The Lost Polydor Tapes “Archives Pathfinder” is an October 2001 Mid Valley release. Over six discs, this covers outtakes and alternate mixes from three albums over a five year period. Eric Clapton, released in 1970, his first solo album, 461 Ocean Boulevard was issued in 1974 and is considered to be one of his best solo releases, and its follow up There’s One In Every Crowd which wasn’t as successful. These three make up his first three true solo albums (Layla released under Derek And The Dominos).
This set is authoritative simply because, despite the list above, titles with Clapton studio outtakes are very rare, unlike title for The Beatles and The Rolling Stones which are simply out of control. Archives Pathfinder is the only comprehensive collection documenting any time period of his career. And the sound quality is uniformly excellent for all the volumes.
Vol. V = Outtakes and Alternate mixes Album "There’s One In Every Crowd"
After 461 Ocean Boulevard was released, Clapton went on his first solo tour beginning with two warm up dates in Scandinavia followed by almost two months in the US. The quality of performances hovered between horribly self-indulgent, drunken spectacles and concerts which shows off his legend. Following the final show on August 4th in Florida, he and the touring band convened in Jamaica to record a follow up.
There’s One In Every Crowd was recorded between August 28th and Septemer 18th at Dynamic Sounds Studio in Jamaica. The musical style continued in the vein of “I Shot The Sheriff” with heavy reggae overtones, but also included were gospel and of course more blues. There is also unique (for Clapton) forays into Beatlesque arrangements, something he wouldn’t duplicate in the future and is one of the unexplored facets of his work.
Emphasizing this, disc five starts off with an instrumental run through of “Pretty Blue Eyes.” The arrangement is almost identical to final version including the long Beatlelike instrumental passage in the middle. It is followed by a five minute heavy blues called “Fool Like Me.” A nine minute instrumental take of “Singing The Blues” follows. The studio cut is three and a half minutes and Clapton sometimes performed a nine minute version of the song live, but this studio outtake isn’t too interesting since it’s only the melody played for the duration with little to no soloing.
Several takes of a song called “I Found A Love” follow. Usually, when a song remains unreleased after almost thirty-five years there’s a reason why. However, there doesn’t seem to be any reason for this. It is an uptempo rocking song and is a true undiscovered jewel. Several takes are included including a pure instrumental and several vocal takes with a feedback drenched guitar melody. But the final polished take is driven by an aggressive piano to supplement Clapton’s guitar. It’s a fun sounding song which deserves official release. A loose, sloppy and drunken version of Carl Perkins’ ”Matchbox” follows.
Two takes of Elmore James’ “It Hurts Me Too” follow. A live version would be recorded and released twenty years later for From The Cradle, played at a faster tempo than these studio cuts. “Swing Low Sweet Chariot” is an alternate take, but the same arrangement, of the song that would be included on There’s One In Every Crowd. “The Sky Is Crying” is the same take found on the album but without the piano. Finally, “Better Make It Through The Day” and “Don’t Blame Me” are the same cuts as on the album with with a bit longer count-ins.