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Eric Clapton — Mainline Florida
Album: 461 Ocean Boulevard
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Released: 1974
Length: 4:00
Plays (last 30 days): 2
My heart was leaping in the sun;
My friends all say that you're the one.
Let me get this one thing very clear:
There ain't enough going on down here.

Mainline Florida, oh say.
Mainline Florida, O.K.

Her arms were open, open wide;
Her invitation's a changing tide.
I could remember not long ago
We took a cruise down on Hotel Row.

Mainline Florida, oh say.
Mainline Florida, O.K.

Her arms were open, open wide;
Her invitation's a changing tide.
I could remember not long ago
We took a cruise down on Hotel Row.

Mainline Florida, oh say.
Mainline Florida, O.K.
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 Gregorama wrote:
Love the wah wah!



sounds more like a talk box to me
Clapton is good and all, no knock on him, but Danny Gatton a couple songs back? EC wouldn't stand a chance cuttin' heads with him.

But EC is still alive, and DG isn't, so there's that.
c.
 Max Volume
Repetitive tosh😣
I really find Eric Clapton to be quite a bore. The one time I saw him perform live his backup guitarist performed at least half of the guitar solos. Eric, if you're as bored of playing the same blues solos as I am of hearing them, why not call it a day and let more original and imaginative musicians have a greater share of the spotlight?
One of the first 8-track tapes I ever bought!  https://images.app.goo.gl/L4Mq...
Got my pink fuzzy slides tappin'.
Okay, so this is where Foriegner got that famous riff from - you know "..it feels like the first time..."
Too repetitive. Driving me nuts!
 kurtster wrote:

Just did.  And the vinyl is better to a point.  The rest of the album is mixed really well and the vocals are much more up front.  I've tried to remaster this song a number of times to get the lead vocal more up front, but his vocal for this is the same frequencies of the guitars.  Just can't do it.  It needs to be remixed.  Another song I've found with the same problem is Fleetwood Mac's Future Games.  Bob Welch's lead vocal is doing the same thing.  Just can't dig it out because its right in with the guitars again.
 
I agree .. it's like the engineer tried out a mix that showed off the great guitar sound, but the proper mix (vocals a tough higher) never made it to mastering. The master engineer might have asked, "Are you sure you want the guitars this high in the mix?", or they might have just thought, "Eh, it's Clapton, I'm not gonna mess with it."
 Dave_Mack wrote:
One of Eric's (solo) best.
 
I agree.  Is it my imagination, or was he holed up in Miami Beach to get sober?
 buddy wrote:
I saw Clapton touring this album in (I think) 1975, 4th row floor. The opening act was Freddie King. I don't think I've ever hear a louder guitarist than Freddie, who brought the house down.  Clapton was his usual god-like self. The encore was Eric & Freddie rockin' the blues for 45 minutes. Unforgettable.
 

Was there too. Seattle Paramount theater. 
One of Eric's (solo) best.
I work with some pretty young guys, and yesterday one of them didn't know who Eric Clapton was.  I literally had to explain to someone what a big deal Eric Clapton is.  
I saw Clapton touring this album in (I think) 1975, 4th row floor. The opening act was Freddie King. I don't think I've ever hear a louder guitarist than Freddie, who brought the house down.  Clapton was his usual god-like self. The encore was Eric & Freddie rockin' the blues for 45 minutes. Unforgettable.
Still Great sounding after all these years

What vinyl - that wore out long ago as did most of the greats I had/have.
Florida.......November 2018, we can see that Gerry Mander and Chad Hang are ever present and ubiquitous, always robbing us of the imagined democracy told to us in school.
 fredriley wrote:
......His blues stuff, though, is IMO los cojones del perro
 
In Spanish?  Man, that expression sounds worse than it already does in English...
Love anything by slow hand
I listened to this album a million times back in the early nineties when I was living in the Palm Beach area. This was during the William Kennedy Smith days at Au Bar! We all wondered if Uncle Ted was going to kill another one. Brings back a lot of memories. 
Just thinking the same thing! 
Bill, you are killing it this morning!!  Thank you!   {#Bananasplit}
Florida can be so cold I imagine. Oh well.


