Give Me Strength: The '74/'75 Studio Recordings

Give Me Strength: The '74/'75 Studio Recordings

by Eric Clapton


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/10/2013
Label: Polydor / Umgd
UPC: 0602537618583
catalogNumber: 001966202
Rank: 37198

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eric Clapton   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Dave Mason   Guitar
Yvonne Elliman   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Marcy Levy   Vocals,Background Vocals
Albhy Galuten   Organ,Piano,Clavichord,ARP
Jamie Oldaker   Percussion,Drums
Carl Radle   Bass,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar
Dick Sims   Organ,Piano,Electric Piano
George Terry   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Al Jackson   Drums
Tom Bernfeld   Background Vocals
Jim Fox   Drums

Technical Credits

Big Bill Broonzy   Composer
Willie Dixon   Composer
Johnny Otis   Composer
Jimmy Reed   Composer
Bob Marley   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Yvonne Elliman   Composer
Mary McCreary   Composer
Albhy Galuten   Producer
Mary Bridges   Composer
Eric Clapton   Arranger,Composer
Jack Clement   Composer
Tom Dowd   Producer
Don Gehman   Engineer
Elmore James   Composer
Robert "P-Nut" Johnson   Composer
Steve Klein   Engineer
Carlton Lee   Engineer
Mel London   Composer
Arthur Louis   Composer
Peter Tosh   Composer
Carl Radle   Arranger
Karl Richardson   Engineer
George Terry   Composer
Bob Defrin   Art Direction
Graeme Goodall   Engineer
Murphy Maddux   Composer
Jim Byfield   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Andrew Skurow   Tape Research
John Lynskey   Essay
Matt Read   Art Direction
Henry DeChatillon   Cover Photo
Ronnie Logan   Engineer
Charles Scott Boyer   Composer

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