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June 24, 2008
Free mp3s: Clapton live, '74
Eric Clapton - Laidback Live at Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York, June 30 and September 29, 1974. 30 tracks.
...The tapes for the 1974 concerts remained in storage for a very long ti me. Only over the past 10 years have they come into wider circulation through bootleg labels in Europe and Japan and from collectors.
Perhaps all parties felt uneasy with the performances. Clapton was not always drunk. The shows however did not project the new direction he was heading, to be a blues journeyman. The '74 shows were Eric Clapton's PAST. His albums after 461 Ocean Boulevard showed him taking control of his career and steering it closer to the roots of his music. While some find these albums a bit boring, the same cannot be said of his electrifying '74 shows. They were the last time he showed off his flash, his rock guitar, his electricity and his mettle in such quantity....
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