Eric Clapton (album)

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Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton Album Cover.jpg
Studio album by Eric Clapton
Released 16 August 1970
Recorded November 1969 – March 1970
Genre Rock · blues · blues rock
Length 35:11
Label Atco · Polydor
Producer Delaney Bramlett
Eric Clapton chronology
On Tour with Eric Clapton
(1970)
Eric Clapton
(1970)
Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs
(1970)
Singles from Eric Clapton
  1. "After Midnight"
    Released: October 1970
  2. "Blues Power"
    Released: 1970
  3. "Let It Rain"
    Released: 1972

Eric Clapton is the debut solo album from British rock musician Eric Clapton, released in August 1970 under Atco and Polydor Records.

Background and artwork[edit]

After being successful with bands including The Yardbirds, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, Cream and Blind Faith, Clapton recorded an album under his own name in late 1969 and early 1970. The album cover shows Clapton sitting in a room which is going to be decorated and in which a ladder, a chair and some carpets are placed. Clapton holds a cigarette in his right hand and has his Fender Stratocaster Brownie electric guitar with him.

Recording[edit]

Clapton recorded some tracks in November 1969 at London's Olympic Studios and went on to record more songs in 1970 which was divided into two sessions; one in January 1970 at the Village Recorders Studio in West Los Angeles and a second session in March the same year at Island Studios in London. A large amount of musicians that worked with Clapton on the album had been working with the band Delaney & Bonnie, which previously backed the Blind Faith gigs. The musicians included the core of Derek & the Dominoes, including co-creator and co-songwriter Bobby Whitlock. Bobby Whitlock can be heard on Let It Rain, a pre-Dominoes type song.

The song "Let it Rain" had originally been recorded with different lyrics as "She Rides". Three mixes of the album were done, one by Delaney Bramlett, one by Tom Dowd and one by Clapton himself. The Dowd mix was the one used for the original release. Bramlett's mix is included in the Deluxe Edition released on CD in 2006.[1]

In an interview from 2006, promoting The Road to Escondido, Clapton recalled that he was very happy making this album and was pleased with the results of the recording sessions, but also noted that "the only thing [he] didn't like about the album is [his] voice", because it sounds so "high" and "young", which Clapton disliked, because he "always wanted to sound like an old guy".[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[3]
Q4/5 stars[4]
Rolling Stone(Positive)[5]

Contemporary reviews were largely positive. Rolling Stone noted the "warm, friendly" aspect of the record, commending "Clapton's voice" and the "mean guitar".[6] Q magazine described the album as swinging "like leaves in the breeze".[7] Robert Christgau rated the album with the "B" mark and noted: "I blame a conceptual error, rather than Clapton's uncertain singing, for the overall thinness. As a sideman, Clapton slipped into producer Delaney Bramlett's downhome bliss as easily as he did into Cream's blues dreamscape, but as a solo artist he can't simulate Delaney's optimism".[8]

In a retrospective review for AllMusic Stephen Thomas Erlewine feels that Clapton "sounds more laid-back and straightforward than any of the guitarist's previous recordings. There are still elements of blues and rock & roll, but they're hidden beneath layers of gospel, R&B, country, and pop flourishes. And the pop element of the record is the strongest of the album's many elements". Erlewine finishes his summary by stating "it's encouraging to hear him grow and become a more fully rounded musician, but too often the album needs the spark that some long guitar solos would have given it. In short, it needs a little more of Clapton's personality."[9]

Track listings[edit]

Side One
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Slunky"Bramlett · Eric Clapton3:34
2."Bad Boy"Bramlett · Clapton3:34
3."Lonesome and a Long Way from Home"Bramlett · Leon Russell3:29
4."After Midnight"J. J. Cale2:51
5."Easy Now"Clapton2:57
6."Blues Power"Clapton · Russell3:09
Total length:17:56
Side Two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Bottle of Red Wine"Clapton3:06
2."Lovin' You Lovin' Me"Bramlett · Clapton3:19
3."Told You For the Last Time"Bramlett · Steve Cropper2:30
4."Don't Know Why"Bramlett · Clapton3:10
5."Let It Rain"Bramlett · Clapton5:02
Total length:17:11

Personnel[edit]

Production
  • Producer and Arranged by Delaney Bramlett
  • Engineer – Bill Halverson
  • Recorded at The Village Recorder (Los Angeles, CA).
  • Album Design and Photography – Barry Feinstein and Tom Wilkes for Camoflauge Productions.
  • Equipment – Bill Reed, Clark
  • Road Manager – Bruce McCaskill

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1970) Peak
position
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[10] 17
UK Albums (OCC)[11] 14
US Billboard 200[12] 13

References[edit]

  1. ^ Liner notes, Eric Clapton Deluxe Edition, Scott Schinder, 2006
  2. ^ "Eric Clapton & JJ Cale: INTERVIEW". JJ Cale Legacy. youtube.com. Retrieved August 16, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Eric Clapton". Allmusic. Retrieved 1 June 2018. 
  4. ^ "Eric Clapton - Q". cduniverse.com. Retrieved 1 June 2018. 
  5. ^ "Eric Clapton - Rolling Stone". cduniverse.com. Retrieved 1 June 2018. 
  6. ^ "Eric Clapton - Rolling Stone". cduniverse.com. Retrieved 1 June 2018. 
  7. ^ "Eric Clapton - Q". cduniverse.com. Retrieved 1 June 2018. 
  8. ^ "Robert Christgau: CG: Eric Clapton > Eric Clapton [Polydor, 1970]". Robert Christgau. robertchristgau.com. Retrieved August 16, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Eric Clapton – Eric Clapton | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved August 16, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Eric Clapton – Eric Clapton". Hung Medien. Retrieved August 16, 2015.
  11. ^ "Eric Clapton | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved August 16, 2015.
  12. ^ "Eric Clapton – Eric Clapton | Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved August 16, 2015. 

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