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Back Home (Standard Package)

Eric Clapton Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (29 Aug 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: WARNER BROS
  • ASIN: B000A3DFZE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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1. So Tired
2. Say What You Will
3. I'm Going Left
4. Love Don't Love Nobody
5. Revolution
6. Love Comes To Everyone
7. Lost And Found
8. Piece Of My Heart
9. One Day
10. One Track Mind
11. Run Home To Me
12. Back Home

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Back Home is Eric Clapton’s first album of new original material in nearly five years. Featuring twelve songs, five of which were penned by Clapton with creative collaborator Simon Climie, Back Home also includes "Love Comes To Everyone" by George Harrison, the Spinners’ "Love Don’t Love Nobody", a rendition of Stevie Wonder and Syretta Wright’s "I’m Going Left", and compositions by Vince Gill, Doyle Bramhall II and others.

Produced by Clapton and Simon Climie, who together also wrote the album’s first single "Revolution", Back Home additionally spotlights an all-star backing band, many of whose members have worked extensively with Clapton over the years. Included are drummer Steve Gadd, bassist Nathan East, guitarists Andy Fairweather-Low and Doyle Bramhall II, and keyboardists Billy Preston and Simon Climie.

Among the special guests appearing on Back Home are Steve Winwood (synthesizer), John Mayer (guitar), Robert Randolph (dobro), Chris Stainton (Fender Rhodes), Stephen Marley (percussion), Abraham Laboriel, Jr. (drums), Pino Paladino (bass) and Toby Baker (keyboards). The album also highlights string arrangements by Nick Ingman and performances by the Kick Horns.

"I wanted to make a studio album without quite knowing what it was going to be", remarks Clapton on the creative impetus behind Back Home. Working closely with Climie, Clapton began recording over a year ago, working around his touring schedule and family commitments. "We kind of resigned ourselves to the fact that it was going to take a long time", he continues, "but when we got stuck or if it wasn’t moving fast enough we’d stop and do a Robert Johnson song. That would clear the air and we’d go back and carry on for the new album. As a result, we ended up with a complete Robert Johnson album first, which was released last year as Me And Mr Johnson".

It was through the writing and recording process, Clapton explains, that the theme of Back Home emerged. "One of the earliest statements I made about myself", he reveals, "was back in the late ‘80’s, with Journeyman. This album completes that cycle in terms of talking about my whole journey as an itinerant musician and where I find myself now, starting a new family. That’s why I chose the title. It’s about coming home and staying home. Even though," he adds with a laugh, "I’ll be out on the road again next year, playing this music".

