ERIC CLAPTON - LIVE IN THE U.S.A. 1974

September 8, 2011 – 5:03 am

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ERIC CLAPTON
Three Smiles [EC Is Here 155/156/157, 3CD]

461 Ocean Boulevard USA Tour, 1st leg. Disc 1: International Amphitheater, Chicago, IL; July 2, 1974. Disc 2: Memorial Stadium, Memphis, TN; July 28, 1974. Disc 3: Legion Field, Birmingham, AL; July 29, 1974. Very good soundboard.

Here is a nice addition to the six-CD Smile 1974 set.

Thanks to the person who shared the tracks on the net in 2006.

The following review came from HotWacks.com:

Three Smiles is a three-disc set featuring three soundboards from Eric Clapton’s first tour as a solo artist of North America. It began on June 28th in New Haven and ended six weeks later on August 4th in Palm Beach, Florida. A second leg, lasting two weeks was also done in late September and late October. The performances were erratic and had some high points like the July 20th show in Long Beach and lows like Buffalo on July 6th.

The three soundboards in this collection come from the first week in Chicago and the final week in Memphis and Alabama. These three tapes are very similar in sound quality. They are very good but high generation soundboards that are clear and enjoyable but somewhat dull, flat and hissy. They aren’t the best documents but are appealing to collectors since they contain some very interesting performances.

The first disc is the soundboard from the first of two concerts at the International Amphitheater in Chicago. This tape was previously released on commercial boot on God Was Here (FAP-012/013) on the old Clapton label Further Along. That label wanted to cut down on the hiss but left the metallic crunch and distortion all over tape that was unfortunately very common several years ago.

EC Is Here left the tape pretty much alone so the hiss is present and so are the upper frequencies. This version is also a minute longer with more of the introduction, beginning with Legs Smith saying “Clapton!!!!” and Clapton saying “how about it? Can you dig it?… It’s nice to be back again”. There are some changes in sound quality during “Let It Grow” that sound less jarring on this release than God Was Here. Overall this sounds much better than the older release and is a definite improvement.

The set list for this tour is notable for beginning with several mellow acoustic numbers that gradually build in intensity to the electric jaming jamborees. “Smile” opened every show and was followed by either “Let It Grow”, “Easy Now” or “Can’t Find My Way Home” or any combination of the three.

This show has all but “Easy Now” with Clapton introducing the band early including his “out of tune” guitar Blackie right before “Blues Power”. George Terry plays a nice guitar solo in “Let It Grow”. “Willie And The Hand Jive”, “Get Ready” and “Let It Rain” are all segued together. The tape ends with “Presence Of The Lord” with the encores, if any were played, missing like on all three of the tapes in this collection.

The Memphis show had Clapton headlining a bill that included a band called Ross followed by Foghat and Lynyrd Skynrd. This soundboard tape was released previously on Fire Power as I Can’t Hold Out (FP-08). Three Smiles is more than four minutes longer than the older version. Fire Power also enhanced the tape to make it more rich sounding wheras this sounds much more dull and flat.

Except for the length this isn’t an improvement at all. There are two massive cuts on the tape where “I Shot The Sheriff” cuts out after five minutes and most of “Layla” is cut, fading in for the final two minutes of the song. But the show is noted for the great arrangement of “Easy Now”, which starts off very quiet on acoustic with the band joining in later. “Crossroads” is also played in a new arrangement that is more blues oriented rather than the Cream version, which is more rock.

The third disc is a soundboard that claims to be from the evening following the Memphis gig at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama on July 29th. This is a previously undocumented and unreleased tape. There is no mention of the state, city, venue or date but it seems to be genuine. It has a beginning very similar to the July 20th Long Beach soundboard with the introduction and Clapton saying “Legs Al!… If we’re all sitting comfortably we’ll begin” before “Smile”.

