There's One in Every Crowd

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There's One in Every Crowd
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Studio album by Eric Clapton
Released March 1975
Recorded Late 1974 – early 1975
Genre Blues rock · reggae
Length 40:08
Label RSO
Producer Tom Dowd
Eric Clapton chronology
461 Ocean Boulevard
(1974)
There's One in Every Crowd
(1975)
No Reason to Cry
(1976)
Singles from There's One in Every Crowd
  1. "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot"
    Released: May 1975

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.

Background and release[edit]

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".[1]

Chart performance[edit]

The album reached the Top 40 on five national music charts. Achiecving 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.[2] In total, the album has sold more than 700,000 copies worldwide.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars[3]
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung 3.5/5 stars[4]
Robert Christgau C+[5]

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".[3] Robert Christgau rated the album with a "C+".[5] 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.[4]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "We've Been Told (Jesus Coming Soon)"   Traditional · Willie Johnson 4:28
2. "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" (Arrangement by Eric Clapton) Traditional 3:33
3. "Little Rachel"   Jim Byfield 4:26
4. "Don't Blame Me"   Eric Clapton · George Terry 3:35
5. "The Sky Is Crying"   Elmore James 3:58
6. "Singin' the Blues"   Mary McCreary 3:26
7. "Better Make It Through Today"   Eric Clapton 4:07
8. "Pretty Blue Eyes"   Eric Clapton 4:45
9. "High"   Eric Clapton 3:30
10. "Opposites"   Eric Clapton 4:52
Total length:
40:08

Personnel[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
France (SNEP)[12] Silver 50,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[13] Silver 60,000^
Summaries
Worldwide (IFPI) 700,000[14]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Clapton, Eric (2007). My Life. United Kingdom. 
  2. ^ a b Tatsaku, Ren (2011). Oricon Sales Report (in Japanese). Tokyo: Oricon Style. 
  3. ^ a b "Eric Clapton | There's One in Every Crowd | AllMusic". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved August 17, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Schmidt, Augustin (October 1975). "Clapton wieder auf der Erfolgsspur – jedoch nicht ganz" [Clapton back on track – but not quite]. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (in German) (Frankfurt am Main). 
  5. ^ a b "Robert Christgau: CG: Eric Clapton > Eric Clapton [Polydor, 1970]". Robert Christgau. robertchristgau.com. Retrieved August 16, 2015. 
  6. ^ "InfoDisc : Tous les Albums classés par Artiste > Eric CLAPTON > OK". Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique (in French). InfoDisc.fr. Retrieved August 17, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Yamachan Land (Archives of the Japanese record charts) – Albums Chart Daijiten – Eric Clapton". Japanese Charts (in Japanese). Retrieved August 17, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Eric Clapton – There's One In Every Crowd". Charts.org.nz. Hung Medien. Retrieved August 17, 2015.
  9. ^ "Eric Clapton | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart Retrieved August 17, 2015.
  10. ^ "Eric Clapton | There's One in Every Crowd | Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved August 17, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Alben 1975 UK | Album-Charts | Top 75 Auswertung" (in German). Chartsurfer.de. Retrieved August 17, 2015. 
  12. ^ Lebouch, Frederike (December 7, 1975). "Nouvel album Clapton ont pris d'assaut les charts de musique vers le haut" [The new Clapton album storming up the music charts]. Le Parisien (in French) (Paris: Éditions Philippe Amaury). 
  13. ^ "British album certifications – Eric Clapton – There's One in Every Crowd". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved August 17, 2015.  Enter There's One in Every Crowd 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
  14. ^ "Dossier – The Music of Eric Clapton". Directupload. Astrid Keil. Retrieved August 17, 2015. 

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