While the song "Forever Man" was more or less a forgettable trifle, this "past, present and future" compilation of EC's more recent works may not be "Crossroads, Vol 2" (I think there was one of those already), but, with the blues disc, is a classy and accurate representation of a creative force that seems to have been with us "forever" and may be preparing to go gentle into that dark night. Mr. C hinted that he may not do much more touring or recording after the Cale tribute album came out, and this release has all the trappings of a contractual fulfillment. I'm hoping he enjoys his golden years, continues to do the Crossroads concerts every few years, consumes a few NAs and shares a pack of Rothmans with Ginger every now and then, and lives forever in the musical hearts and minds of generations to come.
Disc 1 - not his most indelible stuff, highlights "Tears In Heaven" (about as personal as EC ever got), "Change the World" and "Riding With the King".
Disc 2 - more recent live recordings of the classic stuff, Cream reunion, Blind Faith, Derek and the Ds, and stuff like that. Really good.
Disc 3 - the reason to own this - well chosen, and a not-so-subtle reminder of what the man is at his best doing. He's a walking encyclopedia of licks. See, I wish the Stones would do this in their dotage - do a couple small venue tours and just play the stuff that got them started in the early 60s - no hits, just blues, like the wrinkled itinerants did it. Their last tour was kinda sad and would have been so much better if they just acted their age.
EC has, for the most part, always acted his age. This is recommended.