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Slowhand [Super Deluxe Edition Box Set]
     

Slowhand [Super Deluxe Edition Box Set]

by Eric Clapton
 

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After the guest star-drenched No Reason to Cry failed to make much of an impact commercially, Eric Clapton returned to using his own band for Slowhand. The difference is substantial -- where No Reason to Cry struggled hard to find the right tone, Slowhand opens with the relaxed, bluesy shuffle of

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After the guest star-drenched No Reason to Cry failed to make much of an impact commercially, Eric Clapton returned to using his own band for Slowhand. The difference is substantial -- where No Reason to Cry struggled hard to find the right tone, Slowhand opens with the relaxed, bluesy shuffle of J.J. Cale's "Cocaine" and sustains it throughout the course of the album. Alternating between straight blues ("Mean Old Frisco"), country ("Lay Down Sally"), mainstream rock ("Cocaine," "The Core"), and pop ("Wonderful Tonight"), Slowhand doesn't sound schizophrenic because of the band's grasp of the material. This is laid-back virtuosity -- although Clapton and his band are never flashy, their playing is masterful and assured. That assurance and the album's eclectic material make Slowhand rank with 461 Ocean Boulevard as Eric Clapton's best albums. [Somehow Slowhand missed the wave of Eric Clapton Deluxe Editions in the early 2000s, so it was ripe for picking when Super Deluxe Editions became the thing in the early 2010s. And so we have the Super Deluxe 35th Anniversary Edition of Eric Clapton's 1977 album Slowhand, a perfectly likable album -- by most measures one of Clapton's best -- ballooned to an absurd four CDs, single DVD, and vinyl LP, complete with the standard in-depth book, publicity stills, replicas of tour programs, and other tchotchkes. The first CD is a remastered version of the original album expanded by four songs ("Looking at the Rain," "Alberta," "Greyhound Bus," "Stars, Strays and Ashtrays") and the other two CDs are devoted to a concert at the Hammersmith Odeon from April 27, 1977, performed just days before the album's recording; for the standard-issue Deluxe Edition, this concert is excerpted for a bonus disc attached to the expanded edition of the album. Then, there's the standard issue of Slowhand -- no bonus tracks, just the original nine songs -- presented in 5.1 DVD-Audio, and the album is once again heard as a vinyl LP. Certainly, there are several hardcore fans of Slowhand who will find all this worthwhile, but for most Clapton devotees, this is overkill. All the essential material is on that double-disc Deluxe Edition; the stuff that makes it Super is fluff.]

Product Details

Release Date:
12/18/2012
Label:
Polydor / Umgd
UPC:
0600753407257
catalogNumber:
5340725
Rank:
104515

Tracks

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
  10. Cocaine
  11. Wonderful Tonight
  12. Lay Down Sally
  13. Next Time You See Her
  14. We're All the Way
  15. The Core
  16. May You Never
  17. Mean Old Frisco
  18. 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

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eric Clapton   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Interviewee
Yvonne Elliman   Guitar,Vocals
Marcy Levy   Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
Mel Collins   Saxophone
Jamie Oldaker   Percussion,Drums
Sergio Pastora   Percussion
Carl Radle   Bass Guitar
Dick Sims   Keyboards
George Terry   Guitar

Technical Credits

Don Williams   Composer
Gordon Lightfoot   Composer
John Martyn   Composer
Bob Marley   Composer
J.J. Cale   Composer,Lyricist
Bob Dylan   Composer
George Harrison   Composer
Steve Winwood   Composer
Marcy Levy   Composer
T-Bone Walker   Composer
Jim Gordon   Composer
Albhy Galuten   Composer
Eric Clapton   Composer
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup   Composer
Glyn Johns   Producer
Ted Milton   Liner Notes
Bob Potter   Engineer
Don Robey   Composer
Bobby Whitlock   Composer
John Pidgeon   Liner Notes
Charles Segar   Composer
Pete Frame   Drawing
Richard Evans   Program Design
Traditional   Composer
Andrew Skurow   Tape Research
Matt Read   Art Direction
David Hepworth   Essay
Jimmie Cox   Composer
Willie Broonzy   Composer
Jonathan Dent   Artwork
Anne Nightingale   Interviewer
Joe Medwich Veasey   Composer
David Stewart   Art Direction,Program Design
Ken Carroll   Logo

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