Eric Clapton - Eric Clapton's Rainbow Concert (1973)

Eric Clapton is a highly influential and successful English guitarist and singer-songwriter.

The 70s had begun well for Clapton in terms of recorded output - a great solo debut recorded with the help of Delaney & Bonnie, and the fantastic Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs, credited to Derek & The Dominos (Clapton with three ex-members of Delaney & Bonnie's band - Bobby Whitlock, Carl Radle and Jim Gordon).
However behind the scenes things weren't so good. He had got himself hopelessly in love with the wife of his friend George Harrison, and developed problems with drugs and alocohol. The Dominos had broken up after a messy drug-fuelled tour, and Clapton then returned to England and went into isolation, nursing a heroin addiction. He resurfaced for the Concert For Bangladesh, but passed out on stage.
In 1973 The Who's Pete Townsend organized a comeback concert for Clapton, at London's Rainbow Theatre, with hopes of him kicking his addiction. An all-star cast was assembled to back him - Townsend and Ronnie Wood (then playing with The Faces) provided guitar support, and the rest of the band was made of members of Traffic - Steve Winwood on keyboards, Ric Grech on bass, Rebop Kwaku Baa on percussion and Jim Capaldi on drums (both Winwood and Grech had played with Clapton in Blind Faith). Clapton was on top form, and with his friends played a mix of songs from his days with Cream and Blind Faith, his solo album, and the Layla album. Winwood also took the vocal spot for a performance of Traffic's "Pearly Queen". The concert was recorded using Ronnie Lane's mobile studio, and a six-song LP was released.
This is the 1995 reissue, which features a full fourteen songs. An excellent live document of a troubled period in Clapton's life.

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