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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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4 of 4 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent box set Jan. 29 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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. Tout fan de Clapton devrait l'avoir.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasic Box Set!!!! Jan. 20 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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. Even the box packaing is superb-tweed case of a Fender Strat that Clapton is famous for.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great content, but poor packaging Feb. 3 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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 remastered vinyl. However the quality of the content is offset by the terrible packaging. Sleeves slide out of the outer box, but they remain attached to the casing and flip like a book. The first time I opened it and tried to flip to the "page" with the album on it, the booklet ripped apart. I ended up tearing the booklet packaging out of the outer box, trimming the sleeves so that I could slide each individual sleeve into the box without anything sticking out. This is probably the way it should have been designed.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Muffled Aug. 8 2009
Format:Audio CD
Of all SACD I have in my collections, this is the only one that sounds like my speaker (Totem Rainmaker) is covered with blanket or something... Must be the sound-engineer's preference.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very overrated July 30 2003
Format:Audio CD
This album just doesn't work for me.
I have almost all of Eric Clapton's albums, the good ones, the great ones and the mediocre ones, and everybody but me seems to count this one among the great ones.
I've had it for fifteen years or something like that, and it absolutely refuses to grow on me. Sure, it's got "Lay Down Sally", "Wonderful Tonight", and the lesser-known but quite charming "May You Never". But the rest is not just filler, it's incredibly dull filler, with no hooks, no groove, nothing! Even Clapton's takes on "Cocaine" and "Mean Old Frisco" aren't particularly good.
"Wonderful Tonight" is perhaps not the kind of song that most people associate (or would like to associate) with EC, but it is a really good pop song nonetheless. And "Lay Down Sally" is a catchy little number as well.
But come on....nothing, absolutely nothing on this record comes close to Eric Clapton's best.
Maybe part of the reason that I find "Slowhand" so uninspiring is Glyn John's awful, flat, dull, lifeless, one-dimentional production (the drums sound like somebody banging away on an overturned plastic bucket), but that's not the whole story. The songs just aren't good enough.
Sure, Clapton's playing is excellent, but how can anyone say that this is some of the best work of a man who has recorded "Layla", "Bell Bottom Blues", "Blues Power", "Let It Rain" and "Tell The Truth"?
To me, almost every other album Clapton recorded in the 70s and early 80s is better than this (with the exception of the critical and commercial failure "There's One In Every Crowd"). It does have its moments, sure, but they are few and far between. Three stars is certainly being generous.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Eric Nov. 5 2010
Format:Audio CD
A great rock album. It is worth buying, but not a great demo for a SACD, I expected much more from a SACD. MUCH better than the red book CD though ! I think the stereo layer is better than the 5.1 layer. Lay Down your money Sally !
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slowly and wonderfully March 30 2002
By Jinkyu
Format:Audio CD
Eric Clapton always could handle the softer touch, but had not shown it as frequently on one album as he did on "Slowhand." He is well-supported in this endeavor by Yvonne Elliman's vocals. "Wonderful Tonight" and the beautiful instrumental "Peaches and Diesel" are trademarks of this recording, which also contains "Next Time You See Her" and "May You Never." My favorite, recognizable by many but not because of the title, is "The Core." Eric and Marcy Levy combine their vocals in a very pretty song with a steady guitar-driven beat.
The most prominent songs are the excellent cover version of "Cocaine," which became a minor anthem of the late '70s, and "Lay Down Sally," with a guitar riff similar to that on "The Core" but a less dramatic while catchier chorus.
"Slowhand" is one of Clapton's better moments, a very pleasant interlude that should be enjoyable by everyone.
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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 5 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 17 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 17 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 17 months ago by Gis A. Bun
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 18 months ago by ann louise
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 18 months ago by Herb Matis
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 18 months ago by R. Q. Metz
4.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff
Clapton always impresses, this one is no exception to that. I would buy again. Many songs bring back old time memories.
Published on July 8 2012 by West Islander
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
This is one of the best SACD recordings I have. Compared to a CD layer, it has an unbelievable dynamic range and stunning details. Read more
Published on July 2 2011 by Dr. Snorkelstein
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