Long Beach was used for a bogus July 30th New Orleans release on cdr, but the difference is that Clapton says “Legs Al” once instead of twice and doesn’t say “oops a daisy” as he does in Long Beach. After doing a comparison with all of the known set lists from 1974 this is doesn’t match any. WGPSEC (who this is I do not know) also can confirm this is, as far as he can tell, an unique tape so we can take this as face value.

The Alabama tape is very similar in tone to the other two in this collection, probably why they are all grouped together. It sounds like a high generation tape with some hiss present and overall sounding a bit dull. There is a cut before “I Shot The Sheriff” and a small one in “Tell The Truth”. And also like the other two there are no encores present.

The acoustic beginning is very short with fast versions of “Smile” and “Let It Grow”. It sounds like Clapton is impatient and wants to go electric early. “This one’s for Donner and Galadriel” he says before “Layla”. “Willie And The Hand Jive” is paired with “Get Ready” as usual on this tour but the definite highlight of the set is “Tell The Truth”. Clapton’s jams are very inventive and he ends the song by playing The Beatles’ “Norwegian Wood”. “Let It Rain” is the set closer for only the second known time on this tour. It is a tape that will interest Clapton collectors because it is new and authentic and for that reason Three Smiles is worth having.

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Disc 1
International Amphitheatre, Chicago, IL; July 2, 1974
Track 101. Smile (7.8MB)
Track 102. Let It Grow (8.7MB)
Track 103. Can’t Find My Way Home (12.5MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 103. Can’t Find My Way Home (megaupload link)
Track 104. Blues Power (13.2MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 104. Blues Power (megaupload link)
Track 105. Have You Ever Loved A Woman (12.4MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 105. Have You Ever Loved A Woman (megaupload link)
Track 106. Tell the Truth (14.1MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 106. Tell the Truth (megaupload link)
Track 107. Willie And The Hand Jive (10.1MB)
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Track 108. Get Ready (7.6MB)
Track 109. Let It Rain (9.0MB)
Track 110. Key To The Highway (8.8MB)
Track 111. Presence Of The Lord (9.4MB)

Disc 2
Memorial Stadium, Memphis, TN; July 28, 1974
Track 201. Smile (8.6MB)
Track 202. Easy Now (7.4MB)
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Track 203. Let It Rain (14.2MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 203. Let It Rain (megaupload link)
Track 204. Willie And The Hand Jive (16.1MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 204. Willie And The Hand Jive (megaupload link)
Track 205. Get Ready (9.2MB)
Track 206. Tell The Truth (19.6MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 206. Tell The Truth (megaupload link)
Track 207. I Can’t Hold Out (13.3MB)
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Track 208. Badge (15.7MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 208. Badge (megaupload link)
Track 209. I Shot The Sheriff (7.7MB)
Track 210. Layla (2.3MB)
Track 211. Crossroads (11.2MB)

Disc 3
Legion Field, Birmingham, AL; July 29, 1974
Track 301. Smile (8.1MB)
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Track 302. Let It Grow (10.4MB)
Track 303. Layla (9.4MB)
Track 304. Willie And The Hand Jive (12.2MB)
Track 305. Get Ready (9.5MB)
Track 306. Key To The Highway (13.3MB)
Click here if you reside in the Americas
Click here if you reside in Europe
Click here if you reside in the Asia-Pacific region
Track 307. I Shot The Sheriff (15.1MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 307. I Shot The Sheriff (megaupload link)
Track 308. Badge (16.2MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 308. Badge (megaupload link)
Track 309. Tell The Truth (17.8MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 309. Tell The Truth (megaupload link)
Track 310. Let It Rain (14.2MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 310. Let It Rain (megaupload link)

Lineup:
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 on the link to buy E.C. Was Here.

