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.
1977 saw the release of Clapton’s Slowhand album, a serious return to form after the disappointing No Reason To Cry in 1976. Even though the opening track Cocaine was originally written by JJ Cale, it’s a song Clapton has made his own over the years and certainly a song he is now totally associated with as a result. Below is the isolated vocal track from Cocaine.