Slowhand

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This article is about the Eric Clapton album. For the Pointer Sister song, see Slow Hand. For the Interpol song, see Slow Hands.
Slowhand
Studio album by Eric Clapton
Released November 1977[1]
Recorded May 1977 at Olympic Studios, London, England[2]
Genre Rock
Length 39:06
Label RSO 3030
Producer Glyn Johns[3]
Eric Clapton chronology
No Reason to Cry
(1976)
Slowhand
(1977)
Backless
(1978)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau C+[4]
Q 3/5 stars[5]
Rolling Stone favourable[6]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 5/5 stars[7]
Yahoo! Music favourable[8]

Slowhand is the fifth studio album by English recording artist Eric Clapton, released in November 1977 by RSO Records. The album was titled after Clapton's nickname, which was given to him by Giorgio Gomelsky.[3] The album peaked at number two on the US Billboard 200, and produced three hit singles on the Hot 100: "Lay Down Sally", "Wonderful Tonight" and "Cocaine".

In 2003, Slowhand was ranked number 325 on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.[9]

In 2012, a remastered two-CD 35th anniversary "deluxe edition" of Slowhand was released. The first disc consists of the remastered album, with additional bonus tracks and studio jam sessions. The second disc features a previously unreleased live concert, recorded in April 1977 at the Hammersmith Odeon; although the concert is of the same era as the Slowhand sessions, it was performed prior to the album's recording and release, and so does not include any of the album's tracks.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
  1. "Cocaine" (J.J. Cale) – 3:41
  2. "Wonderful Tonight" (Eric Clapton) – 3:44
  3. "Lay Down Sally" (Marcy Levy, Clapton, George Terry) – 3:56
  4. "Next Time You See Her" (Clapton) – 4:01
  5. "We're All the Way" (Don Williams) – 2:32
Side two
  1. "The Core" (Levy, Clapton) – 8:45
  2. "May You Never" (John Martyn) – 3:01
  3. "Mean Old Frisco" (Arthur Crudup) – 4:42
  4. "Peaches and Diesel" (Albhy Galuten, Clapton) – 4:46

Deluxe edition[edit]

Disc one
  1. "Cocaine" – 3:41
  2. "Wonderful Tonight" – 3:44
  3. "Lay Down Sally" – 3:56
  4. "Next Time You See Her" – 4:01
  5. "We're All the Way" – 2:32
  6. "The Core" – 8:45
  7. "May You Never" – 3:01
  8. "Mean Old Frisco" – 4:42
  9. "Peaches and Diesel" – 4:46
  10. "Looking at the Rain" (Gordon Lightfoot) – 3:41
  11. "Alberta" (Traditional) – 2:43
  12. "Greyhound Bus" – 2:58
  13. "Stars, Strays and Ashtrays" (Clapton) – 4:38
Disc two

All songs recorded live 27 April 1977 at the Hammersmith Odeon, London, England.

  1. "Tell the Truth" – 9:00
  2. "Knocking on Heaven's Door" (Bob Dylan) – 5:17
  3. "Steady Rollin' Man" (Robert Johnson) – 6:54
  4. "Can't Find My Way Home" (Steve Winwood) – 6:05
  5. "Further on Up the Road" (Joe Vease, Don Robey) – 6:33
  6. "Stormy Monday" (T-Bone Walker) – 12:39
  7. "Badge" (Clapton, George Harrison) – 8:01
  8. "I Shot the Sheriff" (Bob Marley) – 14:02
  9. "Layla" (Clapton, Jim Gordon) – 6:11

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Year Chart Peak position
1978 Billboard 200 2[10]
1977 UK Top 40 23[11]

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak position
Billboard Hot 100[10][12] Billboard Country Singles[10] Billboard Adult Contemporary Singles[13] UK Top 40[11]
1978 "Lay Down Sally" 3 26 25 39
"Wonderful Tonight" 16 39
1980 "Cocaine" (edited live version charted as the b-side to "Tulsa Time" from Clapton's Just One Night} 30

References[edit]

  1. ^ Strong, Martin Charles (2002). The Great Rock Discography. The National Academies. p. 280. ISBN 978-1-84195-312-0. 
  2. ^ a b Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Slowhand > Overview". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c Clapton, Eric (2007). Clapton:The Autobiography (First ed.). Broadway Books. pp. 49, 174. ISBN 978-0-385-51851-2. 
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert (February 1978). "Album: Eric Clapton: Slowhand". The Village Voice. Consumer Guide section. Retrieved 22 February 2012. 
  5. ^ "Review: Slowhand". Q (EMAP Metro Ltd) (113): 104. February 1996. Retrieved 22 February 2012. 
  6. ^ Swenson, John (29 December 1977). "Slowhand". Rolling Stone (Jann S. Wenner). Album Reviews section. Retrieved 22 February 2012. 
  7. ^ Considine, J. D. (2 November 2004). Nathan Brackett, Christian David Hoard, ed. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4, revised ed.). Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  8. ^ DiMartino, Dave. "Eric Clapton Reviews". Yahoo! Music. Archived from the original on 22 February 2012. 
  9. ^ "500 Greatest Albums: Slowhand – Eric Clapton". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 7 January 2012. 
  10. ^ a b c http://www.allmusic.com/artist/p64692
  11. ^ a b "UK Top 40 Chart Archive, British Singles & Album Charts". everyHit.com. 16 March 2000. Retrieved 7 January 2012. 
  12. ^ "Eric Clapton: Chart & Awards – Billboard Singles". Allmusic. United States: Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 28 March 2011. 
  13. ^ "Whitburn, Joel. Top Adult Contemporary 1961–2001, Record Research Inc., 2002."

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