Thursday, October 3, 2013

Clapton – Rolls down reggae boulevard — Jamaica Observer

Eric Clapton   (Photo - Guitar Center)
Clapton – Rolls down reggae boulevard — Jamaica Observer
Observer senior writer
Thursday, October 03, 2013
THE resurgence of rock superstar Eric Clapton during the mid-1970s is revisited in a six-CD, multi-track set titled Give Me Strength: The '74/'75 Recordings. The album, which will be released on November 22, contains four versions of I Shot The Sheriff, the Bob Marley original Clapton covered for his landmark 1974 album, 461 Ocean Boulevard. Clapton's version topped the Billboard magazine chart and sparked a career revival for the singer/songwriter who made his name in the 1960s as a member of British blues-rock groups the Yardbirds and Cream. Disc One is an extended version of 461 Ocean Boulevard. Disc Two is an extended take on Clapton's follow-up album There's One in Every Crowd, which was recorded in 1975 at Dynamic Sounds in Kingston. The latter includes a version of the Peter Tosh staple, Burial. On disc three, there is a live version of I Shot The Sheriff which was recorded at Long Beach Arena in Long Beach, California in July 1974.
“Clapton, regarded as one of rock's great guitarists, was encouraged to record I Shot The Sheriff by a member of his band. After initial reluctance, he put a rock spin on the song Bob Marley and the Wailers originally recorded for their 1973 album Burnin'.”Jamaica Observer
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