Clapton's Slowhand to Receive 35th Anniversary Edition Releases

The 1977 album will be remastered and released in a multitude of packages.

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Eric Clapton has a body of work that spans many of the decades that rock and roll has been around. With his developing work with The Yardbirds supergroup, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Cream, Blind Faith, and Derek & The Dominoes, and his naturally occurring solo efforts that began with the Delaney Bramlett-produced Eric Clapton eponymous release, Clapton has left fans with a rich catalog of gems.

One of them is 1977's multi-platinum Slowhand, which single-handedly sent three singles high up the charts. Those songs, "Cocaine," "Lay Down Sally," and "Wonderful Tonight" are indicative of the warmth that permeates every second of Slowhand.

EricClaptonSlowhand35th.jpgSo it's no surprise that the album will be re-released in a 35th Anniversary Edition with the contents of the album being remastered. With a collection of additional material to be expected (as of this writing, there is no information concerning what will make up the entirety of this Special Edition), fans are sure to be happy. (Personally, I'm saddened that we didn't see a similar treatment, even if it was a small one, of Slowhand's 1976 predecessor, No Reason to Cry, a widely ignored Clapton classic.)

On November 19, Polydor Records will release several versions of the newly remastered Slowhand that will include the standard CD issue, a two-CD Deluxe Edition, a three-CD/one-DVD/one-LP Super Deluxe Edition, and a single LP set. It is expected to also contain an updated booklet (with perhaps a beefed up hardbound book for the massive Super Deluxe Edition).

Eric Clapton's fans are many. Undoubtedly, this news will produce excitation in their hearts.

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