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Slowhand 35th Anniversary (Remastered) [Original recording remastered]

Eric Clapton Audio CD
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Clapton had already established himself as a guitar legend by the time he released Slowhand. His heroin habit long behind him, Clapton's songwriting mastery was fully evident on the album, particularly in the stunning ballad "Wonderful Tonight". It fully actualised all of the potential hinted at in his earlier "Promises", and Clapton trusted himself enough to slow things down. Some of his most expressive guitar work can be found throughout this album, not just within "Wonderful". Ironically enough, Slowhand is probably best known for the hit "Cocaine"--built upon a simple repeated riff, the song had Clapton's trademark smooth voice with its wear around the edges, and yet another stellar guitar solo. Flashy runs and licks were never the most integral part of Clapton's catalogue, his blues background being the primary source for his sound. Slowhand, with its phrasings, both guitar and vocal, established Clapton as the possessor of one of the most extensive vocabularies in rock. --Steve Gdula

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No arguments here-- a great album May 15 2003
Format:Audio CD
Yeah, we've all heard the "hit" songs off this album about 10,000 times, which in the case of "Wonderful Tonight" is about 9,997 times too many.
But there's so much good music on this album that the radio-listening public didn't get to hear that you should still have a copy of "Slowhand" on hand. It's all good.
The best song on here, in my opinion, is a toss up between the rollin' and rockin' blues "Mean Old Frisco" and John Martyn's hopeful, amusing "May You Never." Marcy Levy's vocals throughout the album are a treat, too.
And EC contributes some of the most tasteful (if not particularly inventive) guitar playing of his career.
One more thing: If you have the vinyl version of this album, next time you have a party, take the cover out, open up the gatefold and then hold your head above Clapton's guitar-playing body on the cover. I guarantee you drunk people will laugh.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is why they call him "Slowhand" Aug. 2 2000
Format:Audio CD
"Slowhand" ranks along with "461 Ocean Boulevard" as Eric Clapton's two finest solo albums. Clapton scored one of his biggest hits with the ace cover of J.J. Cale's "Cocaine." He also came up with several of his best ever original songs in the ballad "Wonderful Tonight," and the bluesy "Lay Down Sally." Other classic cuts include the long jam "The Core," and the jealous lover's stern warning "Next Time You See Her." Clapton's guitar has never sounded sweeter and his backing band is first rate. This album is a must have for Clapton fans as well as fans of 70s rock.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Slowhand 2012 Deluxe Box Remaster...... Nov. 13 2012
By Breadmanwalking TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The reviews regarding Slowhand are all ancient. The slate should be
clean as it was released only....today! December 18th. I got a great
deal on this set. I'm a happy customer. Thanks Amazon.....The deluxe
set is a real groove and it costs a few....but it may well be collector
material. The price might drop, time will tell. The first song, "Cocaine"
sets the mood, if you get the joke, before heading into "Wonderful Tonight"...
The single disc remaster is a real good price. I bought 2 copies! I think
I'll return with a late, sonics UPDATE.....The sound is absolute....they
got it right. This product, whether you buy the single disc or the "production"
you are getting the best this has ever sounded. On first listen, I'm a believer.
December 25th 2012.....BE CAREFUL when pulling out the discs and booklet.
They are not independent of the slipcase. They are all attached. Pull out
gently and open like the pages of a book.....swing them from right to left.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Certainly Solid Oct. 29 2002
Format:Audio CD
Slowhand is clearly one of Eric Clapton's stronger solo releases. Whereas there are plenty of guitar solos and effects, many of these tunes are quite pleasing. A little bit mellow but certainly quite focused.
The lead off track, Cocaine features a very distnictive riff and steady instrumental support. Like the gutiar solo in the middle. Wonderful Tonight will always be known as a classic wedding song. One of Eric's best compositions. Lay Down Sally features some mellow guitar picking and a nice chugging rhythm. Next Time You See Her features some good drumming by Jaime Oldaker in addition to some tasty guitar licks. We're All The Way is a pleasant focused ballad.
The second half kicks off with a riveting duet between Eric and Marcy Levy on the Core. Super guitar solos by George Terry and Eric as well as a good saxaphone break by Mel Collins. May You Never is a catchy tune with cute vocal styling by Eric. Mean Old Frisco is a fine blues number and Peaches And Diesel is a pretty instrumental with touching guitar parts.
