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Eric Clapton Backless.jpg
Studio album by Eric Clapton
Released November 1978
Recorded 1978
Genre Rock
Length 41:01
Label Polydor
Producer Glyn Johns
Eric Clapton chronology
Just One Night

Backless is the sixth studio album by blues rocker Eric Clapton, released in 1978. The album 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 released, was actually the B Side of "Promises", "Watch Out For Lucy", it reached #40 on the Billboard charts on its own merit.

A blue and white scarf worn by Clapton on the album sleeve is believed to be a scarf of West Bromwich Albion Football Club.[1] Clapton is widely believed to be supporter of the club, despite being born in Ripley, Surrey more than 100 miles away, though in recent years has reportedly been more interested in Chelsea F.C..[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars link
Rolling Stone link
ARTISTdirect 3/5 stars link

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Walk Out in the Rain" (Bob Dylan, Helena Springs) – 4:16
  2. "Watch Out for Lucy" (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) – 7:58
  8. "Promises" (Richard Feldman, Roger Linn) – 3:04
  9. "Golden Ring" (Clapton) – 3:32
  10. "Tulsa Time" (Danny Flowers) – 3:28


  • 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 version released from Just One Night)