  1. 56 Responses to “ERIC CLAPTON - LIVE IN THE U.S.A. 1974”

  2. hey bigo, this looks good. i’ll get it. it’s not everyday a show from b’ham, al is offered so i’ll get the whole 3 cd set.

    more mary shows!!! i got two cd’s in the mail from her yesterday which are electric fruit which is her, weasel walter and peter evans and actionspeak which is tomas fujiwara and the hook up. i’ve been wanting to here those two all year. now i have 18 cd’s of hers, one mp3 album and i bunch of shows on mp3 and cd-r’s. she’s one of my favorites. i collect her and carla kihlstedt!!!

    well me and mary’s seven year anniversary is coming up in 22 days. we met here in b’ham, al at zydeco when she played here with trevor dunn’s trio-convulsant on 9.29.04. yes, they opened for the melvins. dunn trio was definitely was one of the best club shows i’ve been to. i have no idea if that show was recorded or not, but, i’d take any dunn trio show, if one is on dime. thanks!

    best,
    ed

    By Ed Saad on Sep 8, 2011

  3. Brilliant, have been looking for this for ages.
    Really looking forward to hearing the Memphis & Birmingham shows. Many thanks.

    By CaptainGuitar on Sep 8, 2011

  4. hey ed — can u not make this site your private blog please? thanks.
    no one really cares about your relationship with mary (whoever the fuck she is) or what cds u are trading with her or which items on this site u are downloading.
    try to comment about the items that are being offered or if u can offer pertinent info that might help or correct the info offered or add to the info or something along those lines. see where im coming from?
    i am sure that i speak for 100s if not 1000s of others with my posting here. please dont ignore me.

    By darth on Sep 9, 2011

  5. hey darth, you’re a jerk. mary and carla k are stars unlike yourself.

    i thought, i told you and everybody else not to read my posts, if people don’t like what i write. i will post, if i feel like it. i don’t hear bigo complaining. i don’t hear anybody complaining but you, darth.

    as for people not caring about what i write about, you are wrong as usual. bigo wrote me this morning and was asking me about mary so go elsewhere if you don’t like what i have to say and quit cursing. you’re just showing your ignorance.

    ed

    By Ed Saad on Sep 9, 2011

  6. darth is right. Saad is a stone in the shoe in this otherwise excellent site… (will you also get this…eddie?)

    By Tired of Saad on Sep 9, 2011

  7. Who`s darth?I could care less for his comments.

    By frank on Sep 9, 2011

  8. thanks frank. i know who’s cool. darth and whoever has no guts and can’t put his real name and has to resort to tired of saad is just lame and a poser just like darth is.

    i am merely expressing my enthusiasm about music in general. if people like it, great. if not, i don’t care. i am still going to post on bigo whether people like it or not.

    if you want to learn about new exciting music, then listen to mary halvorson, carla kihlstedt, anthony braxton, etc., if not listen to lady gaga. there’s something on bigo for everybody.

    nobody is forcing anybody to read my posts. i don’t read darth’s posts. i only read them if they are complaints about me.

    thanks for reading.

    ed

    By Ed Saad on Sep 9, 2011

  9. Darth,Why so much hate? If you don’t like Ed’s posts skip over them.I enjoy them.Ed has a great love of music and has turned me on to many cool links.The use of four letter words in your post goes to show how much class you have.Anyone can swear.Swearing is something children do to get attention.Act like an adult.Chill out. Peace.

    By Bill H. on Sep 9, 2011

  10. hey bigo, i’ve been trying to let this go now for two months +. i’m starting to take it personal. i keep trying to let it go, but darth and his cronies won’t let it go. i keep getting attacked, for no reason. i am going to keep posting on bigo. i’m not dong anything wrong. my posts stand out. if i’m wrong, then why did bigo write me? why do people find me on facebook and tell me they love my posts? it’s cause i’m the real deal, i’m a real fan, and people actually know me. so if you don’t have anything nice to say about me on bigo, don’t say anything. keep it yourself. i keep it music. you do the same.

    thanks,
    ed

    By Ed Saad on Sep 9, 2011

  11. thanks bill! you rock!!!

