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461 Ocean Boulevard Original recording remastered, Deluxe Edition, Extra tracks

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  • Audio CD (Nov. 23 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Deluxe Edition, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00065VTU4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  DVD Audio  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #36,549 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Disc: 1
1. Motherless Children
2. Give Me Strength
3. Willie And The Hand Jive
4. Get Ready
5. I Shot The Sheriff
6. I Can't Hold Out
7. Please Be With Me
8. Let It Grow
9. Steady Rollin' Man
10. Mainline Florida
See all 15 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
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
See all 11 tracks on this disc

Product Description

Product Description

461 Ocean Boulevard - Deluxe Edition is packaged in a deluxe 2CD digipak housed within a plastic slipcase. The deluxe package also features a full color booklet containing complete credits, essay and rare photos.


Predictably, given the drug problems which preceded its release, Clapton's second solo album proper seems to come and go in an opium haze of its own making. Oddly though, it suits him. As the history of rock attests, if you're going to get into one hard drug then you may as well make it heroin. Whereas cocaine feeds the ego and destroys judgement, heroin sublimates it and allows the artist to regress into his music. Which pretty much describes where 461 Ocean Boulevard is at. Because tracks like "Steady Rollin' Man" and US chart topper "I Shot The Sheriff" sound like they have all the time in the world, they make light work of putting the listener in a similar frame of mind. Best of all though is "Let It Grow", for many the kind of tender, foetal balladry which finds Clapton at his most quintessential. Inevitably, he cleaned up his act and sporadically attained similar heights. But for sheer mood and sense of moment, 461 Ocean Boulevard remains his masterpiece. --Peter Paphides --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.

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By Martin A Hogan TOP 100 REVIEWER on April 13 2004
Format: DVD Audio
After an absence due to personal problems, Clapton settled into the 461 Ocean Boulevard Florida estate to restart his career. It was a major turning point. His heady rock attitude was adapting to a mellower R & B with a tad more funkiness. "Motherless Children", ""Willie And The Hand Jive" and "Mainline Florida" brought out the best gut bouncing rhythm and blues yet. Jump-started with the Bob Marley single, "I Shot The Sheriff", Clapton gained back his old audience while bringing in new fans to the new blue-eyed soul in the USA. He included some nearly spiritual numbers as well. ""Please Be With Me" is a begging love ballad and "Let It Grow" culminates with the frenzy of a soaring synthesizer. Yvonne Elliman does a fantastic back-up job with her own sultry vocals and accentuates Clapton's soulful voice. Still considered one of Clapton's best, you can't miss with this one, especially in DTS Surround Sound.
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I actually remember the day this album was released - it was two days after I saw Clapton and his band at the Capital Centre in D.C.. He played much of it at the show, and I was anxious to hear the songs again.
This album didn't disappoint that day, and it doesn't disappoint today. Contrary to another review, it ages quite well. The rock covers ("Willie and the Hand Jive," "I Shot The Sheriff"hold their own with the originals, and the blues songs are timeless. "I Can't Hold Out" and "Steady Rolling Man" kick major blues butt! The originals are excellent as well, particularly "Mainline Florida."
Any record collecion that includes Eric Clapton is incomplete without this record. It was his comeback effort following several years of laying low with a heroin problem. It is clearly a career milestone, and his first recording with a band that he would work with for the remainder of the decade. Don't overlook the band - with the exception of Duane Allman, George Terry may be the best guitarist Clapton worked with - he compliments Clapton and drives him at the same time.
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"461 Ocean Boulevard", Eric Clapton's second solo album from 1974, is an appealing amalgam of several different styles (rock, pop, R&B, country, blues and even reggae).
It may not have the flashy guitar work of his earlier recordings, nor is it as gritty as fans of Eric Clapton the blues player (rather than Eric Clapton the pop singer) might have preferred. But it is a pleasant, low-key affair with several excellent songs, including a charming, laid-back rendition of Johnny Otis' "Willie And The Hand Jive" and the lovely, folkish ballad "Please Be With Me", originally recorded by Southern rockers Cowboy.
Clapton should stay away from covering Elmore James, though. He obviously knows that he can't match the intensity of James' vocals, so he delivers "I Can't Hold Out" in a very subdued style which doesn't suit the song.
His version of Bob Marley's "I Shot The Sheriff", although somewhat watered-down, works really well, however, as does the mournful spiritual-like blues "Give Me Strength" and the melodious "Let It Grow", both of them Eric Clapton originals.
Lovely slide dobro playing on "Let It Grow".
Another bluesy spiritual, Blind Willie Johnson's "Motherless Children (have a hard time)", is quite good as well in this electric, up-tempo recording, in spite of the clippety-clop rhythm played by drummer Jamie Oldaker (kind of a strange choice for a blues number).
All in all, "461 Ocean Boulevard" is a really fine album, and one that Eric Clapton tried again and again to replicate over the next ten years.
Definitely recommended.
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Choosing between this album and Clapton's previous studio masterwork, LAYLA, makes for an interesting debate. 461 OCEAN BOULEVARD lacks Layla's smoldering extended jamming, striking a more upbeat, restrained, and radio-friendly tone instead. The rockers "Motherless Children" and "Mainline Florida" open and close the album. In between we have tender ballads such as "Please Be with Me" and the achingly beautiful "Let It Grow," which shows what an underappreciated songwriter EC is. As always, there are great covers that he imbues with his own distinct flavor -- "Willie and the Hand Jive," Elmore James's "I Can't Hold Out" and Robert Johnson's "Steady Rollin' Man." Years before the Police came along, Eric brought reggae to the mainstream with the #1 hit "I Shot the Sheriff." Each one is a standout.
That said, this CD release has one serious deficiency. When first released on vinyl in 1974, the album's second song was a Clapton original called "Better Make It through Today." When remastered for CD, it was replaced by "Give Me Strength." I always believed that "Better Make It through Today" was integral to this album's success, and its absence is awfully conspicuous. The back cover of the vinyl version of 461 OCEAN BOULEVARD contains a notation saying that "Better Make It through Today" was recorded at Dynamic Studios in Kingston, Jamaica, whereas the rest of the album was recorded at Criteria Studios in Miami. Clapton's 1975 follow-up, THERE'S ONE IN EVERY CROWD, was also recorded at that studio in Jamaica, and sure enough "Better Make It through Today" now appears on the CD version of that album. Perhaps it was never supposed to appear on 461 OCEAN BOULEVARD, but people are right to complain about the change. So this album gets two ratings. The old vinyl release gets 5 stars while this CD release is downgraded slightly to 4.5 stars, which is still pretty damn good.
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