Revisiting my extensive music collection, one artist at a time
It’s Forty Year Friday again. For more information on this series, please read the opening paragraph of the first post, which featured Never Surrender by Triumph.
Posted on my Facebook page Jan. 24, 2013:
This week’s featured album is ERIC CLAPTON “MONEY AND CIGARETTES” which was released in February 1983. I still remember spending a frigid January overnight in front of a record store to get tickets to his concert at The Meadowlands the following month, where I wore my Cream “Disraeli Gears” denim jacket. Yep, I was a pretty huge Clapton fan back then. Even though this isn’t up there with his best albums, it’s still unfairly overlooked. It was produced by Tom Dowd and featured guitarist Ry Cooder, Stax & Blues Brothers bass legend Donald “Duck” Dunn and great Muscle Shoals drummer Roger Hawkins. His version of “Crosscut Saw,” which I later knew via Albert King’s excellent recording, is fun and has some great guitar playing. It’s a mostly low-key record, including the Top 20 hit “I’ve Got A Rock & Roll Heart.” Happy 30th birthday to this very good album.
This is actually a very solid album with strong guitar work and vocals from Clapton. Other highlights for me include “The Shape You’re In,” “Slow Down Linda” and “Man Overboard.” It also avoids the ’80s over-production that would define his next couple of albums, including 1986’s August (which I discussed in a Thirty Year Thursday post back in 2016). Happy 40th anniversary to Money And Cigarettes.