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461 Ocean Boulevard [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Eric ClaptonAudio CD
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"This album wasn’t what it was intended to be at all," says Eric Clapton. "It’s actually better than it was meant to be because, in a way, I just let it happen. It’s an eclectic collection of songs that weren’t really on the map—and I like it so much because if it’s a ... Read more in Amazon's Eric Clapton Store

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  • Audio CD (August 20, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Polydor / Umgd
  • ASIN: B000002G89
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,118 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

Editorial Reviews

This was Clapton's comeback record after a long bout with heroin addiction. Up through 1970 or so, he had been a restless musical seeker, opening rock up with his guitar experimentation, trying to get to the bottom of the blues. There is none of this on 461. He seems relieved just to be alive. It's a low-key affair, and that suits him. Some of his best songs are here, as well as his cover of Bob Marley's "I Shot the Sheriff." Torn and frayed from the melee inside him, this album may be the most personal blues he ever made. --Steve Tignor

Product Description

Clapton's solo career began in earnest with this 1974 LP, and what a giant step this was. He hit #1 as he tackled reggae (his smash version of I Shot the Sheriff ), blues ( Motherless Children ) and R&B (his hit take on Willie and the Hand Jive ). An early masterpiece!

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66 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EC's Best Solo Album Gets the Royal Treatment November 22, 2004
Format:Audio CD
After all these years, I still believe that "461 Ocean Boulevard" is Clapton's best solo album. I will readily admit I'm not such a big fan of the more recent blues albums such as "Me and Mr. Johnson", which I thought was rather dull, as well intentioned as it was. But I digress.

"461 Ocean Boulevard - Deluxe Edition" has grown from the original 40 min. album to an exquisite 2CD spread (26 tracks, 142 min.), and quite comfortably at that. CD1 (15 tracks, 69 min.) brings of course the original 10 tracks, and they still sparkle today as they did 30 years ago. The remastered sound is fantastic. It has of course the hits "I Shot the Sheriff", "Willie and the Hand Jive", and "Motherless Children" (all from the original Side 1), but there really are no weak songs here. Other classics include "Let It Grow", the pensive "I Can't Hold Out", and the album closer "Mainline Florida". The 5 bonus tracks are session out-takes from the album recordings, they have appeared elsewhere before on various compilations such as "Crossroads", but are grouped together here for the first time. My fave of them is "Meet Me (At the Bottom)", a mostly instrumental jam session. CD2 (11 tracks, 73 min.) is a live album, recorded in London at the end of the 461 Ocean Blvd tour in December, 1974. After the announcer's "Well Ladies and Gentlemen, this is it, the last show of the tour, please welcome Mr. Eric Clapton and his band!", we're in for a treat. Only 3 of the 11 tracks have appeared before on the Crossroads compilations. The highlights are many, including "Let It Grow", the Steve Winwood cover "Can't Find My Way Home", a rousing "Tell the Truth", the Jimi Hendrickx cover "Little Wing", and the closer "Let It Rain", with at the end EC simply saying "bye bye, thank you" to an elated audience.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DTS - 461 Ocean Boulevard is Great !!!! September 3, 1999
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Format:DVD Audio
I have just finished listening to the DTS 5.1 mix of Eric Clapton's 461 Ocean Boulevard. This mix actually puts you in the middle of the music and makes you feel as if you are in the studio with the musicians. This is a fine album from Clapton, but the best thing is the 5.1 remastering. I could hear more depth on this version of the CD than I've ever heard before. You can't go wrong with this CD, a great album for the first time Clapton buyer or those just venturing into the wonderful world of DTS.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Address has Clapton's Best Studio album August 2, 2000
Format:DVD Audio
Eric Clapton's solo career has been a series of ups and downs. Among the former, none is better than "461 Ocean Boulevard," which is one of the best rock albums of the 1970s. The big hits were the ace covers of Bob Marley's "I Shot the Sheriff" and Johnny Otis's "Willy and the Hand Jive." Other classic songs include "Motherless Children," "Get Ready," "Let it Grow" and the rockin' "Mainline Florida." This is not Clapton's most jamming album, but it features the strongest and most diverse set of songs he ever recorded. His backing band is first rate as well. Overall, a must have for Clapton fans as well as fans of 70s rock.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars SACD review November 22, 2004
Format:Audio CD
The SACD version of "461 Ocean Boulevard" does sound much better than the CD version. With the surround mix, the separation of the music and the broader soundstage really helps compared to the CD.

