Lonesome and a Long Way from Home (Bramlett/Russell) [3:29]
After Midnight (Cale) [2:51]
Easy Now (Clapton) [2:57]
Blues Power (Clapton/Russell) [3:09]
Bottle of Red Wine [3:06]
Lovin’ You Lovin’ Me [3:19]
Told You for the Last Time [2:30]
Don’t Know Why [3:10]
Let It Rain [5:02]
Songs written by Bramlett/Clapton unless noted otherwise.
After Midnight (10/17/70) #18 US
Let It Rain (9/23/72) #48 US
Blues Power (11/8/80) #76 US
“Eric Clapton's eponymous solo debut was recorded after he completed a tour with Delaney & Bonnie. Clapton used the core of the duo's backing band and co-wrote the majority of the songs with Delaney Bramlett — accordingly, Eric Clapton sounds more laid-back and straightforward than any of the guitarist's previous recordings. There are still elements of blues and rock & roll, but they're hidden beneath layers of gospel, R&B, country, and pop flourishes. And the pop element of the record is the strongest of the album's many elements — Blues Power isn't a blues song and only Let It Rain, the album's closer, features extended solos. Throughout the album, Clapton turns out concise solos that de-emphasize his status as guitar god, even when they display astonishing musicality and technique. That is both a good and a bad thing — it's encouraging to hear him grow and become a more fully rounded musician, but too often the album needs the spark that some long guitar solos would have given it. In short, it needs a little more of Clapton's personality” (Erlewine).