Money and Cigarettes

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Money and Cigarettes
Money and Cigarettes (Eric Clapton album - cover art).jpg
Studio album by Eric Clapton
Released February 1983
Recorded Late 1982
Genre Rock
Length 37:08
Label Duck · Warner Bros.
Producer Eric Clapton · Tom Dowd
Eric Clapton chronology
Another Ticket
Money and Cigarettes
Behind the Sun
Singles from Money and Cigarettes
  1. "I've Got a Rock 'n' Roll Heart"
    Released: January 1983
  2. "The Shape You're In"
    Released: March 1983
  3. "Slow Down Linda"
    Released: 1983

Money and Cigarettes is the eighth studio album by the British rock musician Eric Clapton, released in 1983.


The cover depicts Clapton, cigarette in hand, standing next to a melting Fender Stratocaster electric guitar. Clapton chose the name of the album "because that's all I saw myself having left" after his first rehabilitation from alcoholism.[1] After finishing a North American tour, Clapton and his touring band consisting of Henry Spinetti, Gary Brooker, Chris Stainton and Dave Markee went into the Compass Point Studios in Nassau, Bahamas, to record tracks for a new studio album of Clapton. Listening to the new recordings, Clapton recalled, the songs have got a "pub atmosphere" and represent a "continuation of his work with Ronnie Lane." Producer Tom Dowd, however, was not pleased with the recordings and the sound of Clapton's band, asking Eric to change his band, except for Albert Lee. Clapton changed his band to the line-up as it is presented on the album's liner notes and suffered from multiple collapses during the recording sessions.[1]

Chart performance[edit]

The album was commercially quite successful, reaching Top 10 chart positions in three countries, followed by four positions in the album charts Top 20. In Germany, Money and Cigarettes positioned itself on number 22 on the charts compiled by Gfk Entertrainment. In the Netherlands and the United States, the album ranked on position 16. It was also awarded a gold disc in North America, commemorating the sale of more than 500,000 copies. In the United Kingdom and New Zealand, the album peaked at number 13 and 11 on the nations' official music charts. Reaching peak position five on the Sverigetopplistan chart, the album became of one Clapton's highest charting releases in Sweden. In Japan and Norway, Money and Cigarettes peaked at number three, making it the highest position for the release. In both countries, the sales exceeded the limited to a gold certification award. Over the years, the album sold a total of more than 800,000 copies worldwide.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[3]
Robert Christgau B+[4]

In his review for AllMusic, William Ruhlmann notes straight away, that "Money and Cigarettes marked several important turning points in Eric Clapton's recording career: It was his debut release on his own Duck imprint within Warner Bros.' Reprise Records subsidiary. It was also the first album he made after coming to terms with his drinking problem by giving up alcohol. Newly focused and having written a batch of new songs, he became dissatisfied with his longtime band and fired them, with the exception of second guitarist Albert Lee. In their place, he hired session pros like Stax Records veteran bassist Donald "Duck" Dunn and Muscle Shoals drummer Roger Hawkins, also bringing in guest guitarist Ry Cooder." Finishing his analysis, the critic summed the album up, "For all the changes and the high-powered sidemen, though, Money and Cigarettes ended up being just an average effort from Clapton."[2]

Rolling Stone critic David Fricke rates the album with 3.5 out of five possible stars and concludes: "Like most of Clapton's recent solo records, Money and Cigarettes makes no claim to greatness. Still, the simple, unaffected blues power at work here is surprising and refreshing. As the chorus in Clapton's cover of Johnny Otis' 1958 party rocker "Crazy Country Hop" goes: 'Ooh wee oh oh ooh la la/Let's rock & roll.' On Money and Cigarettes, Clapton offers no more and gives no less."[3] Critic Robert Christgau rates the album with a "B+."[4]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Everybody Oughta Make a Change"   Sleepy John Estes 3:16
2. "The Shape You're In"   Eric Clapton 4:08
3. "Ain't Going Down"   Eric Clapton 4:01
4. "I've Got a Rock 'n' Roll Heart"   Steve Diamond · Tony Seals · Troy Seals · Eddie Setser 3:13
5. "Man Overboard"   Eric Clapton 3:45
6. "Pretty Girl"   Eric Clapton 5:29
7. "Man in Love"   Eric Clapton 2:46
8. "Crosscut Saw"   R.G. Ford 3:30
9. "Slow Down Linda"   Eric Clapton 4:14
10. "Crazy Country Hop"   Johnny Otis 2:46
Total length:


Chart positions[edit]


Region Certification Sales/shipments
Japan (RIAJ)[18] Gold 100,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[19] Gold 25,000*
United States (RIAA)[20] Gold 500,000^
Worldwide (IFPI) 800,000[21]

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


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  18. ^ "Oricon Sales Report 1991". p. 43. Tokyo. "エリック·クラプトンのもヴィンテージアルバム「お金とタバコは「今のゴールドを受賞しました!おめでとうブルースマン。" [Even Eric Clapton's vintage release "Money and Cigarettes" was now certified gold! Congratulations Blues-man."
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  20. ^ "RIAA Gold Sales Award". Retrieved August 17, 2015. 
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