Give Me Strength – Th e ‘74/’75 Studio Recordings
The appetite for re-releases with extra tracks is as strong as ever, and here we have both 461 Ocean Boulevard and There’s One In Every Crowd getting a new lease of life in this double-disc presentation. Each features the original 10-track album plus out-takes, several of which have not been officially released before. As an added bonus, the non-album singles of Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door and Someone Like You are also included. The out-takes vary between abandoned songs, run throughs and ideas, but we particularly like the Please Be With Me demo as it’s just Eric singing and playing acoustic guitar. The Crowd extras show how much influence recording in Kingston, Jamaica had on EC as the Bob Marley element was definitely creeping into his material. Happily the blues is still there too. Check out the bottleneck work on It Hurts Me Too; raw and dirty, this is a very moody track. While this release is clearly aimed at devotees it’s still great to hear both albums again.