On Tour with Eric Clapton

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On Tour With Eric Clapton
Live album by Delaney & Bonnie & Friends
Released March 1970
Recorded 7 December 1969, Fairfield Halls, Croydon, England
Genre Rock
Length 42:35 (incl. stage announcements and crowd noise)
Label Atco
Producer Jimmy Miller, Delaney Bramlett
Delaney & Bonnie & Friends chronology
The Original Delaney & Bonnie & Friends
(1969)
On Tour with Eric Clapton
(1970)
To Bonnie from Delaney
(1970)
Eric Clapton chronology
Blind Faith
(1969)
On Tour with Eric Clapton
(1970)
Eric Clapton
(1970)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau A[2]

On Tour with Eric Clapton is the third album by Delaney and Bonnie Bramlett, released on Atco Records in 1970, catalogue SD 33-326. It peaked at No. 29 on the Billboard 200 in April 1970,[3] at #39 on the British album chart, and was certified a gold record by the RIAA.[4]

Content and reissue[edit]

The album features Delaney and Bonnie's best-known touring band, including Eric Clapton, Jim Gordon, Carl Radle, Bobby Whitlock, Leon Russell, Dave Mason, and George Harrison under his pseudonym "L'Angelo Misterioso." Many of the players on this album would later go on to work with Harrison on his post-Beatles debut album All Things Must Pass and with Clapton on his solo debut. The horn players Bobby Keys and Jim Price would play on the albums Sticky Fingers and Exile on Main St. by the Rolling Stones, and join them for their 1972 STP Tour. Whitlock, Radle, and Gordon would form with Clapton his band Derek and the Dominos for Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs.

As no pictures of Delaney and Bonnie were deemed good enough for the album cover, a photo was used instead of a Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn in a desert, reportedly taken by manager Barry Feinstein while working as a photographer covering a Bob Dylan tour in 1966. Dylan's feet are those hanging from the car window.[5]

On Tour was re-issued in 2010 as four-disc box set, packaged in a mock road case containing the complete performance from the Royal Albert Hall, plus a composite of the next night's performances at Colston Hall in Bristol, and both the early and late shows from the tour's final stop at Fairfield Halls in Croydon. George Harrison played slide guitar on the English leg of the tour that followed the Albert Hall performance, as well as in Scandinavia, therefore he doesn't appear on the first disc but does on the other three.

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Things Get Better"   Steve Cropper, Eddie Floyd, Wayne Jackson 4:20
2. "Poor Elijah – Tribute to Robert Johnson Medley"   Delaney Bramlett, Jim Ford, Leon Russell 5:00
3. "Only You Know and I Know"   Dave Mason 4:10
4. "I Don't Want to Discuss It"   Beth Beatty, Dick Cooper, Ernie Shelby 4:55

Side two[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "That's What My Man Is For"   Bessie Griffin 4:30
2. "Where There's A Will There's A Way"   Bonnie Bramlett, Delaney Bramlett, Bobby Whitlock 4:57
3. "Comin' Home"   Bonnie Bramlett, Delaney Bramlett, Eric Clapton 5:30
4. "Little Richard Medley – Tutti Frutti/The Girl Can't Help It/Long Tall Sally/Jenny Jenny"   Richard Penniman, Bobby Troup 5:45

2010 deluxe edition box set[edit]

Disc one[edit]

Royal Albert Hall, 1 December 1969

  1. Intro/Tuning
  2. Opening Jam
  3. Gimme Some Lovin'
  4. Band Introductions
  5. Only You Know And I Know
  6. Medley: Poor Elijah/Tribute To Johnson
  7. Get Ourselves Together
  8. I Don't Know Why
  9. Where's There's A Will, There's A Way
  10. That's What My Man Is For
  11. Medley: Pour Your Love On Me/Just Plain Beautiful
  12. Everybody Loves A Winner
  13. Things Get Better
  14. Coming Home
  15. I Don't Want To Discuss It
  16. Little Richard Medley: Tutti Frutti/The Girl Can't Help It/Long Tall Sally/Jenny Jenny
  17. My Baby Specializes

Disc two[edit]

Colston Hall, 2 December 1969

  1. Intro/Tuning
  2. Opening Jam
  3. Gimme Some Lovin'
  4. Things Get Better
  5. Medley: Poor Elijah/Tribute To Johnson
  6. I Don't Know Why
  7. Medley: Pour Your Love On Me/Just Plain Beautiful
  8. Where There's A Will, There's A Way
  9. Coming Home
  10. Little Richard Medley: Tutti Frutti/The Girl Can't Help It/Long Tall Sally/Jenny Jenny
  11. I Don't Want To Discuss It
  12. Crowd/Announcement

Disc three[edit]

Fairfield Halls, 7 December 1969 - first show

  1. Intro/Tuning
  2. Gimme Some Lovin'
  3. Introduction
  4. Things Get Better
  5. Medley: Poor Elijah/Tribute To Johnson
  6. I Don't Know Why
  7. Where There's A Will, There's A Way
  8. That's What My Man Is For
  9. I Don't Want To Discuss It
  10. Coming Home

Disc four[edit]

Fairfield Halls, 7 December 1969 - second show

  1. Intro/Tuning
  2. Gimme Some Lovin'
  3. Pigmy (Instrumental)
  4. Introductions
  5. Things Get Better
  6. Medley: Poor Elijah/Tribute To Johnson
  7. Only You Know And I Know
  8. Will The Circle Be Unbroken
  9. Where There's A Will, There's A Way
  10. I Don't Know Why
  11. That's What My Man Is For
  12. Coming Home
  13. Little Richard Medley: Tutti Frutti/The Girl Can't Help It/Long Tall Sally/Jenny Jenny

Personnel[edit]

Production personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "On Tour with Eric Clapton". Allmusic. Retrieved 7 January 2012. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (28 May 1970). "Consumer Guide (10)". The Village Voice (New York). Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  3. ^ Refer to Both Sides Now Publications' Atco Records LP Discography (http://bsnpubs.com/atlantic/atco266389.html).
  4. ^ UK Chart Stats webpage
  5. ^ "Random Notes". Rolling Stone (Straight Arrow Publishers, Inc.) (55): 4. 2 April 1970. 

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