May 13, 2011 – 11:54 am

And so was the bottle.

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Smile 1974 [ZigZag Records, 6CD]

Live in North America. All soundboard recordings. Excellent stereo.

Eric and Patti. Bottle hidden from view.

This was Clapton’s comeback tour recorded for a live album. The live album released was E.C. Was Here which featured performances from 1974 and 1975 at the Long Beach Arena, at the Hammersmith Odeon, at the Providence Civic Center.

Although now partnered with Patti Harrison (the inspiration for Layla), Clapton took to the bottle and some of the shows in 1974 were quite hair-raising affairs. We’ve written about this tour before. Follow the links below.

This bootleg captured three of the many shows. Great sound.
- The Little Chicken

You can read our previous comments of this tour here:
We have also shared from a different bootleg source the July 4 show here.

Eric Clapton’s show on July 7 is equally sloshed - click here.

Here are two shows on June 30 and much later on Sept 29 where Clapton remains under the bottle’s influence.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released.

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Live at the Music Park, Columbus, Ohio; July 4, 1974.
Disc 1
Track 101. San Francisco Bay Blues (2.6MB)
Track 102. Easy Now (6.5MB)
Track 103. Smile (6.7MB)
Track 104. Let It Grow (10.8MB)
Track 105. Can’t Find My Way Home (10.7MB)
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Track 106. Introductions (6.1MB)
Track 107. Key To The Highway (14.7MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 107. Key To The Highway (megaupload link)
Track 108. Willie And The Hand Jive (10.6MB)
Track 109. Get Ready (18.6MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 109. Get Ready (megaupload link)
Track 110. Little Wing (13.0MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 110. Little Wing (megaupload link)

Disc 2
Track 201. Mainline Florida (18.6MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 201. Mainline Florida (megaupload link)
Track 202. Layla (10.2MB)
Track 203. Presence Of The Lord (17.9MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 203. Presence Of The Lord (megaupload link)
Track 204. Badge (7.9MB)
Track 205. Little Queenie (12.4MB)
Track 206. Crossroads (10.9MB)

Live at the Forum, Montreal, Canada; July 9, 1974.
Disc 3
Track 301. Smile (6.9MB)
Track 302. Easy Now (5.6MB)
Track 303. Let It Grow (9.1MB)
Track 304. Layla (9.6MB)
Track 305. Have You Ever Loved A Woman (9.8MB)
Track 306. Let It Rain (10.1MB)
Track 307. Willie And The Hand Jive / Get Ready (19.9MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 307. Willie And The Hand Jive (megaupload link)

Disc 4
Track 401. Presence Of The Lord (9.4MB)
Track 402. Badge (11.5MB)
Track 403. Steady Rollin’ Man / Crossroads (15.0MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 403. Steady Rollin’ Man (megaupload link)
Track 404. Mean Old World (6.0MB)
Track 405. Little Wing (13.3MB)
Track 406. Little Queenie (6.8MB)
Track 407. Blues Power (12.5MB)

Live at the Coliseum, Denver, Colorado; July 24, 1974.
Disc 5
Track 501. Smile (6.9MB)
Track 502. Easy Now (5.2MB)
Track 503. I Shot The Sheriff (11.5MB)
Track 504. Let It Rain (9.7MB)
Track 505. Willie And The Hand Jive / Get Ready (19.8MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 505. Willie And The Hand Jive (megaupload link)
Track 506. Badge (11.7MB)
Track 507. Presence Of The Lord (13.7MB)

Disc 6
Track 601. Tell The Truth (13.7MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 601. Tell The Truth (megaupload link)
Track 602. Mainline Florida (12.1MB)
Track 603. Mean Old World (10.9MB)
Track 604. Blues Power (17.2MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 604. Blues Power (megaupload link)
Track 605. Steady Rollin’ Man / Crossroads (18.8MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 605. Steady Rollin’ Man (megaupload link)
Track 606. Layla (12.7MB)
Track 607. Little Queenie (4.8MB)

Eric Clapton - guitar, vocals
Jamie Oldaker - drums
George Terry - rhythm guitar
Carl Radle - bass
Dick Sims - keyboards
Yvonne Elliman - 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. 23 Responses to “E.C. WAS HERE, THERE AND EVERYWHERE”

  2. hey bigo, is there much difference about this columbus show cause you offered bottle rocking last year?



    By Ed Saad on May 13, 2011

  3. wow..this is painful..I saw some of this tour and one night they ended with an encore of bottle of red wine and lip synched it .
    They were walking all over the stage pulling from various bottles while the song was coming over the p.a.
    The Eric clapton of the yardbirds, powerhouse, cream and blind faith was not the eric clapton here..glad he cleaned up..

    By sluggo on May 13, 2011

  4. thanks a lot Bigo,like today is christmas,i will not miss this one,1974 is the best period
    and very creative for him :)

    By easynow on May 13, 2011

  5. More Clapton- keep them coming! Thanks, bigO!

    By Namoosedog on May 14, 2011

  6. agreed with Ed. This is painful to listen to. It’s crazy how some bands can perform while whacked out of their minds and others just go to sh*t.

    I appreciate you posting this, but I’m not going to download it - it’s too hard to listen to.

    By Eric on May 15, 2011

  7. Agreed about how I’d rather not listen to Eric sloshing through these sets, BUT…
    for that shot of Patti’s bod, it’s all worth it!

