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461 Ocean Blvd Eric Clapton 461 Ocean Blvd.

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Eric Clapton 461 Ocean Blvd. - Review

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The album 461 Ocean Boulevard was released in 1974 and was long overdue as it was three and a half years since Eric Clapton’s last studio album Layla and Assorted Other Love Songs hit the stores. This album had a new supporting cast that would be the foundation of his band for his next several recordings.  Clapton's 461 Ocean Boulevard focuses more on song compositions rather than searing guitar solos that were trademarks of Eric Clapton’s past albums. It also incorporates a lot of complementary slide guitar and more of an emphasis on the singing with great contributions from Yvonne Elliman.  

Eric Clapton’s album 461 Ocean Boulevard has an outstanding  collection of songs that flow particularly well, as a good LP should. The song selection incorporates a variety of originals and cover versions. This time in addition to reworking blues classics he recorded his interpretation of Bob Marley’s reggae classic “I Shot the Sheriff”; it become a big hit, a great live version of this song is on the retrospective Crossroads Among the blues artists Clapton plays tribute to include Robert Johnson, Elmore James, Johnny Otis, Blind Willie Johnson (not sure why he is not given credit for "Motherless Children.")

Clapton's 461 Ocean Boulevard is a fantastic album.  ~ by Barry Small © 
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Deluxe edition - Nov. 2004 a deluxe edition of 461 Ocean Blvd. was issued. The additional material sure looks good, five studio outtakes added to the original disc, and a live disc. Our intention is to eventually get this and expand our commentary to include the bonus material, and is on the shopping when funds allow. 

Having heard Crossroads 2, Clapton's live box-set that was recorded during the 1970's, we feel confident that disc 2 is excellent.

 
Eric Clapton 461 Ocean Blvd.- Track List
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Original album
1. Motherless Children (Traditional) - 4:53
2. Give Me Strength (Clapton) - 2:54
3. Willie and the Hand Jive (Otis) - 3:31
4. Get Ready (Clapton / Elliman) - 3:47
5. I Shot the Sheriff (Marley) - 4:25
6. I Can't Hold Out (James) - 4:14
7. Please Be With Me (Boyer) - 3:26
8. Let It Grow (Clapton) - 5:00
9. Steady Rollin' Man (Johnson) - 3:14
10. Mainline Florida (Terry) - 4:04

Deluxe Edition extras 
Sessions for 461 Ocean Blvd. 
11. Walkin' Down The Road 
12. Ain't That Lovin You 
13. Meet Me (Down At The Bottom) 
14. Eric After Hours Blues 
15. B Minor Jam 

Disc: 2
Recorded Dec. 4 and 5, 1974
Hammersmith Odeon, London


1. Smile 
2. Let It Grow 
3. Can't Find My Way Home 
4. I Shot The Sheriff 
5. Tell The Truth 
6. The Sky Is Crying / Have You Ever Loved A Woman 
    / Rambling On My Mind 
7. Little Wing 
8. Singin' The Blues 
9. .Badge 
10. Layla 
11. Let It Rain 

Eric Clapton 461 Ocean Blvd. - Musicians
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Eric Clapton - Guitar, Vocals, Dobro
George Terry - Guitar, Piano, Vocals 
Carl Radle - Bass
Dick Sims - Keyboards, Bass
Albhy Galuten - Keyboards
Jim Fox - Drums
Jamie Oldaker - Drums
Al Jackson Jr. - Drums
Yvonne Elliman - Vocals
Tom Bernfield - Vocals

Band for the deluxe edition live material
Eric Clapton - Guitar, Vocals
George Terry - Guitar 
Dick Sims - Keyboards
Carl Radle - Bass
Jamie Oldaker - Drums
Yvonne Elliman - Vocals
Marcy Levy - vocals

Eric Clapton 461 Ocean Blvd. - Notes
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Label - Polydor

In Nov. 2004, 461 Ocean Blvd. was issued in two formats. The original was remastered in SACD. Secondly, a deluxe edition with five studio outtakes and a live disc. 

Eric Clapton 461 Ocean Blvd. album review

 

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