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Eric Clapton – 461 Ocean Boulevard

461 Ocean Boulevard is a 1974 album by blues rock musician Eric Clapton. In creating his first album after quitting heroin and his second after the dissolution of Derek & the Dominos, Clapton was under pressure during the recording of 461 Ocean Boulevard, but the album received rave reviews upon its release.

On later pressings of the album and the Polygram CD, “Give Me Strength” was pulled because a songwriter claimed she was the composer and had not been credited (Clapton was originally listed as composer). It was replaced with the track “Better Make It Through Today”, (dropped from the re-release) which was recorded in September 1974 and originally released on the “There’s One in Every Crowd” album in April 1975.

In 2004 a remastered two-disc “deluxe edition” of 461 Ocean Boulevard was released. The second disc included in the packaging features a live concert which was recorded at the HMV Hammersmith Apollo (formerly the Hammersmith Odeon). The first disc also has a few new added tracks which are various studio jam sessions.

The title of the album is the address of a house on Golden Beach in Miami where Clapton was living in at the time. The house is also the one featured on the cover. In 2003, the album was ranked number 409 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

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