Eric Clapton – No Reason To Cry (1976)

FrontCover1No Reason to Cry is a 1976 album by Eric Clapton, released for both Polydor and RSO records. The album was released in compact disc format on October 25, 1990.[citation needed]No Reason to Cry is a 1976 album by Eric Clapton, released for both Polydor and RSO records.

The album was recorded at The Band’s Shangri-la Studios in March 1976, and included involvement from all five members; Rick Danko shared vocals with Clapton on “All Our Past Times,” which he co-wrote with Clapton.

The album also includes a duet with Bob Dylan on his otherwise unreleased song “Sign Language.” The booklet in Bob Dylan’s box set The Bootleg Series Volumes 1–3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961–1991 describes his involvement in this album: “Dylan dropped by and was just hanging out, living in a tent at the bottom of the garden. He would sneak into the studio to see what was going on. Dylan offered his new, unrecorded song “Seven Days” to Clapton. Clapton passed on it, but Ron Wood took him up on the offer and released it on his third solo album Gimme Some Neck”. The song “Innocent Times” is sung by Marcy Levy, who also shared vocals with Clapton on “Hungry.”

No Reason to Cry is one of Clapton’s most successful international albums from the 1970s. The release reached the Top 30 in seven national music album charts, reaching the Top 10 in United Kingdom (peaking at number eight) and in the Netherlands, where the studio release ranked on position nine. The album was certified with a platinum in the United Kingdom. In Norway and the United States, No Reason to Cry charted at #13 and #15. In New Zealand and Sweden, the 1976 album positioned itself on number 18 and 24.

Rolling Stone journalist Dave Marsh finds, the album recordings are “much more mélange than masterpiece”.  Robert Christgau rated the album with a “B-” and calls the album “a well-made, rather likable rock and roll LP”, noting the “singing is eloquent and the instrumental signature an almost irresistible pleasure” (by wikipedia)


When he gave a speech inducting the Band into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Eric Clapton said that after he heard their debut album, Music from Big Pink, he wanted to join the group, the fact that they already had a guitarist in Robbie Robertson notwithstanding. In the winter of 1975-1976, when he cut No Reason to Cry at the Band’s Shangri-La Studio in Malibu, California, he came as close as he ever would to realizing that desire. Clapton is a musical chameleon; though some of No Reason to Cry is identifiable as the kind of pop/rock Clapton had been making since the start of his solo career (the best of it being “Hello Old Friend,” which became his first Top 40 single in two years), the most memorable music on the album occurs when Clapton is collaborating with members of the Band and other guests. He duets with Band bassist Rick Danko on Danko’s “All Our Past Times,” and with Bob Dylan on Dylan’s “Sign Language,” as Robertson’s distinctive lead guitar is heard rather than Clapton’s. As a result, the album is a good purchase for fans of Bob Dylan and the Band, but not necessarily for those of Eric Clapton. (by William Ruhlmann)

And I cant agree with this review … I guess, this is one of Clapton´s finest albums in the Seventies … great music, and great vocals … listen to “Carnival” or “Hungry”


Eric Clapton (guitar, vocals)
Rick Danko (bass)
Terry Danko (percussion)
Jesse Ed Davis (guitar)
Bobby Ellis (trumpet)
Georgie Fame (keyboards)
Albhy Galuten (piano)
Levon Helm (drums)
Garth Hudson (keyboards, saxophone)
Marcy Levy (vocals)
Richard Manuel (drums)
Ralph Moss (percussion)
Jamie Oldaker (drums)
Billy Preston (keyboards)
Carl Radle (bass)
Robbie Robertson (guitar, keyboards)
Sergio Rodriguez (percussion)
Dicky Simms (keyboards)
George Terry (guitar)
Wah Wah Watson (guitar)
Ron Wood (guitar)
Bob Dylan (vocals on 03.)
background vocals:
Sandy Castle – Yvonne Elliman – Chris Jagger


01. Beautiful Thing (Danko/Manuel) 4:26
02. Carnival (Clapton) 3:44
03. Sign Language (Dylan) 2:58
04. County Jail Blues (Fields) 4:00
05. All Our Past Times (Clapton/Danko) 4:40
06. Hello Old Friend (Clapton) 3:36
07. Double Trouble (Rush) 4:23
08. Innocent Times (Clapton/Levy) 4:11
09. Hungry (Levy/Simms) 4:39
10. Black Summer Rain (Clapton) 4:55
11. Last Night (Jacobs) 4.51



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