"Life on Six Strings Volumes 1-3"
"Life on Six Strings" is packaged as three separate CDs. Below I have copied the liner notes
from the covers and the track information. The lineups and cross-references are too numerous to
list. The sound quality is varied. Most of the material has been taken from Japanese CDs that are
now fairly rare. Some of the tracks are a bit hissy, but no more than the original versions were.
The performances are all excellent, but when aren't they? (R.B.)
"Life on Six Strings Volume I" - Montserrat Records -BRCD 1906 - quality varied
This collection comprises little-known songs together with unique performances of some of Eric
Clapton's standard repertory.
Volume I begins with three performances from 1974. While "Let It Grow" was a standard that
year, the version included here is sung in a Dylanesque style that E.C. was never to repeat at
other shows. "Matchbox" has appeared only rarely through the years, and has been captured on
tape even less often, but "Opposites", one of E.C.'s compositions from the album "There's One In
Every Crowd", is performed at this Hammersmith Odeon show for the first and only time. "Burial"
and "Too Lovely To Leave Alone" are both studio outtakes; the former was recorded in
preparation for the album "There's One In Every Crowd" with Peter Tosh on vocals, while the
three versions of the latter are rehearsals of this unknown E.C. song in preparation for his 1975
tour. Neither of these songs was ever released, or performed live in concert. "Keep On Growing"
is yet another excellent performance of a rare song from the Providence show that was so
prominently featured on "Crossroads 2". This version of the song features some intensive guitar
duelling between George Terry and Clapton. The CD ends with a guest appearance from
Freddie King that should be a part of every collection, and an incredible and unique 24-minute
performance of "Blues With A Feeling" & "Stormy Monday".
Let It Grow - - - - - 21/07/74 - - - - - Cow Palace, San Francisco
Matchbox - - - - - 21/07/74 - - - - - Cow Palace, San Francisco
Burial (with Peter Tosh) - - - - - 08/74 - - - - - Dynamic Sound Studios, Jamaica
Opposites - - - - - 04/12/74 - - - - - Hammersmith Odeon
Too Lovely To Leave Alone #1 - - - - - 11/06/75 - - - - - Criteria Studios, Miami
Too Lovely To Leave Alone #2 - - - - - 11/06/75 - - - - - Criteria Studios, Miami
Too Lovely To Leave Alone #3 - - - - - 11/06/75 - - - - - Criteria Studios, Miami
Keep On Growing - - - - - 25/06/75 - - - - - Providence, Rhode Island
Further On Up The Road (w F. King) - - - - - 15/11/76 - - - - - Dallas, Texas
Blues With A Feeling / Stormy Monday - - - - - 30/09/77 - - - - - Shi-Kokaido, Nagoya