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ERIC CLAPTON – Give Me Strength: the 1974/1975 recordings 6-disc box set out Nov 26

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In early 1974, after a three-year absence that followed Eric Clapton’s major success with Derek and the Dominos’ seminal album Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs, which sealed his stature as one of rock’s most revered guitarists, a rejuvenated and musically refreshed Clapton stepped into the recording studio and staged a massive resurgence with his 1974/1975 trilogy of albums—461 Ocean Boulevard, which featured his first No. 1 hit single “I Shot The Sheriff,” There’s One In Every Crowd and the live E.C. Was Here—standing as one of the most remarkable rebirths in rock’s history. Those albums decisively cemented the guitarist as both a musical and commercial force, while successfully staking out an entirely new set of creative challenges.

 

The 5-CD/1-Blu-Ray™ disc box set Eric Clapton – Give Me Strength: The 1974/1975 Recordings is beautifully housed in a 60-page book and captures a full year’s worth of recordings, from April 1974 to June 1975. Featured are 88 remastered, remixed, rare unreleased and live recordings, including session outtakes, from his landmark studio albums 461 Ocean Boulevard and There’s One In Every Crowd, and his legendary live album E.C. Was Here. Also included is a new 5.1 Surround Sound mix of 461 Ocean Boulevard and original quadrophonic mixes of two milestone releases. 461 Ocean Boulevard and There’s One In Every Crowd.

 

The original 3 albums will also be released separately as a 3-LP set.

 

Give Me Strength: The 1974/1975 Recordings features a wealth of unreleased recordings and material including:

 

  • A 60-page hardbound book with extensive liner notes and packed with rare photos and behind-the-scene images
  • Rare, unreleased outtakes from 461 Ocean Boulevard and There’s One In Every Crowd
  • E.C. Was Here remixed and expanded features live tracks from Long Beach Arena (including unreleased versions of Crossroads, I Shot The Sheriff, Layla and Little Wing), the Hammersmith Odeon, Nassau Coliseum and Providence Civic Center.
  • The Freddie King Criteria Studio Sessions featuring the previously unreleased versions of “Boogie Funk” and the full unreleased 22 minute version of “Gambling Woman Blues”
  • A Blu-Ray disc featuring a new 5.1 Surround Sound mix of 461 Ocean Boulevard and original quadrophonic mixes of 461 Ocean Boulevard and There’s One In Every Crowd
  • Extensive Liner Notes by John Lynskey

 

 

DISC ONE – 461 OCEAN BOULEVARD expanded version

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

Session out-takes:

11  AIN’T THAT LOVIN’ YOU

12  MEET ME (DOWN AT THE BOTTOM)

13  LONESOME ROAD BLUES (WALKIN’ DOWN THE ROAD)

14  GETTING ACQUAINTED (previously unreleased)

15  GETTING ACQUAINTED 2 (TOO LATE) (previously unreleased)

16  ERIC AFTER HOURS BLUES

17  PLEASE BE WITH ME (ACOUSTIC) (previously unreleased)

18  GIVE ME STRENGTH (DOBRO 1) (previously unreleased)

 

DISC TWO – THERE’S ONE IN EVERY CROWD expanded version

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

Session out-takes:

11  BURIAL (previously unreleased)

12  WHATCHA GONNA DO

13 I FOUND A LOVE

14  (WHEN THINGS GO WRONG) IT HURTS ME TOO

15  FOOLS LIKE ME  5:09  (previously unreleased)

Non-album single release:

16  KNOCKIN’ ON HEAVEN’S DOOR

17  SOMEONE LIKE YOU

DISC THREE – E.C. WAS HERE remixed and expanded version

1    SMILE  3:35

Recorded at Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, California, July 20, 1974

2    HAVE YOU EVER LOVED A WOMAN  7:41

Recorded at Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, California, July 19, 1974

3    PRESENCE OF THE LORD  8:47

Recorded at Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, California, July 20, 1974

4    CROSSROADS  4:38  (previously unreleased)

Recorded at Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, California, July 20, 1974

5    I SHOT THE SHERIFF  7:35   (previously unreleased)

Recorded at Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, California, July 20, 1974

6    LAYLA 6:00  (previously unreleased)

Recorded at Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, California, July 20, 1974

7    LITTLE WING  8:57  (previously unreleased)

Recorded at Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, California, July 20, 1974

8    CAN’T FIND MY WAY HOME  5:18

Recorded at Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, California, July 20, 1974

9    DRIFTIN’ BLUES / RAMBLIN’ ON MY MIND  11:38

Recorded at Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, California, July 20, 1974

 

DISC FOUR – E.C. WAS HERE remixed and expanded version

1    RAMBLIN’ ON MY MIND / HAVE YOU EVER LOVED A WOMAN

Recorded at the Hammersmith Odeon, London, December 4, 1974

2    WILLIE AND THE HAND JIVE / GET READY

Recorded at Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, California, July 20, 1974

3    THE SKY IS CRYING / HAVE YOU EVER LOVED A WOMAN / RAMBLIN’ ON MY MIND

Recorded at the Hammersmith Odeon, London, December 5, 1974

4    BADGE

Recorded at Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale New York, June 28, 1975)

5    DRIFTIN’ BLUES

Recorded at Providence Civic Center, Providence, Rhode Island, June

25, 1975

6    EYESIGHT TO THE BLIND / WHY DOES LOVE GOT TO BE SO SAD

Recorded at Providence Civic Center, Providence, Rhode Island, June

25, 1975

7    FURTHER ON UP THE ROAD

Recorded at Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale New York, June 28, 1975

 

 

DISC FIVE – THE FREDDIE KING CRITERIA STUDIOS SESSIONS

1    SUGAR SWEET

2    TV MAMA

3    BOOGIE FUNK (previously unreleased)

4    GAMBLING WOMAN BLUES (previously unreleased full length version)

 

 

DISC SIX (BLU-RAY) 

 

1.   461 OCEAN BOULEVARD 5.1 Surround Sound mix (previously unreleased

Elliot Scheiner mix)

 

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

Session out-takes:

11  AIN’T THAT LOVIN’ YOU

12  MEET ME (DOWN AT THE BOTTOM)

13  LONESOME ROAD BLUES (WALKIN’ DOWN THE ROAD)

 

 

2.   461 OCEAN BOULEVARD original 4.0 quadraphonic mix

 

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

 

 

3.   THERE’S ONE IN EVERY CROWD original 4.0 quadraphonic mix

 

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

 

 

 

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