My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Original album is tracks 1-8.
Brief Background: 461 Ocean Boulevard was recorded in Miami during April and May of 1974. The album was released in July of the same year. The album is named after the address of the house he was living in while recording the album.
What I think: If you’ve read my previous posts, you know the Eric Clapton just isn’t my thing and this album really isn’t any different. I was excited to hear his cover of “Willie and the Hand Jive” and really like the music, but his vocal take in that high register seems like a mistake to me. “I Shot the Sheriff” happens to be one of my least favorite songs ever, no matter who is doing it. I don’t know what it is, but I just have a very core dislike of the song.
Despite the overall aversion to Clapton, he was able to win me over with the ballad “Let it Grow”. I especially love the backing vocals, which really have a George Harrison feel to them. I also really enjoy the final fun loving track “Mainline Florida”. It’s a great feelgood song and a good way to end the album.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I’ll let it belong. I’m not a fan, but I know this belongs despite that.
Rating (Out of 5): 2.5
461 Ocean Blvd Amazon Review (Out of 5): 5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (245/316)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 77%