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Slowhand [35th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition] Box set
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Disc 2: Slowhand Hi-Res Stereo & 5.1 Surround Sound DVD (Audio Only)
Disc 3: Live At Hammersmith Odeon, April 27, 1977
Disc 4: Live At Hammersmith Odeon, April 27, 1977 Continued
Disc 5: Slowhand Vinyl LP
Slowhand was recorded at Olympic Studios in South West London in May 1977 and was produced by Glyn Johns. Released in November 1977, Slowhand was the most successful album of Clapton's 70s studio recordings. It reached number 2 on the Billboard chart, where it stayed for five weeks, spending a total of seventy-four weeks on the American album chart.
Slowhand features "Wonderful Tonight," "Lay Down Sally" and "Cocaine" songs that are still heard regularly on radio and at Eric Clapton's live shows. So long after it's release is a great recommendation and testimony to its place in Clapton's canon. The album includes cover versions of songs written by some of his favorite songwriters (JJ Cale, John Martyn, Don Williams, Arthur Crudup) along with original compositions by Eric Clapton.
Both the Super Deluxe Edition and Deluxe Edition feature four Slowhand session outtakes (three of them previously unreleased) "Looking At The Rain," "Alberta," "Greyhound Bus" and "Stars, Strays And Ashtrays."
A week before the Slowhand sessions commenced, the band performed at London's Hammersmith Odeon. The Super Deluxe Edition captures the complete 14 track Hammersmith Odeon, April 27, 1977 concert on two CDs, while the Deluxe Edition features 9 tracks from the Hammersmith Odeon concert. Songs featured at the Hammersmith Odeon show include "Tell The Truth," "Knocking On Heaven's Door," "Can't Find My Way Home," "Stormy Monday," "Badge," "I Shot The Sheriff" and "Layla."
Top Customer Reviews
Slowhand has always been my favourite Clapton album over the years. Classic Clapton originals like Lay Down Sally and Wonderful Tonight define his style and songwriting capabilities and singing. His voice has an aching and tender reach on the ballads, and yet bluesy growl on the fast tracks.
From 461 and Slowhand, Clapton began to rely less on his guitar prowess on albums, but move towards stronger songwriting and singing to establish his albums, and Slowhand is the best example of it. And yet, his taste for covers cannot be faulted either.
Dusting off JJ Cale's Cocaine and William's We're With YOu All the Way shows how he can choose the right material to augment his own songs, until they blend into a seamless piece of excellent work.
Ending the album with an instrumental ballad that recalls the piano coda to Layla, Slowhand remains his best and most focused work over the years. And throw in a great guitar jam in the epic Core, you get a Clapton masterwork that is as timeless now as it was commercially and critically successful during its original release almost 30 years ago.
Listening to the 5.1 mix by the original producer, Glyn Johns did a superb work. Although some has commented the mix sounds muddy, its actually not and its true to its original sound. Its natural and spatial mix and creative surround mixing by Johns gives this classic a new dimension that was not there before.
The electric solos now sound more alive and kicking and even the tender fender licks that kick off Wonderful Tonight sounds so much there and enveloping.Read more ›
I do not have the original CD or vinyl version of the album, so I cannot make a comparison to the sound quality between the two, but I can say that the surround mix done by Glyn Johns (also the producer of the original) is outstanding and very creative.
The best example comes from 'The Core,' where the surround channels contain the back beat, creating a cool point/counterpoint between the front and rears that really adds to the listening experience.
Other highlights are the atmospheric keyboards in 'Wonderful Tonight' and others. Just an overall great effort.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love Eric CLapton. Listening on a record player is nostolgic. I'd like to start off by saying that "Slowhand" is one of my favorite Eric Clapton albums of all-time, I'm... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amanda F.
i play the drums been a big clapton fan for years,as much as i love the cream/blind faith era his best solo work is 461 ocean blvd and slowhand ,most of his other work sad to say... Read morePublished 1 month ago by mazz fdny
We were really excited about this album. Husband is a big fan! Only track three (3) skipped - Lay Down Sally. Returned and received another album quickly. Read morePublished 2 months ago by S. Chaffin
The Sound of this multichannel SACD is awesome. It envelopes you while every voice and instrument is clean clear and distinct with every subtlety. Nice bass and separation.Published 2 months ago by Daddy Man
Blasts you right back to the mid 70s. Pure nostalgia. Great album.Published 2 months ago by BallaghMan
I'll say up front that the customer service at Amazon is great. I got this in the mail so warped it was unplayable. No problem, no hassle, just sent it back and got a new one. Read morePublished 2 months ago by xsurfer