Released in 1975 a year after his comeback album 461 Ocean Boulevard, There’s One In Every Crowd is a fantastic followup album containing some of Clapton’s best work. It’s an album from his catalogue that’s often overlooked and even though it may not be as good as it’s predecessor it’s still an all round solid album.
When starting this piece on my top five favourite albums from the 1970’s I didn’t think it would be as difficult as it turned out to be. Three of the albums were a sure lock from the very beginning, the first three you’ll see below, but the last two needed some extra thinking.
Eric’s return to to the stage in 1974 saw him free from a certain demon for the first time since his Dominos period but a new demon had taken it’s place in the form of alcohol. As a result, there are a number of bootlegs from shows in 1974 that show Eric at his very worst. Unable to sing in key, unable to play like he once did, it’s one of the saddest things to listen to as a Clapton fan. But there were a number of shows where things came together brilliantly and this show at Frost Amphitheatre at Stanford University on the 9th August 1975 is one of them.
Three years since Clapton’s last studio outing Old Sock, Slowhand returns with a very down to earth and laid back album which in many ways is more of a successor to 2010’s Clapton than Old Sock was. Containing a collection of hand picked blues covers alongside original Clapton numbers, I Still Do sees Clapton retain the title of England’s all time greatest blues player, a title he will never lose.
Coming four years after Clapton’s last studio output, 461 Ocean Boulevard was the album he needed to steady the ship going forward. Since the release of Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs with Derek and the Dominos in 1970, Clapton had witnessed the disintegration of the Dominos, the death of Duane Allman and had remained holed up in his Surrey home, too paranoid to venture outdoors due to the cocktail of drugs he was on at the time.