℗ © 1974 Universal International Music B.V.
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Transfers and Mastering by Seth Foster at Sterling Sound, NYC
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Tape research and remastering supervision by Bill Levenson
Eric Clapton’s 1974 release 461 Ocean Boulevard stands as a crucial milestone in his much-revered catalogue. It’s the album on which Clapton reinvented himself as a solo artist, reestablishing his musical and commercial credibility after 2 years of relative inactivity. Regarded by many as his best solo effort, 461 Ocean Boulevard contains some of Clapton’s most personal music, and created the musical template that he would follow for decades to come.
In early 1974, Eric Clapton was at a musical and personal crossroads. Throughout the ’60s, he’d been acknowledged as England’s most innovative and influential guitarist, building his reputation with historic stints in the Yardbirds, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Cream and Blind Faith. In 1970 Clapton went solo with 1970’s Eric Clapton, whose loose, rootsy sound reflected the influence of his tenure as sideman with American country-soul duo Delaney and Bonnie. By the time it was released, Clapton had already launched a new band, Derek and the Dominos, and was recording that combo’s lone studio album, the emotion-charged classic Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs. Personal issues led to a two year layoff, setting the stage for his 1974 comeback.
Recording for 461 Ocean Boulevard took place April-May 1974, with Tom Dowd producing, at Dowd’s adopted home base of Criteria Studios in Miami, where Derek and the Dominos had cut Layla. Recruited to record with Clapton were guitarist George Terry, keyboardist Albhy Galuten, former Derek and the Dominos bassist Carl Radle, drummer Jamie Oldaker, keyboardist Dick Sims and vocalist Yvonne Elliman.
Recorded in three weeks, 461 Ocean Boulevard’s highlights were many — the fiery reworking of the trad gospel-blues tune “Motherless Children,” the atmospheric reading of Elmore James’ “I Can’t Hold Out,” the persuasive take on Robert Johnson’s “Steady Rollin’ Man,” the poignant, gospel-tinged “Give Me Strength,” the tender acoustic ballads “Please Be With Me” and “Let It Grow,” and most importantly, the distinctive cover of Bob Marley’s outlaw anthem “I Shot the Sheriff.”
Eric Clapton – vocals, guitar, dobro, arrangement
Yvonne Elliman – vocals
Dick Sims – keyboards
George Terry – guitar, vocals
Carl Radle – bass, arrangement
Jamie Oldaker – drums, percussion
Al Jackson, Jr. – drums on "Give Me Strength"
Albhy Galuten – synthesizer, piano, clavichord
Tom Bernfield – background vocals
Marcy Levy – harmonica, background vocals
Tom Dowd – producer
Bill Levenson – compilation producer on Deluxe Edition
Ron Fawcus – engineer
Andy Knight – engineer
Karl Richardson – engineer
Suha Gur – mastering
Darcy Proper – mastering
Bob Defrin – art direction
David Gahr – photography
Ryan Null – photo co-ordination