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Backless [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Eric ClaptonAudio CD
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"This album wasn’t what it was intended to be at all," says Eric Clapton. "It’s actually better than it was meant to be because, in a way, I just let it happen. It’s an eclectic collection of songs that weren’t really on the map—and I like it so much because if it’s a ... Read more in Amazon's Eric Clapton Store

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  • Audio CD (September 10, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Polydor / Umgd
  • ASIN: B000002G8J
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,512 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

After Slowhand , Clapton came up with another big winner, this #8 smash from '78. He cracked the Top 40 with Promises and Watch Out for Lucy , sang songs by Dylan and J.J. Cale and returned to the blues with Early in the Morning !

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A solid Clapton solo album August 2, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Though not in the same league with Clapton's best solo albums from the 1970s (that would be "461 Ocean Boulevard" and "Slowhand"), "Backless still contains enough good Clapton performances to keep it interesting. The best are the countryish "Promises," the bluesy "Walk Out in the Rain," the superbly rockin' "Tulsa Time," and "Watch Out for Lucy." The rest aren't quite as good but are a cut above your average filler material. This is the kind of album you can plug in and play in the background without getting any nasty surprises. Overall, its well worth a listen for Clapton fans and for fans of 70s rock.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Country meets Blues June 17, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
One of the most underrated albums in my opinion is Eric's 1978 "Backless" recording. It is a fantastic collection of music, starting with "Walk out in the Rain" actually written by Bob Dylan/Helena Springs. This track sets the tone for the album, mellow bluesy rock that really gets in your head after a few listenings. "Tulsa Time" may be the most known track, at the end of the album, and it is a great remake of a classic.
In between are some nice traditional blues ("Early in the Morning" - similar to the sound heard on "From the Cradle"). "Watch out for Lucy" could come straight out of a roadside beer bar, a great "live band" sound even though it's a studio recording. Criticisms of this album are commonly along the lines of "Eric goes Country...etc..", but I would urge Clapton fans to give it a try... it's good listening
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars After hours Clapton April 8, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This has become one of my favorite albums. As was the case with many of Eric Clapton's 70s recordings, there is conscious, post-traumatic sense of escape from the trappings of superstardom. "Backless" is the antithesis of the apocalyptic drama that was Cream or Derek and the Dominos. No one would ever die for this music--it's just for fun, to make you smile, and to enjoy some great playing. His two Dylan songs are nothing you would confuse with "Desolation Row"--they are simple songs that could've been written by anybody, and they are both quite enjoyable here. The real highlights, though, are the minor hits "Promises," "Watch out for Lucy," and "Tulsa Time" which have a great after-hours motel room feel about them. "Promises" is as close to perfection as you could get--a subdued vocal, lyrics ruminating about one of those relationships that get under your skin, a great rhythm track, and subtle slide guitar touches that double the wordless chorus. "Watch out for Lucy" is an irresistable toe-tapper that allows Clapton to cut loose on the guitar, and "Tulsa Time" is a rocker that provides another good setting for Clapton to cut loose. I love the organist and the drummer on this session--and found myself thinking of Garth Hudson and Levon Helm.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album from Clapton's country days July 24, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is a great album for anyone who likes subtle, home-style music. This is from a period when Clapton was heavily influenced by country music and wanted to incorporate it into his work. Don't let this scare you, though. This album is still a rock 'n roll album, but it just takes a much more laid back approach to it. This album shies away from the "Clapton is God" mystique. It isn't forced, and Clapton isn't feeling obligated to be the guitar hero anymore. There is still great guitar work in it, but it blends in naturally and smoothly. This is one of my all-time favorite Clapton albums (Among the 17 or so that I own).
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clapton Time July 27, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Backless is another melting pot of sounds from Eric Clapton. He mixes in some straight blues with "I'll Make Love To You Anytime" and "Roll It", the superb "Watch Out For Lucy" has a rockabilly feel, "Tulsa Time" is good old rock & roll, "Walk Out In The Rain" and "Early In The Morning" has a subtle sound while the top ten single "Promises" and "Golden Ring" are ballads. Stir them up and you have another Clapton classic.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I Told'ja So! November 18, 2005
