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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deluxe Edition
Slowhand is Eric's most successful solo album from the '70's, and not without good reason, although as the first 3 tracks became hit singles and live set staples, it developed something of a 'greatest hits' feel - "Cocaine", "Wonderful Tonight" and "Lay Down Sally" became so familiar that the numbers which follow seemed to be eclipsed and the album started to sound...
Published on 19 Dec. 2012 by Derek Clacton

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3.0 out of 5 stars Inconsistent
I have a few of Eric Clapton's albums plus a few he's recorded in other bands and 'Slowhand' typifies how frustrating he is. Rightly regarded as one of the greatest rock guitarists, he never seems to produce an album about which you can say, 'That's the one.' Instead, what you get are a handful of brilliant gems and an equal measure of forgettable, if competent,...
Published on 25 Aug. 2007 by D. J. H. Thorn


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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deluxe Edition, 19 Dec. 2012
This review is from: Slowhand 35th Anniversary (Audio CD)
Slowhand is Eric's most successful solo album from the '70's, and not without good reason, although as the first 3 tracks became hit singles and live set staples, it developed something of a 'greatest hits' feel - "Cocaine", "Wonderful Tonight" and "Lay Down Sally" became so familiar that the numbers which follow seemed to be eclipsed and the album started to sound unbalanced (unlike on its original release). 35 years on, this expanded double-disc edition is a welcome opportunity to revisit what remains one of his best-selling albums, having now had the 'deluxe' treatment.

Disc 1 includes 3 previously unreleased out-takes from the album sessions, along with a solo version of "Alberta", which appeared on Blues. These are all interesting tracks but, as with most out-takes, the reason they didn't appear on the original album is that they just weren't as good as those that did. An interesting listen none-the-less. Actually, I like "Stars, Strays And Ashtrays" and can't help picturing Eric singing it sitting at a lonely bar in the Deep South (Baton Rouge, not Bexhill-on-Sea).

Disc 2 is billed as the "Best of" Clapton's live set from the Hammersmith Odeon (27/4/77). For most, the main reason for wanting to have this Deluxe Edition will probably be the 5 previously unreleased tracks, "Steady Rollin' Man", "Can't Find My Way Home", "Badge", "I Shot The Sheriff" and "Layla". "Steady Rollin' Man" - one of my favourite numbers from 461 Ocean Boulevard - really rocks, although Eric's main solo sometimes promises more than it delivers. Ironically, one of the highlights of this set is when Clapton hands over to Yvonne Elliman, for a deeply moving "Can't Find My Way Home". Listeners of a nervous disposition are warned that "I Shot The Sheriff" descends alarmingly into a lengthy drum solo (apologies to Jamie Oldaker and appreciative drummers everywhere!). "Layla" is Eric's 'first half' version without the keyboard ending and "Badge" really rocks too.

Of the other 4 live numbers, "Further On Up The Road" appeared on Crossroads and "Tell The Truth", "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" and "Stormy Monday" appeared on Crossroads 2. This is where the main disappointment lies with this edition, as over 30mins. of the live material has been released previously. The Super Deluxe version contains 5 more unreleased tracks from the show and if the opening three numbers on that release ("Hello Old Friend", "Sign Language" and "Alberta") effectively eased Eric gently into the set, "Nobody Knows When You're Down And Out" and "Key To The Highway" - which come later - would have been welcome additions to the Deluxe Edition. Still, if you don't have the Crossroads box sets you won't be disappointed with what is included.

The package is very nicely presented - although the discs are even harder to extract from this latest version of the digi-paks (and without the plastic sleeve of earlier versions, they don't look so "deluxe") and there is a glossy 16 page booklet with an essay by David Hepworth, telling the story of the recording session, along with photos and some extra recording details. This latest remastering sounds good to me on a first listen - I haven't compared versions, although from memory Carl Radle's bass now sometimes sounds to have more presence (a definite plus point). Where did those 35 years go? Answers on a postcard please ...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the live CD just makes it even better, 2 Sept. 2013
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One of hiis best studio albums now enhanced with additional studio recordings and a live London Hammersmith concert on the second CD.
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Probably Eric Clapton's best album, 2 Oct. 2001
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From the first to the last track this is a CD of great music. Opening with the wonderfully rocky feel of "Cocaine", and following up with a mix of blues and love songs, including the ever popular "Wonderful tonight" and my personal favourite "Lay down Sally". All the way through there is the usual excellent guitar work (although this isn't as prominent as it might be) overlaid with Eric's unique voice. All the tracks have a feel of having been lovingly put together by a mastercraftsman. A must for anyone's Clapton collection
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Eric's Finest Albums Enhanced., 7 Mar. 2014
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Mr. Clifton Jones (Matlock, Derbyshire United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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Slowhand is possibly Eric's finest solo album (with "461 Ocean Boulevard" the main other contender for that title). Here it also has four outtakes, including a studio version of Alberta (which he began his Old Grey Whistle Test performance with). The second disk is a live disk actually recorded before the studio album and featuring none of the tracks from it. It does however include a version of Steady Rolling Man (I can't immediately think of another live version he has released of this) and two rather rarer tracks in Knocking on Heaven's Door and Stormy Monday. A nice bonus to a great album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A collection of Clapton tracks that show him at his very best., 25 Jan. 2015
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Stephen Reid "Stephen" (Basingstoke) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Slowhand (Audio CD)
I was bought the 2 CD set as a present, through Amazon, and am delighted to own it.

