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Backless [Remastered] Original recording remastered, Import


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  • Audio CD (Sept. 10 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Polydor - Universal Special Imports
  • ASIN: B000002G8J
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Stodder on 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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Format: Audio CD
I read a rolling stone review of this album back when it came out and it was the most hilarous thing I've ever seen! Something about this album being a non-entity and that Clapton records the transference of a cigarette from one hand to another and its 10th rate Fleetwood mac and that the band sounds like a hawaiian karoake performance. It's pretty lame - weak and his vocals go out of tune. Tulsa time, Watch out for lucy, and promises are about all there is here - the rest of it can pretty much go away. Golden ring is his attempt to create another wonderful tonight and it falls short. Skip it.
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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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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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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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By P Magnum on 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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