Sunday, December 30, 2012

CD Review: Eric Clapton's "Slowhand" Celebrates 35 Years With Bonus Material

For some, it's hard to imagine that Eric Clapton's pinnacle album "Slowhand" is celebrating its 35th Anniversary. In honor, Universal Music Group released a deluxe edition of the album which contains the original album, remastered with bonus songs and a live CD recorded at the Hammersmith Odeon on April 27, 1977.

The album, "Slowhand" features some of Clapton's most well-known songs including, "Cocaine," Wonderful Tonight" and "Lay Down Sally." The original nine-song album gets highlighted by four previously unreleased bonus tracks. The bonus songs, "Looking At The Rain," "Alberta," "Greyhound Bus" and "Stars, Strays And Ashtrays" were all outtakes from the original "Slowhand" sessions that did not end up on the final album. They give the album a different feel than probably what Clapton was originally looking for, but "Stars, Strays And Ashtrays" feels like the perfect closing song for this album.

The real gem in this set is the bonus live disc which highlights Clapton's 1977 live show. The disc features 9-songs from the Hammersmith Odeon show on April 27 (the super deluxe edition features the full show on two-discs). More than half of the songs are previously unreleased like the Blind Faith song "Can't Find My Way Home" and a 14-minute version of "I Shot The Sheriff."

Eric Clapton's "Slowhand: 35th Anniversary" comes in five different formats. The 2-disc set (original album remastered with bonus tracks and a nine-song live disc), the single disc set (original remastered CD), vinyl LP (original remastered album), a digital version of the original album (with the bonus tracks) and a super deluxe edition. The super deluxe edition features the original album remastered with the bonus tracks, the entire live at Hammersmith Odeon show on 2-CDs, a DVD audio only Hi-Resolution Stereo and 5.1 Surround Sound of the original album, a vinyl version of the remastered album, 3 replica tour programs and a book featuring behind-the-scenes photos from the recording sessions. To find out more on this release, please visit

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