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)
Backless
(1978)
Just One Night
(1980)

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

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]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1978–1979) Peak
position
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[3] 24
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[4] 22
French Albums (SNEP)[5] 21
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[6] 53
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[7] 22
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[8] 2
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[9] 28
UK Albums (OCC)[10] 18
US Billboard 200[11] 8

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[12] Platinum 100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[13] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[14] Platinum 1,000,000^
Summaries
Worldwide (IFPI) 2,300,000[15]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ [2]
  3. ^ "Eric Clapton – Backless" (in German). Austriancharts.at. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2015-07-28.
  4. ^ "Eric Clapton – Backless" (in Dutch). Dutchcharts.nl. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2015-07-28.
  5. ^ "InfoDisc : Tous les Albums classés par Artiste > "Eric CLAPTON" > "OK". Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique (in French). InfoDisc.fr. Retrieved 2015-07-29. 
  6. ^ "Yamachan Land (Archives of the Japanese record charts) – Albums Chart Daijiten – Eric Clapton". Japanese Charts. Retrieved 2015-07-28. 
  7. ^ "Eric Clapton – Backless". Charts.org.nz. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2015-07-28.
  8. ^ "Eric Clapton – Backless". Norwegiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2015-07-28.
  9. ^ "Eric Clapton – Backless". Swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2015-07-28.
  10. ^ "Eric Clapton | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart Retrieved 2015-07-28.
  11. ^ "Eric Clapton – Backless – Awards – AllMusic". AllMusic. Rovi Coperation. Retrieved 2015-07-28. 
  12. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Eric Clapton – Backless". Music Canada. 
  13. ^ "British album certifications – Eric Clapton – Backless". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Backless in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Silver in the field By Award. Click Search
  14. ^ "American album certifications – Eric Clapton – Backless". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  15. ^ "Dossier – The Music of Eric Clapton". Directupload. Astrid Keil. Retrieved 2015-07-28.