461 Ocean Boulevard CD (1996)

Artist: Eric Clapton

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Label Uni/a&m
SKU 60079043
UPC 731453182127
UPC 14 00731453182127
Format CD
Release Date 8/20/1996
Author Eric Clapton
Associated Artist/Work Band (The)
Associated Artist/Work Bluesbreakers
Associated Artist/Work Cale, J.J.
Associated Artist/Work Derek & the Dominos
Associated Artist/Work Guy, Buddy
Associated Artist/Work Harrison, George
Associated Artist/Work J.J.Cale
Associated Artist/Work Jimmy Rogers All-Stars (The)
Associated Artist/Work John, Elton
Associated Artist/Work King, B. B.
Associated Artist/Work King, B.B.
Associated Artist/Work Mayall, John
Associated Artist/Work On, Pickin'
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Associated Artist/Work Salute, Eric Clapton
Associated Artist/Work Sting
Associated Artist/Work T.D.F.
Associated Artist/Work Vitamin String Quartet
Associated Artist/Work Waters, Roger
Associated Artist/Work Wells, Junior
Artist Influence Albert King
Artist Influence B.B. King
Artist Influence Big Bill Broonzy
Artist Influence Bob Dylan
Artist Influence Buddy Guy
Artist Influence Chuck Berry
Artist Influence Don Williams
Artist Influence Elmore James
Artist Influence Freddie King
Artist Influence Howlin' Wolf
Artist Influence J.J. Cale
Artist Influence Jimmy Reed
Artist Influence Jimmy Rogers (Blues)
Artist Influence Muddy Waters
Artist Influence Otis Rush
Artist Influence Robert Johnson
Artist Influence Slim Harpo
Artist Influence Sonny Boy Williamson II (Rice Miller)
Artist Influence T-Bone Walker
Artist Influence The Band
Artist Contemporary Albert Lee (Guitar)
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Artist Contemporary Groundhogs
Artist Contemporary J.J. Cale
Artist Contemporary Janis Joplin
Artist Contemporary Jeff Beck
Artist Contemporary Jeff Healey
Artist Contemporary Jerry Lynn Williams
Artist Contemporary Jesse Ed Davis (Guitar)
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Artist Contemporary Steve Miller (Guitar)
Artist Contemporary Steve Miller Band (Guitar)
Artist Contemporary Steve Winwood
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Artist Contemporary Ten Years After
Artist Contemporary The Allman Brothers Band
Artist Contemporary The Animals
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Artist Contemporary Tommy Bolin
Artist Contemporary Warren Haynes
Artist Follower Bill Perry
Artist Follower Chris Rea
Artist Follower Dave Matthews
Artist Follower Dire Straits
Artist Follower Eric Gale (Guitar)
Artist Follower J. Geils Band
Artist Follower Jimmie Vaughan
Artist Follower Jonny Lang
Artist Follower Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Artist Follower Kita Alexander
Artist Follower Robert Cray
Artist Follower Sheppard
Artist Follower Sheryl Crow
Artist Follower Stevie Ray Vaughan
Artist Follower Susan Tedeschi
Artist Follower The Jeff Healey Band
Artist Follower Tommy Bolin
Artist Follower Van Halen
Artist Follower ZZ Top
Technical Info
Engineer Karl Richardson; Karl Richardson
Producer Tom Dowd; Tom Dowd
CatalogID 5318212
Lable Name PolyGram
Released 08/20/1996
Original Release 1974
Number of Discs 1
Length 43m : 21s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00731453182127
Musical Guests
Yvonne Elliman
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Eric Clapton (vocals, guitar, dobro); Eric Clapton; Yvonne Elliman (vocals, guitar, background vocals); Carl Radle (bass guitar); Thomas Bernfeld (background vocals); Tom Bernfield (vocals, background vocals); George Terry (guitar, piano, background vocals); Albhy Galuten (piano, electric piano, clavichord, organ, synthesizer); Dick Sims (organ, keyboards); Jamie Oldaker (drums, percussion); Al Jackson, Jr. , Jim Fox (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Joseph M. Palmaccio.
Recording information: Criteria Recording Studios, Miami, FL (04/1974-05/1974).
Photographer: David Gahr.
Arrangers: Eric Clapton; Carl Radle.
After playing the 1973 Rainbow Concerts that were arranged by good friend Pete Townshend, Eric Clapton returned to Florida's Criteria Recording Studio to cut 461 OCEAN BOULEVARD. Because of a stint of personal turmoil, Clapton had not played guitar for two years preceeding the Rainbow Concerts, but with the help of a core group of musicians including George Terry, former Derek & the Dominos bassist Carl Radle, Jamie Oldaker, and Yvonne Elliman, Slowhand put together an album that many consider to be his best.
Focusing more on his singing than his guitar pyrotechnics of the past, the new, improved Clapton used a laid-back, J.J. Cale-type vocal style to great effect on a mellow version of "Willie And The Hand Jive" and Elmore James's "I Can't Hold Out." Far from being a kinder, gentler guitar hero, Clapton also showed considerable spark on a slide-drenched "Motherless Children" and the driving "Mainline Florida," which closes out the album. Of course, his cover of Bob Marley's "I Shot The Sheriff" was the musical statement that took him to the top of the charts and let the general public know he was back. 461 OCEAN BOULEVARD is still one of the highest points of Clapton's solo career.
Artist Overview
Prior to Eric Clapton, the idea of the guitar hero didn't exist in rock & roll. There were flashy players but nothing along the lines of Clapton, who rocketed to fame in the '60s as the guitarist for the Yardbirds and Cream. Clapton eased into a solo career in 1970 but he was so reticent to step to the front of the stage he adopted a pseudonym for Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs by Derek & the Dominos. By the end of the '70s he embraced his role as the preeminent guitarist of his generation, tempering his virtuosity with pretty ballads. That sensitive side shone on his biggest hit, 1992's MTV Unplugged, which also reconnected him with the blues roots upon which his entire career lay. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Professional Reviews
Q (2/96, p.104) - 3 Stars (out of 5) - "...closed the chapter on Clapton as guitar hero and opened a new one as a hitmaker with a more relaxed and commercial style..."
Uncut (p.172) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[T]he 1974 album on which Clapton rediscovered the primacy of music in his life. The result was a joyous collection..."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.119) - 4 stars out of 5 - "A form-finding set, comedown as comeback."
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

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