Eric Clapton to Mark 35th Anniversary of ‘Slowhand’ With Supersized Re-Release
'Slowhand,' Eric Clapton's most successful '70s album, is being repackaged and re-released this fall, with up to 14 previously unreleased tracks on multiple formats. 2012 is the 35th anniversary of a recording that features many hits that still make his live show today. It will be available on Nov. 26.
In addition to to the original nine-track album that includes 'Cocaine,' 'Wonderful Tonight' and 'Lay Down Sally,' fans can choose between five editions of the album that feature an expansive array of treats and unreleased songs. The cost of each has not yet been revealed.
The simplest option would be the digital version of 'Slowhand,' which still features four session outtakes. According to Clapton's website, these four unreleased songs are 'Looking at the Rain,' 'Alberta,' 'Greyhound Bus' and 'Stars, Strays and Ashtrays.' Vinyl LP and single CD versions of the album don't include the four bonus songs.
A two-disc deluxe edition includes the album and four outtakes, plus a nine-song live album recorded one week before Clapton began recording 'Slowhand' at Olympic Studios in southwest London in May 1977. Five of the live songs from that performance have never been released. Amongst them are a lengthy version of 'I Shot the Sheriff' and 'Layla.'
The Clapton bonanza is in the Super Deluxe Edition, which includes everything in the deluxe edition, plus an audio-only DVD of the original album, a fourth disc with five addition live songs from the 'Live at Hammersmith Odeon' show and the original album on vinyl. Tour programs and a behind-the-scenes book also come with the most extensive box set. Also, the packaging replicates the original Fender amplifier tweet used in the recording.
After its original release, 'Slowhand' remained on the Billboard American album chart for 74 weeks after spending five weeks at No. 2. It's an essential album in the Clapton collection.