CLAPTON,ERIC - NO REASON TO CRY
Format: Compact Disc/EP/Single
In the spirit of all-star get-togethers endemic to that part of the '70s, 1976's NO REASON TO CRY became Eric Clapton's recorded version of the Rolling Thunder Tour. Joining Clapton in the studio were Bob Dylan, Ron Wood, Georgie Fame and Band-mates Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko & Richard Manuel (Clapton returned the favour later in the year by appearing in The Last Waltz, the Band's last live show). Clapton's buddies also contributed material, including Dylan's "Sign Language", the Danko/Manuel composition "Beautiful Thing" and Danko's country-flavoured "All Our Past Times".
At this point in his solo career, Clapton was taking a more languid and low-key approach towards playing, with more emphasis on presenting songs and less on soloing. Songs such as the wistful "Hello Old Friend" and the aching "Innocent Times", featuring Marcy Levy's gospel-flavoured vocals, reflect Slowhand's countryish leanings of the time. Clapton's love of the blues, however, was undiminished, and when he tackles both Otis Rush's "Double Trouble" and Little Walter's "Last Night", he shines despite any stylistic changes.
|5)||Country Jail Blues|
|6)||All Our Past Times|
|7)||Hello Old Friend|
|11)||Black Summer Rain