Win: Eric Clapton Live Album Box Set

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ERIC CLAPTON THE LIVE ALBUM COLLECTION 1970-1980 4 ALBUM, 6 PIECE VINYL-ONLY BOX SET AVAILABLE MARCH 25th, 2016 This spring sees the release of all of Eric Clapton's live albums from his recording period with Polydor/RSO,1970-1980. Each album here has been newly remastered and pressed on heavyweight vinyl. Capturing live concerts in New York, California, Rhode Island, Tokyo and London, the collection includes Eric Clapton's 1973 concert at London's Rainbow with an all-star line-up featuring Pete Townshend, Steve Winwood, Ronnie Wood and Jim Capaldi. (PRNewsFoto/Universal Music Enterprises)

The Eric Clapton live album box set captures live concerts in New York, California, Rhode Island, Tokyo and London. Each album here has been newly remastered and pressed on heavyweight vinyl.

No you’re not seeing double. Last month, Best Classic Bands held a Contest where we gave away a copy of Eric Clapton: The Studio Album Collection 1970-1981. (The prize was awarded randomly to BCB reader Sherry.) It proved to be so popular that we’ve decided to do a follow-up Contest for Universal Music Enterprises’ just-released Eric Clapton The Live Album Collection 1970-1980.

This box set contains all four of the classic rock icon’s live albums from the years he recorded with Polydor/RSO – on vinyl: Derek & The Dominos In ConcertEric Clapton’s Rainbow ConcertE.C. Was Here and Just One Night.

Double album Derek & The Dominos In Concert was recorded at the Fillmore East in New York in 1970 and released in 1973, and features songs like “Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad,” “Let It Rain” and “Bottle Of Red Wine.” It’s a scintillating performance by one classic rock’s greatest if also short-lived and ill-fated bands.

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Eric Clapton’s Rainbow Concert was cut at London’s Rainbow Theatre in early 1973. It features an all-star lineup (Pete Townshend, Steve Winwood, Ronnie Wood and Traffic’s Jim Capaldi) and was a pivotal event in Clapton’s ascent back into his career after a hiatus brought on by his addictions. (See our On This Day item here.) It was also the first live performance where Clapton used his famous Stratocaster guitar “Blackie.” (Read more about it here in our list of rock “class axes.”)

E.C. Was Here collects 1974 and 1975 live concert highlights from three shows — London, Long Beach CA and Providence, RI – on Clapton’s first full tour when he returned to action. The gold-certified Just One Night was recorded at the Budokan Theatre in Tokyo, and it reached #3 in the U.K. and #2 in the U.S. Its guitar interplay between Clapton and Albert Lee atop Eric’s well-seasoned road band mark it as a favorite Clapton work for Best Classic Bands‘ editor.

So what are you waiting for? Enter our contest to build or re-build your Eric Clapton collection stat! Since only one of you will win, we’ll understand if you can’t wait and want to buy one right away via the link below…

No purchase necessary. Deadline for entries is 11:45PM Eastern time on April 19, 2016. For complete Best Classic Bands contest rules, click here.

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