The History of Eric Clapton is a compilation double LP, released in 1972 by Polydor Records in the United Kingdom, and Atco Records in the United States. It features Eric Clapton performing in various bands between 1964 and 1970, including The Yardbirds, Cream, Blind Faith and Derek and the Dominos. The album is notable for helping both Clapton's career when he was battling a severe heroin addiction and making Clapton's magnum opus, 'Layla', famous. The two 'Tell the Truth' tracks here are different from and were recorded before 'Tell The Truth' on Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs (1970). 'Tell the Truth' here is a fast up-beat version of the song and was originally released as a single in July 1970. 'Tell the Truth Jam' is a long and slow instrumental jam from the Layla sessions which had never been released before.