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Slowhand [35th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition] Box set

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Disc 1: Slowhand Remastered & Expanded
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."

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Cocaine
  2. Wonderful Tonight
  3. Lay Down Sally
  4. Next Time You See Her
  5. We're All The Way
  6. The Core
  7. May You Never
  8. Mean Old Frisco
  9. Peaches And Diesel
  10. Looking At The Rain
  11. Alberta
  12. Greyhound Bus
  13. Stars, Strays And Ashtrays

Disc: 2

  1. Cocaine
  2. Wonderful Tonight
  3. Lay Down Sally
  4. Next Time You See Her
  5. We're All The Way
  6. The Core
  7. May You Never
  8. Mean Old Frisco
  9. Peaches And Diesel

Disc: 3

  1. Hello Old Friend
  2. Sign Language
  3. Alberta
  4. Tell The Truth
  5. Knocking On Heaven's Door
  6. Steady Rolling Man
  7. Can t Find My Way Home
  8. Further On Up The Road
  9. Stormy Monday

Disc: 4

  1. Badge
  2. Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out
  3. I Shot The Sheriff
  4. Layla
  5. Key To The Highway

Disc: 5

  1. Cocaine
  2. Wonderful Tonight
  3. Lay Down Sally
  4. Next Time You See Her
  5. We're All The Way
  6. The Core
  7. May You Never
  8. Mean Old Frisco
  9. Peaches And Diesel


Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 18, 2012)
  • Deluxe Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Polydor
  • ASIN: B009KNPPS0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (217 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,265 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
Finally, Slowhand comes to hi-resolution format. I have heard multiple CD versions from the original to the Gold Disc to the remastered, but this new SACD version just blows the rest away.

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.
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I'd like to start off this review by saying that "Slowhand" is one of my favorite Eric Clapton albums of all-time, and that the four bonus tracks added to the origional studio album are very nice to have as part of the "Slowhand" album. My problem is with disc 2. Don't get me wrong, the show presented here is a very good one and I'm extremely happy to have it, but I'm unhappy with it for several different reasons. First of all, this April 27th show wich was recorded at the Hammersmith Odeon in London is actually the final show on the "No Reason To Cry" tour, as such it should've been a part of a deluxe edition of "No Reason To Cry" instead of the "Slowhand" deluxe edition. Also, if you perchase the 2CD deluxe edition you're not even getting the whole show. You'll have to buy the "Super Deluxe Edition" if you wanna get the other five songs performed during this show but not included in this 2CD edition. I don't know anything about the contents of the "Super Deluxe Edition" so I can't advise you weather to pick that up or not, but I feel like this 2CD deluxe edition is a bit of a rip-off to the true Eric Clapton fan who's gonna spend their hard earned cash on it. Finally, for those of you that do not own the "Crossroads Vol. 2 (Live In The 70's)" Box Set, there are five tracks on disc 3 that are obviously from the "Slowhand" tour since four out of the five tracks are from "Slowhand". That should've been the show included in this 2CD deluxe edition _IN _IT'S _ENTIRETY instead of the earlier Hammersmith Odeon show. So in closing, if you're a true Clapton fan ofcourse you're gonna want to pick up "Slowhand Deluxe Edition" ASAP, just remember that you're not getting a complete concert on disc 2, and that the record company scrooed up by including the wrong show to begin with. I hope this helps you make a wise and informed decision about buying this or not. Thanks for reading. PEACE!
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After his major comeback in 1974 with 461 Ocean Boulevard, Eric Clapton shied away from the mainstream with his next two releases. There's One In Every Crowd & No Reason To Cry. With Slowhand, he returned to the sounds that made 461 a hit. On his first solo album, he had a major triumph with J.J. Cale's "After Midnight". He returns to the Cale catalog for another triumph, the searing "Cocaine". The song has a propulsive riff and a ringing guitar solo. On the flip side of that is "Wonderful Tonight" which is built around his waiting for his wife to get ready for a party. The song is among the prettiest things he's ever done and it his easy picking of the guitar shows that subtle playing is just as powerful as in your face power chords. "Lay Down Sally" has a country flavor and was a big hit becoming his second top ten single and peaking at number three. The best song on the album is the lengthy "The Core". The song has some marvelous vocal interplay between Mr. Clapton and Marcy Levy and some stellar guitar work. Slowhand was a return to the top ten for Mr. Clapton reaching number three in early 1978.
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By scomoore on November 22, 2004
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After waiting through the bizarre back order situation that accompanied the release of "Slowhand," when the SACD did finally arrive it was worth it.

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.
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