ERIC CLAPTON The Shape You’re In XL 1549/51





Japan: 1984 – released during that gap when Eric did not tour Japan between December 1981 and 1985, so we know this is not another clandestine ‘live in Japan’ recording passed off as being from a different continent for legal reasons.

Source: Sides 1 up to Further On Up The Road on side 5 recorded as correctly stated at Cologne Sporthalle on 26 April, 1983. Side 5, the last two tracks and all of side 6 are actually from the 4th of December, 1981: Kyoto Kaikan Daiichi Hall. As Japanese bootlegs were not supposed to contain recordings of concerts that took place in Japan, this could not be mentioned on the cover.

Quality rating: ‘Exs’ and now having heard a sample, I would agree.

Matrix: XL 1549/1550/1551 A/B 111/112


1549 A: Tulsa Time / I Shot the Sheriff / Lay Down Sally / Worried Life Blues

1549 B: Let it Rain / Double Trouble/ Sweet Little Lisa (Albert Lee)

1550 A: Key to the Highway / After Midnight / The Shape You’re In / Wonderful Tonight

1550 B: Blues Power / Ramblin’ On My Mind – Have You Ever Loved A Woman? – Ramblin’ On My Mind (reprise) / Cocaine

1551 A: Layla / Further On Up the Road / Blow Wind Blow (listed as ‘Drifting Blues’)* / Motherless Children*

1551 B: A Whiter Shade Of Pale* / Setting Me Up (Albert Lee)* / Another Ticket* / Badge*

*denotes Kyoto 1981 tracks


1983 Tour personnel:
Eric Clapton: Guitar, Vocals
Albert Lee: Guitar, Vocals
Donald Duck Dunn: Bass
Jamie Oldaker: Drums
Chris Stainton: Keyboards


1981 Tour personnel:

Eric Clapton: Guitar, Vocals
Albert Lee: Guitar, Vocals
Dave Markee: Bass
Henri Spinetti: Drums
Gary Brooker: Keyboards, Vocals


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