ERIC CLAPTON Rainbow Concert (1973/1995)

Rainbow Concert (1973)
Back From The Brink

By 1971, Eric Clapton had had enough. Of fame, of drugs, of drama, of love… he’d even had enough of playing the guitar. After the break-up of Derek & The Dominos, Clapton went into hiding. For nearly two years… emerging only to appear at George Harrison’s Concert For Bangla Desh, before again retreating into silence. It took Pete Townshend to get him back on track, booking this concert at the famed Rainbow, selecting the musicians, rehearsing the band and re-presenting Clapton to a public who feared he may have gone off the deep end, some knowing full well about his recent struggles with love lost and heroin. This show would be the official start of Clapton’s resurgence, and – despite the future spectre of death and even more love lost – he would never turn his back on himself again. Originally issued on a shamefully abbreviated LP in 1973, it was expanded for this 1995 reissue, acting simultaneously as a live greatest hits, a current state of affairs, and the kick start of his (finally, truly solo) career. Recorded by Glyn Johns, featuring Townshend, Steve Winwood, Rick Grech, Ron Wood, Rebop & Jim Capaldi – highlighting Clapton’s work with The Dominos, Cream, Blind Faith, George Harrison, The Bramletts and his first solo album, Eric Clapton. “Roll It Over,” Clapton’s & Bobby Whitlock’s ode to anal sex, which you can hear below, first appeared as part of The Dominos’ road show.

Layla (6:26)
Blues Power (6:03)
Roll It Over (4:39)
Little Wing (4:36)
Bottle Of Red Wine (3:52)
After Midnight (4:26)
Bell Bottom Blues (6:26)
Presence Of The Lord (5:18)
Tell The Truth (6:05)
Pearly Queen (4:56)
Key To The Highway (5:47)
Let It Rain (7:47)
Crossroads (4:20)


  • Capt. Willard
    April 8, 2010 - 13:18 | Permalink


  • John Medd
    April 8, 2010 - 18:10 | Permalink

    Wasn't it around this time the Eric Clapton Is God graffiti in London started appearing?

  • Capt. Willard
    April 8, 2010 - 19:09 | Permalink

    1967, according to Wiki.

  • Gummo
    April 8, 2010 - 21:09 | Permalink

    There is a 2 CD boot of the complete Rainbow shows, both afternoon & evening, from the soundboard.

    It's pretty good, but both shows are very similar.

  • Aldo Raine
    April 9, 2010 - 02:46 | Permalink

    At the actual concert they played a 2nd Layla as a final encore.

    Winwood practically carries Clapton on every track. Townshend is all but inaudible.

  • Pythag
    April 9, 2010 - 05:41 | Permalink

    Great UL Willard!

  • Art Ducko
    April 9, 2010 - 05:54 | Permalink

    Great live album, thanks for posting the extended version. Aldo is right about Winwood carrying the show. I keep going back to last year's Madison Square concert with Stevie & Eric, just to hear his contributions. It's also the closest we'll come to a Blind Faith reunion.

  • Timmy
    April 9, 2010 - 17:00 | Permalink

    If ya think about it, this IS a Blind Faith reunion… THANX!

  • Art Ducko
    April 9, 2010 - 23:13 | Permalink

    I've just discovered something monumental in its scope. They weren't saying "Clapton is God". It's "Clapton's a dog"! This has been confirmed by the head of the Paul Is Still Stone Dead fan club. Look at the cover of "There's One In Every Crowd". That's really Eric! All those photos of the guitarist have been carefully airbrushed to mask his true canineness. No wonder Patti divorced him. She probably got tired of all the fleas. More clues to come as we doggedly pursue the facts!

  • Rick
    July 25, 2012 - 17:15 | Permalink

    Thanks for this one. Sorry to say but I’m not a great Clapton fan, except for Derek and the Dominoes and sometimes Cream. This one looks good, though.

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