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461 Ocean Boulevard

Eric Clapton

1974

461 Ocean Boulevard

Album Summary

461 Ocean Boulevard is the second studio album by English musician Eric Clapton. The album was released in late July 1974 for RSO Records, shortly after the record company released the hit single "I Shot the Sheriff" in early July the same year. The album topped various international charts and sold more than two million copies. The album was Clapton's return to the recording studio after a three-year hiatus due to his heroin addiction. The title refers to the address on Ocean Boulevard in Golden Beach, Florida, where Clapton lived while recording the album. Upon completing the album, Clapton and RSO head Robert Stigwood recommended the house and Miami's Criteria Studios to fellow RSO artists, the Bee Gees, who then moved in to write and record Main Course. The street address of the house was changed after the album's release due to fans flocking to the property. The house has since been rebuilt and the street address restored.A remastered two-disc deluxe edition of the album was released in 2004, which included selections from two live shows at the Hammersmith Odeon, and additional studio jam sessions.

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Rating

3.22

Votes

5332

Genres

  • Rock
  • Blues
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Sat Dec 25 2021
2

Probably a 3 really, but fuck him

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Tue Dec 08 2020
5

This is one of my top-ten, all-time favorite records so it's an easy ace. I love this album so much. It feels like what it is: a joyous collaboration between musicians who just love to play and like each other. I have to be careful not to wear out the vinyl of this one b/c it's easily my go-to "I wanna listen to a record" album. The pacing of the track order, the guitar tones, the way the instruments weave in and out of the mix, supporting each other and providing context for each and every part... It's all so good. So good.

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Mon Mar 29 2021
3

That's all very middle of the road. It's not horrible, it's not great, it's just enough. I do't have much more to say about it.

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Tue Dec 28 2021
2

There are a lot of ways in which I detest Eric Clapton as a person, since he has the audacity to be a racist while ripping his entire career off of Black American blues musicians. Listening to this album provided a unique opportunity to see how empty his skill set really is. He is an excellent guitar player. This is a cover album that rarely features his skills as an instrumentalist because I guess he wanted to show off his skills as doing uninspired cover versions of popular songs. His version of Hand Jive is most appropriate for a funeral, since I don't see how anyone could enjoy dancing to it. I Shot The Sheriff is a cover I had to hear constantly in my youth, and now I spend hours trying to explain to my therapist why I harbor so much anger towards an over-rated artist being covered badly by an even more over-rated artist. Listening to Clapton try and fail to do anything interesting with a song that already didn't have much going for it is the audio equivalent of watching a scrambled porn channel back in the 90s only to realize that the show you were trying to watch was a scrambled cooking show the whole time. Eric Clapton is proof that heroin doesn't turn every musician into a brilliant artist.

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Wed Nov 17 2021
5

Eric Clapton commences '461 Ocean Boulevard' with a blues-rock twang that guarantees instant attention-grab of the listener. Funky guitar licks on the tonal shoulders of Clapton's 'Blackie' - his coveted Fender Stratocaster, consolidates the warm and vibrant progression of the record. This album is masterfully paced, with just the right amount of ethereal impressions and a noteworthy beauty to it.

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Thu May 27 2021
4

Great production value. It's too bad I Shot the Sheriff became the most over-played song off this album. Also, too bad Clapton became an anti-vaxx, trolling asshole. But he's still God.

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Sat Jan 22 2022
2

A penguin walks into a low lit bar on the outskirts of town. He glances each way at the assorted villainous characters as they eye him up and down. He slowly walks to the bar and orders a large whisky. A drunken camel approaches him, keen to start an argument. The penguin pauses then whips out a gun and shoots the camel in his temple, killing him instantly. A walrus gets a little excited by the commotion and sidles up alongside the penguin. He charms the penguin with his bawdy laugh and buys him a Smirnoff Ice. They dance slowly in the corner of the room for a while until a single tear rolls down the cheek of the walrus. He sniffs the penguin's ear and whispers something the audience can't quite hear. The penguin gives a wry smile and heads towards the bathroom. He lights a cigarette and waits. There is a loud knocking on the bathroom door. The penguin exhales deliberately, adjusts his glasses and slowly begins to turn the door handle. A look of horror washes over him. His cool exterior is now a distant memory. He slumps to his knees and gulps. An ominous shadow hides his face. He looks up to see a kangaroo. The kangaroo is laughing menacingly and holding a large framed painting of a donkey. The donkey is the penguin's former lover. They haven't seen eachother for fifteen years. The penguin breaks down crying, longing for his lover. The kangaroo has no mercy and smashes the painting over the penguin's anguished head. The penguin lies broken on the floor, blood pools round his head. The kangaroo dusts himself down and leaves. The walrus enters the room. TBC...

