Editors’ Notes This 1974 release, his first studio album in four years (and first since kicking his heroin problems), announced the arrival of a new Clapton: desperately trying to shed his guitar-god reputation, he emerged as a more polished, more focused mainstream rocker. Sure, there are still a number of blues covers and ample six-string wizardry to be found here ("Motherless Children," "Steady Rollin' Man"), but there's also a laid-back, easy flow. Clapton's own songwriting ("Give Me Strength," "Let It Grow") showed a newfound emotional maturity, and his cover of Bob Marley's "I Shot the Sheriff" (amazingly, a chart-topping single) found him expanding his musical horizons. 461 balances Clapton's guitar mastery, songwriting skills, relaxed vocals, and refined taste as well as anything he's recorded.

SONG
Motherless Children
1
4:51
 
Give Me Strength
2
2:51
 
Willie and the Hand Jive
3
3:29
 
Get Ready
4
3:47
 
I Shot the Sheriff
5
4:23
 
I Can't Hold Out
6
4:12
 
Please Be With Me
7
3:26
 
Let It Grow
8
4:58
 
Steady Rollin' Man
9
3:12
 
Mainline Florida
10
4:04
 
Walkin' Down the Road (Crossroad 2 Box-Set Version)
11
5:15
 
Ain't That Lovin' You
12
5:28
 
Meet Me (Down At the Bottom)
13
6:57
 
Eric After Hours Blues
14
4:21
 
B Minor Jam
15
7:11
 
Smile (Live At Hammersmith)
1
4:39
 
Let It Grow (Live At Hammersmith)
2
6:23
 
Can't Find My Way Home (Live At Hammersmith)
3
4:49
 
I Shot the Sheriff (Live Version)
4
7:49
 
Tell the Truth (Live At Hammersmith)
5
7:03
 
The Sky Is Crying / Have You Ever Loved a Woman / Rambling On My Mind (Crossroad 2 Box-Set Version)
6
7:23
 
Little Wing (Live At Hammersmith)
7
6:49
 
Singin' the Blues (Live At Hammersmith)
8
7:42
 
Badge (Live At Hammersmith)
9
8:36
 
Layla (Live At Hammersmith)
10
5:26
 
Let It Rain (Live At Hammersmith)
11
6:33