Good news for Eric Clapton fans.
A new six-disc/Blu-Ray collection is due for release in November, featuring Clapton’s come back recordings in 1974 and 1975, recordings which produced three classic albums: 461 Ocean Boulevard, There’s One In Every Crowd and the life release, E.C. Was Here.
The collection, which will also be available in a three-LP set, will include rare and unreleased cuts, and vintage live recordings.
What makes the tunes a must for Clapton fans is that it captures one of the most significant periods in his musical career, his return to the studio following a three-year hiatus after the release of the Derek and the Dominos’ classic, Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs.
Titled “Eric Clapton – Give Me Strength: The 1974/1975 Recordings,” the collection will feature remastered versions of the three albums, plus a few treats. That includes the previously unreleased “Getting Acquainted” and “Please Be With Me,” as well as a rare dobro version of “GIve Me Strength” from the 461 Ocean Boulevard sessions.
Recordings from the “…One in Every Crowd” sessions include the unreleased “Burial” and “Fools Like Me 5:09,” as well as rare session outtakes. The “E.C. Was Here” collection features previously unreleased performances.
It’s an exciting prospect to get access to new cuts from one of Clapton’s most productive periods. I’ve always considered “Layla…” his best work, and one of the best rock/electric blues albums ever released. But you have to give it to the man for coming back strong after his post-Domino’s recording break. Kinda cool that it’s all going to be wrapped up in a nice, neat package.
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