By Jeff Cornell
Guitar legend Eric Clapton will release a vinyl-only box set featuring four live albums recorded between 1970 and 1980. The six-piece vinyl collection will arrive on March 25.
The four previously released albums featured in the set are Derek and the Dominos in Concert, Eric Clapton’s Rainbow Concert, E.C. Was Here and Just One Night, which have all have been re-mastered and pressed on heavyweight vinyl.
Derek and the Dominos in Concert was recorded in 1970 and released in October 1973. The live double album features standout renditions of “Why Does Love Got to be So Sad,” “Let it Rain” and the bluesy “Have You Ever Loved a Woman.”
The LP set also boasts Eric Clapton’s 1973 concert at London’s Rainbow with an all-star line-up featuring Pete Townshend, Steve Winwood, Ronnie Wood and late-Traffic drummer Jim Capaldi. It marks the first live recording featuring Clapton playing his signature Fender Stratocaster named “Blackie,” which shines on stellar version of “Badge” and Jimi Hendrix’s “Little Wing.”
E.C. Was Here was released in 1975 and peaked at number 20 on the Billboard album chart. The six track live album features Clapton’s solo takes on “Presence of the Lord,” “Driftin’ Blues” and “Further on Up the Road.”
The final effort in the collection is Just One Night, which was recorded at the Budokan Theater in Tokyo, Japan in late 1979. The double album features classic versions of Clapton’s solo hits “Cocaine,” “Wonderful Tonight” and “Lay Down Sally,” as well as incredible versions of “Double Trouble” and “After Midnight.” It peaked at number two on the Billboard album chart in 1980.
Eric Clapton: The Live Album Collection is available for preorder at Amazon. It will be released on March 25, just five days before the three-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s 71st birthday.