Eric Clapton – Money And Cigarettes (1983) – Lp
Eric Patrick Clapton, CBE (born 30 March 1945), is an English rock and blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: once as a solo artist and separately as a member of the Yardbirds and Cream. Clapton has been referred to as one of the most important and influential guitarists of all time. Clapton ranked second in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time“.
Artist: Eric Clapton
Title: Money And Cigarettes
Label: Duck Records
Money and Cigarettes is a 1983 album by Eric Clapton recorded after his first rehabilitation from alcoholism. Produced by Clapton and Tom Dowd with, apart from Albert Lee, a new backing band of veteran session musicians including Donald “Duck” Dunn, Roger Hawkins, and Ry Cooder. The album was moderately successful commercially, reaching Top 20 chart positions in several countries.
Money and Cigarettes marked several important turning points in Eric Clapton‘s recording career. It was his debut release on his own Duck imprint within Warner Bros.’ Reprise Records subsidiary. It was also the first album he made after coming to terms with his drinking problem by giving up alcohol. Newly focused and having written a batch of new songs, he became dissatisfied with his longtime band and fired them, with the exception of second guitarist Albert Lee. In their place, he hired session pros like Stax Records veteran bassist Donald “Duck” Dunn and Muscle Shoals drummer Roger Hawkins, also bringing in guest guitarist Ry Cooder. His new songs reflected on his changed condition, with “Ain’t Going Down,” a thinly veiled musical rewrite of the Jimi Hendrix arrangement of “All Along the Watchtower,” serving as a statement of purpose that declared, “I’ve still got something left to say.” “The Shape You’re In” was a criticism of his wife for her alcoholism that concluded, “I’m just telling you baby ’cause I’ve been there myself,” while the lengthy acoustic ballad “Pretty Girl” and “Man in Love” reaffirmed his feelings for her. The album’s single was the relatively slight pop tune “I’ve Got a Rock n’ Roll Heart,” but Clapton‘s many blues fans must have been most pleased with the covers of Sleepy John Estes‘ “Everybody Oughta Make a Change” (significantly placed as the album’s leadoff track), Albert King‘s “Crosscut Saw,” and Johnny Otis‘ “Crazy Country Hop.” For all the changes and the high-powered sidemen, though, Money and Cigarettes ended up being just an average effort from Clapton.
1. Everybody Oughta Make A Change (3:16)
2. The Shape You’re In (4:08)
3. Ain’t Going Down (4:01)
4. I’ve Got A Rock N’ Roll Heart (3:13)
5. Man Overboard (3:45)
1. Pretty Girl (5:29)
2. Man In Love (2:46)
3. Crosscut Saw (3:30)
4. Slow Down Linda (4:14)
5. Crazy Country Hop (2:46)