    By lowendbill on May 15, 2011

  8. thanks for this one.sometimes you just gotta take the bad with the good.it’s not really that hard to listen to.lets not be fair weather fans.he’s put out plenty of great classic stuff and gone through a lot of crap so give him a break.just shows you he’s really not “god”

    By btlfan on May 15, 2011

  9. Great Thanks for this Show of E.C. i hope we can see the other 4CD’S

    By Udo on May 16, 2011

  10. Some of the tracks recorded in the summer of “74 have been officially released, though not any from this set. The “Crossroads 2″ box set contains several tracks recorded at Long Beach Arena on July 20, 1974 per the liner notes. The “Driftin’ Blues/Rambling on My Mind” medley is especially entertaining for the Gearoge Terry/Clapton interplay. Check out “Presence of the Lord” for the fact that EC seems to be moderately sober! Makes a great comparison to this set.

    By Johnny Kinkdom on May 16, 2011

  11. Even when EC’s at his worst, he’s still better than most at their best!

    By Hulkzilla on May 17, 2011

  12. OK! All I gotta say is thank you thank you thank you! I have waited for 37 years to see this Montreal show become available. I was there and I have nothing but good memories of it. By all accounts Eric was quite together for this one and my memories back that up. I’m on the second track listening now and I like it. Yeah it’s just like I remember it. Three acoustic tune that was like a beautiful hello. Then Eric turns to look at a few Stratocasters lined up on stands behind him and before he even touches one, the crowd goes absolutely snake mad crazy. Layla was offered up and then he switched gears (literally changed pickups) into HYELAW. Awesome. Yes! I was on good drugs that night and I was left speechless. Let it grow and we’ll see how the rest of the tracks stand up to time. ty
    Hi Tony
    For the record I have heard many first hand stories of “God” crawling on the stage (Buffalo anyone?) but definitely not in Montreal

    By Jim Chisholm on May 19, 2011

  13. Wow, Sluggo remembers the Powerhouse! I wonder why that was so short-lived, I still own the vinyl - and a CD! Eric, while not in top form by any means still outplays 90% of these critics and 50% of his contemporaries, so I won’t stoop to the critic level. Now if I was paying $150 a ticket (or $300, like for a Cream reunion a couple of years ago) I’d expect better. Nice to see proof that “God” is human. Thanks for the posting, waiting for the Denver (hint).

    By HytekFred on May 21, 2011

  14. The Powerhouse version of Crossroads is still my favourite , well, next to the live cream version we all love !
    I want to Know is a classic brit rave up and steppin` out, is nasty!
    Too bad there was never a full lp or tour..

    By sluggo on May 21, 2011

  15. I checked out “Little Queenie” from the Ohio set, and it lived down to the adjective “embarrassing.” He mixes in ad lib’ed sing-song about July 4th, perhaps a soccer song, and various rude comments. What is missing is decent guitar playing of the famous Chuck Berry riffs. Especially disappointing when one hears him play Berry tunes elsewhere, such as in the “Hail Hail Rock ‘N Roll” movie (especially check out the bonus disc 2, which has great footage of rehearsals with Clapton, Keith Richard, Robert Cray and a great band supporting Berry). It is obvious why Mr. Clapton never let this part of the tour get out. I am a bit amazed they even allowed it to be recorded in the first place, but perhaps they were too drunk to notice. Thank goodness for sobriety — I am glad he made it back out of the hole he was in during this performance.

    By Janania on May 21, 2011

  16. P.S. — The Montreal version of “Little Queenie” is much better, though still a ragged. It appears the label was very picky in assembling the “EC Was Here” album, which features stronger performances than these ones.

    By Janania on May 22, 2011

  17. Sluggo, the BEST (almost anyway apart from the awful mistake in the middle) wersion of Crossroads is San Diego 1968-10-20, Ginger must have found a Happy Pill or 2 because he’s playing double time. Puts a whole different perspective on the somg. I think a portion of it is on the LD I own, I have a SB of the show; too bad it wasn’t recorded a wee bit better and Clapton didn’t have his monitor on! Catch it if you can. I agreed with you 100% until I heard this version. Could have been the first time that “GOD” showed he is human.

    By HytekFred on May 22, 2011

  18. San Diego 1968-10-20 rocks..the Cream is dead.LONG LIVE THE CREAM !!!!!

    By sluggo on May 22, 2011

  19. Haven’t listened to these yet, but as a completionist I will download all six. I will have to say, though, it appears that the songs that made it onto EC was Here were about the only really listenable ones. I am a Clapton fan inside and out, and unfortunately, he was not at his best on most of these shows.

    It is almost surprising, because I know how whacked out on horse he was for Bangladesh, and he still managed to kill on WMGGW with George. Guess he was nearing rock bottom at this point, and as other posters have said, thank God he cleaned up!

    Still kinda good to have for historical reference, though, and there are a few shining moments (however brief) in all of these shows…

    By jdunaway65 on May 31, 2011

  20. you are right about bangladesh, he looked like death warmed over then..thank goodness he cleaned up.

    By sluggo on May 31, 2011

  21. Check out this aricle written by Patti Boyd:

    By BOBBYORILEY on Jun 1, 2011

  22. Interesting to hear how drunk/drugged Eric sounds like on Layla (track 202). And he was paid well for playing so ripped to boot.

    By JALtheImpaler on Jun 9, 2011

  23. I live just outside Providence, and I was at the disastrous Civic Center show. I’m glad it was not included here.

    By O.B. Dan on Sep 8, 2011

  24. Top!
    Thank you very much.

    By Bob on Aug 30, 2012

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