By Mad Dog
Format:Audio CD
This is just another example of how Eric Clapton was a victim of expectation. The poor guy got slammed so many times by reviewers because he didn't record the kind of songs they wanted him to at the time. But this disc has weathered time very well and it supports what I told my friends back when it was released in '78: this is good stuff. Not his best, perhaps, but more than worth a listen. "Watch out for Lucy" is a catchy pop tune and "Roll It" is an interesting song that might not sound like EC to many listeners but I still like it. The highlights for me are "If I Don't Be There By Morining" and "Tulsa Time", both excellent funky tunes. It's interesting to compare these studio versions with the live versions on "Just One Night" which were recorded a year later in Japan. I actually prefer the live versions but these studio cuts are also excellent. By the way, the Cd also includes the full length version of "Early in the Morning", another excellent tune.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Solid Set in Clapton's 70's Catalog... May 23, 2005
Format:Audio CD
The cover photo of this album captures the mood of this album to the proverbial 'T'...It is generally living-room relaxed and laid-back, and though cut in the general mold of the preceding year's release "Slowhand," this effort has a bit more grit to it, as evidenced in the eight-minute treatment given the traditional blues standard "Early in the Morning" and the honky-tonkish "Tulsa Time," both delivered with a winning "edge." However, tuneful and rhythmically-measured songs are the order of the day here. Clapton pens four tunes himself, easily the best of which is the catchy pop-shuffle "Watch Out for Lucy." The commercial hit of this album is the understated "Promises," which displays Clapton's increasingly relaxed vocal tone offset against an equally congenial backdrop of steady-rolling instrumental and rhythm arrangements. There is not a single standout cut amongst this collection, but the quality is uniformly good, the musicianship of the high standard one expects of Clapton and his cohorts, the overall end-effect being one of over-arching pleasantness. This is not a "great" album, but is one that wears well; it is, indeed, very easy on the ears...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Clapton album...still great after all this time.
Let me start by saying I have never been a huge Clapton fan. I like certain songs here and there, but I bought this many many years ago when it was released, and loved it all. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Phil
3.0 out of 5 stars try agan Clampton
Can we alljuts agree on roll it is stupid. come on Its not even a song? Its a have hearted studio jam and mary levy juts sings rando mcrap and trys to make it ryhme. Read more
Published 6 months ago by rod belt
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent album
I recently bought Backless to replace a copy that I lost years ago. While it doesn't have a monstrous hit like Cocaine on it, I dare say it's a better album than Slowhand. Read more
Published 8 months ago by xsurfer
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow Hand goes Backless
Great infill for my Clapton collection. Promises remains one of my all-time Clapton favs, and still love to sing along to Watch Out For Lucy.
Published 10 months ago by gmac512
5.0 out of 5 stars A good album
For a studio album, this is a must have. Eric is at his best, good blues songs. A must have.
Published 15 months ago by Bill
5.0 out of 5 stars Criminally Underrated
To tell the truth, I only found put about this album about a month ago and even though I'm a huge music person and very into classic rock, I had never listened to that much... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Suzyb
5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of Clapton's best cds, if not his best
I love his easy, laid back grooves and his soft, smooth, sincere vocals. What the front photo 'promises', the music inside delivers: a homey and familiar place to relax and enjoy... Read more
Published 19 months ago by K. Moshier
5.0 out of 5 stars Vocals on Backless songs.
The female vocalists on Promises and Walk out in the Rain are awesome!! For me they make the songs beautiful to listen to.
Published on October 7, 2011 by Roylene
5.0 out of 5 stars A underrated gem
Unfortunately, this album is underrated, however it's one of the best albuns of erics'carer.I don't understand why many claptons fans tkink that a mediocre albun like SLOWHAND is... Read more
Published on August 21, 2011 by roger"blues"
5.0 out of 5 stars A Worthwhile Re-Release
One of the great Clapton albums.

Re-issues usually have poor artwork and no liner notes. This one is a faithful copy of the original.

Sound is great. Read more
Published on March 24, 2010 by Tim C. Sanderford
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