-disciplinary sound artists of her generation. A dynamic saxophonist, composer, improviser, and mixed media sound conceptualist, her acclaimed artistic practice aims to expose the mystical roots and the intuitive spirit-raising traditions of American creative expression in her music and art. Her innovative work has forged new conceptual approaches to considering narrativity, history, and political expression within improvisatory structures.

For the December 31 performance, Roberts will also draw inspiration from the life and work of Archibald Motley, whose work is currently on view in Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist through January 17, 2016.

Over the last year Roberts has performed throughout the Whitney’s new building in a series of site-specific engagements, including a roving hard-hat concert through the Museum while it was still under construction, an incantation to inaugurate the building’s opening, a live improvisation which engaged Eva Hesse‘s No Title (1969), a daylong improvisational happening, and a week-long open studio residency in the theater. red, white and blue(s) marks the culmination of this series of performances coalescing into a complex, thoughtful and celebratory consideration of contemporary American art and music.

The event runs from 9 pm to 1 am, doors close at 10:30 pm. Tickets, which are available on www.whitney.org, are $50 ($45 for members, students, and seniors). Festive attire is recommended.

Generous Gift From The Donald And Barbara Zucker Family Foundation Will Support Whitney’s Popular Pay-What-You-Wish Hours On Friday Evenings

Adam D. Weinberg, the Alice Pratt Brown Director of the Whitney Museum of American Art, announced today that a generous gift has been made by The Donald and Barbara Zucker Family Foundation to sponsor the Museum’s weekly Pay-What-You-Wish admission hours on Friday evenings from 7 to 10 pm.

This is an immensely significant gift to the Whitney and above all for the public good,” said Mr. Weinberg. “Pay-What-You-Wish admission on Friday evenings enables a wider range of audiences to visit the Museum and experience all that the Whitney offers, especially those who might not be able to afford to visit otherwise. These hours are also extremely popular with a younger segment of our audience, including artists and neighbors, and are an especially important aspect of our commitment to broaden accessibility. I so admire and am deeply touched by the Zuckers’ social conscience and great generosity. We thank them from the bottom of our hearts for supporting our Pay-What-You-Wish Fridays, on behalf of the thousands upon thousands of people who will use this opportunity to visit the Whitney.

Barbara Hrbek Zucker has been a long-time philanthropic champion in the areas of mental health, animal welfare, conservation, education, and the arts. Mrs. Zucker has served as a trustee of the Wildlife Conservation Society, on the board of the Animal Rescue Fund in East Hampton, and as a trustee of the North Shore–LIJ Health System. She was honored as Woman of the Year for her support of the Angel Guardian Home in Brooklyn and received the Veritas Award from the Dominican Sisters of Amityville. Most recently, Mrs. Zucker has been named chair of the board of directors of the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research.

Donald Zucker is chief executive of the Donald Zucker Company and Manhattan Skyline, a leading residential developer. He was born in New York City and raised in Brooklyn, where he attended public school. Mr. Zucker has been active in the New York City business community and governmental affairs throughout his working career. He is an active member of the executive committee of North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System, has served as president of the Jewish Center of the Hamptons, and is an avid collector of art.

This gift ensures that the Whitney can continue to be an educational and cultural resource for all New Yorkers, regardless of their ability to pay for an admission ticket,” said Kathryn Potts, Associate Director and Helena Rubinstein Chair of Education at the Whitney. “Our Pay-What-You-Wish hours open up the Museum to new visitors and over time will help the Whitney to build an audience that is as diverse as New York City itself. We are deeply grateful to The Donald and Barbara Zucker Family Foundation for its magnanimous and meaningful sponsorship of this essential program.”