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars In a nutshell - pleasant, but unexciting 21 Sep 2005
By Amanda Richards VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
It's been about five years since Eric Clapton delivered an album with original material. Of the twelve songs, Clapton has writing credits for five, including the first single "Revolution", a reggae-based song reminiscent of "I Shot the Sheriff", except unlike the latter, this one is a somewhat flat, unexciting track.
Boosted by guest appearances, the album mixes reggae, R&B, pop and country. Contributors include George Harrison, who wrote "Love Comes to Everyone"; The Spinners' "Love Don't Love Nobody"; "I'm Going Left" from Stevie Wonder and Syreeta Wright; plus Vince Gill, Steve Winwood and John Mayer among others.
Most of the songs can be classified as "easy listening" and can evoke the occasional head bob and hum, but they're all relatively standard songs, with nothing really worth shouting about.
An average album, and not one of Clapton's best, something like an Oreo cookie without the good stuff inside. Rated 3.5 stars
Amanda Richards
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars In a word... 12 Sep 2005
Format:Audio CD
In a few more words, it seems like Eric Clapton has joined the growing list of renowned and respected musicians who've thrown in the towel, and been satisfied with making mediocre music this year. Don't get me wrong, as someone learning guitar I still regard EC as the best guitarist ever, from his ability to his legacy and influence. Without a shadow of a doubt, however, this album will play absolutely no part in either of those.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Sunday morning 11.00am 13 Sep 2005
Format:Audio CD
"Eric goes domestic" It is tempting to go down this road and the previous reviewer has coined a pretty good synopsis. Even little Claptons are caught on tape bawling away in the background when in past years The Impressions or the exquisite Katie Kissoon and Tessa Niles would be adding vocal richesse. To be fair to Eric he did warn us that this would be a further autobiographical outing punctuating a series of blues explorations (of outstanding quality) and road records (DVDs to be accurate) that capture the fire that still burns in that old heart of his.
The recordings are superb and Climie has done a good job of preventing the strings and gospel choirs from negating each other. I'm Going Left has a nice lyrical trick and the R&B fused Love don't love nobody is good writing and a fine song. In Revolution Eric revisits Reggae with a strong 'radio' song catchy and a groove that almost has that authentic 60's garage recording feel about it, but if your reference point is Exodus then this is not there ( More Antigua than Jamaica). - I suspect that Climie kept saying "what about some more vocals, keyboards, guitar here here and here. Lost and Found satisfies, as does Piece of my Heart with nice guitar and soul tinged chorus. One Day is the first glimpse of what the album could have been and still would only be a good track on one of previous outings. Then we have something of a slide to the end of the disc with three songs that could probably make one with ruthless editing.
- The Cream concerts are released in two weeks, I can't wait!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars EC's New Album 31 Aug 2005
Format:Audio CD
I feel sorry to say that Clapton is past his best, i'm a huge fan, but it seems to be true. Being a fan of Clapton's older work and bluesy parts of his modern work i was dissappointed. Yes, some of the tracks are very pleasant and even had me tapping me feet at one point (track 7 - the only song on the album one might label as 'rock music') However this album shows that Clapton's music has lost the spark it once had. Not that i am saying it's a bad album (hence the three stars) but only buy it if you like mellow, soft-toned music. If you are a fan of Cream or love that old classic 'Layla' and are looking to rekindle those fond old memories of hard rock, the first supergroup and 'Clapton is god' spraypainted on london subway walls - don't buy this album, get a best of Cream album.
Do buy it if you like your 'rock' (term used lossly with this album) mellow and calm. Think 'Pilgrim' but take out the rock and pour in some soft-toned music with a hint of reggae (tracks 2 & 5) and you're there.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars full circle; eric swan song album? 9 Sep 2005
By bigflat
Format:Audio CD
The self imposed theme of this album is about Clapton's journey through life and music coming full circle back to where he started with his family.
Well, thats a rather inward looking concept. It dwells on what is immediately at hand but fails to take into account the wider world, rather akin to a soap opera. In other words there is a general lack of initiative, intuition and incisiveness on this album.
It is easy to attribute this problem to aging and the unfortunate but irreversible, subtle changes in cognition as one gets older.
In that sense 'back home' is a poignant reminder for us all, rather like Dylan Thomas's GCSE standard - 'fern hill'
On another level its a candid acknowledgment of the lack of time he has left and that maybe more of it should have been with his family.
As for the music:
This is a slickly produced studio album. The tone is mellow. Eric's singing, usually a strong point lately, is rather weak on this album.
EC's guitar has become a sort of 'poly-filler material', handily fixing up any unsightliness but hardly of any structural value. Even for the odd brief solo, the guitar is limited to a role as adjunct rather than a dominant voice.
How different from the bluesbreakers album where really we just wanted the voice bit to finish so we could listen to the guitar bits.

The songs themselves are all vaguely delightful but lack any true passion, except perhaps 'back home'; the only track with real merit.
'back home' is deeply moving - it really seems to be EC bowing out for good.
Still, you can't criticize the man; lord knows how many albums he's produced.
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2.0 out of 5 stars What happened to 'Lost and Found'?
Plenty has been said about the merits (or not) of this album, but.....

I'm just puzzled about this disc from a production point of view. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mr J Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Back Home. Eric Clapton.
Fantastic album and would not expect anything less.
Guitar work is superb as is His singing.
A real pleasure to listen too, time and time again !
Published 12 months ago by Mike Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool and very classy.
I confess to being a Clapton admirer more for his live work than studio output, and always have been. Read more
Published 18 months ago by SL-N/1973
4.0 out of 5 stars Back Home
He is making some good albums now after a long period of disappointing material. Road to Escondido and Back Home have great tracks.
Published on 21 April 2012 by Dr Golf
3.0 out of 5 stars Back Home: Eric Clapton - Clapton sounds so tired
It seems to be a general principle that as they reach middle age, artists who once seemed to rule the universe and could do no wrong start to put out alternatingly good and... Read more
Published on 7 Sep 2011 by Victor
2.0 out of 5 stars Weak.
This has got to be the weakest album Clapton has ever produced. There is simply not one outstanding song on it and after hearing the whole cd, which seems to drag on forever, you... Read more
Published on 18 July 2007 by Rob Dylan (San Lorenzo)
4.0 out of 5 stars An underratted slice of laid back clappers
For those of you who loved eric in the 60's and 70's but think everything he's done since has been him 'selling out', then this album probably isn't for you. Read more
Published on 30 May 2006 by Mr. M. R. Gledhill
1.0 out of 5 stars How the mighty have fallen
If you are thinking of buying this then don't. Save your money. If you have bought it then go and sit in a darkened room. Read more
Published on 28 Nov 2005 by COLIN JOHNSON
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't underrate this album
Emerging from largely blues focused work recently, I wondered how this album would fare against these, the Cream release (excellent)and previous albums. Read more
Published on 25 Nov 2005 by Ross Clark
3.0 out of 5 stars Commercial With Some Merit
The first 6 songs are pleasant listening with "Revolution" showing the best because of its very catchy reggae beat. However, this first half of the 12 song set is a bit bland. Read more
Published on 12 Oct 2005 by nickk
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