    best,
    ed

    By Ed Saad on Sep 9, 2011

  12. Guys! I always (since I first found out about this site quite a while back) have found this a cool place to come to and see what new has been offered.There’s more often than not a variety of music here and I enjoy everyone’s posts.Ed’s just letting you know what he’s been up to and hinting hinting about Mary.(My obsessions and still to some extent was and is The Doors w. Humble Pie a close second).Darth,3yrsnojob and others most always hip me to some new info about the roios here and the artists too.
    It’s all good and temporary (as is the roios)…and then we’re all on to the new ones!

    By matt_the_cat on Sep 9, 2011

  13. World peace! We can’t even have peace in Singapore. Love the site.Long live BIGO.

    By tunafan on Sep 9, 2011

  14. tunafan, check out cro-mags-the age of quarrel. there’s a song on it called world peace. you made me laugh.

    right matt the catt. mary rules!!! i’m working on her b-day batch now. :)i get a ton of music sent to me in the mail and some stuff i like more than other stuff so i pass some of it on to others who may like, listen to it more than me. there is no shortage of music in my house that’s for sure.

    definitely check out the zorn-verona, italy show bigo offered last year in jan. it’s my favorite!

    best,
    ed

    By Ed Saad on Sep 9, 2011

  15. I find it really odd that anyone would start a concert with ‘Smile”…I like the arrangement, but an opener ?..
    does everyone realize that Charlie Chaplin wrote this song ?
    peace out kids…

    By sluggo on Sep 9, 2011

  16. right sluggo. cocaine would have ruled as an opener or sunshine of your love to get the crowd going.

    best,
    ed

    By Ed Saad on Sep 9, 2011

  17. well this was before “Cocaine” so that`s ruled out..Motherless Children was from this period..a great rocker that would have worked well..

    By sluggo on Sep 9, 2011

  18. Ed okay Darth, you so mean to him,love your brother and forgive those even if they are not sorry!

    By Happy Jap on Sep 9, 2011

  19. Smile, though your heart is aching
    Smile, even though it’s breaking
    When there are clouds in the sky
    You’ll get by…
    If you smile
    With your fear and sorrow
    Smile and maybe tomorrow
    You’ll find that life is still worthwhile if you’ll just…SMILE

    This Charles Chaplin tune was also a favourite of Michael Jackson. The assumption is that both Jackson and Clapton, at the time recovering from an addiction or three, found comfort in the lyrics and the bittersweet melody. Much like Sinatra and others found strength with Paul Anka’s My Way.

    1974 was a very difficult year for Clapton, so it seems. Have never read his biography, perhaps other readers can clarify.

    Cheers to all

    By Admin on Sep 9, 2011

  20. right happy jap. listen to yosuke yamashita. he’s like a japanese cecil taylor. if you’re not familiar with either, both play piano. only yosuke plays his on fire. three years ago bigo offered a KILLER show by him. i got it!!!

    right sluggo. i just threw cocaine out there cause it’s one of my favorite clapton songs. well nsu then. it’s another cream song. that’s before 1974.

    best,
    ed

    By Ed Saad on Sep 9, 2011

  21. Ref Smile: At the Municipal Auditorium, St Louis on the 25th July 1974, EC introduced ‘Smile’ as a “song written by Norman Wisdom and it’s called called ‘Grin’”. Always liked that. Many thanks BigO for this superb EC
    collection.

