E.C. Was Here [Remaster]
Performer: Eric Clapton
Artist: Yvonne Elliman; Marcy Levy
Producer: Tom Dowd...
Distributor: Universal Distribution
Notes: On the original LP, the song "Drifting Blues" faded out after about 3 minutes. The CD contains the complete 11:31 version. Personnel: Eric Clapton (vocals, guitar); Yvonne Elliman (vocals); George Terry (guitar); Dick Sims (organ); Carl Radle (bass); Jamie Oldaker (drums); Marcy Levy (tambourine). Engineers include: Wally Heider, Ed Barton, Brian Engolds. All tracks have been digitally remastered. Personnel: Eric Clapton (vocals, guitar); Marcy Levy (vocals, tambourine); Yvonne Elliman (vocals); George Terry (guitar); Dick Sims (organ, keyboards); Jamie Oldaker (drums). Audio Remasterer: Joseph M. Palmaccio. Liner Note Author: Kaz Akaiwa. Photographer: Frank Moscati. Released in the same year as 1975's THERE'S ONE IN EVERY CROWD, E.C. WAS HERE is a live album short on content but long in presentation. Backed by his usual mid-70's studio cohorts (George Terry, Jamie Oldaker, Yvonne Elliman, Marcy Levy, etc.), Clapton ignored his then-current material off CROWD and 461 OCEAN BOULEVARD, instead choosing to explore his immediate, post-Cream era along with some extended, old favorites. "Presence Of The Lord" and "Can't Find My Way Home" were retrieved from Blind Faith's sole album and both are infused with a subtle, spiritual feeling of someone who's emerged from a long period of sorrow. The remainder of this live document of mysterious origin features Clapton finding his way through material by Robert Johnson ("Ramblin' On My Mind) and Charles Brown ("Driftin' Blues") using a laconic drawl and a quietly effective style of playing that his 70's work became known for. Of particular note is a rousing version of "Further On Up The Road," which quickly became a Clapton live staple for the remainder of the 70's.
Q (11/96, p.147) - 3 Stars (out of 5) - "...designed to reassure the public that Eric Clapton had not gone mad....a decent set..."
Over the course of four decades, Eric Clapton has carried the British blues legacy into the mainstream of pop music. From his mid-1960s days with the Yardbirds and John Mayall, through his years as guitar god with Cream and Blind Faith, and eventually to his more laid-back solo albums, Clapton has remained one of rock's most successful musicians. Given his guitar-superstar status, Clapton has played alongside the biggest musical acts of the 20th century, from soloing on the Beatles' "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," to performing at the Band's LAST WALTZ, to recording an album with B.B. King. Overcoming numerous setbacks and tragedies, old Slowhand has settled nicely into a long and prolific career.
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