No Reason to Cry

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No Reason to Cry
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Studio album by Eric Clapton
Released 27 August 1976
Recorded December 1975-May 1976 at Shangri-la Studios and Village Recorders
Genre Rock
Length 45:59
Label Polydor
Producer Rob Fraboni
Eric Clapton chronology
E.C. Was Here
No Reason to Cry
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone (?)[2]

No Reason to Cry is the fourth studio album by Eric Clapton, released in 1976.

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.[3]

The song "Innocent Times" is sung by Marcy Levy, who also shared vocals with Clapton on "Hungry."[4] 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.[5]

No Reason to Cry was released in CD format on 25 October 1990.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Beautiful Thing" (Rick Danko, Richard Manuel) – 4:26
  2. "Carnival" (Clapton) – 3:44
  3. "Sign Language" (Bob Dylan) – 2:58
  4. "County Jail Blues" (Alfred Fields) – 4:00
  5. "All Our Past Times" (Clapton, Danko) – 4:40
  6. "Hello Old Friend" (Clapton) – 3:36
  7. "Double Trouble" (Otis Rush) – 4:23
  8. "Innocent Times" (Clapton, Marcy Levy) – 4:11
  9. "Hungry" (Levy, Dicky Simms) – 4:39
  10. "Black Summer Rain" (Clapton) – 4:55

1990 CD bonus[edit]

  1. "Last Night" (Walter Jacobs) – 4:52


  • 1976 – "Hello Old Friend"
  • 1976 – "Sign Language"
  • 1977 – "Carnival"
  • 1977 – "Beautiful Thing"



Year Chart Position
1976 Billboard 200 15[6]
1976 UK Albums Chart 8[7]


Year Single Chart Position
1976 "Hello Old Friend" Billboard Hot 100 24[6]


The liner notes[8] don't identify who played what, but the following artists are credited as:

The back cover thanks these additional people, without specifying what their contribution was:


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Rolling Stone review
  3. ^ Bob Dylan, The Bootleg Series Volumes 1–3 [Rare & Unreleased] 1961–1991, Columbia 47382 (cd) 1991
  4. ^ "Album – No Reason To Cry". Retrieved 3 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "Elliman, Yvonne | Where's Eric". Retrieved 3 March 2012. 
  6. ^ a b No Reason to Cry at AllMusic
  7. ^ "UK Top 40 Chart Archive, British Singles & Album Charts". 16 March 2000. Retrieved 3 March 2012. 
  8. ^ "No Reason To Cry", Eric Clapton, RSO Records, Inc. RS-1-3004 0698 (1976) LP