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Thu Jan 28 2021
5

This album, (which I’ve never heard in its entirety—only the tracks that made it to “Timepieces”), is simply great. Clapton’s compositions and performances on this record are each classic productions from a blues/rock icon. His work here is musically deepened by his then-recent recovery from bad experiences with heroin use. As a guitarist, he’s the master, bar none (sorry, Rolling Stone, Clapton’s better than Hendrix!). Perfect intonation on this album in very different and difficult modes—electric and acoustic slide, bends, subtle wah, finger picked acoustic, 12-string rhythm. Always on the beat, with perfectly clean moves from note to note, and brilliantly constructed blues riffs. As a vocalist, Eric Clapton is very good, superlatively aware of his limitations. Soulful, with simple stylings. No hard rock super-range screeching (à la the great Steven Tyler) and no elaborate scaling and fluctuations (à la the even greater Beyoncé), Clapton confidently gives a vocal performance perfectly suited to the lyrics and the musical setting, especially in his own compositions. 461 Ocean Boulevard is further enhanced by the backing vocals of Yvonne Elliman (of “Jesus Christ Superstar” fame). She shines on “Get Ready” (which she co-wrote with Clapton) and “Let It Grow”. I almost bought this on the iTunes Store today, but they only sell the $19.95 “Deluxe” edition. Too bad. Maybe someone can convince me to splurge. An excellent album. A classic. 5/5

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Sat Feb 06 2021
4

Cool album. I’m not a big Clapton dude, but this first listen was enjoyable. There may even be a time and place for it somewhere in my life again in the future ;) No time for a true review but jam on!

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Tue Mar 22 2022
2

Eric Clapton is a dick

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Fri Jan 15 2021
1

Classic, but can't forgive the artist for racism, and anti mask politics

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Mon Jan 18 2021
1

Fuck Eric Clapton

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Mon Jan 18 2021
1

Super boring and lame. Probably had to be there

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Wed Jul 14 2021
1

This guy is the worst.

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Thu Sep 02 2021
1

Eric Clapton is the worst

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Fri Oct 08 2021
1

I won't listen to Eric Clapton, because he is a racist, anti-vaxx douchebag who stole Black music and thinks Black people should all be removed from the UK. Eric Clapton is trash.

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Wed Dec 15 2021
1

Fuck Eric Clapton and his anti-vaxx shit. This album of mediocre tunes doesn’t make me reevaluate my distaste for him.

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Fri Jan 07 2022
1

fuck eric clapton

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Sat Jan 22 2022
1

Awful, racist, rapist, anti-vax conspiracy funding cunt. And the music is shite.

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Sat Jan 22 2022
1

The first track on this is called 'Motherless Children'....well, shouldn't it be the other way round? You know, since Clapton's son did a dead. I couldn't get beyond that. Childless Mother. Probably loads of guitar wanking.

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Sat Jan 22 2022
1

well you could knock me down with a feather. this isn't just another generic eric clapton does the blues. there is something a bit more to this. still he's a massive cunt and i can't be arsed with him or his music. at least he tried.

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Tue May 03 2022
1

Yo fuck Eric Clapton

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Tue Jul 12 2022
1

He might be an amazing guitarist, but he is a terrible person. Unfortunately that affected my experience of this album.

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Tue Oct 26 2021
4

This album proves Eric Clapton amazing talent as a guitarist. Every song is enjoyable to listen to just for the guitar playing but the tracks themselves are still well-made all around. Fav songs: motherless child, I shot the sheriff, let it grow

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Wed May 19 2021
3

This was alright, can't fault it but it also didn't really do anything for me. The reggae touch sucks though. 3/5.

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Tue Dec 15 2020
3

I'm at odds with Clapton. On one hand, inspired me to pick up guitar. On the other, notorious piece of shit. Sleepy album for him, seems really laid back and relaxed. The Marley cover is passable. Favorite tracks: "Motherless Child", "Steady Rollin' Man"

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Wed Feb 03 2021
3

not a lot of "guitar god" clapton on this but solid cuts. I shot the sheriff just made me want to listen to bob marley though.. claptons version is not great.

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Thu Jul 08 2021
3

5/10 - Pretty solid, not the best Clapton has

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Thu May 20 2021
3

Not bad but Eric Clapton reggae at times is kinda odd. It's fine but, IDK. Not sure what this version adds vs. Bob Marley and the Wailers. I didn't NOT enjoy it but... it's fine.

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Thu Apr 29 2021
2

Pretty boring album. Anything worth listening to has migrated to a greatest hits compilation. I'm sure it was great when it came out but it hasn't aged well.

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Wed Feb 17 2021
2

The

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Sun Jan 02 2022
2

It’s listenable but not outstanding. Pretty run of the mill, derivative close to appropriation. Can’t separate Clapton’s toxic racism and politics from his work.

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Fri Mar 18 2022
2

I'm very happy to didn't like so much of this album from this genius guitarist but an awful person (at least during the last years).

