Give Me Strength: The '74/'75 Recordings

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas
461 Ocean Boulevard was Eric Clapton's comeback, the record that saw him returning from a struggle with heroin addiction to reclaim his position as one of the world's biggest rock stars. The 1974 album forms the core of Give Me Strength: The 1974/1975 Recordings, a massive five-CD/one-BluRay box set documenting Clapton's mid-'70s recordings. The first CD is dedicated to an expanded version of 461 Ocean Boulevard -- an expansion that is different than the 2004 double-disc Deluxe Edition -- while the second CD is an expanded version of 1975's There's One in Every Crowd. Discs three and four are handed over to an expanded version of the 1975 live album E.C. Was Here, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas
461 Ocean Boulevard was Eric Clapton's comeback, the record that saw him returning from a struggle with heroin addiction to reclaim his position as one of the world's biggest rock stars. The 1974 album forms the core of Give Me Strength: The 1974/1975 Recordings, a massive five-CD/one-BluRay box set documenting Clapton's mid-'70s recordings. The first CD is dedicated to an expanded version of 461 Ocean Boulevard -- an expansion that is different than the 2004 double-disc Deluxe Edition -- while the second CD is an expanded version of 1975's There's One in Every Crowd. Discs three and four are handed over to an expanded version of the 1975 live album E.C. Was Here, turning the single-LP into a double, while the fifth disc is devoted to a jam session at Criteria Studios with Freddie King. Finally, the BluRay contains a previously unreleased 5.1 mix of 461 Ocean Boulevard, along with its original quadraphonic mix, plus the quad mix of There's One in Every Crowd. It's a rather exhaustive overhaul of an era of E.C.'s career that isn't particularly storied, and all the extra material doesn't add mystique but it does re-create context, capturing how the mid-'70s could often feel like a long series of languid, meandering blues and reggae jams. Neither There's One in Every Crowd nor E.C. Was Here were particularly focused, and the additional material accentuates their laziness while having the side effect of having 461 Ocean Boulevard sound bolder (even though it already was a decidedly relaxed affair). All this drifting blues doesn't mean Give Me Strength isn't worthwhile. Quite the contrary: this is precisely the kind of archival release that does deepen the historical record, revealing the extent of the guitarist's reggae fixation while emphasizing how quickly Clapton settled into a relaxed groove after his comeback. Sometimes the jams do wind up cooking -- this is particularly true of the jam with King -- but usually they're improvisation as mood music, smoke-filled superstar sessions where the intention is to play on and on until the night is gone. [A CD/DVD version was also released.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/10/2013
  • Label: Polydor / Umgd
  • UPC: 602537545940
  • Catalog Number: 54594
  • Sales rank: 24,935

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Motherless Children (4:53)
  2. 2 Give Me Strength (2:53)
  3. 3 Willie and the Hand Jive (3:31)
  4. 4 Get Ready (3:47)
  5. 5 I Shot the Sheriff (4:26)
  6. 6 I Can't Hold Out (4:14)
  7. 7 Please Be with Me (3:26)
  8. 8 Let It Grow (5:00)
  9. 9 Steady Rollin' Man (3:14)
  10. 10 Mainline Florida (4:08)
  11. 11 Ain't That Lovin' You (5:32)
  12. 12 Meet Me (Down at the Bottom) (6:58)
  13. 13 Lonesome Road Blues (Walkin' Down the Road) (5:16)
  14. 14 Getting Acquainted (6:27)
  15. 15 Getting Acquainted 2 (Too Late) (4:19)
  16. 16 Eric After Hours Blues (4:24)
  17. 17 Please Be with Me (3:25)
  18. 18 Give Me Strength (Dobro 1) (3:29)
Disc 2
  1. 1 We've Been Told (Jesus Is Coming Soon) (4:28)
