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Coming off last summer's Riding With The King, Eric Clapton's Grammy-nominated hit collaboration with B.B. King, the guitar god returns with his first solo album in three years. Featuring most of the same musicians heard on Riding With The King, plus an added funkiness provided by Billy Preston and The Impressions, Reptile finds Clapton at the height of his blues rock powers. Certified Gold by the RIAA. (6/01)

A reptile, according to Eric Clapton, is something of a bloke, as in some local character you might share a pint with down at the pub. So this 14-song collection is aptly named: If it were a barfly, it wouldn't turn heads when it entered the bar, but it wouldn't empty the place, either. Working with essentially the same team that put together '00's Riding with the King (sans, of course, B.B. King), Reptile feels like a summary of the many guises Clapton has adopted in his illustrious past. Blues has always been the backbone of EC's music and here he tackles Walter Davis's "Come Back Baby" with surefootedness. Clapton has mined J.J. Cale's fine-and-mellow repertoire in the past, coming up with the hits "Cocaine" and "After Midnight"; here he revives Cale's "Travelin' Light" with unfussy aplomb. He kicks things off with an instrumental samba, ventures back into lite rock, and mixes originals and covers, the latter bunch including Stevie Wonder's "I Ain't Gonna Stand for It" and James Taylor's "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight." In the end, it's apparent this reptile is something of a chameleon. --Steven Stolder

1. Reptile
2. Got You On My Mind
3. Travelin' Light
4. Believe In Life
5. Come Back Baby
6. Broken Down
7. Find Myself
8. I Ain't Gonna Stand For It
9. I Want A Little Girl
10. Second Nature
11. Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight
12. Modern Girl
13. Superman Inside
14. Son & Sylvia

Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 13, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Reprise / Warner
  • ASIN: B000059R8Y
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,024 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Themis-Athena on August 24, 2001
Format: Audio CD
When Eric Clapton and B.B. King planned the production of the album that would eventually become "Riding With The King," they scheduled three months of studio time - much to B.B. King's team's surprise because the King of Blues usually takes much less than that to finish an album. And lo'n behold, they were done in roughly a month, recording almost exclusively live, with very little editing involved. So Clapton decided to "tag on" an album of his own and take advantage of the outstanding group of musicians they had assembled, and the magical atmosphere of the cooperation with them. He had however, he says, "underestimated" how big exactly the effect of B.B. King's presence had been, and things just didn't seem to go together anymore as they had before. Besides, there didn't seem to be a real theme and a purpose to the album. So he took a break from recording and, when meeting with relatives in Canada, was reminded of his uncle Adrian (a.k.a. "Son") who had recently passed away, and whom he hadn't seen at all during the last years before Adrian's death; although growing up, this had been one of the most influential persons in his life. Like those of many outstanding musicians, Eric Clapton's albums often reflect the stage he is in in life; and remembering his uncle, it suddenly became clear to him that his new album had to be a re-examination of his early years, and of his relationship with "Son," a "local James Dean," as Clapton recently described him to Rolling Stone Magazine, and a true "Reptile" (i.e., "one of the guys") of his native Ripley.

I think it is important to take an album for what it is and not look for things which, given the album's history and meaning to the artist who has recorded it, cannot be there. This is obviously neither "Layla" nor "Fresh Cream" nor "Journeyman.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By "" on April 25, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I really don't understand the amount of criticism that I find among the previous reviews. I'm a long-time Clapton fan, and I really wanted to like Pilgrim, but I could not. I've tried several times to revisit it, but every time I do, the same weaknesses come to the fore - my God, a whole album with Clapton playing to a drum machine? After the fire of Cream and Derek & the Dominoes. Why would you want a drum machine on your music when you could play with any drummer you wanted to?
IMO, Reptile is nothing like Pilgrim, which is odd, because they share the same producer (Simon Climie) and virtually the same band. However, on Reptile, ace drummer Steve Gadd plays REAL drums on every track, and the wonderful Impressions add a fine, fine element to the album. Hard to believe that some people don't enjoy the Impressions in this mix; to me, they add a warmth, honesty and musicality that deeply enriches every cut.
Also, the song selection is much better on this album. The covers are outstanding (I LOVE 'I Ain't Gonna Stand for It), except for Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight, my least favorite song on the album.
This is Clapton's best original work since Journeyman, and this has a richness that Jouneyman did not have. Granted, Clapton doesn't burn with the fire he had years ago, but, then again, neither do I. It doesn't mean his work is any less valid. If your mildly curious or tempted, be open-minded and give this album a chance. It will grow on you, believe me.
Personally, I love it.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Martin A Hogan HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on April 5, 2001
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For those expecting the rock of "Layla", the variety of "Pilgrim" or the funkiness of "461 Ocean Boulevard", you might be disappointed, but "Reptile" is a masterpiece. All fourteen songs are what you might expect from a personal concert in a small cafe from Eric Clapton. Rythym and Blues are the mainstay here and it shows with classic covers of Ray Charles', "Come Back Baby", James Taylors' "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight" and Stevie Wonders', "I Ain't Gonna Stand For It". This collection stands out for consistency and pure love of 'feel good' club music. Granted, Clapton does push more energy on "Superman Inside", almost 'out-blues' himself on "Got You On My Mind" and pulls at your heartstrings with the lovely instrumental, "Son & Sylvia". Each of Clapton's albums vary from time to time and usually for the better. This is a 'low key evening by the fire' collection. It's just one of the things Clapton does the best.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By J.Braun on March 13, 2001
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Thank you Mr. Clapton for this beautiful album. This work of art is a perfect recording from start to finish. The entire album is a graceful composition of intricate instrumental voicings, warm background harmony vocals, and a most captivating E.C. voice. The guitar-work is ( as is to be expected from such a master) sublime to say the least. Mr. Clapton's vocals on this record are superb, especially his compelling blues voice on songs such as "Come Back Baby",indeed a reflection of his deep-rooted love for the blues. The songs are diversified and the arrangements well balanced. The tonal quality of this recording is impeccable. This album is a polished shining gem and bears the signature of a truely gifted professional. I am certain this recording will undoubtably attain the status of "Album of the Year". Congratulations Mr. Clapton!!
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