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Backless [Remastered] [Original recording remastered]

Eric Clapton Audio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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1. Walk Out In The Rain
2. Watch Out For Lucy
3. I'll Make Love To You Anytime
4. Roll It
5. Tell Me That You Love Me
6. If I Don't Be There By Morning
7. Early In The Morning
8. Promises
9. Golden Ring
10. Tulsa Time

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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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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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It's not that "Backless" is a bad record, not at all. It's just not all that memorable.
Eric Clapton's seventh solo album is actually a rather pleasant mixture of rock, pop, blues and country - the amalgam of styles that Clapton employed on almost all of his 70s releases.
It works best on the two songs co-written by Bob Dylan, "Walk Out In The Rain" and "If I Don't Be There By Morning", and on Clapton's own "Watch Out For Lucy", which is a fun, catchy pop-rocker. But "Roll It" and "Golden Ring" aren't particularly interesting, and whether or not you enjoy this very laid-back rendition of J.J. Cale's "I'll Make Love To You Anytime" is a matter of taste.
The cover of Danny Flowers' "Tulsa Time" is good, though, as is the classic blues "Early In The Morning", which features some really great slide playing.
The final Clapton original, "Tell Me That You Love Me", isn't a major song by any means, but it's not bad, and nothing on this album is, actually. About half of it just isn't all that good either. But still, Eric Clapton's filler is usually better than most other artists' filler, so "Backless" is worth about 3 stars, I suppose, and it does feature a few really enjoyable songs, even if none of them are excactly classics.
Not an essential Eric Clapton purchase, especially since most of the good stuff can be found in equally good or better versions on one or more of Clapton's live albums, but it is certainly not one to be avoided, either.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Country meets Blues June 17 1999
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars A solid Clapton solo album Aug. 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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3.0 out of 5 stars The 2nd Lull in Clapton's Career July 16 2002
Format:Audio CD
Periodically throughout Eric Clapton's solo career, his music mellows out to such an extent that it barely resembles rock 'n' roll. His self-titled debut got his solo career off to an unimpressive start, and his most recent offering, "Reptile," makes adult contemporary sound exciting. A similar weak period occurred in the late 1970s through the early 1980s, with "Backless," "Another Ticket," and "Money & Cigarrettes" all competing for title of Clapton's Most Forgetable Album. The country is mellow, the blues are mellow, and even the rockers are mellow. This is easy listening for classic rock fans.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The 2nd Lull in Clapton's Career July 16 2002
Format:Audio CD
Periodically throughout Eric Clapton's solo career, his music mellows out to such an extent that it barely resembles rock 'n' roll. His self-titled debut got his solo career off to an unimpressive start, and his most recent offering, "Reptile," makes adult contemporary sound exciting. A similar weak period occurred in the late 1970s through the early 1980s, with "Backless," "Another Ticket," and "Money & Cigarrettes" all competing for title of Clapton's Most Forgetable Album. The country is mellow, the blues are mellow, and even the rockers are mellow. This is easy listening for classic rock fans.
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