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Tue Feb 09 2021
1

When I saw this was the album with Clapton's cover of "I Shot The Sheriff" on it, my heart sank. Why on earth would a guy like Clapton cover Bob Marley except to whitewash reggae for a white audience and cash in? At least put your own spin on it like The Specials or The Police. Jeez. The first tune on the album, Motherless Children, made me think that maybe my fears were misplaced. It's an energetic blues cover in the pop style of Clapton's debut solo album, and a good listen. But every subsequent tune is a disaster. It turns out that 461 Ocean Boulevard is a middle of the road, poppy, radio ready take on roots music, and it's about as exciting as watching somebody fart in a swimming pool. Basically, Clapton takes a huge dump on the legacy he crafted with Cream and his first solo album. It's fucking nauseating, just vile, a complete waste of talent, a competent backing band, time, and vinyl. Every copy of this record should be cut up and turned into guitar picks.

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Mon Aug 22 2022
1

There's plenty of people making music that aren't racist shitheads. Hard pass.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
1

Only I shot the sheriff and let it grow are ok

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Thu Sep 22 2022
1

won't listen - fuck clapton

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Tue Oct 25 2022
1

I've listened to this album many times in the past. But I can't reconcile the racist anti-vaxxer he's proven himself to be over the last few years. Sadly, I can no longer appreciate, or even listen to, any of his music.

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Tue Jan 19 2021
5

Good shit.

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Tue Mar 09 2021
5

9

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Thu Jul 01 2021
5

Iba para 4 pero el comentario de Don Ayale me hizo escuchar el disco de nuevo y ciertamente no hay razón para no ponerle 5.

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Thu Jul 01 2021
5

Escuché atentamente tratando de encontrar algo por lo cual no debería ser 5 estrellas como el prejuicio sugería ... Y no encontre nada.

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Fri Jan 15 2021
5

Nunca había escuchado el album completo, esperaba algo mucho mas rockero, sin embargo es un mix de blues, reggae y rock. yo diría que es 40% blues, 30% reggae y 30% rock. Buenísimo!

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Mon Mar 01 2021
5

Eric Clapton era um nome que eu conhecia mas nao sabia exatamente que tipo de musica era. Curti, fiquei o dia inteiro ouvindo a radio dele.

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Tue May 18 2021
5

First song great tune...lost track of time and didnt finish the album

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Fri Apr 02 2021
5

Loved this, right up my street.

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Mon Apr 05 2021
5

Fast and lively songs with an amazing electric guitar. A positive and good mood is guaranteed.

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Thu May 06 2021
5

Hidden gem of an album, great pacing and changes in style

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Mon Jun 07 2021
5

Yeah this is short and sweet...almost too short

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Mon May 10 2021
5

1st time dengar eric clapton klasik. wow!

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Mon Oct 11 2021
5

Rock de Clapton. Vinilo total.

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Sat Oct 16 2021
5

I actually enjoyed this a lot, more than I was expecting. My favourite songs were Motherless Children and Willie and The Hand Jive. 5/5 stars.

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Mon Oct 18 2021
5

Will always love Clapton - just need to separate the artist from the art sometimes

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Mon Nov 29 2021
5

Awesome blues/rock album

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Thu Dec 02 2021
5

So good. Concrete 4 " I Shot The Sheriff" will always be a classic. Bob Marley writes great songs. I hadn't heard "Please Be With Me" and wow. That's a ballad that's at least on level with "Wonderful Tonight" damn. What a chill record. "Let It Grow" is a hidden banger wow. Ok it's a five.

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Sat Dec 18 2021
5

Super album, already in my collection. "I Shot The Sheriff" "Motherless Children" "Willie and The Hand Jive" and "Let It Grow" particular favourites. Eric at his post heroin recovery stage, even though he has some dodgy beliefs I still respect him for his talent.

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Tue Jan 04 2022
5

Guitar doesn’t get much better than this

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Wed Jan 26 2022
5

omg love

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Tue Apr 12 2022
5

Excellent album. Laidback, groovy, nice flow of the songs. Love this version of 'I shot the Sheriff'.

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Tue Apr 12 2022
5

I might prefer Slowhand but am not sure - both are classic EC albums.

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Wed Apr 13 2022
5

Great songwriting magnified by understated performance. I'm not saying that his playing, singing, etc., isn't in top form. But there's nothing about this album that feels forced. This is Clapton being Clapton.

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Sun May 29 2022
5

amazing album fuck Eric Clapton, he’s a piece of shit but a he’s still a talented piece of shit 9/10

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Mon Sep 19 2022
5

Album tres classique et personnel pour moi. Un 5 et une reecoute garantit.

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Tue Sep 20 2022
5

Surprised I haven't listened to this all the way thru before

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Fri Sep 23 2022
5

4,5/5 Ist halt clapton Er hatte schon bessere Sachen (auch schon davor mit anderen Bands)

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Sun Oct 09 2022
5

On goes the Blues Rock extravaganza! Eric delivers a great album filled with a mix of original songs and covers, but all of them with his own personal touch and twists. Love the guitar work, as always, and also really liked the laid back, chill vibe!

