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Thanks to Scott Hazard for the amended back cover.

Criteria Studios 1975 [no label, 4CD]

Criteria Criterion Studios, Miami, Florida; June 11, 1975. Very good soundboard (2nd Generation).

Thanks to mjk5510 for sharing the tracks at Dime.

mjk5510 noted:

From what I can tell there are five different silver releases for Eric Clapton’s 1975 Miami tour rehearsals:
EC In Person’s “1975 Tour Rehearsal” 2CD
Silver Rarities’ “Tour Rehearsals 1975” 2CD
Extremely X Rare’s “Living On Blues Power Vol. 1 & 2” 4CD
Elements Of Crime’s ‘”Complete Miami Rehearsal ‘75” 4CD
Mid Valley’s “Bad Pool Player” 4CD

I’m pleased to add to that what I believe is the first version from known lineage, this comes from my second generation tapes taken directly from Jamie Oldaker’s reels.

Up to this point I had not wanted to do a transfer of my tapes because I felt I wouldn’t be able to get the best out of the tapes with the equipment I had at the time. With the assistance of my JEMS partners, I am now in a position to get the best possible digitization out of the tapes. Once the transfer was complete I sent off a sample of the files to the good Professor Goody’s lab for a pitch check.

Once that was complete I found there was still much work to do, I listened back to the entire set noting any glitches, pops, clicks and rough transitions. I then compared any irregularities to the circulating silver versions that I had and found that the largest offenders appeared to be present in all copies. I’ve spent countless hours fixing all the irregularities that could be repaired without damaging any of the music, I’d estimate well over 50 irregularities were repaired from static bursts to the tiniest pops and clicks. Just casually listening I would not have thought there would be very much spectral work to do but you’d be surprised how many minor flaws there are that you don’t really “hear” until you really listen closely. From what I can tell everything I repaired is present on all versions (at least the ones I have).

I’m always curious about the length of tracks on sets that have multiple takes, I’ve notated in the notes and the cover the length of the actual song for each take, not the total track length but of the actual song itself excluding dialogue, tune ups and general noodling.

So when it’s all done is this an upgrade? Well, it depends on your perspective. I’ve always found the silver releases to be excellent quality but on the flat side losing much of the natural highs and lows, which can be a by-product of using software to cut hiss. This 2nd generation version has some hiss present between songs and during the quieter “Misty Roses” takes. However, the frequency spectrum is really quite nice, the highs are high, mids are mid and lows are low, distinct and sitting nicely where they should be and “Blackie’s” beautiful tone is fully present. As we move towards the end of the set, as happens on the silvers as well, the quality ticks down just a touch and becomes a bit more flat losing a bit of the striking highs and lows.

I’d say if you like to consume your music totally hiss free but living in the mid ranges, and there is nothing wrong with that, then I’d stick to the silvers. If you are ok with a bit of hiss during the quieter segments and like a wider airy open sound this just might be for you. For you purists out there the music is as it was coming straight off the tapes, no eq or hiss reduction of any kind was used, the only tweaking was the above mentioned repairs to any irregularieties.

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Jamie Oldaker reels > 2nd Generation Tape > Nakamichi DR-01 (azimuth adjusted) > Sound Devices USB Pre2 > Audacity 1.3.11 > iZotope RX / Ozone 5 (mastered) > Peak Pro 6 (post production) > xACT 2.37 > FLAC

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Disc 1
Track 101. Motherless Child 1 (in progress) 1:15
Track 102. Motherless Child 2 5:35
Track 103. Motherless Child 3 5:06
Track 104. High 1 3:54
Track 105. High 2 5:18
Track 106. Tuning 2:02
Track 107. High 3 3:39
Track 108. High 4 4:34
Track 109. Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad 1 6:19
Track 110. Bell Bottom Blues 1 6:08
Track 111. Keep On Growing 1 7:03
Track 112. Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door 1 5:42
Track 113. Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door 2 5:54
Track 114. Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door 3 6:20
Track 115. Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door 4 5:39
75 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Eyesight To The Blind 1 2:49
Track 202. Eyesight To The Blind 2 2:45
Track 203. Eyesight To The Blind 3 0:39
Track 204. Eyesight To The Blind 4 4:07
Track 205. High 5 4:14
Track 206. Motherless Child 4 (various takes) 1:23
Track 207. Motherless Child 5 4:07
Track 208. Teach Me To Be Your Woman 1 5:06
Track 209. Teach Me To Be Your Woman 2 4:49
Track 210. Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door 5 4:03
Track 211. Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door 6 5:12
Track 212. Layla 8:16
Track 213. Mainline Florida 8:31
Track 214. Easy Now 2:43
Track 215. Twist And Shout 1:13
Track 216. After Midnight 1:02
61 mins