    By CaptainGuitar on Sep 10, 2011

  22. i did not post as tired of saad. i dont use put my full real name on here for the same reason that no one in their right mind would. u dont know that my name isnt darth either now do u? i dont have cronies. if i am the only one who has complained then what do u mean cronies? i am glad that i have a few people who seem to agree with me however. all i did was post once asking u to try to make your postings about the item at hand. keep it on topic. it isnt important to the rest of us if u might dl anything. try to put yourself into the shoes of the readers and imagine whether or not we would want to read the stuff u are posting.
    u claim u dont read my postings unless such and such. how can u know this until u have read it? i cant believe u made an entire page worth of postings out of my one request for u to tone down the constant messages that are so off topic that it is bordering on ridiculous. im not asking u to stop posting. that would be absurd. i dont run this site and its not my place to suggest that u not post to it in an area where everyone has the right to. all im suggesting is that u try to make the postings less grating on some of our nerves. i know i dont speak for everyone. i dont hate u. i couldnt hate u. i just want u to be a little more conscientious when posting. thats all. the solution isnt for me to not read your postings. at least i hope it isnt. just try to think about it. thanks. peace.

    By darth on Sep 10, 2011

  23. well i use my real name, darth, cause i don’t have anything to hide. i don’t think we’re doing anything wrong here by downloading music that’s for free. we don’t post it. we just download it. it’s not the old days of napster, winmx, morpheus or kazaa. those days did rule, though.

    now see you’re not cursing and you’ve said everything above before. yeah, i get off the topic sometimes so? as a result, people find me on facebook and want to be friends. i have no problem with that. then somebody read something i said about clifford thornton-the gardens of harlem and told me where i could find so people are in tune with what i am saying here. the ones that don’t like it don’t have to read. skip my posts. usually i don’t read yours, but what i normally do is take my mouse and highlight the topic and see what boot it is. i knew eventually you’d say something.

    plus, i’ve said this before that i talk to people on bigo as if we met at a show. i’m friendly and most people on here seem to be just the ones with attitudes that i may not have the most knowledge about procol harum or i may want the complete show or a stone in the shoe or whatever else is lame. it’s just you and i get into it or some petty nonsense and it gets attention.

    now i’m done.

    download some braxton.

    best,
    ed

    By Ed Saad on Sep 10, 2011

  24. so sad for you Saad. post what you like, but i’m with “darth” all way. you’re a pain in the …

    By jackfan on Sep 10, 2011

  25. Lets get constructive, not destructive, guys. Big O, is it possible to add just one more blogging post in the music section. It would be for General Music Discussion. People could meet there and discuss all kinds of music topics that don’t pertain to a current specific ROIO post by Big O. You could call it GMD, or Free Wheelin’ or what ever you like. People could talk about whatever music interests them, or talk about cool music sites, or about artists they like, or what concert they just saw, or how they handle the music they dl, etc. I think this would please a lot of people who would like to share about music and how it impacts them, people like Ed Saad. Treat it like a work refrigerator. Everything gets thrown out Thursday night using a set GMT time. That way it will always be fresh again Friday morning to start the weekend. If anyone wants to check out the comments, they have to get to it before Thursday night, for instance. Then, that frees up the comments area for each specific ROIO that Big O has available for download. If anyone starts to stray off subject, we can remind them to go the the Free Wheelin’ Zone for non-relevant discussion. Of course, if you were to say “This particular artist sounds like so and so”, you’re still on topic, but if you have a long explanation why, you can always say “meet me at the Free Wheelin Zone” so I can explain. Both sides of this mini-debate get what they want. But of course, Big O really doesn’t have any obligation to do anything about our petty disputes.

    By 3yrsnojob on Sep 10, 2011

  26. i’m done with the above. however, i wish people would use their real names on here. i use it cause i get stopped by people who have read my posts on here and articles that were published in the you review section of city scene of the b’ham news. that rules.

    anyway that sounds ok to me, 3yearsnojob. or a chat box like on some blogs. those are helpful. that’s how i got the alice cooper and deep purple shows i was at and looking for a couple weeks ago.

