Eric Clapton - Another Ticket [RSO Recordings RX-1-3095] (17 February 1981)

Released: 17 February 1981
Country: US
Label: RSO Recordings
Catalog: RX-1-3095
Genre: Blues Rock

Item# SR-RSRX13095
Ratings: C=VG+; LP=VG+

T R A C K L I S T:
01 Something Special
02 Black Rose
03 Blow Wind Blow
04 Another Ticket
05 I Can't Stand It
06 Hold Me Lord
07 Floating Bridge
08 Catch Me If You Can
09 Rita Mae

Another Ticket
Eric Clapton

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Album Review

William Ruhlmann []

Now, here's a star-crossed album. Polydor rejected the first version of it, produced by Glyn Johns, and Eric Clapton was forced to cut it all over again with Tom Dowd. Then, a few dates into a U.S. promotional tour coinciding with its release, Clapton collapsed and was found to be near death from ulcers due to his alcoholism. Finally, it turned out to be the final record of his 15-year association with Polydor, which therefore had no reason to promote it. Nevertheless, the album made the Top Ten, went gold, and spawned a Top Ten single in ''I Can't Stand It.'' And the rest of it wasn't too shabby, either. The first and last Clapton studio album to feature his all-British band of the early '80s, it gave considerable prominence to second guitarist Albert Lee and especially to keyboard player/singer Gary Brooker (formerly leader of Procol Harum), and they gave it more of a blues-rock feel than the country-funk brewed up by the Tulsa shuffle crew Clapton had used throughout the 1970s. Best of all, Clapton had taken the time to write some songs -- he's credited on six of the nine selections -- and tunes such as the title track and ''I Can't Stand It'' held up well. This wasn't great Clapton, but it was good, and it deserved more recognition than conditions allowed it at the time.