Slowhand

Performers Eric Clapton

Polydor | December 11, 2012 | Compact Disc

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After the guest-star-drenched No Reason to Cry failed to make much of an impact commercially, Eric Clapton returned to using his own band for Slowhand. The difference is substantial -- where No Reason to Cry struggled hard to find the right tone, Slowhand opens with the relaxed, bluesy shuffle of J.J. Cale's "Cocaine" and sustains it throughout the course of the album. Alternating between straight blues ("Mean Old Frisco"), country ("Lay Down Sally"), mainstream rock ("Cocaine," "The Core"), and pop ("Wonderful Tonight"), Slowhand doesn't sound schizophrenic because of the band's grasp of the material. This is laid-back virtuosity -- although Clapton and his band are never flashy, their playing is masterful and assured. That assurance and the album's eclectic material make Slowhand rank with 461 Ocean Boulevard as Eric Clapton's best albums. [The Deluxe Edition features the remastered original album with four added bonus tracks; disc two is a live set from 1977.] ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: December 11, 2012

Number of Discs: 2

Label Name: Polydor

UPC: 600753407202

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Slowhand

Slowhand

Performers Eric Clapton

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: December 11, 2012

Number of Discs: 2

Label Name: Polydor

UPC: 600753407202


Title Track Time
1.Cocaine --
2.Wonderful Tonight --
3.Lay Down Sally --
4.Next Time You See Her --
5.We're All the Way --
6.Core --
7.May You Never --
8.Mean Old Frisco --
9.Peaches and Diesel --
10.Looking At the Rain --
11.Alberta --
12.Greyhound Bus --
13.Stars, Strays and Ashtrays --
1.Tell the Truth --
2.Knocking On Heaven's Door --
3.Steady Rolling Man --
4.Can't Find My Way Home --
5.Further On Up the Road --
6.Stormy Monday --
7.Badge --
8.I Shot the Sheriff --
9.Layla --

Editorial Notes

After the guest-star-drenched No Reason to Cry failed to make much of an impact commercially, Eric Clapton returned to using his own band for Slowhand. The difference is substantial -- where No Reason to Cry struggled hard to find the right tone, Slowhand opens with the relaxed, bluesy shuffle of J.J. Cale's "Cocaine" and sustains it throughout the course of the album. Alternating between straight blues ("Mean Old Frisco"), country ("Lay Down Sally"), mainstream rock ("Cocaine," "The Core"), and pop ("Wonderful Tonight"), Slowhand doesn't sound schizophrenic because of the band's grasp of the material. This is laid-back virtuosity -- although Clapton and his band are never flashy, their playing is masterful and assured. That assurance and the album's eclectic material make Slowhand rank with 461 Ocean Boulevard as Eric Clapton's best albums. [The Deluxe Edition features the remastered original album with four added bonus tracks; disc two is a live set from 1977.] ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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