However, the surround mix itself is inconsistent. It seems like they were going for an immersive sound stage, but the results are hit and miss.

Right from the start, 'Motherless Children' starts off sounding like the left/right channels are just duplicated in the surrounds, with even the main drum track in the surrounds too. Then in the middle of the song the surrounds contain only what sound like the 3rd and 4th guitar parts. Not sure what happened.

Other songs sound better from a surround standpoint, especially 'Willie and the Hand Jive' and 'Let it Grow,' but everything else in between sounds uninspired.

The most disappointing of all is 'Mainline Florida.' With it's layered guitar parts and keyboards, it should have been the best. But everything sounds shoved together in the front channels with the surrounds being an afterthought.

The extra tracks on the SACD deserve mention, because all three are great songs. The last one, 'Meet Me (Down at the Bottom),' also rates as one of the highlights of the disc from a surround presentation standpoint.
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eric Clapton's best 70s album hasn't gotten any better January 13, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Well, I'm sorry, but it hasn't. "461" was always a great record, and the accompanying live disc is quite good without being truly spectacular.
But the five studio outtakes don't do anything at all for the album...for one thing, they have been available for a long time already. And none of them are particularly interesting; they are outtakes, songs that didn't make the cut, and they sound like outtakes. Even Clapton's rendition of Jimmy Reed's "Ain't That Lovin' You Baby" is tepid and meandering.

The live album is compiled from two concerts Eric Clapton gave at the Hammersmith Odeon in London on December 4th and 5th, 1974. Again, he often sounds a little bit too laid back, like on a sleepy "The Sky Is Crying" which completely lacks the intensity of the original.
But there are some fine moments as well, like "Let It Rain", "Layla", and the always good "Let It Grow". Nothing to make you throw away your copy of "Eric Clapton's Rainbow Concert", however, and this reissue is mostly for diehards, to be honest.

3 3/4 stars. Some good live songs, but the added studio recordings are so-so. The original LP was better, actually...all this second-rate material only serves to obscure the high overall quality of the material originally issued.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars EC's best
If you are going to own any Eric Clapton album, this should be the one. The songs are consistent and the album has a great continuity and flow to it. Read more
Published 2 days ago by A. Riffe
5.0 out of 5 stars 461 Ocean Blvd DTS 5.1 2001 Version $39.97
I bought this album in the 70's and saw Eric on this concert tour at that time so I have fond memory's of the music. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Mark D Powers
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the Best.
I love this old album. It is one of the very best albums I have ever heard. Give it a chance and you will agree, I hope.
Published 1 month ago by Therese Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars richard
This is a great album that eric did back at the beginning of his solo start it a must have if you like clapton
Published 1 month ago by richard
4.0 out of 5 stars don't shoot the messenger, but I shot the sheriff
You may consider this album just for Eric's #1 hit, but first try to ignore the catchy opening groove of "Motherless Children. Read more
Published 2 months ago by wen2501
5.0 out of 5 stars got 461 deluxe already but i found the 2 disk under the carpet in the...
So i got "Smile" again - wish it would be possible to get the two disks from the 461 deluxe deluxe version solo too. 'cause they include an complete concert. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Thomas Achilles
3.0 out of 5 stars Just OK.
OK, but not my favorite Clapton CD. Somewhat disappointed. Probably need to listen to it more and maybe it will grow on me.
Published 4 months ago by Thomas Osborn
5.0 out of 5 stars 461 Ocean Boulevard Sounds 100% Perfect In It's Deluxe Format!
"461 Ocean Boulevard Sounds 100% Perfect In It's Deluxe Format!"
In 1974, a year after he made his comeback following his brief drug addiction that nearly
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Published 8 months ago by RH
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice to finally get it on CD
I went to a concert long ago when Clapton was showcasing the material from this CD. It's always been some of my favorite Clapton.
Published 8 months ago by Sarah C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reissue. Great album.
I got this Delux edition of 461 Ocean Blvd. and I can say it's worth the price.
The remastered sound is great and the bonus CD is excellent live material. Read more
Published 10 months ago by H. Costa
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on claptons 461 ocean blvd. where is better make it through today and...
This was never on the original 461 Ocean Blvd album (LP) in the 70's. When the first 461 pressings were done on CD it was included on 461 in error. It was originally on the LP One in Every Crowd, and is found on those cd's (remastered and not)
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