Pilgrim (Eric Clapton album)

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Pilgrim
Eric Clapton Pilgrim.jpg
Studio album by Eric Clapton
Released 10 March 1998 (1998-03-10)
Recorded 1997, Olympic Studios, London
Genre Rock, Blues, Pop, Soft Rock
Length 75:33
Label Duck/Reprise
Producer Eric Clapton
Simon Climie
Eric Clapton chronology
Crossroads 2
(1996)
Pilgrim
(1998)
Blues
(1999)

Pilgrim is the thirteenth studio album by Eric Clapton, released in 1998. The album was recorded at Olympic Studios in London in late 1997. Neon Genesis Evangelion character designer Yoshiyuki Sadamoto designed the cover of the album.

History[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune (Negative)[2]
Entertainment Weekly 7/12 stars(B−)[3]
Los Angeles Times 2/4 stars[4]
The New York Times (Positive)[5]
People (Positive)[6]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[7]
Robert Christgau C+[8]

Pilgrim's release marked Clapton's first album of original material since 1989's Journeyman. Reviews for Pilgrim were mixed upon release. Allmusic described the album as "bland", while Rolling Stone's David Wild gave it four out of five stars, stating, "Pilgrim is the work of someone who has learned in the hardest way imaginable that although he cannot change the world, he might be able to change himself."

Clapton wrote in his autobiography that he wanted to make the "saddest album" to the moment, so he called Simon Climie and started the project. He had already written two songs when his son, Conor, died in March 1991. The songs ended up being "My Father's Eyes" and "Circus", originally named "Circus Left Town". "Circus" was about the last time he saw his son, when he took him to the circus. According to Clapton's autobiography, Conor died the next day.

The album experiments with drum machines and certain sounds like synthesizers, guitars, strings reminiscent of R&B.

The song "Pilgrim" also appears on the Lethal Weapon 4 soundtrack.

Four tracks of this album were included on the One More Car, One More Rider album of 2001.

An acoustic version of "Broken Hearted" was performed at the Royal Albert Hall in 1997. Clapton and John Mayer resurrected the song in 2005.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "My Father's Eyes" (Eric Clapton) – 5:24
  2. "River of Tears" (Clapton, Simon Climie) – 7:22
  3. "Pilgrim" (Clapton, Climie) – 5:50
  4. "Broken Hearted" (Clapton, Greg Phillinganes) – 7:52
  5. "One Chance" (Clapton, Climie) – 5:55
  6. "Circus" (Clapton) – 4:11
  7. "Going Down Slow" (St. Louis Jimmy) – 5:19
  8. "Fall Like Rain" (Clapton) – 3:50
  9. "Born in Time" (Bob Dylan) – 4:41
  10. "Sick and Tired" (Clapton, Climie) – 5:43
  11. "Needs His Woman" (Clapton) – 3:45
  12. "She's Gone" (Clapton, Climie) – 4:45
  13. "You Were There" (Clapton) – 5:31
  14. "Inside of Me" (Clapton, Climie) – 5:25

Personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[42] Gold 35,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[43] Gold 25,000x
Belgium (BEA)[44] Gold 25,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[45] 2× Platinum 312,000[46]
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[47] Platinum 50,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[48] Gold 21,583[48]
France (SNEP)[49] Gold 166,600[50]
Germany (BVMI)[51] Gold 250,000^
Hong Kong (IFPI Hong Kong)[52] Platinum 20,000*
Italy (FIMI)[53] Gold 50,000*
Japan (RIAJ)[54] 2× Platinum 400,000^
Macao (IFPI Macao)[55] Gold 15,000*
New Zealand (RMNZ)[56] Gold 7,500^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[57] Platinum 50,000*
Poland (ZPAV)[58] Gold 50,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[59] Gold 50,000^
Sweden (GLF)[60] Gold 40,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[61] Gold 25,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[62] Gold 176,400[46]
United States (RIAA)[63] Platinum 1,890,222[46]
Venezuela (IFPI Venezuela)[64] Platinum 10,000*
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[65] Platinum 1,000,000*
Worldwide (IFPI) 4,500,000[46]

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

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