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Sun Oct 09 2022
5

You can call this album “so Clapton” in delivery, but what does that even mean when you look at the diversity of his sounds. The smooth easy listening and revisioning of these many covers makes for a great album, with a focus more on riffs and the arrangements than on his solos.

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Fri Jun 25 2021
4

Very enjoyable. Smooth laid back bluesy rock… what’s not to like!

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Thu Oct 15 2020
4

fucked up notes for last album but it was good if repetitive, 7/10. yeah im playing double catch up witht this. about the same level of quality as last album too! not as consistent, but drags a lot less. some (a lot) of this is boring old white ppl music but as ive mentioned b4 my dads a boomer and played me a ton of his old white ppl music on the radio so like im partial to it. motherless children is still a great song! after that it varies between "pretty fun time" to the horrifically lame pop reggae track known only as willie and the hand jive. mostly a good time though. nothing especially attention getting for most of the runtime but its nice enough 7/10

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Tue Dec 15 2020
4

Classic Clapton, good listen

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Sun Jan 17 2021
4

Nice album, want to listen to again!

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Sun Jan 17 2021
4

Ziemlich gut und mellow ^^

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Fri Apr 02 2021
4

Pretty good.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

Really strong first half (b/t Motherless Children and I Shot the Sheriff) with a pretty disappointing second half. Get Ready is a wonderful song, and Clapton's voice is complimented by Yvonne Elliman's. The second half of the album does seem to mellow in a way that isn't particularly compelling (Please Be With Me epitomizes this melting away into guitar twang and softly sung words). The album does seem to pick up with Steady Rollin' Man and ends with a pounding flourish with Mainline Florida, but it isn't enough to rescue the second half from itself. I understand the criticism that Clapton's guitar-playing seems to melt into the background in this album. It rarely seems to be the emphasis in these songs, which leaves me wondering what the emphasis is. At its best (Motherless Children; I Shot the Sheriff), the album seems to be good because of the arrangement rather than Clapton's skill. However, I don't find that the arrangement of these covers is distinct enough from the originals (especially I Shot the Sheriff, I Can't Hold Out, Willie and the Hand Jive, Please Be With Me). What's worse, in some cases (particularly I Can't Hold Out) Clapton's rearrangement somehow dims the song itself (although it is noticeable that this song might be the one where his guitar playing is most prominent).

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Tue Jul 06 2021
4

Very pleasant rock

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Thu Apr 01 2021
4

Quality stuff, including shooting the sherif.

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Mon Feb 22 2021
4

My first time getting into the Clap. I'd heard the hits, obviously, but never an entire album. Enjoyable.

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Thu Jul 15 2021
4

Good times and good tunes. Nothing out of this world, but some hot pickin and well-written songs. I Shot the Sherriff is pretty top notch.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
4

Highly enjoyable

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

It's great

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Sun Mar 14 2021
4

Clapton is god. One of the greatest guitarists ever and an overall very good album. No duds but also not a lot of mega hits, just some very solid tunes.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
4

Ok

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Tue Apr 06 2021
4

well, he's the man with the guitar. that was a great album, and what control and WHAT A SOUND on that thing. it's not an ultra favorite, but he's great.

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Tue Jul 06 2021
4

A lot more chilled out than a lot of the EC things I typically think of. Learnt some new stuff which I enjoyed

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Sat Jan 30 2021
4

Good

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

Solid. Great guitar work. No idea before this that I Shot The Sheriff was an Eric Clapton song.

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

Great álbum. Let It Grown

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Fri Feb 12 2021
4

Much bluesier and a little groovier than expected. Clapton's rendition of "I Shot the Sheriff" is very similar to Bob Marley and the Wailers' version. Overall a very pleasing album with well thought out composition.

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Wed Feb 03 2021
4

Good memories!

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Fri May 28 2021
4

One of the most renowned return to form in pop history. Layback tunes to enjoy in the evening of a cool summer day

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Tue Apr 20 2021
4

Actually really groovy. Bluesy, mellow rock.

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Tue Jul 06 2021
4

Lovey

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Tue Feb 02 2021
4

Good album. Motherless children is a banger.

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Tue Mar 09 2021
4

The highs are really high. The lower points can kind of sound like boring generic 70s pop rock. It could draw on/meander at times towards the end of the album. Still, great album that definitely stood out during the era.

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Wed Feb 17 2021
4

Very nice, love Eric Clapton, solid 8/10. I gotta be in the mood for this tho, I couldn't always listen to it. So maybe 7.5? Okay help this is a 2 hour Album?

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Wed Feb 17 2021
4

Nice 70s rock/blues album, got what I expected, wasn't disappointed.

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Wed Feb 17 2021
4

it twas swag

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Mon Mar 29 2021
4

Classic rock

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Wed May 26 2021
4

Huge variety with Rock, blues, folk and funk sounds. Can’t hold out, steady rolling man, please be with me. Not too fancy, just smooth delivery by a cool dude.

