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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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3.17

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Rock
Blues

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Sat Dec 25 2021
2

Probably a 3 really, but fuck him

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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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Sat Jan 22 2022
1

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

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Thu Jan 13 2022
1

when did this become 1001 albums that'll make you WANT to die

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Mon Apr 17 2023
2

It's hard to put aside the fact that Clapton is a terrible human being. This album is pretty mediocre, lots of flavorless ballads with some occasional decent blues.

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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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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

Super boring and lame. Probably had to be there

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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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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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Fri Mar 24 2023
1

ahahaha this racist POS is so wildly overrated. just look at all the 5-star reviews for this boring soft-rock trash! amazing that people think he's a GOOD guitarist, let alone the BEST guitarist. anyone with a passing knowledge of the last 60 years in popular music would be able to name five better guitarists off the top of their head. i'll start: that dude from Limp Bizkit who wears weird contact lenses. so much better than clapton. in summary, fuck eric clapton and fuck all the dudes who worship him

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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 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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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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Tue Jun 13 2023
1

Thought this might be good but very dull.

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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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Fri Jun 16 2023
3

I shot the heroin: how I became the best paid busker in the business. You hear it in his voice. I was going to write that Clapton sings with a transatlantic accent, but it’s weirder than that, more like he’s doing an impression of what he believes an American singer sounds like, but nervously, not wanting to offend, like a busker. ‘Motherless children’ is a strong opener! ‘Lord give me strength’ to listen all the way through this track. No-one’s made that joke before. ‘Get Ready’ is startlingly ok, a smoky, funky throwaway that hooks. There’s a single-note tease of heavy, distorted guitar at the end that is almost a troll: Clapton could rock, but he chooses not to. He’s mellow now. The cover of ‘I shot the sheriff’ is funny for a number of reasons, especially Clapton’s perception of the original as “hardcore reggae” and that the other guitarist had to convince him to play it, which I choose to believe was a prank. His busker voice on this is something else, and if my partner in this pilgrimage uses both "Racisthand" and "blackface" in his review, I *will* shout "BINGO!" regardless of my surroundings. He’s on safe ground with the couple of blues covers, no surprises there. Made his busker bones in that racket. ‘Let it grow’ actually did surprise me: it’s a beguilingly simple yacht rock banger. The finale is enjoyably daft. This is patchwork, odds and sods, proficient karaoke, but I enjoyed it more than I expected, and I’m intrigued that my two favourite tracks are Clapton’s originals. Put a loaded signature Fender Strat to my head and I’d choose this over Layleh. Was expecting a 2, got a 3.

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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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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 Dec 27 2022
2

Not gonna waste a lot of words on Clapton. Dude sucks as a person. This record is fine if you like bluesy 70’s guitar rock.

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Wed Jul 12 2023
1

Listened Before? N HAHA Eric Clapton is a piece of shit. I wish I could give it 0. Added to Library? HAHAHAHAHA NO Song added to playlist: I Shot the Sheriff (but I quarantined it just for him so I won't give him a cent by listening to it).

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Fri Aug 04 2023
1

Awful man, tedious music. His best years were with The Yardbirds.

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Sun Aug 20 2023
1

Separate art from the artist but I can't

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Tue Oct 03 2023
1

I have a legitimate memory at age 4 of I Shot The Sheriff being on the radio while I was in the back seat of my dad's car and me shouting to turn the station - I can picture exactly where we were to this day. I hated that damn song when it came out and I like the idea of honouring my toddler self. Screw Eric Clapton the racist wanker. Laid back lazy milquetoast soft rock rubbish. I never cared for his guitar playing either. 3/10 1 star

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Fri Oct 13 2023
1

Is Eric Clapton the guy that started droney whinging? I think he must be after listening to this. Some nice guitar now and again but nothing to save the whining.

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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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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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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 Jan 06 2023
5

Not normally an Eric Clapton fan apart from his chart hits,but this really opened my eyes and ears to his music

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Fri Mar 03 2023
5

Funky blues, good cover of shot the sheriff

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Mon Mar 06 2023
5

Excellent album, very much enjoyed this one.

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Tue Mar 14 2023
5

Solid Rock n Roll blues guitar. Mothers milk to me baby.

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Thu Jun 01 2023
5

Clapton almost never disappoints. Great 70's classic rock

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Mon Jun 05 2023
5

Rock de Clapton. Vinilo total.

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Wed Jun 21 2023
5

One of the very first and most favorite albums I have ever heard. Outstanding all the way around.

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Wed Jul 19 2023
5

CLASSIC for MANY GOOD REASONS

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Wed Nov 08 2023
5

Fav songs -Get ready -I can’t hold out -Please be with me -Let it grow -Give me strength Honourable mention -Steady rolling man -Mainline Florida

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Wed Nov 08 2023
5

Great end to end. Hard to admit.

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Thu Dec 07 2023
5

Textbook Clapton. Very suave without feeling impersonal. This definitely inspired a lot of soulless yacht rock to follow

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Tue Jan 02 2024
5

I was a big fan of Eric Clapton in college. But he and I have not stayed on the same path as the years have passed, and now I have an instinctively negative reaction to him. This album, though, is really exceptional. It reminds me why I ever went to see him in concert. Also realized that Tears In Heaven and such weren’t just late-in-life softening… hearing “Let It Grow” made me realize he had those softer-side tendencies at the beginning too, I just wasn’t all that aware of them. Excellent album.

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Tue Jan 02 2024
5

I did enjoy listening to this album. I grooved along to each track...and really really grooved to some of them!

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Wed Jan 24 2024
5

Always enjoyed the Eric Clapton songs that I heard on the radio. This album introduced me to a number of songs that provided new insights into his music.

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Fri Jan 26 2024
5

Superb album, wonderful guitar work throughout.

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Thu Feb 01 2024
5

dosta dobro, nekoliko lajkanih

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