Personnel: Eric Clapton (vocals, guitar); Yvonne Elliman (vocals, background vocals); George Terry (guitar); Marcy Levy (harmonica, background vocals); Dick Sims (keyboards); Jamie Oldaker (drums).
Audio Mixers: Carl Cadden-James; Jeff Glixman.
Liner Note Author: Scott Schinder.
Recording information: Hammersmith Odeon, London, England (12/04/1974-12/05/1974).
Photographer: David Gahr.
The 2010 Rarities Edition of 461 Ocean Boulevard contains the second disc from Polydor/Chronicles' 2004 Deluxe Edition reissue of Eric Clapton's 1974 classic. This means that it doesn't contain all the bonus material from that Deluxe Edition -- the first disc was expanded with five session outtakes, all of which have been previously released on other reissues -- but instead concentrates on highlights from two concerts Clapton gave at the Hammersmith Odeon in London on December 4 and 5, 1974. Here, Clapton also sounds a little bit too laid-back, particularly on the acoustic material, but he does have some fine moments scattered through the disc -- perhaps not enough to satisfy anybody aside from dedicated fans, but that's who the reissue is for, provided that they didn't pick this up as part of the Deluxe Edition. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine