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Money And Cigarettes (Reissue)
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on 2 July 2017
I wasn't expecting great things from this album as it didnt do well at the time in 1983 and was made during a period where he had lost his way. Having said that overall it is a pleasantly enjoyable album and a massive improvement over the previous 2 albums, Backless and Another ticket. It doesn't contain any of Eric's well known songs but contains some good foot tappers all the same.
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on 6 June 2017
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on 15 November 2015
Not to sure at first but after playing it a couple of times, nice one Eric
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on 27 October 2016
I have all his albums and this one is among my top five favourites. It is not easy to choose in Eric's huge discography but this one is more "rock n roll" than usual and I love it. Maybe this is because it came out when I became acutely aware of Clapton (telling you about how old I am ;), and it has a special place in my collection. Definitely worth having even if you have his most famous Cream or other stuff.
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HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERon 30 August 2011
During the mid to late seventies, Clapton had a run of strong solo albums. The quality dipped a bit in 1981 with Another Ticket, but for this album in 1983 Clapton managed to overcome some of the problems of Ticket to produce one last hurrah before he teamed up with Phil Collins in 1985.

There is a bit of fire to this release, a set of bluesy songs with a slightly harder edge than the more relaxing, chilled tone of the previous 2 or 3 releases. A well chosen set of songs that show off Clapton the singer, guitarist and songwriter. With a talented backing band including Donald Dunn on bass, and Ry Cooder and Albert Lee on guitars, there is a tight and direct sound that gets straight down to business. It's not quite a classic, but it is definitely a highpoint of Clapton's eighties output for my taste.
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on 29 January 2014
Several catchy songs and some above average guitar work but nothing special. The lyrics are so lame its almost embaressing to play this in company. All in all not one of his best
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on 21 November 2011
A new label and a new band featuring Donald "Duck" Dunn, Roger Hawkins, Albert Lee and some slide guitar from Ry Cooder. Originally released in 1983, standout tracks are The Shape You're In, I've Got a Rock N' Roll Heart, Man In Love and Crosscut Saw. Altogether an upbeat and enjoyable album, well worth acquiring.
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on 10 May 2004
A few Clapton albums are overlooked...this is one of them.
This album released in 1983 boasts a great backing band including Ry Cooder and Albert Lee on guitar and Duck Dunn (Blues Brothers Band) on bass.
6 of the 10 tracks are written by EC and showcases his strength as a songwriter.
Everybody oughta make a change: Album opens with a good blues number, good guitar work, a bit lazy but good opener.
The Shape you're in: Great track, featuring good interplay between Albert Lee, Ry Cooder and EC.
Ain't going down: One of my personal favourties, Eric solo's are amazing.
I've got a rock n roll heart: Probably the most popular track on the album, relaeased as a single, in my opinion one of the two weakest tracks on the album.
Man overboard: Probably the second weakest, very commercial sound song, probably the record companies choice.
Pretty girl: Great ballard, great solo
Man in Love: Rocky little number, good.
Crosscut saw: What Eric does the best...the blues, great cover of a Albert King song.
Slow down linda: Rock n roll, good feel good song.
Crazy Country hop: Fun way to finish the album, rocking country style.
Don't expect to be blown away by this album, but give it a few listens and you will enjoy.
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on 6 June 2013
If some cracks had been evident when making Another Ticket (E.C.'s previous album) they soon opened up when work began on Money And Cigarettes and Clapton promptly sacked his entire band, except for guitarist Albert Lee and keyboard player Chris Stainton. In were drafted top session men Donald "Duck" Dunn (bass) and Roger Hawkins (drums), augmented by a certain Ry Cooder on slide guitar for good measure and inspiration (Dunn would remain in Clapton's touring band). Despite the changes, it was never likely in the circumstances that Eric was going to create something to rival his most acclaimed output. Still, having taken the radical step of sacking his second band in almost as many years, Clapton sounds enthused vocally and wrote most of the songs. It might have been expected that the presence of both Ry Cooder and Albert Lee in the studio would have really inspired Clapton's playing but he appears more intent on singing than playing.

The approach is familiar, with some old blues alongside the Clapton originals - Sleepy John Estes' "Everybody Oughta Make A Change" (which begins the album promisingly, with Ry Cooder and E.C. sharing slide guitar), "Crosscut Saw" and "Crazy Country Hop" all likely to please purists.

The album rocks too - but gently - with "The Shape You're In", which has a catchy riff and some neat 'call & response' lines from Clapton and Lee (especially) and "Ain't Going Down Any More", which has real pace and plenty of lead guitar throughout, although a problem, for me at least, is Eric's guitar tone (so crucial to his playing), which is flat and lazy. "Slow Down Linda" rocks along nicely and Eric used a very basic 12-bar format to declare himself a "Man In Love". He might well have been. Sadly, however, such feelings of euphoria rarely result in music to compare with the angst of unrequited love or the deep despair of a love that's lost. And that's certainly the case here.

"I've Got A Rock 'N' Roll Heart" (the nearest this album came to a hit single) is a tuneful number, lifted this time by Eric's guitar tone. "Man Overboard", which closed the lp side 1 has more neat slide from Cooder and "Pretty Girl" which opened side 2 is a heartfelt ballad, with a tasteful Albert Lee acoustic solo .

Heading towards his 10th anniversary as a solo artist, Clapton also appeared to be heading down a creative cul-de-sac. So concerned was his mate, Genesis' Phil Collins, that he offered to produce Eric's next album to give him a more contemporary sound. Behind The Sun (with some record company intervention) would prove a turning point and along with Eric's Live Aid performance set his career firmly back on course.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 17 September 2008
This is one of Clapton's better solo albums from the 80s, which successfully blends his blues roots with more commercial songs. The band which includes guitarists Albert Lee and Ry Cooder and Chris Stainton on keyboards, is brilliant throughout. Clapton contributes some really good songs such as "The Shape you're in", "Ain't going down" and "Pretty girl". He also turns in some excellent versions of blues cllassics like Sleepy John Estes' " Everybody oughta make a change", the Albert King number "Crosscut saw" and Johnny Otis' 'Hand jive'sound-alike "Crazy country hop". Probably my overall favourite is "I've got a rock n roll heart" a wonderfully catchy, melodic laid-back rocker that as a single even cracked the US top 20.
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