Backless

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Backless
Eric Clapton Backless.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 1978
Recorded1978
GenreRock
Length41:01
LabelRSO
ProducerGlyn Johns
Eric Clapton chronology
Slowhand
(1977)
Backless
(1978)
Just One Night
(1980)

Backless is the sixth solo studio album by Eric Clapton. Produced by Glyn Johns, and released by RSO Records, Backless reached No. 8 on the pop charts. While the single "Promises" only reached No. 37 in the UK, it was a much bigger success in the US, reaching No. 9 on the Billboard charts. The follow-up single, "Watch Out for Lucy", was the B-side of "Promises", but reached #40 on the Billboard charts on its own merit.

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars link
Christgau's Record GuideB–[1]
ARTISTdirect3/5 stars link

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Walk Out in the Rain" (Bob Dylan, Helena Springs) – 4:16
  2. "Watch Out for Lucy" (Eric Clapton) – 3:26
  3. "I'll Make Love to You Anytime" (J. J. Cale) – 3:23
  4. "Roll It" (Clapton, Marcy Levy) – 3:42
  5. "Tell Me That You Love Me" (Clapton) – 3:31
  6. "If I Don't Be There by Morning" (Dylan, Springs) – 4:38
  7. "Early in the Morning" (Traditional, arranged by Eric Clapton) – 5:25 (LP)/7:58 (CD)
  8. "Promises" (Richard Feldman, Roger Linn) – 3:04
  9. "Golden Ring" (Clapton) – 3:32
  10. "Tulsa Time" (Danny Flowers) – 3:28

Singles[edit]

  • 1978 – "Promises" (#37 UK; #9 US)
  • 1979 – "Promises" (International)
  • 1979 – "Watch Out for Lucy" (#40 US)
  • 1979 – "Walk Out in the Rain"
  • 1980 – "Tulsa Time" (Studio track from Backless not a single...live version released from Just One Night)

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Producer and Engineer – Glyn Johns
  • Assistant Engineer – Jon Astley
  • Art Direction and Design – David Stewart and Nello
  • Photography – Nello
  • Additional Photography – Rob Fraboni, Andy Seymour and Laura K. Sims.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1978–1979) Peak
position
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[2] 24
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[3] 22
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[4] 22
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[5] 2
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[6] 28
UK Albums (OCC)[7] 18
US Billboard 200[8] 8

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[9] Platinum 100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[10] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[11] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: C". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved 23 February 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
  2. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Eric Clapton – Backless" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2015-07-28.
  3. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Eric Clapton – Backless" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2015-07-28.
  4. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Eric Clapton – Backless". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2015-07-28.
  5. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Eric Clapton – Backless". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2015-07-28.
  6. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Eric Clapton – Backless". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2015-07-28.
  7. ^ "Eric Clapton | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved 2015-07-28.
  8. ^ "Eric Clapton – Backless – Awards – AllMusic". AllMusic. Rovi Coperation. Retrieved 28 July 2015.
  9. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Eric Clapton – Backless". Music Canada. Retrieved 1 January 2016.
  10. ^ "British album certifications – Eric Clapton – Backless". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 1 January 2016. Select albums in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Backless in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  11. ^ "American album certifications – Eric Clapton – Backless". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 1 January 2016. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.