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Eric Clapton: There's One in Every Crowd

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Personnel: Eric Clapton (vocals, guitar, dobro); Carl Radle (guitar, bass); George Terry (guitar, background vocals); Dick Sims (piano, organ); Jamie Oldaker (drums, percussion); Marcy Levy (background vocals).

Recorded at Dynamic Sounds Studio, Kingston, Jamaica and Criteria Recording Studios, Miami, Florida.

All tracks have been digitally remastered.

By 1975, Eric Clapton was coming off the smash success of 461 OCEAN BOULEVARD. If his last album was a cathartic release after coming out of a battle with drug addiction, then THERE'S ONE IN EVERY CROWD was the first record where Clapton could catch his breath. Having become enamored with reggae after riding Bob Marley's "I Shot The Sheriff" to the top of the charts around the world, E.C. chose to record in Kingston, Jamaica. Although recordings of Clapton with Peter Tosh first surfaced over a decade later on the CROSSROADS box set, Slowhand successfully dipped his toe into the reggae pool by way of the loping beat of "Don't Blame Me," along with an infectious take on "Swing Low Sweet Chariot." (He even managed to add an impressive Jamaican patois to his vocal style).

Elsewhere, Clapton returned to the roots of American music via straight-forward gospel ("We've Been Told [Jesus Is Coming Soon])"and blues (Elmore James' "The Sky Is Crying" and Mary McCready's "Singin' The Blues.") Clapton's bypassing of electric guitar for some vastly underrated dobro playing turned his self-penned "Pretty Blue Eyes" and "High" into gems often overlooked in his enormous canon.


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