On Tour with Eric Clapton

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On Tour with Eric Clapton
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Live album by Delaney & Bonnie & Friends
Released March 1970
Recorded 7 December 1969
Venue Fairfield Halls, Croydon, England
Genre Blues Rock
Blue-eyed soul
Rock and Roll
Length 42:35 (incl. stage announcements and crowd noise)
Label Atco
Producer Jimmy Miller, Delaney Bramlett
Delaney & Bonnie & Friends chronology
The Original Delaney & Bonnie & Friends
(1969)The Original Delaney & Bonnie & Friends1969
On Tour with Eric Clapton
(1970)
To Bonnie from Delaney
(1970)To Bonnie from Delaney1970
Eric Clapton chronology
Blind Faith
(1969) Blind Faith1969
On Tour with Eric Clapton
(1970) On Tour with Eric Clapton1970
Eric Clapton
(1970) Eric Clapton1970

On Tour with Eric Clapton is a 1970 album by Delaney & Bonnie with Eric Clapton, recorded live at the Fairfield Halls, England. Released on Atco Records, it peaked at No. 29 on the Billboard 200 in April 1970,[1] at #39 on the British album chart, and was certified a gold record by the RIAA.[2]

Content and reissue[edit]

The album features Delaney and Bonnie's best-known touring band, including Eric Clapton, Jim Gordon, Carl Radle, Bobby Whitlock, and Dave Mason. Many of the players on this album would later go on to work with Harrison on his post-Beatles debut album All Things Must Pass and with Clapton on his solo debut. The horn players Bobby Keys and Jim Price would play on the albums Sticky Fingers and Exile on Main St. by the Rolling Stones, and join them for their 1972 STP Tour. Whitlock, Radle, and Gordon would form with Clapton his band Derek and the Dominos for Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs.

As no pictures of Delaney and Bonnie were deemed good enough for the album cover, a photo was used instead of a Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn in a desert, reportedly taken by manager Barry Feinstein while working as a photographer covering a Bob Dylan tour in 1966. Dylan's feet are those hanging from the car window.[3]

On Tour was re-issued in 2010 as four-disc box set, packaged in a mock road case containing the complete performance from the Royal Albert Hall, plus a composite of the next night's performances at Colston Hall in Bristol, and both the early and late shows from the tour's final stop at Fairfield Halls in Croydon. George Harrison played slide guitar on the English leg of the tour that followed the Albert Hall performance, as well as in Scandinavia, therefore he doesn't appear on the first disc but does on the other three.[4]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[5]
Christgau's Record Guide A-[6]
MusicHound Rock 4.5/5[7]
Rolling Stone Positive[8]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 5/5 stars[9]
The Village Voice A[10]

The album has received highly positive reviews, with many critics suggesting the album is superior to Clapton's prior project (Blind Faith) . In the Rolling Stone Album Guide, the album is described as "a triumph", which is attributed to the fact the band was "one of the best" in "rock and roll".[11] Writing for Rolling Stone, Mark Kemp said the album contained "wicked performances of the kind of country and boogie that would define Southern rock".[12]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Things Get Better" Steve Cropper, Eddie Floyd, Wayne Jackson 4:20
2. "Poor Elijah – Tribute to Johnson (medley)" Delaney Bramlett, Jim Ford, Leon Russell 5:00
3. "Only You Know and I Know" Dave Mason 4:10
4. "I Don't Want to Discuss It" Beth Beatty, Dick Cooper, Ernie Shelby 4:55
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "That's What My Man Is For" Bessie Griffin 4:30
2. "Where There's A Will There's A Way" Bonnie Bramlett, Delaney Bramlett, Bobby Whitlock 4:57
3. "Comin' Home" Bonnie Bramlett, Delaney Bramlett, Eric Clapton 5:30
4. "Little Richard Medley – Tutti Frutti/The Girl Can't Help It/Long Tall Sally/Jenny Jenny" Richard Penniman, Bobby Troup, Robert Blackwell 5:45

2010 deluxe edition box set[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Production personnel

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