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.Wikipedia
Probably a 3 really, but fuck him
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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
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!
Eric Clapton is a dick
Classic, but can't forgive the artist for racism, and anti mask politics
Fuck Eric Clapton
Super boring and lame. Probably had to be there
This guy is the worst.
Eric Clapton is the worst
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.
Fuck Eric Clapton and his anti-vaxx shit. This album of mediocre tunes doesn’t make me reevaluate my distaste for him.
fuck eric clapton
Awful, racist, rapist, anti-vax conspiracy funding cunt. And the music is shite.
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.
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.
Yo fuck Eric Clapton
He might be an amazing guitarist, but he is a terrible person. Unfortunately that affected my experience of this album.
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
This was alright, can't fault it but it also didn't really do anything for me. The reggae touch sucks though. 3/5.
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"
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.
5/10 - Pretty solid, not the best Clapton has
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
when did this become 1001 albums that'll make you WANT to die
There's plenty of people making music that aren't racist shitheads. Hard pass.
Only I shot the sheriff and let it grow are ok
won't listen - fuck clapton
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.
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.
Escuché atentamente tratando de encontrar algo por lo cual no debería ser 5 estrellas como el prejuicio sugería ... Y no encontre nada.
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!
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.
First song great tune...lost track of time and didnt finish the album
Loved this, right up my street.
Fast and lively songs with an amazing electric guitar. A positive and good mood is guaranteed.
Hidden gem of an album, great pacing and changes in style
Yeah this is short and sweet...almost too short
1st time dengar eric clapton klasik. wow!
Rock de Clapton. Vinilo total.
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.
Will always love Clapton - just need to separate the artist from the art sometimes
Awesome blues/rock album
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.
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.
Guitar doesn’t get much better than this
Excellent album. Laidback, groovy, nice flow of the songs. Love this version of 'I shot the Sheriff'.
I might prefer Slowhand but am not sure - both are classic EC albums.
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.
amazing album fuck Eric Clapton, he’s a piece of shit but a he’s still a talented piece of shit 9/10
Album tres classique et personnel pour moi. Un 5 et une reecoute garantit.
Surprised I haven't listened to this all the way thru before
4,5/5 Ist halt clapton Er hatte schon bessere Sachen (auch schon davor mit anderen Bands)
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!
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.
Not normally an Eric Clapton fan apart from his chart hits,but this really opened my eyes and ears to his music
Funky blues, good cover of shot the sheriff
Excellent album, very much enjoyed this one.
Solid Rock n Roll blues guitar. Mothers milk to me baby.
Very enjoyable. Smooth laid back bluesy rock… what’s not to like!
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
Classic Clapton, good listen
Nice album, want to listen to again!
Ziemlich gut und mellow ^^
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).
Very pleasant rock
Quality stuff, including shooting the sherif.
My first time getting into the Clap. I'd heard the hits, obviously, but never an entire album. Enjoyable.
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.
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.
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.
A lot more chilled out than a lot of the EC things I typically think of. Learnt some new stuff which I enjoyed
Solid. Great guitar work. No idea before this that I Shot The Sheriff was an Eric Clapton song.
Great álbum. Let It Grown
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.
One of the most renowned return to form in pop history. Layback tunes to enjoy in the evening of a cool summer day
Actually really groovy. Bluesy, mellow rock.