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Backless [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Eric ClaptonAudio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

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Eric Clapton has often stated that JJ Cale is one of the single most important figures in rock history, a sentiment echoed by many of his fellow musicians. Cale’s influence on Clapton was profound, and his influence on many more of today’s artists cannot be overstated. To honor JJ’s legacy, a year after his passing, Clapton gathered a group of like-minded friends and ... Read more in Amazon's Eric Clapton Store

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Product Details

  • 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 (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,710 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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24 of 25 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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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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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars CLAPTON AT HIS ALMOST BEST ?
This is one of Clapton's under-rated albums ... only a couple weak cuts. Not at the level of his best work like " Derek & the Dominoes" or "461 Ocean Blvd. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Mr. Crankshaft
4.0 out of 5 stars I have only played this once and think I need ...
I have only played this once and think I need a few more listens as I'm only familiar with 'Promises.'
Published 12 days ago by Norma Brennan
4.0 out of 5 stars Carl Radle's last effort
clapton as a country guitarist and singer songwriter-- this is the last record his bass player and producer Carl Radle is on before his death in 1978 from drugs. Read more
Published 1 month ago by harrythompson
4.0 out of 5 stars VERY Slow Hand. Laid-Back Hand. Easy Hand. But Nice Hand.
... more than I remembered. What I remembered was a pale follow-up to "Slowhand." Here Clapton immerses himself in the "Tulsa sound" of his friend J.J. Cale. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Captain K
5.0 out of 5 stars cd purchase
This is one of my favorite cd's. I lost it many years ago and decided it was time to replace it. I ordered it and it was delivered in a timely fashion and was in very good... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Robin O'Connor Ward
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for public consumption
This may be ok for EC himself - a break from the intensity of his best work - at that point, far behind him - that was done in the 60s, and up to 71-72. Read more
Published 5 months ago by kmanthie
5.0 out of 5 stars Eric Clapton, what a guy
I have been listening to Eric for years, and this album is fantastic. Buy it and enjoy.The price is right at amazon.
Published 6 months ago by Paul M. Linn
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 8 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 13 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 14 months ago by xsurfer
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