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Eric Clapton: Give Me Strength: The 1974/1975 Recordings Super Deluxe Edition

by Ron Hart on March 11, 2014

Three years removed from Layla and a moonlighting gig as sideman for Delaney & Bonnie, Eric Clapton itched to change up his sound in 1974. Inspired by the likes of The Band and his then-new songwriting collaborator J.J. Cale, he entered the mid-decade bathing his roots in gospel, R&B and reggae. And while blues purists accused the guitarist of going pop, the music he created in Miami, Fla., at 461 Ocean Boulevard has aged beautifully these past 40 years. Give Me Strength digs deep into this most pivotal period in Clapton’s history, offering expanded editions of that classic second solo album whose title is the address of its genesis as well as its follow-up, 1975’s There’s One in Every Crowd (which houses a killer previously unreleased cover of Peter Tosh’s “Burial”) and the Tom Dowd-compiled live LP E.C. Was Here. But the real gems on this set are on the back end of the box, where disc five offers a collection of outtakes from the E.C. source tapes and the sixth CD is a brain-melting jam session with longtime Clapton hero Freddie King at Criteria Studios, climaxed by a 21-minute ramble through King’s “Gambling Woman Blues.” If the 1960s saw Eric Clapton earn his master’s in the blues as a member of The Yardbirds, the Bluesbreakers and Cream, then the period explored in Give Me Strength shows his post-grad doctorate work in exploring the soul of his craft.

Authors: Ron Hart
Artist: Eric Clapton
Album: Give Me Strength: The 1974/1975 Recordings Super Deluxe Edition
Label: Polydor/Universal

Comments

An awesome package, especially the live material and the Freddie King session.
I have been listening and relistening.

By Dave - 03/11/14

Recommended package even If you don’t happen to be a great fan of Clapton.
He’s performance and singing is filled with love and care and not only does he share it among his band mates but has the privillege to enter studio with one of his greatest heros and influence: Freddie King

By TSG - 03/11/14

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