  2. 2 Swing Low Sweet Chariot (3:33)
  3. 3 Little Rachel (4:06)
  4. 4 Don't Blame Me (3:35)
  5. 5 The Sky Is Crying (4:00)
  6. 6 Singin' the Blues (3:25)
  7. 7 Better Make It Through Today (4:24)
  8. 8 Pretty Blue Eyes (4:48)
  9. 9 High (3:32)
  10. 10 Opposites (4:49)
  11. 11 Burial (4:02)
  12. 12 Whatcha Gonna Do (2:44)
  13. 13 I Found a Love (3:40)
  14. 14 (When Things Go Wrong) It Hurts Me Too (5:47)
  15. 15 Fools Like Me (5:09)
  16. 16 Knockin' on Heavens Door (4:24)
  17. 17 Someone Like You (4:29)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Smile (3:35)
  2. 2 Have You Ever Loved a Woman (7:40)
  3. 3 Presence of the Lord (8:47)
  4. 4 Crossroads (4:38)
  5. 5 I Shot the Sheriff (7:35)
  6. 6 Layla (6:00)
  7. 7 Little Wing (8:57)
  8. 8 Can't Find My Way Home (5:18)
  9. 9 Driftin' Blues/Ramblin' on My Mind (11:38)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Ramblin' on My Mind/Have You Ever Loved a Woman (8:15)
  2. 2 Willie and the Hand Jive/Get Ready (11:27)
  3. 3 The Sky Is Crying/Have You Ever Loved a Woman/Ramblin' on My Mind (7:25)
  4. 4 Badge (10:43)
  5. 5 Driftin' Blues (6:54)
  6. 6 Eyesight to the Blind/Why Does Love Got to Be So Sad (23:50)
  7. 7 Further on Up the Road (7:35)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Sugar Sweet (4:06)
  2. 2 Tv Mama (4:06)
  3. 3 Boogie Funk (5:32)
  4. 4 Gambling Woman Blues (21:44)
Disc 6
  1. 1 461 Ocean Boulevard
  2. 2 461 Ocean Boulevard
  3. 3 There's One in Every Crowd
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eric Clapton Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Dobro, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Freddie King Guitar, Vocals
Dave Mason Guitar
Armando Peraza Percussion, Guest Appearance
Yvonne Elliman Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Marcy Levy Vocals, Background Vocals
Albhy Galuten Piano, Clavichord, Electric Piano, ARP
Leon "Ndugu" Chancler Percussion, Guest Appearance
Jamie Oldaker Percussion, Drums
Carl Radle Bass, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Guitar (Electric Baritone)
Dick Sims Organ, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano
George Terry Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Al Jackson Jr. Drums
Carlos Santana Guitar, Guest Appearance
Tom Bernfeld Background Vocals
Jim Fox Drums
Technical Credits
Big Bill Broonzy Composer
Charles Brown Composer
Willie Dixon Composer
Freddie King Composer
Johnny Otis Composer
Jimmy Reed Composer
Bob Marley Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
George Harrison Composer
Steve Winwood Composer
Yvonne Elliman Composer
Mary McCreary Composer
Jim Gordon Composer
Albhy Galuten Producer
Ed Barton Engineer
Mary Bridges Composer
Charlie Chaplin Composer
Eric Clapton Arranger, Composer
Jack Clement Composer
Jack Crymes Engineer
Tom Dowd Producer, Original Mix
Don Gehman Engineer
Jimi Hendrix Composer
Elmore James Composer
Robert Johnson Composer
Steve Klein Engineer
Andy Knight Engineer
Carlton Lee Engineer
Mel London Composer
Arthur Louis Composer
Peter Tosh Composer
Ralph Moss Engineer
Carl Radle Arranger
Karl Richardson Engineer
Don Robey Composer
George Terry Composer
Bobby Whitlock Composer
Sonny Boy Williamson [II] Composer
Ron Fawcus Engineer
Joe Medwick Composer
Bob Defrin Art Direction
Billy Myles Composer
John Turner Composer
Jim Gehr Engineer
Graeme Goodall Engineer
Murphy Maddux Composer
Jim Byfield Composer
Bill Brovas Engineer
Seth Foster Mastering
Traditional Composer
Eddie Williams Composer
Andrew Skurow Tape Research
John Lynskey Essay
Matt Read Art Direction
Johnny Moore Composer
Henry DeChatillon Cover Photo
Brian Engolds Engineer
Ronnie Logan Engineer
Geoffrey Parsons Composer
Charles Scott Boyer Composer
Dave Hewitt Engineer
The Robert Stigwood Organisation Arranger
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