Eric Clapton Catalog Moving to Surfdog for Marketing & Licensing


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Eric Clapton’s catalog of studio albums is moving from Warner Records to Surfdog Records in October.

The marketing, licensing, and administrative rights will transfer to Surfdog on October 1, 2022. Clapton’s catalog of studio albums recorded between 1983 and 2010, plus three live albums, are included as part of the deal. So why the move? According to the press release, the changing landscape of the music streaming business is partly responsible.

“Eric has enjoyed working with many individuals at Warner over the years, but with the greatly changed landscape of the music business and the increasing significance of streaming income, it has been decided to take a different approach to the marketing of the catalog,” the press release reads.

“In recent years, Eric has collaborated with and been impressed by Dave Kaplin and Surfdog on several new record releases in North America, including his last four studio albums, and is also now looking forward to working with Surfdog worldwide in relation to this catalog.”

Eric Clapton Albums Moving to Surfdog Records

Studio Albums

  • 1983 | Money and Cigarettes
  • 1985 | Behind the Sun
  • 1986 | August
  • 1989 | Journeyman
  • 1994 | From the Cradle
  • 1998 | Pilgrim
  • 2001 | Reptile
  • 2004 | Me and Mr. Johnson
  • 2004 | Sessions for Robert J
  • 2005 | Back Home
  • 2006 | Road to Escondido – Eric Clapton & JJ Cale
  • 2010 | Clapton

Live Albums

  • 1992 | Unplugged
  • 2002 | One More Car One More Rider – Live at Staples Center, Los Angeles
  • 2016 | Live in San Diego 2007

Surfdog/DKM is an Encinitas, California-based entertainment company founded in 1985. The company is comprised of Surfdog Records, Surfdog/DKM Mangement, Surfdog Music Publishing, and Surfdog’s Java Hut. Some of its roster of artists includes Brian Setzer, Glen Campbell, UB40, Stray Cats, Dan Hicks, Sublime, Dave Stewart (Eurythmics), Joss Stone, Butthole Surfers, Slightly Stoopid, and many more. Surfdog Records is distributed worldwide by The Orchard.

Surfdog is also working on a Sublime biopic, which Digital Music News covered last week. The documentary will track the group’s success in the 90s. The film has been rumored to be in the works since 2017.



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