lunedì 22 aprile 2019

Eric Clapton - 1974-07-06 - Orchard Park, NY (AUD/FLAC)

(Audience FLAC)

Rich Stadium

Disc one
01 Going Down To Brownsville
02 Smile
03 Let It Grow
04 Hideaway (with F. King)
05 Have You Ever Loved A Woman (with F. King)
06 Tell The Truth
07 Willie And The Handjive

Disc two
01 Get Ready
02 Steady Rollin' Man
03 Little Wing
04 Blues Power
05 Presence Of The Lord
06 Little QUeenie

Another rarity from the 1974 tour, just like my other recent uploads this one comes from my old tapes too.
An average audience recording of unknown (but surely low) generation received about 20 years ago from the same great UK collector (I will never say enough "Thank you" to Mal B. who helped me build my collection back in the 80's with his enormous generosity).
You' d better read the wonderful review at
How can you resist ? You HAVE to download it !
This was a little difficult to transfer and edit; infact most of the songs are played nonstop one after the other and sometimes it' s hard to determine when one ends and the other begins !!! And this happens because Eric is so drunk that he starts playing songs without even caring of what his band
is doing !!!
The artwork at geetarz mentions Crossroads after Little Queenie, but I think they wanted to mention the song played with The Band, as Crossroads is not on the tapes (you can also check the "Slowhand tourography" and see that Crossroads was NOT played).
This is a short gig, it doesn' t fit on one CD just for a few seconds, so I had to split it.

Geetarz Comments: Widely reported as the worst show of the 1974 tour, in fact this may be EC's lowest point on stage - ever. Eric is massively, incoherently drunk, and unintelligable at times. As the show begins with EC's 'outroduction' of emcee "Legs" Larry Smith, a member of the crowd shouts out "Clean Up Yer Act!!!!" which really says it all.

EC begins his set with a rambling "Last Train to Brownsville", and then engages in an angry tirade: "To be serious ... one more of them, I'll tell you, and YOU'RE OUT OF HERE! One more of them silly fucking fireworks and you are out of here! Behaviour!"

As if the audience wasn't aware of his state, after "Let it Grow", Clapton shouts "I am drunk and I am ready for fuckin' trouble!". Then, as guest Freddy King takes the stage, "he's strapping on his guitar, moving to the guest spot ... and if you haven't heard of him ... you don't fucking deserve him! His name is Freddy ..." at this point a member of the crowd shouts out "Wanker!", presumably directed at Eric - and probably deserved.

As the solo progresss in "Hideaway", EC simply lets his guitar feed back for bar after bar, while Freddy King solos. Then in "Have You Ever Loved a Woman", after the line 'it's a shame and a sin', EC opines "don't believe them! there's no shame, there's no sin...". Freddie King then proceeds to wipe EC off the stage with his solo. Unfortunately, it's the only high point of this show!

As "Get Ready" begins, the tape source for this CD begins to exhibit lots of wow and flutter, which comes and goes for the remainder of the recording. "Blues Power" ends with the beginning of "Presence of the Lord" which continues on Disc 2. As the band segues into "Little Queenie", EC mumbles "there it is again ... mumble mumble ... what the fuck is going on? ... well, I'm happy to get going - suits me, suits you" and then finally, in what has to be the second most bizarre and/or obscure "Little Queenie" reference from the 1974 tour (the "Martin Borman - Vote Nazi!" comment from the Pittsburgh show takes the #1 slot), EC says "Meanwhile, in Birmingham ... England, that is, not here, in Alabama .... they're making Persian carpets ... at 19,000 quid apiece ... there's only 10 Pakistanis here! They can't be bad - who am I?"

Members of The Band come out and join Eric on a disjointed performance of "Chest Fever" and then by all accounts, carry the drunken Clapton off the stage.

This show is interesting in much the same way as a gruesome car accident beside the highway - you don't really want to look, but there's a certain sick curiosity that makes you! Certainly only a recording for diehard fans

1 commento:

  1. I was at this show. The comments don't tell the whole story of how bad it was. Freddie King was the only guitarist on stage. Had it not been for him the concert would have been even worse if that's possible. Clapton was stumbling about the stage, incoherent. He can say he was drunk but if he was on booze he's a man that can't hold his liquor. He was obviously stoned beyond any help and used the booze to mask his drug use. The ticket prices back then were relatively cheap but he ripped everyone off. It was pathetic to watch this so called "Rock God". I haven't liked him since then. It was so bad that I'd never see him again even with free tickets and a chance to meet him. It was the worst concert I've ever been to. Honestly, I don't think I was ever at a concert that was even mediocre until that day when Freddie was decent and Eric was so bad he couldn't even hold Freddy's jock. Calling him a Wanker was being polite.