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Eric Clapton / Give Me Strength: The 1974 / 1975 Recordings box set

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5CDs with unreleased outtakes + Blu-ray audio with 5.1 mixes

Universal Music will release a new six-disc Eric Clapton box set on 25 November 2013.

Give Me Strength: The ’74/’75 Recordings is a 5CD+ Blu-ray Audio box set that celebrates the period between April 1974 and June 1975 when Clapton produced the studio albums 461 Ocean Boulevard and There’s One In Every Crowd, as well as the live double set E.C. Was Here.

All three of those albums are included in this new box in remastered, expanded form, and all include previously unreleased session outtakes or unheard live performances.

461 Ocean Boulevard includes four previously released outtakes (including a couple of versions of Getting Acquainted), whilst amongst the bonus offerings on There’s One In Every Crowd are two unreleased session tracks Burial and Fools Like Me, and both sides of the Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door single.

E.C. Was Here is not only remastered, but REMIXED, and expanded across two CDs, with numerous unissued extras such as versions of Layla, Crossroads and Little Wing.

The fifth CD is taken up with Clapton’s sessions with blues guitarist and singer Freddie King. Originally recorded for King’s Burglar album, four tracks are featured here, including a previously unreleased 22-minute version of Gambling Woman Blues. 

Hi-Res Surround Sound on Blu-ray

One of the most exciting elements within this new Give Me Strength box is the inclusion of THREE surround sound mixes on Blu-ray audio. Respected engineer Elliot Scheiner’s unreleased 5.1 mix of 461 Ocean Boulevard is here, as well as the original quadraphonic mix of the same album. There’s One In Every Crowd is also included in the original quad mix.

A 3LP box set will also be issued that includes all three albums without bonus tracks, and has E.C. Was Here in its original mix. Full track listings are below.


5CD+Blu-ray Audio box set

3LP Vinyl set


Full Tracklisting:

DISC ONE – 461 OCEAN BOULEVARD expanded version

  • 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

Session out-takes:

  • 11 AIN’T THAT LOVIN’ YOU
  • 12 MEET ME (DOWN AT THE BOTTOM)
  • 13 LONESOME ROAD BLUES (WALKIN’ DOWN THE ROAD)
  • 14 GETTING ACQUAINTED (previously unreleased)
  • 15 GETTING ACQUAINTED 2 (TOO LATE) (previously unreleased)
  • 16 ERIC AFTER HOURS BLUES
  • 17 PLEASE BE WITH ME (ACOUSTIC) (previously unreleased)
  • 18 GIVE ME STRENGTH (DOBRO 1) (previously unreleased)

 

DISC TWO – THERE’S ONE IN EVERY CROWD expanded version

  • 1 WE’VE BEEN TOLD (JESUS IS COMING SOON)
  • 2 SWING LOW SWEET CHARIOT
  • 3 LITTLE RACHEL
  • 4 DON’T BLAME ME
  • 5 THE SKY IS CRYING
  • 6 SINGIN’ THE BLUES
  • 7 BETTER MAKE IT THROUGH TODAY
  • 8 PRETTY BLUE EYES
  • 9 HIGH
  • 10 OPPOSITES

Session out-takes:

  • 11 BURIAL (previously unreleased)
  • 12 WHAT’CHA GONNA DO
  • 13 I FOUND A LOVE
  • 14 (WHEN THINGS GO WRONG) IT HURTS ME TOO
  • 15 FOOLS LIKE ME (previously unreleased)

Non-album single release:

  • 16 KNOCKIN’ ON HEAVEN’S DOOR
  • 17 SOMEONE LIKE YOU

 

DISC THREE – E.C. WAS HERE remixed and expanded version

  • 1 SMILE (Recorded at Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, California, July 20, 1974)
  • 2 HAVE YOU EVER LOVED A WOMAN (Recorded at Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, California, July 19, 1974)
  • 3 PRESENCE OF THE LORD (Recorded at Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, California, July 20, 1974)
  • 4 CROSSROADS (previously unreleased -Recorded at Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, California, July 20, 1974)
  • 5 I SHOT THE SHERIFF (previously unreleased – Recorded at Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, California, July 20, 1974)
  • 6 LAYLA (previously unreleased – Recorded at Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, California, July 20, 1974)
  • 7 LITTLE WING (previously unreleased – Recorded at Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, California, July 20, 1974)
  • 8 CAN’T FIND MY WAY HOME (Recorded at Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, California, July 20, 1974)
  • 9 DRIFTIN’ BLUES / RAMBLIN’ ON MY MIND (Recorded at Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, California, July 20, 1974)