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Tue May 11 2021
4

I have always enjoyed eric Clapton and this album is no exception, fantastic album!

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Wed Jun 09 2021
4

Very good, some hits, slow

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Tue Jul 13 2021
4

This was good, enjoyed it. Some classics and the rest pretty listenable, not outstanding to me but still a keeper

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Tue Jun 15 2021
4

Clapton in a god

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Wed Jul 14 2021
4

Good flow

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Mon Sep 13 2021
4

I SHOT THE SHERIFF BUT I DID NOT SHOOT THE DEPUTY

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Thu Sep 30 2021
4

okay, was getting more into it by the last few songs

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Tue Oct 26 2021
4

"Willie and the Hand Jive" has a super cool groove. Overall, this album is boomer music but cool boomer music.

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Thu Nov 11 2021
4

really calming and nice! i think i got clapton mixed up with neal diamond

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Fri Nov 19 2021
4

sorta good. Motherless Children, I Shot The Sheriff

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Tue Nov 30 2021
4

Gets better with each listening.

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Tue Nov 30 2021
4

Fun for the whole family

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Mon Dec 06 2021
4

8/10

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Mon Dec 27 2021
4

champ

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Tue Jan 04 2022
4

A little loosey goosey/less guitar driven but still good. I shot the sheriff!

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Tue Jan 04 2022
4

Solid, gotta love the intro guitar riff

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Tue Jan 11 2022
4

Really enjoyed it - always thought Sheriff was a bit gimmicky - but the rest of the album is good solid drug induced blues. Peak Clapton

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Tue Jan 25 2022
4

I think this might be the first Eric Clapton album I've actually sat down and listened to, and you know what? Really easy listening. Enjoyed more than I thought I would.

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Thu Feb 03 2022
4

Clapton's updated raw vision of the blues that followed his heroin addiction, this is the transition piece that led him to his modern mainstay. As news about Clapton being a piece of shit continually make headlines, it's time to remember, even assholes can be talented. 4/5.

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Sun Feb 06 2022
4

I really enjoy more than I thought I would 4.5

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Mon Feb 14 2022
4

When I was first recommended this album, I had to turn my nose up a bit. Given Eric's idiocy as of late (and past display of racism), I wasn't looking forward to this album. And I also wasn't looking forward to how good this is. I went into this thinking that this is the start of a inevitable decline and that Eric's beat days were behind him; turns out that this is his best solo outing. Plenty of toe tapping and head bopping songs here, with moments of genuinely moving songs. Real good stuff. Favorites: Motherless Children, Give Me Strength, Willie and the Hand Jive, Get Ready, Please Be With Me, Let It Go.

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Mon Feb 14 2022
4

Great to listen to!

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Sat Feb 19 2022
4

Eric Clapton is Eric Clapton. A blues man who knows how to make a guitar speak. This album while iconic is still fairly flawed for Clapton. Still recovering from a serious accident and strung out on a drug cocktail, makes this album sloppy in areas. Recorder at an iconic house that I believe the Stones had just got finished recording and suggested to Clapton. Still can't complain about Clapton because even on a bad day he has more talent in his pinkie then most.

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Mon Feb 28 2022
4

Much better than i thought. Probably a 4.6

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Thu Mar 10 2022
4

Enjoyable and smooth

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Tue Mar 15 2022
4

Ce gaillard est tout bonnement excellent, je ne le connaissais que de nom, force est de constater que sa réputation n'était pas fortuite. Je regrette en revanche les odeurs de cannabis s'échappant du CD sur les premières pistes. Meme si ces dernières viendront s'estomper assez rapidement, elle auront eu le temps d'un peu ternir mon plaisir à l'écoute.

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Mon Mar 21 2022
4

So...this stuff isn't Cream? I am way off on when Clapton went solo. This 70s style rock is something special though. Eagles, Clapton, even later Beatles all have this vibe. Easy listening, masterful guitar, and smooth vocals. I'm saddened by his recent diatribes about vaccines. It is hard to separate that stuff from the music since its all about strength, planting your love and letting it grow, etc. I mean - Pot? Meet kettle.

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Tue Mar 22 2022
4

A great, easy listen by Clapton. Could see myself relaxing on a beach in Florida listening to this. The guitar work, as many others have pointed out, is phenomenal and adds another layer to listening. I actually think the album starts on a lower note with 'Motherless Children,' but picks up dramatically from there. By the third song, 'Willie and the Hand Jive,' I was completely bought in to the album.

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Sat Apr 02 2022
4

Easy listening. Clapton has songs showcasing various music styles, such as reggae, blues, and country.

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Mon Apr 04 2022
4

Bluesy and folksy, definitely a tamer version of the Clapton I've listened to. "I Shot The Sheriff" is an excellent rendition. Reminds me of the Eagles, or a version of country I could get behind.

