There ain’t enough goin’ on down here (to the … to the … to the … to the Mainline)

On August 31, 1974, Eric Clapton’s 461 Ocean Blvd. was #1 on the Billboard Top LPs & Tapes chart for the third week in a row. The album, Clapton’s second solo release, received lukewarm reviews from critics and includes his only #1 single in the United States — a cover of Bob Marley’s “I Shot the Sheriff.”

The LP’s title refers to the address in Golden Beach, Fla., where Clapton lived while making the album.

My favorite track is the George Terry song titled “Mainline Florida.” Terry played guitar and sang on the album. By 1974, Clapton had overcome his heroin addiction. Some believe the song refers to that, but the Florida Turnpike is also known as the Mainline.

Aug. 31, 1974's Top LPs

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3 Responses to There ain’t enough goin’ on down here (to the … to the … to the … to the Mainline)

  1. Still a fine pop-rock album.

  2. Geezer says:

    I remember so many people not really liking this album — or the next one, “There’s One in Every Crowd” — but I just loved it. I don’t know that I really got the connection to the Tulsa Sound back then. Now — or in 2012 — Rolling Stone has put it at position 419 in the realm of the 500 most super fantastic albums of all times. Hm.

    Oh well. My favorite 461 Ocean Boulevard story comes to light thirty years after the fact, when Jamie Oldaker was putting together his “Mad Dogs and Okies” album with people like Bonnie Bramlett, JJ Cale, Eric Clapton, Willis Alan Ramsey, Taj Mahall, Willie Nelson, Tony Joe White. This would have been around 2003/2004/2005. The album came out in 2005. And, anyway, I couldn’t believe that Leon Russell wasn’t on that album. He refused. Why? Because in 1973, while Oldaker was getting ready to go on tour with Russell, a call came from Clapton. Clapton was getting ready to start recording Boulevard. What an opportunity for the then twenty-two-year-old Oldaker, eh?

    George Terry and Eric Clapton Dobro Jam

    Oldaker and Clapton thirty years later, covering a Willis Alan Ramsey tune

    (Can you tell I’m taking a sick day?)

    Thanks for the post!

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