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Released: July 1970


Rating: 3.909 (average of 11 ratings)


Genre: classic British blues rock


Quotable: --


Album Tracks:

  1. Slunky [3:34]
  2. Bad Boy [3:34]
  3. Lonesome and a Long Way from Home (Bramlett/Russell) [3:29]
  4. After Midnight (Cale) [2:51]
  5. Easy Now (Clapton) [2:57]
  6. Blues Power (Clapton/Russell) [3:09]
  7. Bottle of Red Wine [3:06]
  8. Lovin’ You Lovin’ Me [3:19]
  9. Told You for the Last Time [2:30]
  10. Don’t Know Why [3:10]
  11. Let It Rain [5:02]

Songs written by Bramlett/Clapton unless noted otherwise.


Sales:

sales in U.S. only --
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 1.5 million


Peak:

peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 13
peak on U.K. album chart 17


Singles:

  • After Midnight (10/17/70) #18 US
  • Let It Rain (9/23/72) #48 US
  • Blues Power (11/8/80) #76 US


Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton
Review:
“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).


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Previous Album featuring Eric Clapton: Delaney & Bonnie’s ‘On Tour with Eric Clapton’ (1969) Eric Clapton’s DMDB page Next Album featuring Eric Clapton: Derek & the Dominos ‘Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs’ (1970)


Last updated March 31, 2008.