 

DISC FOUR – E.C. WAS HERE remixed and expanded version

  • 1 RAMBLIN’ ON MY MIND / HAVE YOU EVER LOVED A WOMAN (Recorded at the Hammersmith Odeon, London, December 4, 1974)
  • 2 WILLIE AND THE HAND JIVE / GET READY (Recorded at Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, California, July 20, 1974)
  • 3 THE SKY IS CRYING / HAVE YOU EVER LOVED A WOMAN / RAMBLIN’ ON MY MIND (Recorded at the Hammersmith Odeon, London, December 5, 1974)
  • 4 BADGE (Recorded at Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale New York, June 28, 1975)
  • 5 DRIFTIN’ BLUES (Recorded at Providence Civic Center, Providence, Rhode Island, June 25, 1975)
  • 6 EYESIGHT TO THE BLIND / WHY DOES LOVE GOT TO BE SO SAD (Recorded at Providence Civic Center Providence, Rhode Island, June 25, 1975)
  • 7 FURTHER ON UP THE ROAD (Recorded at Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale New York, June 28, 1975)

 

DISC FIVE – THE FREDDIE KING CRITERIA STUDIOS SESSIONS

  • 1 SUGAR SWEET
  • 2 TV MAMA
  • 3 BOOGIE FUNK (previously unreleased)
  • 4 GAMBLING WOMAN BLUES (previously unreleased full length version)

 

DISC SIX – (BLU-RAY AUDIO)

  • 1. 461 OCEAN BOULEVARD Elliot Scheiner 5.1 Surround Sound mix (previously unreleased). 5.1 Surround Mix by Elliot Scheiner at The Eyeball.
  • 2. 461 OCEAN BOULEVARD original quadraphonic mix.  Mixed by Tom Dowd at Criteria Recording Studios, Miami, Florida, January 1975.
  • 3. THERE’S ONE IN EVERY CROWD original quadraphonic mix. Mixed by Tom Dowd at Criteria Recording Studios, Miami, Florida, January 1975.

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12 responses to Eric Clapton / Give Me Strength: The 1974 / 1975 Recordings box set

  1. parenthetical says:

    The expanded material on E.C. Was Here looks a lot like material previously issued on the nice live Crossroads 2 box. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but worth knowing that the only real new part is the remix.

    I hope they will tackle the ’90-’91 Royal Albert Hall shows sometime and do the rock performances justice, unlike the hodgepodge approach of 24 Nights.

    • Paul Dean says:

      Looks like a great Set to me , And Agree 24 Nights was more Like a sampler of those amazing Albert hall nights , i atteneded several .

  2. Lee says:

    Mmm. In terms of unreleased material, it’s not that exciting is it? Universal would have been better off mining a more overlooked period of EC’s extensive catalogue.

  3. hedley says:

    Checking in at a robust $82.75 the pricing is a little too healthy to buy 461, again. Lots of revisits on the live material.

  4. Mike F says:

    I don’t have any of these albums, and wasn’t planning to invest in blu-ray, but now I find myself reconsidering.

  5. Neil Wilkes says:

    No mention of the unreleased Quad mix of “EC Was Here” then?
    Is this a definitive list, or could that still be missing and included?

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      Our track listing was supplied direct from Universal, so I can only assume that the earlier ‘unofficial’ track listing that was floating around (and included the “EC Was Here” Quad was erroneous).

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  7. Julian says:

    Looks nice. I don’t have any of those albums, so I actually feel attracted to the set.

  8. Jeremy Price says:

    The Japanese “Super Deluxe Edition” box set has some key differences that may interest others. It will include a bonus audio track – still to be announced. Plus all 5 audio discs are SHM-CD for better sound (CD compatible). Release date is December 11, 2103, e.g. see http://www.cdjapan.co.jp – $149 + shipping.

    • Jeremy says:

      With the Japanese version in hand today I confirm there is no bonus track listed :-( but hey, there are still 12 previously unreleased tracks :-)

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