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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 24 September 2011
After the excess of Cream, Eric decided to turn down the volume, shorten the solos and introduce a little bit of country into his musical menu. This, his first solo album is a reminder of what is great and not so great about the man. For someone so famed for extended guitar excursions, there is a welcome attempt at song craft and arrangement. Eric's pleasant voice at last has a chance to give his material a little more substance and meaning. As a result this album sounds more then Eric dialling in a performance, it sounds like Eric cares about what he is doing. So, hopefully, you won't find yourself busy with the fast-forward button as you might with some of Clapton's latter efforts. The only problem with the album is that the pace is a little too uniform and sometimes Eric's vocals are occasionally in danger of being swamped by an overly busy background.

Criticism aside, this is an album of goods songs. Tunes like 'After Midnight', 'Don't Know Why' and 'Lonesome and a Long Way from Home' are superb little country flavoured blues efforts. When Eric does turn up the heat as he does on the nifty instrumental 'Slunky' and 'Let It Rain' you can hear a new found respect for melody and pacing in his playing.

The remastering job on this CD gives a much improved clarity but it is a shame that this edition couldn't have added some additional notes or illustrations. If record companies want us to buy 'reheated' product from yesteryear, shouldn't they be giving the customer added incentives to part with our hard earned cash? Apart from that grumble, this is a little gem of a release-enjoyable, pleasant and occasionally very tasty. This album served Eric as a useful template for his career - some good songs, the occasional blast on the guitar placed around mild, world weary vocals and a superb supporting crew of players. Recommended.
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This is a great album that launched Clapton's career as a solo artist. Following stints in John Mayall's Blues Breakers, Cream and Blind Faith, Clapton had proved himself over and over again to be a great guitarist. In those bands he had been working with great talent, which had driven him to new heights in order to compete with them. Here however, he is driving himself to make a mark as a soloist, and so hitting similar heights. In later albums, once he was established, he'd become a bit lazy and bland, but here he is on fire and out to show the world what he can do by himself.

For the first time we get Clapton the singer as well as Clapton the guitarist, and while his voice isn't perfect, it's still pretty good, sensitive where it needs to be and powerful enough to keep up with his guitar. It's the guitar that is the star of the show though, and on this well chosen set of bluesy tunes it really shines through. The opener, Slunky, is a rocking instrumental workout that is probably my favourite track on the album. I also love the JJ Cale cover `After Midnight' and the album closer, Let it Rain. The rest of the album is uniformly good as Clapton works his way through fast and slow blues numbers.

A great start to his solo career, back in the days when he still had the fire and drive to be the best he could be. A five star album.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 26 September 2012
This was Eric's first solo album, and still is one truly great release.With Delaney And Bonnie,Steve Stills and a host of others it's a real celebration of good time music.Clearly Eric's time playing with Delaney and Bonnie gives this set that infectious rockim' feel so in touch with the roadhouse music of the time.'Bottle Of Red Wine' is still one of my personal Eric favourites, plus this album came out while we were in Bournemouth not long after my wife and I were married.That week also saw Derek and the Dominos playing in concert in the Pavillion there but we couldn't get tickets.This is a timeless truly wonderful release, the guitar playing as ever is superb, Erics voice is just finding it's way but was already pretty good.This is an unmissable release not to missed.
This album will always be known as the one with him peeling an orange on the cover,but it truly is full of some very tasty and timeless fruit that should have a place in any true music collection.
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on 13 January 2014
IMHO Delaney & Bonnie On Tour With Eric Clapton is one of the best live rock albums ever cut!
Agree with L.Sleepa and Sean Kaye-Smith, these two albums make a great pair, and they should stand side by side in your CD rack. Pivotal stuff!
I'm very excited to be going to a Jack Bruce concert at the same Fairfield Hall in Croydon London on the 15th March, where the Delaney & Bonnie was recorded.
Wish I could've been there at the time! Apparently still "A place for great shows"!! :D
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on 28 April 2006
Eric Clapton has probably been involved in more 'debut' albums than anyone else, being in Yardbirds, Bluesbreakers, Cream, Blind Faith, Derek And The Dominoes and then officially solo. Eric is clearly stoned/wasted on the album cover and it looks like his Strat is propping him up in the chair!. At this point in his career Clapton was playing some of his best guitar as shown on the majestic 'Layla' album. This is a nice little companion to that album and the appropriately titled 'slunky' kicks off the album as though the tape operator has just started recording mid way through a jam session, Bobby Keys pre Brown Sugar on sax. Quality. 'After Midnight' still gets a bit of radio play today and is probably the most well known track on the album. Why is he SO bad these days?, apart from the blues albums he hasn't made a truly great solo album for years. This is some prime era Slowhand, even if the material is a bit uneven, great playing from all involved.
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on 2 June 2015
Thank you! It took quite a long time for this cd to get here in Rio de Janeiro, but it finally did, and I'm very pleased
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on 7 May 2013
Before the smack got a hold.
Before Pattie got a hold (just).
Before he dumped Alice Ormsby-Gore in a heroin cesspool.
And just before Layla.
All you young 'uns out there who jumped on at 'Tears in heaven' and fancy themselves die-hard EC fans would do well to get a hold of this. OK as mentioned above, this is really a Delaney and Bonnie album but our EC plays as if he still has something to prove and some tracks are still as fresh as paint (I was listening to this when I should have been studying for my O levels - 40 odd years ago) with EC playing a great lead in a band ...and not just doing the showy frontman bollocks.
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on 15 June 2016
Just after Cream split, Jack Bruce wasn't the only one who went solo!
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on 16 September 2014
eric first solo album, just got back into him, and glad I did .
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on 8 October 2015
Classic album. very prompt delivery from seller.
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