    best,
    ed

    By Ed Saad on Sep 10, 2011

  27. One more 74′ boot in the bascket,that’s cool :)
    thanks Big’o’

    By easynow on Sep 10, 2011

  28. The real stars in this site are the music, the artists and the people who give their treasures for all of us. We are only the fans. Nevermind our names. I put the name Lobo to represent me because I like and because the site allow me to do it. It’s not a matter of guts. Even “BigO” is a nickname. My opinion is that Mr. Saad pretend to be kind of “fan-star” of the blog (’the real deal’, as he used to called himself), and his “you have no guts” and “I’ll tell you what good music is” attitude doesn’t help him at the time of discuss his point. I respect him, though, and sometimes I have fun when read him.
    No need to argue. No need of dismissing me with your disrespectful responses, Mr. Saad. It’s just my humble point of view.
    Agree with 3yrsnojob.
    And Clapton rules!!!
    Love

    By Lobo on Sep 11, 2011

  29. Ed, Darth and Frank this is great. I hope you all keep posting. I will read them while walking. Love this site.

    By RastafErion on Sep 11, 2011

  30. ..you know what? We’re all music geek/nerds here-I personally like the flow of info as well as the almost daily turnover in (for me) new music.I have no problem using my real name-Matt IS my first name. I like 3yrs idea as well.
    Ed-I’m no procol harum expert but IMHO the Trower era was the best-’Whisky Train’ is a good example.’Conquistador’ (W. The Edmonton Symph Orch.) is my favorite song.

    By matt_the_cat on Sep 11, 2011

  31. yeah matt, i got the ten years after and procol harum budokan shows. well i played procol harum twice, and i seemed to like it better the first time i heard it. it’s apparently one of those shows i have to be in a mood to hear. i like ten years after, but the seattle show bigo offered in feb or march is really good. i need to drop it on my ipod. i was listening to ac/dc melbourne tonight. it’s a good one.

    there was a robin trower show offered last year that really rules called neptune rising. get it, if you don’t have it. it’s hendrix. it’s one from the phil cohen collection. he posts on here sometimes.

    best,
    ed

    By Ed Saad on Sep 11, 2011

  32. u know what ill do? i think ill download this. but not now maybe later. i have things to do now. maybe when i come back. i have things to do now. i think ill list my daily schedule for everyone since everyone here wants to know about my entire life and daily schedule. i wonder if mary would like this? i love mary. u know what i like? i like bread? do u all like bread? i think ill go buy some bread. i like milk. i think ill go buy some milk too. do u all like milk? i like milk and bread. i think mary likes milk. i wonder if mary likes milk and bread. i wish i could drink milk and bread at concerts. i once went to a concert in birmingham alabama in 1992 with a quart of milk but i forgot to bring the bread. does that count? did anyone go to that concert? im still looking for pictures that anyone might have taken of me at that concert with my milk. i still remember my milk from that day. it was good milk. i like milk. i met mary at that concert. i shared my milk with mary that day. she liked my milk. i wish everyone likes mary the way i like mary. i wish i wasnt as annoying as i am to everyone. but i dont care. i will continue to be as annoying as i fucking can be. i dont care about anyone except myself. the more annoying i am the better. i get off knowing i am annoying people. in fact now that i know i am annoying people i will post 10x as much as i did before just to annoy people more than i did before. now where did i put my milk and bread and mary. am i talking enough about shit that doesnt matter on here to annoy everyone yet or do i need to keep going so that i alienate everyone? i am sure that if i try hard enough i can really push everyone over the edge so badly that i can ruin this site so badly that people stop coming here. imagine that. one idiots ramblings can get so annoying that people actually avoid an entire site because of me. whodathunk? i bet i can do it. watch me. bet me.
    btw–if i made anyone laugh i did my job. thank u.

    By Ed Saad on Sep 12, 2011

  33. i told you i was done with this. not funny at all. you suck, darth, or whoever you are imposter. you’re still lame and you’re still cursing and showing your ignorance.

    if you and everybody else are unhappy with bigo and me posting, by all means leave. go elsewhere. i’m still going to post weather anybody likes it or not.