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Mon Apr 04 2022
4

This was a really good album, reminded me a lot of the Eagles. I'm a little upset I hadn't heard this album sooner.

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Mon Apr 04 2022
4

If you asked me before, I would have told you I didn't care for Eric Clapton so I was very pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed this album! I prefer this folksy/bluesy type of sound from him -- I especially loved the song Please Be With Me.

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Tue Apr 12 2022
4

Very nice

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Wed Apr 27 2022
4

very country-y in a way i don't usuaally listen to, still solid

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Sun May 01 2022
4

Well I’ve herd cream but never his solo stuff… The album starts with motherless children which contains a lot of really good guitar work, Clapton’s singing is nice but he’s never been my favourite vocalist and the lyrics aren’t too great. Give me strength is nice good change in pace I like that it’s pretty short as well as it sounds like it could’ve easily dragged. Willie and the hand jive has good but slow kinda funky guitars, the lyrics really seem there just to fill up space but it’s still good. Get ready feels sonically like a part 2 to the last song and like that one the guitars are so nice, again the lyrics aren’t great and I’am not sure about the female voice on the song but it’s nice. I shot the sheriff is one of those songs everyone knows. I mean I know this version for sure but it’s apparently bob Marley’s song, which makes sense for the better lyrics. Also I remember marge Simpson singing it so that kinda worsened my view on the song. Starting off side b is I can’t hold out, it’s nice enough just a slow rock track to be fair nice but not a favourite. Then comes please be with me it’s really soft, the backing vocals work much nicer than on other songs. So yeah I like it. Let it grow is one of only two songs ( the other being give me strength) that Clapton actually fully wrote and it’s a shame there aren’t more originals because this is my favourite so far. Just a nice slow acoustic song with good lyrics! Then the penultimate track steady rollin’ man, I don’t mind it but it does go back to the nice everything but not great lyrics. Then now we’re at mainline Florida, the final track, it’s got nice guitars all through and the lyrics are good. Yeah this is really strong! There’s two flaws to the album and that’s: The fact he didn’t write most of the songs. And while I didn’t mention it on the review side two’s sequencing is a bit odd. Still nice overall!

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Thu Jun 16 2022
4

I love his skill and his hits. What I don't like is that most of those hits were written by other people. JJ Cale, Marley, black blues artists. They are credited, so props there because that wasn't always the case in those days. But Clapton is such a skilled musician I'd think he could write his own hits. Still, as an album, this is a great listen and has great music.

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Sat Jul 02 2022
4

Rock em roll

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Mon Jul 04 2022
4

Even though he's a twat, it is a Nlnice album and all the tracks are pretty enjoyable. Plus obviously some very talented guitar playing. "Please be with Me" and "Let it Go" my favourite tracks.

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Mon Jul 11 2022
4

There are some seriously good guitar licks on this. Several other albums I've listened to in this journey feature a strong album spoilt by one or two songs that are obviously a parody/joke song - which might be funny the first time you hear it, do not stand up to repeated listens. This is a solid, well thought out collection of songs - Clapton's guitar playing is a good as you have heard - not just technical, but balanced. Quiet and supportive during the tender moments, and fast, powerful and dynamic during others. 8/10

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Mon Jul 25 2022
4

Great bluse album.

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Tue Jul 26 2022
4

good

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Tue Jul 26 2022
4

“I Shot the Sheriff” is originally written and popularized by Bob Marley. Clapton first heard the song when a member of his band played it and convinced to make their own version of the song. At first, Clapton did not want to use it on their album because he thinks it might seem disrespectful for Marley. His members and managers convinced him that it should not only be included on the album but also be released as a single. Yeah... I'm sure he thought it was disrespectful... Lol

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Thu Jul 28 2022
4

Oooh zeer goed en mooi

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Sat Jul 30 2022
4

Really liked this one! Impressive talent, great great music. Southern bluesy rock. Replayed immediately

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Sun Aug 14 2022
4

I really enjoyed discovering this album. Of course, I knew « I Shot the Sheriff », but that was the only song on the album that I had heard before. Many of them are simply beautiful. I couldn’t understand the juxtaposition of the manic « Motherless Child » and the prayerful « Give me strength » until I read about this being Clapton’s first studio album in three years that were wasted on a serious drug habit. It’s as if he is contrasting the craziness of those years with a rediscovered love of music and a desire to live a more productive, peace-filled life. All in all, an album I would listen to many times.

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Tue Aug 16 2022
4

Regardless how I feel about Eric Clapton as a person (which is not great), there is no denying he is one of the greatest guitar players of all time. The great thing about Clapton, and it's on full display on this album, is that he didn't have to be showy or over-the-top to show his abilities on guitar. This album is full of interesting, laid-back songs crossing several genres. Probably his best solo album. 4 stars.

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Mon Aug 22 2022
4

Great!

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Thu Aug 25 2022
4

Pretty Mellow - shame he's such a racist

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Thu Aug 25 2022
4

4/5 Good classic album that felt surprisingly country / folky for what I was expecting from the clap man. Had me nodding my head and moving my feet throughout.

