Backless

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Backless
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
Slowhand
(1977)Slowhand1977
Backless
(1978)
Just One Night
(1980)Just One Night1980

Backless is a 1978 album by Eric Clapton. Produced by Glyn Johns, and released by Polydor 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.

Reception[edit]

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" (JJ 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

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]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1978–1979) Peak
position
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[1] 24
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[2] 22
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[3] 22
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[4] 2
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[5] 28
UK Albums (OCC)[6] 18
US Billboard 200[7] 8

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[8] Platinum 100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[9] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[10] Platinum 1,000,000^

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Eric Clapton – Backless" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2015-07-28.
  2. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Eric Clapton – Backless" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2015-07-28.
  3. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Eric Clapton – Backless". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2015-07-28.
  4. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Eric Clapton – Backless". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2015-07-28.
  5. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Eric Clapton – Backless". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2015-07-28.
  6. ^ "Eric Clapton | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart Retrieved 2015-07-28.
  7. ^ "Eric Clapton – Backless – Awards – AllMusic". AllMusic. Rovi Coperation. Retrieved 2015-07-28. 
  8. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Eric Clapton – Backless". Music Canada. Retrieved January 1, 2016. 
  9. ^ "British album certifications – Eric Clapton – Backless". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved January 1, 2016.  Enter Backless in the search field and then press Enter.
  10. ^ "American album certifications – Eric Clapton – Backless". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved January 1, 2016.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH