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Eric Clapton - 461 Ocean Boulevard RIAA Certified Gold! Click here to see this CD at Amazon.com!

By Daniel Durchholz

The 1974 album on which Clapton's solo career truly caught fire, 461 Ocean Boulevard is best remembered for its hit version of Bob Marley's "I Shot the Sheriff"--perhaps the first time many in America ever heard the rhythms of reggae music. But it's also an album on which emotions run high, especially on two Clapton originals, the prayerful "Give Me Strength" and the pleading "Let It Grow." Clapton maintains his grounding in the blues with versions of Robert Johnson's "Steady Rollin' Man" and Elmore James's "I Can't Hold Out"; revisits a rock & roll classic in Johnny Otis's "Willie and the Hand Jive"; and turns the standard "Motherless Children" into a showcase of snarling guitars. Following a period of dark reclusiveness, 461 Ocean Boulevard was a powerful comeback for Clapton.

By Daniel Durchholz

This was Clapton's comeback record after a long bout with heroin addiction. Up through 1970 or so, he had been a restless musical seeker, opening rock up with his guitar experimentation, trying to get to the bottom of the blues. There is none of this on 461. He seems relieved just to be alive. It's a low-key affair, and that suits him. Some of his best songs are here, as well as his cover of Bob Marley's "I Shot the Sheriff." Torn and frayed from the melee inside him, this album may be the most personal blues he ever made.

Tracks
1. Motherless Children6. I Can't Hold Out
2. Give Me Strength7. Please Be With Me
3. Willie And The Hand Jive8. Let It Grow
4. Get Ready9. Steady Rollin' Man
5. I Shot The Sheriff10. Mainline Florida

 

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Artist: Eric Clapton

Released: July 13, 1974

Availability: CD, Vinyl

Awards:  Gold


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