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Tue Aug 30 2022
4

I enjoyed most of the songs.

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Tue Aug 30 2022
4

Finally! An album that I enjoyed! Loved the music and the lyrics! Not something I would buy but definitely something I enjoyed.

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Fri Sep 02 2022
4

Solid, nice listen. Calming. Enjoy the album cover very much.

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Wed Sep 07 2022
4

Fun

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Thu Sep 08 2022
4

Good blues. Not everyday

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Fri Sep 09 2022
4

I really enjoyed this tape. A lot funkier than I had anticipated. A lot of soul and just easy listening all around. Will definitely return to it. 7.5/10.

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Sat Sep 17 2022
4

This is probably Clapton’s best album. The first half is good blues rock and the second half goes into more deliberate folk influenced rock. The influence of the Band is clear and I think overall it is this influence that makes this album so great. Clapton is at his core, a blues guitarist and anything that gets him to expand his horizons results in something more interesting.

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Wed Sep 21 2022
4

I punished Eric on the last one for being a racist bugger, so I will be generous here and say, I Shot The Sheriff is a great cover, and Let it Grow is a beautiful ballad.

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Wed Sep 21 2022
4

This is JJ Cale Troubadour mixed with Jimi Hendrix Are you experienced, with a sprinkle of Sting at his most Police pinnacle summiting moments. Eric, what a muso.

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Sun Sep 25 2022
4

Iconic sound! I shot the sheriff

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Mon Sep 26 2022
4

When I told my wife how great this Eric Clapton album was, she replied, "Of course...it's Eric Clapton." Well, yeah. But I guess I kind of always considered Eric Clapton a greatest hits king. Even one of my favorite artists of all-time, Tom Petty, only has a couple albums I truly love, but he has tons of hits that are among my favorite songs. This Clapton album, however, was solid from start to finish. I loved his tone, the twang of the slide guitar in so many of the tracks, and of course, the solos. What I didn't love, or at least why this album is a 4 or 4.5 instead of 5, is Clapton's vocals. I can't tell if it's that his voice isn't great or if vocals were just too low in the mix (or maybe the vocals were muddled because it's not his strong suit!). Either way, I really loved this album and have already returned to it since my first listen-through.

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Sat Oct 01 2022
4

About as good as it ever got as far as an Eric Clapton solo effort is concerned. Credit has to go to the enthusiastic presence of the remarkable Yvonne Elliman. It's her strong backup vocals that cover the inefficiencies of Clapton's. She enjoyed some success as a solo artist after this album's release, and even scored a number 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100. But she should have enjoyed a longer run. It turns out she quit the business for an extended period of time to raise her children. Meanwhile, Clapton kept churning out hit or miss (mostly miss) material, seemingly on the basis that he should remain forever recognized as a "Guitar God" while wrestling with alcoholism, always blaming his destructive behavior on the bottle.

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Tue Oct 04 2022
4

Eric Clapton is wat van alle markten thuis. Fantastisch muzikant, goede songwriter. Ik vond dit een leuk album

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Thu Oct 06 2022
4

Motherless children: feels slightly like classic Clapton, a good song with good guitar but all instruments create a great blend. Replay ability for sure. 3/5 Give me strength: a bluesy feel to this song. Nice and slow and one with impeccable guitar once again. One with great replay ability and Clapton’s vocals lend themself to the song. 3/5 Will and hand jive: funky. As an album as a whole all songs up to here blend well. Just sounds good doesn’t it. It’s very catchy. 4/5 Get ready: dunno if it’s just me or if it’s supposed to be this way but it sounds identical to the previous song with more of a reggae style? For that reason. 2/5 I shot the sheriff: a cover of a 5/5 song. This does it justice but just made me want to listen to bob Marley. So 4/5 I can’t hold out: it’s a good song with blues and reggae influence with a good guitar but it just doesn’t do too much to me. 2/5 Please be with me: I nice ballad. Very cool and relaxing song by me Clapton. Love the backing vocals and lyrics. And the guitar is just masterful. 3/5 Let it grow: I think the sound is good but nothing special but I am easily persuaded by a song about just life. 2/5 Steady rollin man: funky: this whole album is perfectly put together. Soemthing my grandad would listen to I believe. Good song. Good guitar ofc. 3/5 Mainline Florida: I’m ill and tired but cool song. 2/5 Total: 3/5

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Mon Oct 10 2022
4

Excellen

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Tue Oct 18 2022
4

v good

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Sat Nov 12 2022
4

Ok

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Thu Nov 24 2022
4

Прослушано! Отличный альбом, в обязательном порядке переслушать.

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Fri Dec 25 2020
3

Meh

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Thu Dec 17 2020
3

Not thrilled

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Wed Feb 03 2021
3

3. Nice 70's rock album. I shot the sheriff is a classic, but the rest of the album isn't as good as that song.

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Tue Feb 02 2021
3

Guitar good.

