Eric Clapton - Undercover '74
Mid Valley Records ©2002
Disc 1: Jersey City, NY - July 7, 1974
Disc 2: Providence, RI - July 10, 1974
Disc 3: Providence, RI - July 10, 1974
Atlanta, Ga. - August 1, 1974
Disc 4: Atlanta, Ga. - August 1, 1974
Jersey City, NY - July 7, 1974
Comments: Another typically excellent Mid Valley release, this time compiling together shows from the 1974 tour. Included in the package are reproductions of the 1974 Tour booklet. Here are some of the highlights:
Disc 1: EC is very "loose" (ie, "drunk"), especially on vocals. On 'Let ir Rain', the band gets into a nice funky vamp at the end. EC quips "mind if I have a drink?" (we think you already had a few too many, Eric!). EC mangles the vocals for 'Key to the Highway' and then, annoyed, sings "when I leave this time, it's the fucking last time !". The band, at least, is agreeably tight, and segues loosely from one track to another beginning with 'Willie and the Hand Jive' all the way through to 'Badge'. Freddie King joins the band for both 'Have You Ever Loved a Woman' and 'Little Queenie'.
Disc 2: EC begins the concert quite annoyed ... understandably so: "I want the guy to who threw the beer bottle to know that he hurt one of my people ... so don't throw things, you've hurt one of us already ...". After the opener of 'Smile', the band goes into a vamp similar to "Singin' the Blues" while EC sings "you don't have to hurt somebody", then calling out "slow blues ... same key", and sliding into "I Loved a Woman". In "Get Ready", Yvonne Elliman gets in a dig of her own, singing "throwing your fucking bottles!!!".
Disc 3: "Layla .... you BITCH !!!!". During "Little Queenie", "... stop the bombs ... NO MORE WAR !!!".
Disc 4: EC is joined by Pete Townshend and Keith Moon for "Baby Don't You Do It" and "Little Queenie". Rounding out Disc 4 is an audience recording of the July 7, 1974 show at Roosevelt Stadium, New Jersey which rounds out numbers not included in the soundboard version. Freddie King guests on this as well.