Despite the departure of Dave Mason, Traffic were a band again, returning in 1970 with an acclaimed fourth LP.
His talents as a flute, saxophone and keyboard player, and sometime writer, were also much employed in numerous other settings.
Some of the finest recorded work by one of the most distinguished British writer-performer-producers of them all.
The collection features all of the British band's groundbreaking work between 1967 and 1974.
Fourteen years after Don Henley's famous quote, the group reunited and returned to the charts.
The album went nine-times platinum in America alone, and topped the charts there for two weeks.
It was a huge moment when, at the encouragement of Pete Townshend, Clapton stepped back on stage at the Rainbow Theatre in London on 13 January 1973.
On 30 December 1967, the new band rounded off the year in style by charting with their first album.
Recorded in Germany, the album included tracks from the band's current studio release 'Shoot Out At The Fantasy Factory.'
'Hole In My Shoe' was atypical Traffic, butit remains a prime example of the post-Summer of Love pop sound that echoed around the UK charts.
Capturing Eric Clapton at the peak of his powers throughout the 70s, the 6LP box set 'The Live Album Collection 1970-1980' is due for release on 25 March.
Their self-titled 1968 set had the band working with New York producer Jimmy Miller, doubling up between these sessions and his initial work with the Rolling Stones.
'When The Eagle Flies' marked the group's last chart showing with a new studio record for very nearly 20 years.