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Mon Jan 18 2021
3

It was okay. The album cover was my favorite part!

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Tue Jul 06 2021
3

I really like Eric Clapton but some of his stuff is a little weak. This was a bit weak in places. Reptile is his best album in my personal opinion

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Mon Mar 15 2021
3

Classic Clapton blues

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Thu Jan 14 2021
3

Now I know who shot the sheriff

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Thu Jan 14 2021
3

sublime samples song 3 Overall I thought the album was ok, it wasn't anything different. I never thought Clapton's songwriting was very good, he focused mostly on his guitar expression.

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Tue Jan 19 2021
3

Good for dad rock

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Tue Feb 09 2021
3

Not bad good chill songs to throw on

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Mon Jan 18 2021
3

Didn't listen all the way through

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Sun Jan 24 2021
3

Not my style, but very atmospheric. Maybe better for summer

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Fri Jan 15 2021
3

Motherless Children had a good guitar line. Please Be With Me sounds like an Isbell song. Laid back

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Mon Mar 01 2021
3

Get Ready- reallly dig this song. B Minor Jam- yasssssss My overall impression is that it seems like a fairly chill, laid back album. It's got a cool vibe. I really love all the blues influences in his music.

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Wed Mar 24 2021
3

Heavy reggae inspiration. Some jams

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Tue Jan 19 2021
3

It’s a vibe. Really chill. I dig the atmosphere on the record.

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Fri May 21 2021
3

A fine, enjoyable album.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
3

A few good blues songs on here

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Fri Mar 26 2021
3

Eric Klepto-man is at it again. Motherless Children - What a joyful memory about dead moms! Give Me Strength - Mellow and Bluesy Willie and the Hand Jive - I think I hate this. But, to be fair, I have always found the phrase "hand jive" inexplicably gross. Get Ready - A nice bluesy rocker I Shot the Sheriff - The Bob Marley version is so much more superior in every way. This version is over produced, and the poor attempt at reggae seems vaguely racist in 2021. I Can't Hold Out - Great blues track, but not as Hard as Muddy Waters is. Please Be With Me - Maybe my favorite track. Fun and peppy Let It Grow - What if Stairway to Heaven but shorter and more boring? Steady Rolling Man - Another winner Mainline Florida - As a mainline Floridian, this is wonderful. All together, this album is FINE. Probably better than Robbie Williams, but it doesn't feel like it *deserves* 4 stars.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
3

I shot the sheriff

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Tue Mar 23 2021
3

Lief ehrlich gesagt nur nebenbei so durch. Hat überhaupt nicht gestört, war in Teilen auch überraschend interessant. Hab trotzdem keine richtige Meinung zu Clapton, dem lonely Wolf in allem Gassen. Ziemlicher Rock’n’Roller war er ja wohl, kriegte alle Coolness aber leider in den für mich entscheidenden Adoleszenztagen mit 90 Grad rausgebleached. Ok, 2,4 für angenehm und nicht uninteressant, 0,1 fürs schöne Cover, 0,1 für die Verheißung vom wilden Leben.

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Tue Feb 02 2021
3

Nice and short and snappy. Eric Clapton = gentle, inoffensive guitar with background organs. Unique sound to be fair.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
3

I thought I would like it more

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Thu Feb 25 2021
3

pleasantly surprised.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
3

Nice background music while working. Nothing wowed me on this album, solidifying Eric Clapton's place on my list of overrated musicians. Although I heard Clapton's version of I Shot the Sherrif first when I was young, I still like Bob Marley's version better. Motherless Children is a great first track to start a road trip with and Willie and the Hand Jive continues that vibe. The sassy groove of Get Ready is a high point on the album for me; the chord progressions of Let It Grow give it compositional merit which enhances my enjoyment of the song, despite it being a ballad.

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Thu May 20 2021
3

Not really into Clapton. Not bad or anything, just not for me. Honestly kind of tired of 70s rock on this list.

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Sat Jun 19 2021
3

Very fun listen. None of the songs stuck out much other than I Shot The Sheriff, but still greatly enjoyable.

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Wed Feb 17 2021
3

I don’t think this album is anything outstanding or inventive but it’s really nice to just vibe to and it’s also consistent as I don’t think there’s a song I would skip on here. I liked it can see myself vibing to this on a good summer day. This is not usually a genre I’m into but i can enjoy this. After a while the songs do kinda sound the same and I don’t think I would play this very much because it gets boring easily. 6.9/10

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Mon Apr 05 2021
3

Some great blues licks and a nice short listen.

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Sun Mar 28 2021
3

Good. Not great.

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Sun Apr 04 2021
3

meh

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Mon Apr 19 2021
3

Solid album.

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Mon Jul 05 2021
3

Really relaxing. I have no real complaints about it, I just probably won’t listen to it again any time soon. Except “I Shot the Sheriff”, of course.

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