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Give Me Strength '74 - '75 [5 CD/Blu-ray Audio Combo]
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The 5-CD/1 Blu-RayTM 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.
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
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First the good. The albums themselves sound unbelievably fabulous. They honestly could have been recorded yesterday. They are so crisp and clear. The lion's share of the songs on here also rate between very good and brilliant. There are certainly a couple of misses, but overall, this was a very inspired period for Eric and the band. So how in the heck could this rate so low?
In a short sentence: The compilers responsible for assembling this material blew it.
First off, there's the studio albums. Three full discs of material provided (including the Freddie King sessions) and only 8 unreleased tracks. What's really frustrating here is images of the actual recorded tape boxes are shown, proving there were more tracks available not included on this set. Furthermore, the two "Getting Acquainted" jams, which are both utterly fantastic, are abridged as well. Why would anyone do this when between the three studio discs there was still approximately 50 minutes of unused space. This is just flat out lazy and/or incompetent.
But wait, unimaginably, it gets worse. For the live discs, we are treated to four unreleased tracks, all dating from the 7/20/74 show. Again, while these sound fantastic, inexplicably, the first disc stops with about 20 minutes left to provide more material. Why wouldn't that additional space be used to provide the full concert from that evening? Absolutely maddening.
And just before you think it can't any worse, check this out. The second live disc is jam packed with 75 minutes of music, yet SEVENTY of it was made available on the Crossroads 2 box set. Are you kidding me? With access to all those master tapes from the tour, all the folks in charge of this compilation did was slap together the same material from a previously available box? I have three words for this decision making process for which you are free to choose your option. Lazy, greedy or incompetent.
As far as the book itself is concerned, if Eric was personally involved in this production, everyone sure went out of their way to make us think so. The book is absolutely beautiful. The pictures are great, the discs are secured lovingly and again, the songs sound better than ever. But there are no quotes or interviews from Eric and the person responsible for the liner notes comes across like they learned about their assignment the day before this went to print. Super frustrating.
As a long time die hard Eric Clapton fan, I'm happy to continue to support one of my musical idols. But as a memo to the producers/compilers of this mess, perhaps next time you could take a little more consideration into your work and not take the path of least resistance.