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Hideaway [Akashic AKA18, 1CD]
Live at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds, Davenport, Iowa; July 27, 1974. Very good to excellent soundboard.
The [1974 US] tour was gruelling: 26 shows, from coast to coast, playing to huge audiences. I found it exhausting. For Eric, after three years of heroin addiction, it was shattering. He coped by drinking. Eric had moved from heroin to alcohol without blinking. He began in the morning and drank all day until four o’clock when Roger Forrester, his minder and later his manager, made him stop. He reckoned that if he could stop Eric drinking at four, he had enough time to sober him up before the show. Eric’s poison was Courvoisier and 7Up but after four, Roger would give him cold tea and 7Up and by that stage in the day he couldn’t tell the difference. The plan didn’t always work. There were times when Eric was so drunk on stage that he played lying flat on his back.
- Pattie Boyd
Eric Clapton’s Davenport, Iowa 1974 show was released in 1999 as Hideaway and was limited to 200 numbered copies. In 2013, Godfather Records released God Is A Guitar Player, featuring the six tracks from Davenport and, as a bonus, added three non-Davenport tracks.
Thanks to ECMM who shared Hideaway on the net in 2006.
Reviewing God Is A Guitar Player at collectorsmusicreviews.com, slowhander wrote:
An audience recording of the Clapton show in Davenport, IA in 1974 has never surfaced and the soundboard recording that exists is just a 50-minute segment. That is not too much, I know, but it’s enough to conclude that this might easily have been one of the better performances of a tour that is well known to have seen Clapton massively drunk in numerous occasions.
The show starts with a fantastic version of Badge, the song that Cream never played live until they reunited in 2005. It is hard to believe but apparently Clapton is in top form not seeming to be intoxicated at all. After the guitar pyrotechnics on the inspired Badge, Presence Of The Lord calms things down a bit. It is an extended rendition that clocks at nine minutes, starting with Clapton on vocals then Yvone Elliman and then both together before Clapton throws in a great solo.
At nearly 10 minutes, Tell The Truth is a piece de resistance which evolves into a true jam session with all band members joining in for what has to be a splendid rendition. A great albeit short blues medley follows now: Hideaway is segued into “Ramblin’ On My Mind” with the former including a fragment of the “Peter Gunn” theme!
Steady Rollin’ Man is the Robert Johnson tune that Clapton rearranged for his 461 Ocean Boulevard album. I always loved the album version so it’s easy to presume a live rendition can’t be nothing but a favourite! On top of this, the performance in Davenport is particularly excellent! Clapton says “Lovely!” as the band members tune up instruments for Blues Power which sees the chords to Badge being played for a few seconds during its intro!
Soundboard recording > cdr > EAC > Flac frontend 6
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Track 01. Badge 7:02 (11.8MB)
Track 02. Presence Of The Lord 9:58 (16.7MB)
Track 03. Tell The Truth 9:55 (16.7MB)
Track 04. Hideaway/Ramblin’ On My Mind 4:57 (8.3MB)
Track 05. Steady Rollin’ Man 6:56 (11.6MB)
Track 06. Blues Power 11:28 (19.3MB)
Eric Clapton - guitar, vocals
Jamie Oldaker - drums
Dick Sims - keyboards
Carl Radle - bass
George Terry - guitar
Yvonne Elliman - backing vocals
Clapton recorded practically every show from his 1974 world tour and all we got was E.C. Was Here and that was from 1974 and 1975. Click here to order E.C. Was Here.
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