    By Ed Saad on Sep 12, 2011

  34. this is the real ed saad. i did not post the comment above that starts with the letter u. that sounds like darth to me. he sucks.

    i’ll say it again: if anybody is upset with me for posting a bunch of here, that’s not my intention. i’m only having fun and keeping it music. if one is unhappy with me posting a bunch, by all means leave. there are lots of cool blogs out there. it’s unfortunate cause bigo is a great site. i have turned a bunch of people onto it. for as many people who are upset with me, i’d say it’s equal with the people who aren’t upset. i’d rather move on, but darth won’t let it go. i’m trying to.

    thanks,
    ed

    By The Real Ed Saad on Sep 12, 2011

  35. Ed, you’re a cool guy. So what if you sometimes digress a little? Most of your digressions are interesting, and even if one doesn’t interest me, it’s easy to skim over it and go on to the next comment. I don’t understand the unpleasantness.

    By MrBill on Sep 12, 2011

  36. right mrbill. thanks.

    it’s possible even hateful and mean spirited darth might be alright in person. we may even like some of the same bands. i’m not in any rush to find out, though.

    i’m just trying to make some new contacts and friends. i made a few on facebook from bigo.

    you know avant-garde music isn’t that popular. it has a small following so i enjoy it when somebody posts about a braxton show or one of mary’s shows.

    stay cool.

    best,
    ed

    By The Real Ed Saad on Sep 12, 2011

  37. Thanks to everyone who wrote in. We are in the process of setting up a forum for readers to talk about things other than music. In the meantime, we hope readers will return to the music and, as always, be civil and not let things get personal. If we can’t get along here…

    By bigozine2 on Sep 12, 2011

  38. fair enough, bigo, but i still want that comment removed that i didn’t write. you can remove the next few under as well.

    thanks,
    ed

    By The Real Ed Saad on Sep 12, 2011

  39. Thanks for the Clapton, bigO. I wish I could sound half as good as he did when he was melting down. Even the tracks where he forgets the words or changes the tune in the middle are great. The fact that he came out of it, stronger than ever, means there is hope for all of us.

    By NAMoosedog on Sep 12, 2011

  40. Leave Ed Saad alone. I find his comments interesting and enthusiastic and about the music.

    By JamWel on Sep 12, 2011

  41. This thing with Ed Saad is moving from amusing to frightening. If you don’t like his posts don’t read them. But to post as him sends things to a whole different level and is creepy and bordering on bullying.I know Ed and he does not use foul language that is how I know it is not him posting.Knock it off before things get really crazy and big-o shuts things down. GROW UP ACT LIKE AN ADULT !!!

    By Bill H. on Sep 12, 2011

  42. on sunday at 4pm vh1 in the usa ran 6 hours of the concert from 10 yrs prior from mad sq garden and an hour or two into the show was clapton with buddy guy where they did two songs together. then at the end paul mccartney did about 5 songs and eric wailed in the background on the final one. both of ec’s songs are on youtube and im sure most if not all of pauls are also including the final one with eric. i am sure the entire concert was released on dvd and cd to pull in money for the families of the victims etc. altho i dont know for sure. im just assuming.

    if there are any clapton fanatics out there there is one track i am trying very hard to find that i still havent been able to find. on his most recent studio cd there were 4 bonus tracks depending on where u got the cd. i have 3 of these. i need the 4th.
    im not actually looking at my folder and im forgetting which one i need. haha. but its either i was fooled or midnight hour blues. i think i have the first one so i need the latter i believe.
    the other two are you better watch yourself and take a little walk with me. i have both of these. i believe that the first of these is a live version from a few years ago. if i am correct then i have the right track. the cd itself has 14 tracks on it. there are as i mentioned 4 bonus tracks which means there are a total of 18 tracks for the clapton cd from one year ago.
    if u want more info let me know.
    if anyone can help me with the track i am missing.. thank u. [email protected]