A solid if not overly spectacular release that showcases the mellow side of Eric Clapton.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Strong Hand July 27 2001
Format:Audio CD
After his major comeback in 1974 with 461 Ocean Boulevard, Eric Clapton shied away from the mainstream with his next two releases. There's One In Every Crowd & No Reason To Cry. With Slowhand, he returned to the sounds that made 461 a hit. On his first solo album, he had a major triumph with J.J. Cale's "After Midnight". He returns to the Cale catalog for another triumph, the searing "Cocaine". The song has a propulsive riff and a ringing guitar solo. On the flip side of that is "Wonderful Tonight" which is built around his waiting for his wife to get ready for a party. The song is among the prettiest things he's ever done and it his easy picking of the guitar shows that subtle playing is just as powerful as in your face power chords. "Lay Down Sally" has a country flavor and was a big hit becoming his second top ten single and peaking at number three. The best song on the album is the lengthy "The Core". The song has some marvelous vocal interplay between Mr. Clapton and Marcy Levy and some stellar guitar work. Slowhand was a return to the top ten for Mr. Clapton reaching number three in early 1978.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Clapton April 6 2001
Format:Audio CD
It was once proclaimed that Eric Clapton is god. When it comes to rock guitarists, Clapton is indeed a part of the triune godhead of Hendrix, Townshend and, of course, Clapton. And like a god, Clapton is ageless and powerful; on this album, you feel the force of Clapton's divine guitar playing.
Although JJ Cale wrote "Cocaine," Clapton gave life and definition to it in his own way and made a masterpiece of it! Clapton performs this song in such a way you're almost tempted to start taking the stuff. Kidding aside, this is one of rock's great songs by one of rock's great artists. As an aside, if you really want to hear a great live version of this song, just listen to Clapton's "Just One Night." Which is another great album in its own right.
"The Core" is another kicker that makes you wanna turn up the volume on your receiver to full blast. That is assuming of course your speakers can handle it!
"We're All the Way" and "May You Never" are country-tinged tunes that Clapton delivers with flair. "Lay Down Sally" was the Top 40 single from this album and while it's a good song, it's kinda lost some of its punch over the years mainly because it's gotten too much air play on both AOR and adult contemporary stations.
"Slowhand" is not only a classic Clapton album but it's also a classic rock album. If you don't have this album in your collection, you're missing something.
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5.0 out of 5 stars five star
I have it a little bit late but in a very good condition. thank you. I`ll do business again with you definitely
Published 6 months ago by ricky baylon
3.0 out of 5 stars Not fully up to expectations
Initial play of the surround sound version let me very disappointed, the hi-res stereo version was much more satisfying. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Ronald Scherer
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 outta 5
Not one of my favourite EC efforts but the live show is good.
I was they had have gone to this trouble for 461 instead. Read more
Published 19 months ago by F. Christopher Bennett
4.0 out of 5 stars Probably one of my 3 favourite EC albums
This is one of the few albums from EC where the majority of the album at one point or another was features in a live set somewhere. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Gis A. Bun
3.0 out of 5 stars Great content, but poor packaging
This is a great set for any Eric Clapton fan - Slowhand is one of "the" albums, and the quality of content on the CDs and DVD is high - not to mention that it comes with the newly... Read more
Published 19 months ago by TrueReview
5.0 out of 5 stars Slowhand 35th Anniversary (2 CD Deluxe)
Very good to hear this again years later. Love EC, and ove the music; but unfortunately I received 2 of these, instead of just one.I'll be refunding one.
Published 19 months ago by ann louise
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent box set
Je suis un grand fan d'Éric Claprton, en fait je collectionne tout ce que je peux trouver sur lui.
Ce coffret est très bien fait et très complet. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Roger Pilon
5.0 out of 5 stars Slowhand
Love Eric Clapton and all of his musik. A very good compilation. Have been a Clapton fan for years and stiil enjoy the musik
Published 20 months ago by Herb Matis
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasic Box Set!!!!
Wonderful re-release!!!! Heavy vinyl print of LP plus disc w/ unreleased tracks. Clear concert with great energy in 2 discs. Good booklet & program reprints. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Russian Bear
4.0 out of 5 stars Slowhand: 35 Anniversayy
It is a great boxset. At the price I bought 5 and will give them away as gifts. I bought these when Amazon had a one day sale on the boxsets. Read more
Published 20 months ago by R. Q. Metz
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