Eric Clapton Give Me Strength: The '74/'75 Recordings (5-CD + Blu-ray)

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Format: CD  (6 Discs)
Item:  POR 54594

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CD Details

  • Number of Discs: 6
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 2013
  • Label: Polydor / Umgd

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • 1.Motherless Children
  • 2.Give Me Strength
  • 3.Willie and the Hand Jive
  • 4.Get Ready
  • 5.I Shot the Sheriff
  • 6.I Can't Hold Out
  • 7.Please Be with Me
  • 8.Let It Grow
  • 9.Steady Rollin' Man
  • 10.Mainline Florida
  • 11.Ain't That Lovin' You (from Crossroads - Polydor 835 261 - 2, 1988)
  • 12.Meet Me (Down At the Bottom) (from Blues)
  • 13.Lonesome Road Blues (Walkin' Down the Road) (from Crossroads 2: Live in the Seventies - Polydor / Chronicles 314 529 305 - 2, 1996)
  • 14.Getting Acquainted
  • 15.Getting Acquainted 2 (Too Late)
  • 16.Eric After Hours Blues (from 461 Ocean Boulevard)
  • 17.Please Be with Me (Acoustic)
  • 18.Give Me Strength (Dobro 1)

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • 1.We've Been Told (Jesus Is Coming Soon)
  • 2.Swing Low Sweet Chariot
  • 3.Little Rachel
  • 4.Don't Blame Me
  • 5.The Sky Is Crying
  • 6.Singin' the Blues
  • 7.Better Make It Through Today
  • 8.Pretty Blue Eyes
  • 9.High
  • 10.Opposites
  • 11.Burial
  • 12.Whatcha Gonna Do (from Crossroads)
  • 13.I Found a Love (from Crossroads)
  • 14.(When Things Go Wrong) It Hurts Me Too (from Crossroads)
  • 15.Fools Like Me
  • 16.Knockin' on Heaven's Door (single A-side UK)
  • 17.Someone Like You (single B-side UK)

Tracks on Disc 3:

  • 1.Smile (Live @ Long Beach Arena)
  • 2.Have You Ever Loved a Woman (Live @ Long Beach Arena)
  • 3.Presence of the Lord (Live @ Long Beach Arena)
  • 4.Crossroads (Live @ Long Beach Arena)
  • 5.I Shot the Sheriff (Live @ Long Beach Arena)
  • 6.Layla (Live @ Long Beach Arena)
  • 7.Little Wing (Live @ Long Beach Arena)
  • 8.Can't Find My Way Home (Live @ Long Beach Arena)
  • 9.Driftin' Blues / Ramblin' on My Mind (Live @ Long Beach Arena)

Tracks on Disc 4:

  • 1.Ramblin' on My Mind / Have You Ever Loved a Woman (Live @ The Hammersmith Odeon)
  • 2.Willie and the Hand Jive / Get Ready (Live @ Long Beach Arena)
  • 3.The Sky Is Crying / Have You Ever Loved a Woman / Ramblin' on My Mind (Live @ The Hammersmith Odeon)
  • 4.Badge (Live @ Nassau Coliseum)
  • 5.Driftin' Blues (Live @ Providence Civic Center)
  • 6.Eyesight to the Blind / Why Does Love Got to Be So Sad (Live @ Providence Civic Center)
  • 7.Further On Up the Road (Live @ Nassau Coliseum)

Tracks on Disc 5:

  • 1.Sugar Sweet (from Burglar)
  • 2.TV Mama (from Freddie King)
  • 3.Boogie Funk (from Texas Flyer)
  • 4.Gambling Woman Blues (Full-Length Version)

Product Description:

461 Ocean Boulevard was Eric Clapton's comeback, the record that saw him returning from a struggle with heroin addiction to reclaim his position as one of the world's biggest rock stars. The 1974 album forms the core of Give Me Strength: The 1974/1975 Recordings, a massive five-CD/one-BluRay box set documenting Clapton's mid-'70s recordings. The first CD is dedicated to an expanded version of 461 Ocean Boulevard -- an expansion that is different than the 2004 double-disc Deluxe Edition -- while the second CD is an expanded version of 1975's There's One in Every Crowd. Discs three and four are handed over to an expanded version of the 1975 live album E.C. Was Here, turning the single-LP into a double, while the fifth disc is devoted to a jam session at Criteria Studios with Freddie King. Finally, the BluRay contains a previously unreleased 5.1 mix of 461 Ocean Boulevard, along with its original quadraphonic mix, plus the quad mix of There's One in Every Crowd. It's a rather exhaustive overhaul of an era of E.C.'s career that isn't particularly storied, and all the extra material doesn't add mystique but it does re-create context, capturing how the mid-'70s could often feel like a long series of languid, meandering blues and reggae jams. Neither There's One in Every Crowd nor E.C. Was Here were particularly focused, and the additional material accentuates their laziness while having the side effect of having 461 Ocean Boulevard sound bolder (even though it already was a decidedly relaxed affair). All this drifting blues doesn't mean Give Me Strength isn't worthwhile. Quite the contrary: this is precisely the kind of archival release that does deepen the historical record, revealing the extent of the guitarist's reggae fixation while emphasizing how quickly Clapton settled into a relaxed groove after his comeback. Sometimes the jams do wind up cooking -- this is particularly true of the jam with King -- but usually they're improvisation as mood music, smoke-filled superstar sessions where the intention is to play on and on until the night is gone. ~ Stephen Thomas

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