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by Eric Clapton


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Judging by the mellow, contented songs that dominate Back Home, Eric Clapton finds himself in a particularly grounded place right now, lending the disc a subdued and inviting energy. That aura is intensified by the presence of guests as varied as John Mayer, Steve Winwood, and Robert Randolph (the last of whom turns in some stellar dobro work), all of whom are sympathetic enough to Clapton's intent that their presences are more felt than instantly heard. In keeping with his tendencies to seek out unusual covers for Claptonization, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer swept a wide swath of the sonic spectrum to come up with some of the disc's most intriguing cuts -- notably a languid, almost churchly take on the Spinners' "Love Don't Love Nobody" that's veined with eloquent picking. He's every bit as effective when he puts the guitar on the back burner to showcase his underrated vocal abilities, best demonstrated by a sweaty, horn-dappled version of "I'm Going Left" (which Stevie Wonder wrote with his late wife, Syreeta Wright). The R&B bent extends to many of the disc's originals as well: "One Track Mind" has a cognac-smooth groove that'd do Al Green proud, while "Say What You Will" interweaves that Memphis vibe with a reggae rhythm that's a little more subtle, a little more sensual, than Clapton's earlier forays into island sounds. A similar silkiness permeates his playing as well, as the bracing fire-and-ice interchanges of yore have given way to quieter explosions, as evidenced by the liquid-silver lines he unskeins on the Vince Gill–penned "One Day." Yes, he slips into Hallmark card territory now and again (especially on the doting-dad ditty "So Tired"), but it's hard to begrudge the man his happiness. In fact, as long as he keeps channeling it into the directions he does here, it's mighty easy to share in it.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/30/2005
Label: Reprise / Wea
UPC: 0093624939528
catalogNumber: 49395
Rank: 14321

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eric Clapton   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Billy Preston   Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ
Steve Winwood   Synthesizer,Guest Appearance
Andy Fairweather Low   Guitar
Simon Clarke   Horn,Track Performer
Simon Climie   Keyboards
Nathan East   Bass,Bass Guitar
Paul Fakhourie   Guest Appearance
Steve Gadd   Drums
Vince Gill   Guest Appearance
Kick Horns   Ensemble,Track Performer
Nick Ingman   Strings
Abraham Laboriel   Drums
Roddy Lorimer   Horn,Track Performer
Stephen Marley   Guest Appearance
Pino Palladino   Guest Appearance
Tim Sanders   Horn,Track Performer
Paul Spong   Horn,Track Performer
Chris Stainton   Guest Appearance
Sharon White   Background Vocals
Annie Whitehead   Horn,Track Performer
Gavyn Wright   Strings
Lawrence Johnson   Background Vocals
Doyle Bramhall   Guitar
Toby Baker   Guest Appearance
John Mayer   Guitar
Abe Laboriel   Drums
Robert Randolph   Dobro
Nicky "Misschief" Shaw   Percussion,Drums
Isobelle Griffiths   Strings
Michelle John   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

George Harrison   Composer
Beverly Darnall   Composer
Eric Clapton   Composer,Art Direction,Audio Production
Simon Climie   Composer,Programming,Producer,Audio Production
Vince Gill   Composer
Joseph B. Jefferson   Composer
Susannah Melvoin   Composer
Charles Simmons   Composer
Jeremy Stacey   Composer
Stevie Wonder   Composer
Syreeta Wright   Composer
Doyle Bramhall   Composer
Mike Elizondo   Composer
Lee Dickson   Guitar Techician
Catherine Roylance   Art Direction
Nicky "Misschief" Shaw   drum programming

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Back Home 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
this album is tired. not one track i feel like listening to for a second go round. I'm looking very forward to The Road to Escondito with JJ Cale. Maybe there will be more inspiration there. Sorry
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like Clapton, you will not be disappointed in this album. The artist never ceases to amaze me and like wine, he gets better with age. I just purchased BACK HOME today so I have not yet decided which song is my much to choose from. I do wish this had a video to go with the album, but other than that, it is really great. Hope you all enjoy it as much as I am..
Guest More than 1 year ago
Four years after "Reptile", Eric 'Slowhand' Clapton is back with this great album. I've listened to every song on the album and I have to say what a joy it is to listen to. (and play along with too)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a different type of album from EC. The album is upbeat and loaded with horns and back up singers. While only half the album was written or co-written by Clapton, he avoids a tired sound that is not his own by not recording 3-4 songs penned for him (ex. written by Jerry Lynn Williams). The covers are great "Love Don't Love Nobody" is an extremely admirable rendition loaded with emotion. "I'm Going Left" is a fun song as is the cover of his dear friend George Harrison's "Love Comes to Everyone." "One Day" is extremely strong vocally and has some fiery guitar solos. One of the more intriguing tracks is the Clapton original "One Track Mind", which finds Clapton taking both a fun dobro solo and a nice electric solo. "Lost and Found" falls just short with its abrupt cut-off at the 5:20 mark that seems like a glitch. The Dual Disc version is highly recommended as it contains 4 EC/Back Home guitar picks and has the full album in Surround sound as well as a 20 min video. The Guitar God is not prevelant on the album but it's great to hear some fun music from EC.