Much more song than there are lyrics.
One of the first few 8-tracks that I acquired when I was 14. Haven't heard this in a long time.
 
 michaelc wrote:
seems over time this album has gone a little limp.
need to pull the vinyl and see, seemed to have more punch

 
Just did.  And the vinyl is better to a point.  The rest of the album is mixed really well and the vocals are much more up front.  I've tried to remaster this song a number of times to get the lead vocal more up front, but his vocal for this is the same frequencies of the guitars.  Just can't do it.  It needs to be remixed.  Another song I've found with the same problem is Fleetwood Mac's Future Games.  Bob Welch's lead vocal is doing the same thing.  Just can't dig it out because its right in with the guitars again.
 bluedot wrote:
Terrible. Why is Eric's voice so far back in this muddled mix? EC+heroin=pathetic mush.

 
The music track sounds pretty good but yes, it sounds like he's singing while lying on a couch.  I guess it's just poorly mixed.
seems over time this album has gone a little limp.
need to pull the vinyl and see, seemed to have more punch. 
I've great respect for Clapton as a guitarist and songwriter, but I've always felt that his rock songs were pretty weak and that he doesn't really have the voice for them. His blues stuff, though, is IMO los cojones del perro
 von_Hayek wrote:
I almost had forgotten about this tune. Brings back good memories!  {#Good-vibes}

 
Oh yeah ... Maple Leaf Gardens, October 1974. OK, this tune wasn't in the setlist (it seems!), but evokes very fond memories of the event all the same. Wonderful.
Terrible. Why is Eric's voice so far back in this muddled mix? EC+heroin=pathetic mush.
Waiting for something to happen...............let's just check this. 
Obviously a server error.  
Clapton is going to play Jazzfest in NOLA come on down everyone. Will be a grand time.
I could definitely see the Doors Moonlight Drive coming on next ...

eh ?  noodge ...  noodge ...
Number 9...
So beautifully bland this song is. EC is so capable of better. Bonafide filler!
Continuing our adventure in Fla!!    {#Motor}

I almost had forgotten about this tune. Brings back good memories!  {#Good-vibes}
oh come on folks! This song cain't get no betta. Guess you had to be there. To know What If It Didn't Exist. Anyway. Another reason RP ROCKS!!!!!! Brilliant stream of all eras/genres woven together and the spark of the occasional GEM like this, preserved, polished, dusted off and sparkling in your ear.

Big <3
Love the wah wah!
 kcar wrote:

(Cringing but grinning): dark humor in a tasteless way. 

Couldn't talk about the whole album but every time I hear this song I crank it up. Love the slide guitar and wah-wah vocoder effects or whatever the hell is going on...and the chorus.

I never could listen to "Tears in Heaven" all the way through—insipid, although I'm sure the grief that inspired was overwhelming.
 

Yes indeed.  Sums up my feelings about this song rather well.
MY FAVORITE Clapton song... and hes made a TON of great tunes....
 Illustr8r wrote:

Nonsense. At least it's better than "Tears in Heaven". Cue Dr. Hibbert (Simpsons): My diagnosis: BAD BABYSITTING!
 
(Cringing but grinning): dark humor in a tasteless way. 

Couldn't talk about the whole album but every time I hear this song I crank it up. Love the slide guitar and wah-wah vocoder effects or whatever the hell is going on...and the chorus.

I never could listen to "Tears in Heaven" all the way through—insipid, although I'm sure the grief that inspired was overwhelming.

"Come on Eric, we need to do a photoshoot for the cover."
Eric: "Ok, I'll got stand in the back of the house by the palm tree, hows that?"
One of my ALL TIME favorites by ANY musician.

 
drH wrote:
I think this album was recorded at the peak of his smack habit. That may explain why it's one of his worst efforts (and the name of the song).
Worst? B, as in B. S, as in S.
drH wrote:
I think this album was recorded at the peak of his smack habit. That may explain why it's one of his worst efforts (and the name of the song).
Nonsense. At least it's better than "Tears in Heaven". Cue Dr. Hibbert (Simpsons): My diagnosis: BAD BABYSITTING!
He never really equaled hia work with Cream. But then that is asking alot. :stupid:
I think this album was recorded at the peak of his smack habit. That may explain why it's one of his worst efforts (and the name of the song).
KevDog wrote:
Not a huge Clapton fan (I know, I'm a heretic), but to me this is his best.
461 in it's entirety is completely awesome. I love THIS song also!
mainstream MOR clapton, total snoozeville :roll: :eek: :oops:
:bounce: goorvin in the Sunshine State :bounce:
Yea baby! Is that freedom rock? Turn it up! Good song!