The original album was Clapton's high point in terms of sales in the 1970s. It starts with three tracks that have become Clapton standards over the years: 'Cocaine', 'Wonderful Tonight' and 'Lay Down Sally'. Rarely has an album started with three tracks of such high standard.

Clapton was touring at the time this album was recorded and it was an easy decision to take his touring band into the studios with him. They were used to playing with each other and had become a tight unit, and this is amply demonstrated on this record where the musicianship is of the highest quality. The vocals included contributions from Yvonne Elliman, of whom Clapton writes with great affection in his autobiography. She has a wonderful voice, There is also some very tight tempo-strict percussion from Jamie Oldaker - a feature of this drummer and therefore of this album.

Sometimes Clapton's vocals sound a little hoarse: he had kicked his drug habit at this time but was severely affected by his use of alcohol. Nevertheless all the tracks are excellent. The album concludes with 'Peaches and Diesel' an instrumental on which Clapton achieves a wonderfully rich tone in his playing.

If I have a criticism of this album, it is that, just when it sounds as if he's going to embark on an extended guitar solo, Clapton cuts its short. But that is made up for on the live album in the deluxe edition. Here we have some excellent performances, culminating in 'Badge', 'I Shot the Sheriff' and 'Layla'.

'Slowhand' offers a collection of Clapton tracks that show him at his very best. Thoroughly recommended: five stars.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you wanna hang out, you gotta take her out..., 3 Aug. 2005
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Philip Kane "the_amazing_Phil" (Luton, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Slowhand (Audio CD)
Slowhand pulls some damn fine guitaring out of somewhere with this album, Cocaine is a classic, as are most of the tracks, Clapton's style is bluesy as usual and if you're a fan of clappers you should have this album really.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fantastic album!, 25 Mar. 2002
This review is from: Slow Hand (Audio CD)
Slow Hand is definitive Eric Clapton, and a must for old and new fans. For those people who know they would like Eric Clapton but wouldn't know where to begin, then look no further. Slow hand is an essential purchace.
It contains many of his lengendary singniture tunes, from the amazing cover of J.J. Cale's Cocaine to the timeless romance of Wonderful Tonight.
The other songs are far from just album fillers. Each one exhibiting Clapton's legendary skill with both acoustic and electric guitar and showcasing his underated vocal talent.
All in all, an essential addition to any music fans collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Old one are the best, 23 July 2014
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Sadly, the new albums released by Eric are a total change from his older albums and in my opinion very sad. So a trip down memory lane is all that is left for his older fans. This is a great collection of many of his great recording plus some additions that are less know and live. I cannot stand his current ventures so these anniversary releases are a welcome addition to my collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Peaches a-plenty, low on diesel, 29 July 2013
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What lets this otherwise fine 1977 Clapton record down is Eric himself, whose rather underpowered singing and reticent guitar work lets the side down. That`s a pity, as this nine-track disc (I`m reviewing the original album, not the 2-disc deluxe edition - Amazon have lumped them together, as they usually and annoyingly do) is full of great songs.
EC was in the depths of his long period of alcoholism (not to mention the drugs and fags) at this point, and his weakened voice proclaims as much, though not on every track, Wonderful Tonight being one honourable exception, given a peerless, never bettered treatment.
His duet with Marcy Levy on a song they co-wrote called The Core is another joyous highlight, an almost nine-minute tour de force, with Marcy singing her heart out in stirring style.
The opening JJ Cale cover of Cocaine lacks the understated quiet power of Cale`s original (nobody, but nobody, can sing Cale like the man himself) and the Cale-like Lay Down Sally is a good song which could have been even better had Eric`s health permitted.
This goes for the excellent self-penned Next Time You See Her and the lovely We`re All The Way, a Don Williams country song that suits EC well.
May You Never falls far short of the mercurial original by John Martyn, EC making something a touch too pedantic out of a subtly slight song.
Arthur Crudup`s Mean Old Frisco is just fine, while the instrumental closer Peaches And Diesel (by Clapton & his pal Albhy Galuten) is a pleasing way to end this likeable yet frustratingly `incomplete` set of songs.
My four stars testify to my affection for Slowhand - the record and the man - but it could have been so much more powerful, more punchy, and more effective.
I`m no doubt in a minority in thinking that, song-wise, this is a stronger album
than the too often over-praised 461 Ocean Boulevard (though his singing is clearer and more confident on that record) so it`s doubly sad that Eric`s lights are being hidden under bushels on much of Slowhand. It`s stil a fine album, which I play a lot - but always wishing it were that much better...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Personal thing, 4 Jun. 2014
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It was relevant to my wife as the track Wonderful tonight was something that she saida long time ago that I never commented on how she looked and after that I always said "you look wonderful tonight"
It is a personal thing.
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