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Eric Clapton - Give Me Strength: The 1974 / 1975 Recordings Out This November

Published // 27.Sep.13

On November 26 in the U.S., Universal Music Group will release a 6-Disc Box Set, Eric Clapton - Give Me Strength: The 1974 / 1975 Recording, featuring a wealth of unreleased recordings, outtakes, studio sessions and live recordings. The box set will also come with a 60-page hardbound book with extensive liner notes, rare photos and behind-the-scene images. Late November release dates are also expected for the rest of the world. 

In early 1974, after a three-year absence that followed Eric Clapton’s major success with Derek and the Dominos’ seminal album Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs, which sealed his stature as one of rock's most revered guitarists, a rejuvenated and musically refreshed Clapton stepped into the recording studio and staged a massive resurgence with his 1974/1975 trilogy of albums—461 Ocean Boulevard, which featured his first No. 1 hit single “I Shot The Sheriff,” There's One In Every Crowd and the live E.C. Was Here—standing as one of the most remarkable rebirths in rock's history. Those albums decisively cemented the guitarist as both a musical and commercial force, while successfully staking out an entirely new set of creative challenges.

The 5-CD/1-Blu-Ray disc box set Eric Clapton – Give Me Strength: The 1974/1975 Recordings is beautifully housed in a 60-page book and captures a full year’s worth of recordings, from April 1974 to June 1975. Featured are 88 remastered, remixed, rare unreleased and live recordings, including session outtakes, from his landmark studio albums 461 Ocean Boulevard and There's One In Every Crowd, and his legendary live album E.C. Was Here. Also included is a new 5.1 Surround Sound mix of 461 Ocean Boulevard and original quadrophonic mixes of two milestone releases. 461 Ocean Boulevard and There's One In Every Crowd.

The original 3 albums will also be released separately as a 3-LP set.

Give Me Strength: The 1974/1975 Recordings features a wealth of unreleased recordings and material including:

• A 60-page hardbound book with extensive liner notes and packed with rare photos and behind-the-scene images
• Rare, unreleased outtakes from 461 Ocean Boulevard and There’s One In Every Crowd
• E.C. Was Here remixed and expanded features live tracks from Long Beach Arena (including unreleased versions of Crossroads, I Shot The Sheriff, Layla and Little Wing), the Hammersmith Odeon, Nassau Coliseum and Providence Civic Center.
• The Freddie King Criteria Studio Sessions featuring the previously unreleased versions of “Boogie Funk” and the full unreleased 22 minute version of “Gambling Woman Blues”
• A Blu-Ray disc featuring a new 5.1 Surround Sound mix of 461 Ocean Boulevard and original quadrophonic mixes of 461 Ocean Boulevard and There’s One In Every Crowd
• Extensive Liner Notes by John Lynskey

DISC ONE - 461 OCEAN BOULEVARD expanded version
01 MOTHERLESS CHILDREN  
02 GIVE ME STRENGTH  
03 WILLIE AND THE HAND JIVE  
04 GET READY 
05 I SHOT THE SHERIFF  
06 I CAN’T HOLD OUT  
07 PLEASE BE WITH ME  
08 LET IT GROW  
09 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
01 WE'VE BEEN TOLD (JESUS IS COMING SOON)  
02 SWING LOW SWEET CHARIOT  
03 LITTLE RACHEL  
04 DON'T BLAME ME  
05 THE SKY IS CRYING  
06 SINGIN' THE BLUES  
07 BETTER MAKE IT THROUGH TODAY  
08 PRETTY BLUE EYES  
09 HIGH  
10 OPPOSITES  
Session out-takes:
11 BURIAL (previously unreleased)
12 WHATCHA GONNA DO  
13  I FOUND A LOVE 
14 (WHEN THINGS GO WRONG) IT HURTS ME TOO 
15 FOOLS LIKE ME  5:09  (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
01 SMILE  3:35
Recorded at Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, California, July 20, 1974
02 HAVE YOU EVER LOVED A WOMAN  7:41
Recorded at Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, California, July 19, 1974
03 PRESENCE OF THE LORD  8:47
Recorded at Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, California, July 20, 1974
04 CROSSROADS  4:38  (previously unreleased)
Recorded at Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, California, July 20, 1974
05 I SHOT THE SHERIFF  7:35   (previously unreleased)
Recorded at Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, California, July 20, 1974
06 LAYLA 6:00  (previously unreleased)
Recorded at Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, California, July 20, 1974
07 LITTLE WING  8:57  (previously unreleased)
Recorded at Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, California, July 20, 1974
08 CAN’T FIND MY WAY HOME  5:18
Recorded at Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, California, July 20, 1974
09 DRIFTIN’ BLUES / RAMBLIN’ ON MY MIND  11:38
Recorded at Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, California, July 20, 1974

DISC FOUR - E.C. WAS HERE remixed and expanded version
01 RAMBLIN’ ON MY MIND / HAVE YOU EVER LOVED A WOMAN  
Recorded at the Hammersmith Odeon, London, December 4, 1974
02 WILLIE AND THE HAND JIVE / GET READY  
Recorded at Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, California, July 20, 1974
03 THE SKY IS CRYING / HAVE YOU EVER LOVED A WOMAN / RAMBLIN’ ON MY MIND
Recorded at the Hammersmith Odeon, London, December 5, 1974
04 BADGE  
Recorded at Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale New York, June 28, 1975)
05 DRIFTIN’ BLUES
Recorded at Providence Civic Center, Providence, Rhode Island, June 25, 1975
06 EYESIGHT TO THE BLIND / WHY DOES LOVE GOT TO BE SO SAD
Recorded at Providence Civic Center, Providence, Rhode Island, June 25, 1975
07 FURTHER ON UP THE ROAD
Recorded at Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale New York, June 28, 1975

DISC FIVE - THE FREDDIE KING CRITERIA STUDIOS SESSIONS
01 SUGAR SWEET  
02 TV MAMA  
03 BOOGIE FUNK (previously unreleased)  
04 GAMBLING WOMAN BLUES (previously unreleased full length version)  

DISC SIX (BLU-RAY) 

1. 461 OCEAN BOULEVARD 5.1 Surround Sound mix (previously unreleased Elliot Scheiner mix)

01 MOTHERLESS CHILDREN  
02 GIVE ME STRENGTH  
03 WILLIE AND THE HAND JIVE  
04 GET READY  
05 I SHOT THE SHERIFF  
06 I CAN’T HOLD OUT  
07 PLEASE BE WITH ME   
08 LET IT GROW  
09 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)

2. 461 OCEAN BOULEVARD original 4.0 quadraphonic mix

01 MOTHERLESS CHILDREN 
02 GIVE ME STRENGTH  
03 WILLIE AND THE HAND JIVE  
04 GET READY  
05 I SHOT THE SHERIFF  
06 I CAN’T HOLD OUT  
07 PLEASE BE WITH ME   
08 LET IT GROW  
09 STEADY ROLLIN’ MAN  
10 MAINLINE FLORIDA  

3. THERE’S ONE IN EVERY CROWD original 4.0 quadraphonic mix

01 WE'VE BEEN TOLD (JESUS IS COMING SOON)  
02 SWING LOW SWEET CHARIOT  
03 LITTLE RACHEL  
04 DON'T BLAME ME  
05 THE SKY IS CRYING  
06 SINGIN' THE BLUES  
07 BETTER MAKE IT THROUGH TODAY  
08 PRETTY BLUE EYES  
09 HIGH  
10 OPPOSITES  

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