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Available in two configurations, this retrospective either covers just Eric Clapton’s studio work for the sessions of 1974’s 461 Ocean Boulevard and 1975’s There’s One in Every Crowd or adds an expanded version of the 1975 live album E.C. Was Here and a solid jam session at Criteria Studios with Freddie King. Considering how revelatory Clapton can be in concert, the 55-track all-inclusive set makes better sense than the 35-track Give Me Strength: The ’74/’75 Studio Recordings. 461 Ocean Boulevard was Clapton’s comeback album after his struggle with heroin. The performances show this reaffirmation for life in both versions of “Getting Acquainted” and the acoustic take of “Please Be with Me.” The extras from There’s One in Every Crowd include “I Found a Love,” “Fools Like Me," and the laid-back reggae of Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door.” Live performances are nearly tripled, with “Layla,” “Little Wing,” “Crossroads," and “I Shot the Sheriff” making appearances, while Clapton enjoys the interplay with Freddie King on four tracks.

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Somehow I feel as if someone knew my cd collection of these 3 great albums had terrible sound quality. Now if only I could get a remastered 5.1 sounding License to Ill and Shake Your Moneymaker I'd be set!


Once in a generation someone special comes along. EC is that someone special!


Have most of already ..So happy to find the Dobro take of give take of give me !!!


Born: March 30, 1945 in Ripley, Surrey, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

By the time Eric Clapton launched his solo career with the release of his self-titled debut album in mid-1970, he was long established as one of the world's major rock stars due to his group affiliations -- the Yardbirds, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Cream, and Blind Faith -- which had demonstrated his claim to being the best rock guitarist of his generation. That it took Clapton so long to go out on his own, however, was evidence of a degree of reticence unusual for one of his stature. And his debut...
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