7472-2 Eric Clapton's Rainbow Concert
Produced by Jon Astley and Andy Macpherson
Released on September 10, 1973
UK CHART POSITION #19 . . . US CHART POSITION #18
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K ronomyth 2.0: THE RAINBOW CONNECTION. You know the story, so I’ll spare you the gory details. Suffice it to say that Clapton finally came out to play, and Townshend comes out smelling like a rose. The original Rainbow concerts consisted of two shows (both on January 13, 1973), billed as Eric Clapton and The Palpitations, and you could rightfully expect some with the likes of Clapton, Townshend, Steve Winwood, Ron Wood and supporting members of Blind Faith and Traffic sharing the same stage. Despite conditions that were ripe for failure (Clapton’s heroin habit, a scant 10 days of rehearsal), the concerts were an unqualified success and showed that Clapton had lost little of his edge and ability. The resulting elpee, unfortunately, was a heavily abridged version of the concerts reduced to six tracks including one by Traffic (“Pearly Queen”) and a little-known Derek & the Dominos b-side, “Roll It Over.” If you bought that elpee, you got rolled indeed. The 14-track remaster is an act of atonement that draws from both shows to present something much closer to the actual concert experience, in chronological order with only two tracks missing (“Why Does Love Got to Be So Sad,” “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out”). If you see the original elpee in a used record store somewhere, smack it for me. Then go buy this expanded remaster, because there’s a shortage of miracles in the world and this is surely one of them. Two bad it took 22 years to roll around. I’d rank this as the most essential of Clapton’s live records, and then I’d tell you confidentially that live records aren’t really made to be listened to over and over. They’re reference documents, like a thesaurus. As you slough through Clapton’s mediocre studio albums and wonder why people bothered showing up at all, return to the Rainbow and your faith in the man’s star presence will be renewed.

TRACK LISTING

    Original LP track listing
  1. BADGE
  2. ROLL IT OVER
  3. PRESENCE OF THE LORD
  4. PEARLY QUEEN
  5. AFTER MIDNIGHT
  6. LITTLE WING

    1995 Expanded CD track listing
  7. LAYLA    (Eric Clapton/Jim Gordon)    6:24
  8. BADGE    (Eric Clapton/George Harrison)    3:18
  9. BLUES POWER    (Eric Clapton/Bobby Whitlock)    5:20
  10. ROLL IT OVER    (Eric Clapton/Bobby Whitlock)    4:11
  11. LITTLE WING    (Jimi Hendrix)    4:36
  12. BOTTLE OF RED WINE    (Eric Clapton/Bonnie Bramlett)    3:51
  13. AFTER MIDNIGHT    (J.J. Cale)    4:25
  14. BELL BOTTOM BLUES    (Eric Clapton)    5:26
  15. PRESENCE OF THE LORD    (Eric Clapton)    5:18
  16. TELL THE TRUTH    (Eric Clapton/Bobby Whitlock)    5:52
  17. PEARLY QUEEN    (Steve Winwood/Jim Capaldi)    4:55
  18. KEY TO THE HIGHWAY    (Charles Segar/Willie Broonzy)    5:46
  19. LET IT RAIN    (Eric Clapton/Bonnie Bramlett)    7:11
  20. CROSSROADS    (Robert Johnson)    4:18

CREDITS

ERIC CLAPTON -- lead guitar & vocals
JIM CAPALDI -- drums
RICK GRECH -- bass
JIMMY KARSTEIN -- drums
REBOP -- percussion
PETE TOWNSHEND -- guitar & vocals
STEVE WINWOOD -- keyboards & vocals
RON WOOD -- guitar & vocals
Glyn Johns -- engineer
Jon Astley -- remixing
Andy Macpherson -- remixing
Bob Pridden -- original album producer & mixing
Ray Coleman -- liner notes (1995)
Wherefore Art? - package design (1995)
Barrie Wentzell and Robert Ellis -- photos (1995)

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK/AUSL/GER/ITA/NZ September 1973 RSO LP 2394 116 gatefold cover
US September 10, 1973 RSO LP SO-877 gatefold cover
FRA 1973 RSO LP 2479 116 gatefold cover
JPN 1973 RSO LP MW-2080 gatefold cover
JPN   RSO LP MWX-4032  
US July 25, 1995 Polydor CDX 7472-2 digital remaster w. bonus tracks

 

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