    By darth on Sep 13, 2011

  43. Thanks, great recordings. As usual, you always make my day!

    By Alberto Boschini on Sep 18, 2011

  44. Ed Saad - ROCK ON!
    I enjoy your posts so please keep it up…

    By TDC on Sep 20, 2011

  45. thanks tdc. definitely download this clapton. i liked the legion field show. i saw pink floyd there 5.1.94. they were good, even if roger waters wasn’t there. i wish i could find mp3’s of it. i saw roger waters perform the wall last nov 18 at philips arena in atlanta, ga. it ruled. i bought a bootleg shirt on the street. i have the show on two cd-r’s, and i got the two wall shows bigo offered last year from toronto and chicago.

    best to you,
    ed

    By Ed Saad on Sep 21, 2011

  46. Glad to see you’re back Ed. What this musical community here at BigO needs is solidarity. Everyone should have the ability to voice their opinion on things (We were given that right here in America, fortunately.) Anyways, let’s hope that everyone is adult enough to move on and enjoy what we’re really here for is the music. Sure, there’s other blogs where you can get the released tracks BigO won’t offer, but that is just the way BigO operates. They at least have some form of integrity. You are still free to decide if you want to get them elsewhere. Not many blogs take the time to give you pertinent info on the music being offered, as well as teaching you something you may not have known about the music or artists that they post. Let’s hope everyone can get back to business as usual, enjoying all BigO has to offer and respect them that they don’t have to do this for us music-hungry minds. Peace out…..

    By John Branin on Sep 21, 2011

  47. cool john. thanks. yeah, for 3 years and a half + i have gotten some of the best boots from bigo, and all of mine are complete i am happy to say. yeah, i do frequent blogs and find other cool stuff that isn’t offered here. be nice if bigo could find flac’s of metallica-assassin, felt forum, nyc, ny 12.1.86 and put it up for download in mp3. it’s an nice lp boot and one of the early shows with jason newsted as new bass player. i found the mp3’s yesterday, but blizkrieg is cut. it’s annoying that people just don’t check the rips. bigo does, and usually out to the side it will say fades out, cut or in the inherit copy like on the clash-passaic, nj show. i got the metallica-bbc radio theatre show that was offered three years ago, and they had to take it down cause it was one they were selling on their site. old shows can be shared. even they give away some of their old shows of livemetallica.com.

    best to you,
    ed

    By Ed Saad on Sep 21, 2011

  48. Keep on posting Ed, and just ignore the trolls.

    By xavieronassis on Sep 21, 2011

  49. thanks xavieronassis!!!

    man, i got a good kiss show today. it’s from kyoto, japan 3.26.77. all the hits. definitely download cleveland 76 that bigo offered a few months ago. it’s good. any old kiss show with black diamond on it is good.

    best to you,
    ed

    By Ed Saad on Sep 21, 2011

  50. I find these Clapton shows rather interesting. Thanks for sharing more BigO

    By Matt on Nov 3, 2011

  51. The good news: I was at the Legion Field concert…

    The bad news: I always wondered what he played :)

    thanks

    By Mike Smith on Mar 6, 2012

  52. Top!
    Thank you very much.

    By Bob on Aug 30, 2012

  53. Hey, thanks for the blog.Really thank you! Awesome.

    By Aryanna Bullen on Sep 7, 2012

  54. looking for a pic of EC playing 12 string martin he was playing on these “let it grow recordings”. I have the guitar but cant find any pics? thank you

    By yihn leegand on Sep 11, 2012

  55. type “eric clapton martin 12 string” into google images. I did, first pic that showed up was a nice colored shot of Eric playing a 12 string.

    By sluggo on Sep 11, 2012

  56. ED YOU ROCK!!!

    more clapton always appreciated…how about the ’slowhand’ tour? i love ‘the core’!

    By metaljohn333 on Dec 8, 2012

  57. one of the best concert ever still rember it
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    By charles on Sep 19, 2013

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