No Reason to Cry

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No Reason to Cry
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Studio album by Eric Clapton
Released August 27, 1976
Recorded December 1975 – May 1976
Genre Rock
Length 45:59
Label Polydor · RSO
Producer Rob Fraboni
Eric Clapton chronology
E. C. Was Here
No Reason to Cry
Singles from No Reason to Cry
  1. "Hello Old Friend"
    Released: October 1976
  2. "Carnival"
    Released: January 1977

No Reason to Cry is a 1976 album by Eric Clapton, released for both Polydor and RSO records. The album was released in compact disc format on October 25, 1990.[citation needed]


The album was recorded at The Band's Shangri-la Studios in March 1976, and included involvement from all five members; Rick Danko shared vocals with Clapton on "All Our Past Times," which he co-wrote with Clapton. The album also includes a duet with Bob Dylan on his otherwise unreleased song "Sign Language." The booklet in Bob Dylan's box set The Bootleg Series Volumes 1–3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961–1991 describes his involvement in this album: "Dylan dropped by and was just hanging out, living in a tent at the bottom of the garden. He would sneak into the studio to see what was going on. Dylan offered his new, unrecorded song "Seven Days" to Clapton. Clapton passed on it, but Ron Wood took him up on the offer and released it on his third solo album Gimme Some Neck".[1] The song "Innocent Times" is sung by Marcy Levy, who also shared vocals with Clapton on "Hungry."[2]

Chart performance[edit]

No Reason to Cry is one of Clapton's most successful international albums from the 1970s. The release reached the Top 30 in seven national music album charts, reaching the Top 10 in United Kingdom (peaking at number eight) and in the Netherlands, where the studio release ranked on position nine. The album was certified with a platinum in the United Kingdom. In Norway and the United States, No Reason to Cry charted at #13 and #15. In New Zealand and Sweden, the 1976 album positioned itself on number 18 and 24.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[3]
Rolling Stone (not rated)[4]
Robert Christgau B-[5]

For his review, AllMusic critic William Ruhlmann awarded the release 3.5 of five possible stars, commentating: "No Reason to Cry is identifiable as the kind of pop/rock Clapton had been making since the start of his solo career", adding "the most memorable music on the album occurs when Clapton is collaborating with members of the Band and other guests". Finishing his review, Ruhlmann called the release "a good purchase for fans of Bob Dylan and the Band, but not necessarily for those of Eric Clapton".[3] Rolling Stone journalist Dave Marsh finds, the album recordings are "much more mélange than masterpiece". He did not rate the album.[4] Robert Christgau rated the album with a "B-" and calls the album "a well-made, rather likable rock and roll LP", noting the "singing is eloquent and the instrumental signature an almost irresistible pleasure".[5]

Track listings[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Beautiful Thing" Rick Danko · Richard Manuel 4:26
2. "Carnival" Eric Clapton 3:44
3. "Sign Language" Bob Dylan 2:58
4. "County Jail Blues" Alfred Fields 4:00
5. "All Our Past Times" Eric Clapton · Rick Danko 4:40
6. "Hello Old Friend" Eric Clapton 3:36
7. "Double Trouble" Otis Rush 4:23
8. "Innocent Times" Eric Clapton · Marcy Levy 4:11
9. "Hungry" Marcy Levy · Dicky Simms 4:39
10. "Black Summer Rain" Eric Clapton 4:55
Total length: 45:59


The listed personnel was taken from the album's liner notes. The back cover also thanks additional people, who worked on the album, without specifying what their contribution was.[7]

Chart positions[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1976) Peak
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[8] 3
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[9] 9
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[10] 18
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[11] 13
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[12] 24
UK Albums (OCC)[13] 8
US Billboard 200[14] 15


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[15] Platinum 300,000^

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


  1. ^ Dylan, Bob (1992). The Bootleg Series Volumes 1–3 [Rare & Unreleased] 1961–1991. Columbia Records (Compact Disc #47382). 
  2. ^ "Album – No Reason To Cry". Retrieved August 17, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "No Reason to Cry – Eric Clapton | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved August 17, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Eric Clapton No Reason To Cry Album Review | Rolling Stone". Rolling Stone Magazine. Retrieved August 17, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "Robert Christgau: CG: Eric Clapton > No Reason to Cry [RSO, 1976]". Robert Christgau. Retrieved August 17, 2015. 
  6. ^ "NO REASON TO CRY – Where's Eric!". Retrieved August 17, 2015. 
  7. ^ Clapton, Eric; RSO Records (1976). "Liner Notes / Back Cover". No Reason to Cry (LP Liner Notes). United States: RSO Records. pp. 1 – 2. RS-1-3004 0698. 
  8. ^ "Eric Clapton". Hitlisten (in Danish). Retrieved January 1, 2016. 
  9. ^ " – Eric Clapton – No Reason To Cry" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved August 17, 2015.
  10. ^ " – Eric Clapton – No Reason To Cry". Hung Medien. Retrieved August 17, 2015.
  11. ^ " – Eric Clapton – No Reason To Cry". Hung Medien. Retrieved August 17, 2015.
  12. ^ " – Eric Clapton – No Reason To Cry". Hung Medien. Retrieved August 17, 2015.
  13. ^ "Eric Clapton | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart Retrieved August 17, 2015.
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  15. ^ "British album certifications – Eric Clapton – No Reason to Cry". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved October 3, 2016.  Enter No Reason to Cry in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Platinum in the field By Award. Click Search

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