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
There's One in Every Crowd
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 the fourth studio album by the British rock musician Eric Clapton, released in 1976 for both Polydor and RSO records. The album, which reached seven music charts and has sold 600,000 copies worldwide, was released in compact disc format on October 25, 1990.[1]


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".[2] The song "Innocent Times" is sung by Marcy Levy, who also shared vocals with Clapton on "Hungry."[3] Female vocals are also on many of the other songs. Yvonne Elliman, who is thanked on the back cover, sang on some of the songs too.[4]

Chart performance[edit]

No Reason to Cry is one of Claptons international more successful 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 silver and gold disc in those terretories. In Norway and the United States, No Reason to Cry charted at #13 and #15, making it one of Claptons rare Top 20 Billboard 200 albums. In New Zealand and Sweden, the 1976 album positioned itself on number 18 and 24. In Japan, the album sold more than 35,000 copies, peaking at number 11 on the Oricon albums chart.[5] Over the years, the album sold a total of more than 600,000 copies worldwide.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[6]
Rolling Stone (not rated)[7]
Robert Christgau C+[8]

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".[6] Rolling Stone journalist Dave Marsh finds, the album recordings are "much more mélange than masterpiece". He did not rate the album.[7] 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".[8]

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:


The listed personnel was taken from the albums liner notes. The back cover also thanks additional people, who worked on the album, without specifying what their contribution was.[9]

Chart positions[edit]


Region Certification Sales/shipments
Netherlands (NVPI)[17] Gold 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[20] Silver 60,000^
Worldwide (IFPI) 600,000[21]

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


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  2. ^ Dylan, Bob (1992). The Bootleg Series Volumes 1–3 [Rare & Unreleased] 1961–1991. Columbia Records (Compact Disc #47382). 
  3. ^ "Album – No Reason To Cry". Retrieved August 17, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Elliman, Yvonne | Where's Eric!". Retrieved August 17, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b Tatsaku, Ren (2011). Oricon Sales Report (in Japanese). Tokyo: Oricon Style. 
  6. ^ a b "No Reason to Cry – Eric Clapton | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved August 17, 2015. 
  7. ^ a b "Eric Clapton No Reason To Cry Album Review | Rolling Stone". Rolling Stone Magazine. Retrieved August 17, 2015. 
  8. ^ a b "Robert Christgau: CG: Eric Clapton > No Reason to Cry [RSO, 1976]". Robert Christgau. Retrieved August 17, 2015. 
  9. ^ 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. 
  10. ^ "Eric Clapton – No Reason To Cry" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved August 17, 2015.
  11. ^ "Yamachan Land (Archives of the Japanese record charts) – Albums Chart Daijiten – Eric Clapton". Japanese Charts (in Japanese). Retrieved August 17, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Eric Clapton – No Reason To Cry". Hung Medien. Retrieved August 17, 2015.
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  14. ^ "Eric Clapton – No Reason To Cry". Hung Medien. Retrieved August 17, 2015.
  15. ^ "Eric Clapton | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart Retrieved August 17, 2015.
  16. ^ "Eric Clapton | No Reason to Cry | Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved August 17, 2015. 
  17. ^ a b G., Van Schaalk (December 1986). "Eric Clapton – Dutch Discography" [Eric Clapton – Nederlandse Discografie]. De Telegraaf (in Dutch) (Amsterdam: Telegraaf Media Groep). 
  18. ^ "Alben 1976 Norwegen | Album-Charts | Top 40 Auswertung" (in German). Retrieved August 17, 2015. 
  19. ^ "Alben 1976 UK | Album-Charts | Top 75 Auswertung" (in German). Retrieved August 17, 2015. 
  20. ^ "British album certifications – Eric Clapton – No Reason to Cry". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved August 17, 2015.  Enter No Reason to Cry 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
  21. ^ "Dossier – The Music of Eric Clapton". Directupload. Astrid Keil. Retrieved 2015-07-28. 

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