There's One in Every Crowd is the third studio album by the British rock musician Eric Clapton, released in 1975. Recorded shortly after 461 Ocean Boulevard, the album features a style very similar to its predecessor, but did not enjoy similar commercial success. Clapton's love for the "Tulsa Sound" (Tulsa Oklahoma) was apparent here as it is quite similar in feel to the previous record.
After the success of "I Shot the Sheriff", Clapton and his backing band went to Jamaica to record There's One in Every Crowd. The songs "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot", "Little Rachel" and "Don't Blame Me" are recorded in a reggae style, though the rest of the record is considered blues and rock. However, with his growing alcohol dependency and drug problems in Jamaica, the record was very challenging to record. Clapton wanted the original album title to be "EC is God...There's One in Every Crowd". RSO didn't like the first part and chose to release the album under the title of "There's One in Every Crowd".
The album reached the Top 40 on five national music charts. Achieving the highest position, number 15, in France and the United Kingdom, the album was certified with a silver disc in both countries by the Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique and the British Phonographic industry. In the United States, the album peaked at position 21. In New Zealand the album placed itself on number 24 on the official New Zealand music chart, compiled by the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand at the time. In Japan the album sold more than 18,000 copies, reaching number 31 on the Oricon albums chart. In total, the album has sold more than 700,000 copies worldwide.
AllMusic critic William Ruhlmann awarded the album two out of five possible stars, stating that Clapton "hadn't had time to write or gather sufficient material [after the release of 461 Ocean Boulevard] to make a similarly effective album, since the result is a scattershot mixture of styles, leading off with two gospel tunes, one a reggae version". Ruhlmann goes on in his review, noting the "album's best track, naturally, was the blues cover, Clapton's take on Elmore James' 'The Sky Is Crying'". The critic finished his review, calling the release "a disappointing follow-up to 461 Ocean Boulevard". Robert Christgau rated the album with a "C+". Augustin Schmidt from the German daily newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung said, that the album compared to 461 Ocean Boulevard, which charted high in Germany the year before, is disappointing, but not so bad, when you delete your mind from the success, that the 1974 release was given.
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