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Posted: 21 September 2011 at 11:57pm | IP Logged Quote Todd Ireland

According to the database, the LP length of Eric Clapton's "After Midnight" is 3:11. What I find curious though is the song only runs 2:50 on all CD releases of Clapton's self-titled parent album. Assuming the song's 3:11 vinyl LP time is correct, does anyone have any idea why its CD counterparts run :21 shorter?

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Posted: 22 September 2011 at 5:09pm | IP Logged Quote Pat Downey

My copy of "After Midnight" on the "Eric Clapton" vinyl LP on RSO 3008 runs (3:11). Of course RSO is not the original record label which was Atco, so if anyone has the vinyl Atco pressing of "Eric Clapton" please time this track and let us know the running time.
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Posted: 14 November 2011 at 4:35pm | IP Logged Quote Todd Ireland

Update... I did some further research online for Atco vinyl LP pressings of Eric Clapton's self-titled album. It appears there were mono and stereo pressings of this LP. I found a photo of the stereo LP label on eBay and the printed run time for "After Midnight" is 3:15. If this time is accurate, it would match the longer version/length found on the Atco vinyl LP. I was unable to find a photo of the mono LP label, so I don't have any printed run time info for the song on those pressings.

I thought I'd ask once more if anyone has a vinyl Atco pressing of Eric Clapton's self-titled album who can pass along the song's actual run time on it. I find it odd that every CD pressing of this album contains the shorter 2:50 45 version/length.

Edited by Todd Ireland on 14 November 2011 at 4:36pm
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Posted: 14 November 2011 at 7:31pm | IP Logged Quote AndrewChouffi

To Todd:

I do own a stereo Atco US pressing [SD 33-329] of the 'Eric Clapton' vinyl. Time listed on label is 3:15. Actual time is 2:51. Matrix is ST.C.701879-C

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Posted: 14 November 2011 at 8:32pm | IP Logged Quote Todd Ireland

How about that! Then it looks like all CD releases of Eric Clapton's self-titled album are based on the 45 and Atco LP version/length. Thanks, Andy!

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Posted: 14 November 2011 at 8:52pm | IP Logged Quote AndrewChouffi

You're welcome!

But I really like the longer fade version! Does anybody know on what LP or CD that was FIRST released?

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Posted: 29 October 2018 at 12:16am | IP Logged Quote NightAire

*****Regarding After Midnight '88*****

Discogs is really letting me down on this one; various pages across the internet claim there was a single released of the slowed-down version Clapton did for the Michelob commercial. (This is the version that appeared on Crossroads.)   However, Discogs isn't pulling any single release of this song for me from the 80s.

(Something's weird in their database here anyway; I can search and pull up the "Crossroads" album, but when I look through Clapton's discography it isn't listed... don't know if it's them or me.)

Another poster on another form explains what I've found better than I could:

"I had previously assumed the version on Crossroads was from the Michelob commercial, but that isn't the case, and there are various edits:

- Crossroads (4:05) - apparently cut short to fit

- Japanese Cream of Eric Clapton and UK CD single (5:04) - "Extended Version" Just a longer fade? I haven't heard it.

- US single (3:37) - just an earlier fade?

- bootleg (?) version (6:22) - Somebody mentioned this in a post, but I don't know anything about it.

As for the commercial itself, it seems to be a completely different recording. The tempo seems faster, and Eric's vocal is clearly different. He puts in a pause between "mid" and "night", unlike the version on Crossroads. Has this performance ever been released anywhere?"

(From the "Slowhand" mailing list)

I have heard the commercial which does appear to be a unique take, I have the version from the Crossroads CD, and I've found a video on YouTube that demonstrates what must be the edit(s) on the single version.

I guess I have three questions:

1) Was a full-length version of the Michelob take released?

2) Does anybody have the single / promo info for the 1988 release?

3) Did radio pick up the '88 version? I can't find any indication it ever charted.

Thanks! A listener requested it, and I wanted to play the "right" version. :-)

FYI: If you remove on the Crossroads version 2:47 to 3:20 on the snare before "we're gonna let it all hang out" you will duplicate the edit I found on the YouTube video... EXCEPT the instrumental fade goes about 2 seconds longer at the end on the video version! I wonder if this means technically the single version can't be created from the LP version because it fades 2 seconds early, or if the video version has just a hair more audio at the end than the single? Enquiring minds would like to know!

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Posted: 29 October 2018 at 4:40am | IP Logged Quote Paul Haney

The 1988 version of "After Midnight" peaked at #4 on
Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks chart in the spring of
1988. I do remember hearing it on the local rock station
(KQRS) quite a bit at the time.
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Posted: 29 October 2018 at 5:51am | IP Logged Quote aaronk

NightAire wrote:
*****Regarding After Midnight '88*****
Discogs isn't pulling any single release of this song for me from the
80s.

Is this what you're looking for?

https://www.discogs.com/Eric-Clapton-After-Midnight-Extended -Version/master/791228

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Posted: 29 October 2018 at 2:48pm | IP Logged Quote NightAire

YES!!! Thank you! I don't know WHY that wasn't coming up for me; I appreciate the direct link.

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Posted: 29 October 2018 at 6:29pm | IP Logged Quote Yah Shure

NightAire wrote:
2) Does anybody have the single / promo info for the 1988 release?


Gene, my stock 45 (Polydor 807 403-7) has a listed time of 3:37 and runs an actual 3:39.
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At some point, I recreated the After Midnight 1988 single
version. Crossroads was my source and it runs 3:39.

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Posted: 30 October 2018 at 7:05pm | IP Logged Quote NightAire

Really! How odd... I'm going to have to check my source because I came up with 3:33 after trimming the silence.

I thought I sourced it from the Crossroads CD but maybe it was another source that did an early fade.

Whatever the case, I really appreciate the info!

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Just adding that our rock station (WBAB on Long Island)
played this a lot when it was new and I'm pretty sure they
kept it in the regular rotation after that.
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**In regard to the 1970 version**

I realize this is an old post and this may be old news, but I wanted to add what I know about the original topic. The '70s Atco LP of Eric Clapton contained the 2:50 version. When distribution of RSO switched from Atlantic to Polydor in the mid-'70s, the longer 3:10 version was substituted on reissues of the eponymous album. While all CD pressings of the album seem to contain the original LP length, the longer version can be found in digital on the Time Pieces comp.
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