Disc 3
Track 301. Let It Grow Riff 0:17
Track 302. Green River 0:48
Track 303. Jamming 1:36
Track 304. Eyesight To The Blind 5 6:21
Track 305. Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door 7 6:00
Track 306. It’s Too Late 4:27
Track 307. Well Alright 2:09
Track 308. Keep On Growing 2 6:16
Track 309. Bell Bottom Blues 2 8:15
Track 310. Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad 2 5:49
Track 311. Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door #8 6:16
Track 312. Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door #9 6:33
Track 313. Misty Roses 1 2:45
Track 314. Misty Roses 2 1:43
Track 315. Misty Roses 3 0:43
Track 316. Misty Roses 4 0:39
Track 317. Misty Roses 5 1:11
Track 318. Misty Roses 6 1:54
Track 319. Misty Roses 7 2:02
Track 320. Misty Roses 8 2:30
69 mins

Disc 4
Track 401. Jamming 4:05
Track 402. Bell Bottom Blues 3 6:03
Track 403. Keep On Growing 2 4:02
Track 404. Misty Roses 9 0:59
Track 405. Eyesight To The Blind Riffs 2:49
Track 406. Eyesight To The Blind 6 5:04
Track 407. Keep On Growing 4 6:18
Track 408. Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad 3 3:35
Track 409. Bell Bottom Blues 4 4:08
Track 410. Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door 10 6:45
Track 411. Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door 11 7:20
52 mins

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  1. 19 Responses to “ERIC CLAPTON - CRITERIA STUDIOS, MIAMI 1975”

  2. A Treasure Trove

    By Trevor Rivcharsdon on Oct 5, 2017

  3. Criteria not Criterion

    By Rottin' Rich on Oct 5, 2017

  4. Anyone know how this compares to the lost archives pathfinder set?

    By Pizza Thomas on Oct 5, 2017

  5. Great set but to my ignorant ears these sound slow to me.

    By oneL on Oct 5, 2017

  6. Ole Limp dick is back

    By Ule on Oct 5, 2017

  7. Bebe said Eric had a big cock but it wouldn’t get hard.

    By Tony C on Oct 5, 2017

  8. Hello Rich


    By bigozine2 on Oct 5, 2017

  9. These huge nuts arnt bouncing slow , but very fast ON YOUR CHIN.

    By oneLMORON on Oct 5, 2017

  10. Show some gratitude for this great free music Asshole.

    By oneLMORON on Oct 5, 2017

  11. Really would like to sit down with the Guy’s that do all this work. Hours spent on making music right from years old tapes. Dedication for the love of music. Thank’s for all your time. There is appreciation from all the Music Lovers of this site and more. Would just be lovin’ the stories these Guy’s would share. I Salute you for sharing your accomplishments.

    By popa c on Oct 5, 2017

  12. agree 100% popa c.

    By dropkicksarge on Oct 5, 2017

  13. Any Carpenters would be appreciated.
    (did Bebe’s Buele & Bob’s Tony go poo-poo on the drool drips from their chin???)

    By Tammy on Oct 5, 2017

  14. Once again, thank you BigO.

    By Brian Griffin on Oct 5, 2017

  15. That is so right on, popa c! Thanks to everyone of the persons saving musical history, and those who make all of that available to us, even those that are poor. You make our lives feel richer, and I appreciate BigO - the best!

    By ScarRad on Oct 6, 2017

  16. popa c is a troll, why else would he be so fucking illiterate. The sooner this crap heap of a website Closes down, the Better. I’t all come’s from othe’r Site’s anyway so why not go there directly?

    Your’s truly the apostroph’e dic’k.

    By poppa c on Oct 6, 2017

  17. the pretend groupies are ruining this fabulous musical treasure trove.

    By sluggo on Oct 6, 2017

  18. Pizza Thomas, check this out may help

    By skinned knees on Oct 6, 2017

  19. Line Up; Jamie Oldaker, Dick Sims, Yvonne Elliman, Marcy Levy, George Terry, Carl Radle

    By Liam NSW on Oct 6, 2017

  20. Sluggo I hardly notice the trolls and winkle riff prepubescent schoolboy humourists anymore. Certainly doesn’t spoil anything for me. As I have said many times you don’t go to Youtube for the comments. I come here for the music as do most folks. You have see the front page visitor counter haven’t you?
    As for poppa c if you don’t like it you know where to go
    There’s the door
    Back home to momma I guess
    and I won’t guess what the ‘C’ stands for!

    By Anthony Can't on Oct 6, 2017

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