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Eric Clapton - No Reason to Cry (1996) Retail CD
Rock & Roll
If you were to listen to the first two songs on this album, and then give up and put it away, I wouldn't blame you."Beautiful Thing" isn't a bad song, excactly, but it is VERY different from the pop-rock style that was Eric Clapton in the mid-seventies, and was in fact written by Richard Manuel and Rick Danko of the Band."Carnival", a Clapton original (!), is decidedly weird. I don't even know what to call it...the backup singers sound like they're purposely trying to pronounce "Carnival" with a Spanish accent, and the arrangement is latin-tinged as well. Whatever it is supposed to be, it's notmore… succesful.But then comes Bob Dylan's "Sign Language", which is excellent, and the obligatory blues, in this case "County Jail Blues", after which Clapton duets with the Band's bassist Rick Danko on Danko's own "All Our Past Times".Another Clapton original, "Hello Old Friend", follows. It is much more akin to the kind of music he made on his other 70s albums, and the song provided him with his first top 40-hit in two years."Double Trouble" is a cover of the Otis Rush-tune that gave Stevie Ray Vaughan's band their name, and it's a little too low-key for my taste (a bit like when Clapton covers Elmore James...he can't pull that off, either). Yvonne Elliman, Clapton's long-time backup singer (and the original Mary Magdalene in "Jesus Christ Superstar"), takes the lead vocal on the grand, almost spiritual "Innocent Times", after which the album winds down with two less than memorable tunes, "Hungry" and "Black Summer Night", and the CD reissue includes a so-so cover of Little Walther Jacobs' "Last Night".All in all, "No Reason To Cry" is rather atypical Clapton album (and should appeal, at least in part, to fans of Bob Dylan and the Band). It's not one of his best, and these aren't three huge stars, but it has its moments.
|5||Country Jail Blues|
|6||All Our Past Times|
|7||Hello Old Friend|
|11||Black Summer Rain|
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