Title - 'Slowhand [35th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition]'
Artist - Eric Clapton
After his major comeback in 1974 with 461 Ocean Boulevard, Eric Clapton shied away from the mainstream with his next two releases. There's One In Every Crowd and No Reason To Cry. With Slowhand, he returned to the sounds that made 461 a hit.
This incredible 35th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition of Slowhand contains 5 discs of various quantities. Such as: Disc 1: Slowhand - Remastered & Expanded; Disc 2: Slowhand - Hi-Res Stereo & 5.1 Surround Sound DVD (Audio Only); Disc 3: Live At Hammersmith Odeon, April 27, 1977; Disc 4: Live At Hammersmith Odeon, April 27, 1977 Continued; and Disc 5: Slowhand - Vinyl LP.
This eclectic collection of songs that weren’t really anywhere on the music map even back then kicks off with the incredibly propulsive riff, let alone the ringing guitar solo of 'Cocaine,' before sweeping into the dancefloor ballad 'Wonderful Tonight.' The funky country-flavored blues of 'Lay Down Sally' come a' knockin' next, before the guitar-picked 'Next Time You See Her' and 'We're All The Way' both come forth.
The best song on the album is the lengthy 'The Core.' The song has some marvelous vocal interplay between Clapton and Marcy Levy and some stellar guitar work. Then comes 'May You Never,' 'Mean Old Frisco,' and 'Peaches And Diesel,' before four (4) Slowhand session outtakes (three of them previously unreleased) - 'Looking At The Rain,' 'Alberta,' 'Greyhound Bus' and 'Stars, Strays And Ashtrays.'
Indeed, both the Super Deluxe Edition and Deluxe Edition feature these session outtakes, and they are wonderful to hear today (for me) for the first time. Slowhand was a return to the top ten for Clapton reaching number three in early 1978. And boy, was it well deserved!
A week before the Slowhand sessions commenced, the band performed at London's Hammersmith Odeon. This Super Deluxe Edition captures the complete 14 track Hammersmith Odeon, April 27, 1977 concert on two CDs, while the Deluxe Edition features 9 tracks from the Hammersmith Odeon concert. Songs featured at the Hammersmith Odeon show include 'Tell The Truth,' 'Knocking On Heaven's Door,' 'Can't Find My Way Home,' 'Stormy Monday,' 'Badge,' 'I Shot The Sheriff' and 'Layla.'