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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

Track Listings

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
  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: 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 (previously unreleased)
  12. WHAT'CHA GONNA DO
  13. I FOUND A LOVE
  14. (WHEN THINGS GO WRONG) IT HURTS ME TOO
  15. FOOLS LIKE ME (previously unreleased)
  16. KNOCKIN' ON HEAVEN'S DOOR
  17. SOMEONE LIKE YOU

Disc: 3

  1. SMILE (Recorded at Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, California, July 20, 1974)
  2. HAVE YOU EVER LOVED A WOMAN (Recorded at Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, California, July 19, 1974)
  3. PRESENCE OF THE LORD (Recorded at Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, California, July 20, 1974)
  4. CROSSROADS (previously unreleased-Recorded at Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, California, July 20, 1974)
  5. I SHOT THE SHERIFF (previously unreleased-Recorded at Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, California, July 20, 1974)
  6. LAYLA (previously unreleased-Recorded at Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, California, July 20, 1974)
  7. LITTLE WING (previously unreleased-Recorded at Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, California, July 20, 1974)
  8. CAN'T FIND MY WAY HOME (Recorded at Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, California, July 20, 1974)
  9. DRIFTIN' BLUES / RAMBLIN' ON MY MIND (Recorded at Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, California, July 20, 1974)

Disc: 4

  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: 5

  1. SUGAR SWEET (THE FREDDIE KING CRITERIA STUDIOS SESSIONS)
  2. TV MAMA (THE FREDDIE KING CRITERIA STUDIOS SESSIONS)
  3. BOOGIE FUNK (previously unreleased)(THE FREDDIE KING CRITERIA STUDIOS SESSIONS)
  4. GAMBLING WOMAN BLUES (previously unreleased full length version)(THE FREDDIE KING CRITERIA STUDIOS SESSIONS)

Disc: 6

  1. 461 OCEAN BOULEVARD (previously unreleased)(5.1 Surround Mix by Elliot Scheiner at The Eyeball)(Blu-Ray)
  2. 461 OCEAN BOULEVARD (original 4.0 quadraphonic mix)(Mixed by Tom Dowd at Criteria Recording Studios, Miami, Florida, January 1975)(Blu-Ray)
  3. THERE'S ONE IN EVERY CROWD (original 4.0 quadraphonic mix)(Mixed by Tom Dowd at Criteria Recording Studios, Miami, Florida, January 1975)(Blu-Ray)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 10, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 6
  • Label: Polydor
  • ASIN: B00F193D5Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,178 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By G. Alexander on January 5, 2014
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I have a number of SACDs, Japanese SHM-CDs and BlueSpec CDs, reissues by Audio Fidelity and Mobile Fidelity, and also remastered reissues by excellent boutique labels such as Raven Records. With those as references, I simply want to relate that the remixed and remastered version of "461 Ocean Boulevard" in this box set rivals or beats any remasters of any albums in all of those formats and reissues. The only CDs that I own that are comparable are some of the original DCC Gold CDs mastered by Steve Hoffman. Even on my decent but aging stereo system, from the punch of the bass to the vivid sonic presence of the drums (and, of course, the rhythm and lead guitars), it sounded like I was listening to a playback on studio monitors. For real! Frankly, I don't know of any redbook CD that has sounded this good and it just goes to show how far a talented engineer can take remastering, especially if they are allowed to remix from the original tapes (which are specifically documented and photographed in this box set) with only redbook specs. I know that remixing can be controversial but, to my ears, it's been done impeccably here. I am likely one of the few Clapton fans who has always enjoyed "There's One In Every Crowd" and that sound is also substantially improved here but not as much as with 461. Finally, "EC Was Here" sounds fine but, of the three, is the least improved, likely due to the fact that the tracks are from live concert recordings which, no matter how well done, were not as technically advanced as could be accomplished in a good recording studio environment. BTW, the packaging and hardbound book in which the DVD and CDs are contained is very high quality.
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There is a three star review of this from Peter Knothe that pretty much hits the nail on the head here. But I believe there is still some value in providing a few more details.

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.
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If you are a collector of Clapton's recordings, you already have most of this. Even many of the bonus tracks have been released in previous Clapton compilations, as the liner notes indicate. The liner notes are very basic, telling us Clapton recorded in Miami, Jamaica and on tour. If you are madly in love with the image of a young, tan EC, then you're in luck, because just about every page of the book features a variation on that theme. EC strumming his guitar while staring wistfully at the ocean. It would have been nice to have pictures of the other participants, particularly the Tulsa musicians so integral to the sound of Clapton's records at this point. The late Carl Radle and the beautiful Yvonne Elliman were key players--more photo documentation of them and the band in the studio, on tour and "chilling" in their tropical habitats would have been nice. On the positive side, the music is terrific, great songs from a high-point in Eric Clapton's career, the sound mastered with real love and care for the man and his music. Buy it, if you don't have anything from this era (I can't imagine anyone not having one of the various reissues of "461 Ocean Boulevard"), or if you are a Clapton Completist. Otherwise, you already have most of this stuff.
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5 cd's and 1 dvd of great music from an era when eric clapton was reestablishing himself back into the music arena.disc 1 is 461 ocean blvd. which was a triumphant comeback with the no.1 single i shot the sheriff.disc 2 is the underrated there's one in every crowd which is a bit laidback but extremely tasty.cd's 3 and 4 feature live slowhand in 1974 and 1975 ripping up the fretboard like it was still the 60's. disc 5 features freddie king who clapton idolized.the disc is blues guitar at it's best.the dvd is a new surround mix of 461 and quad mixes of 461 and there's one in every crowd.the sound of everything is great and the bonus material is mostly top notch.also comes with a 60 page book.one cannot go wrong with this stellar set.buy now and enjoy.
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