Eric Clapton - Money & Cigarettes (Picture Disc)
Eric Clapton - Money & Cigarettes (Picture Disc)
Eric Clapton - Money & Cigarettes (Picture Disc)
Eric Clapton - Money & Cigarettes (Picture Disc)
Eric Clapton - Money & Cigarettes (Picture Disc)
Eric Clapton - Money & Cigarettes (Picture Disc)

Eric Clapton - Money & Cigarettes (Picture Disc)

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Eric Clapton – electric guitar, slide guitar, lead vocals [click here to see more vinyl featuring Eric Clapton]

Ry Cooder – electric guitar, slide guitar [click here to see more vinyl featuring Ry Cooder]

Albert Lee – acoustic guitar, electric guitar, keyboards, backing vocals

Peter Solley – Hammond organ

Donald Dunn – bass

Roger Hawkins – drums

Chuck Kirkpatrick – backing vocals

John Sambataro – backing vocals


1LP, Transparent standard sleeve

Original analog Master tape : unspecified

Heavy Press : unspecified

Record color : Picture

Speed : 33RPM

Size : 12'’



Record Press : GZ Media (Czech Republic)

Label : Reprise Records

Original label : Warner

Recorded late 1982 at Compass Point Studios, Nassau, Bahamas

Engineered by Tom Dowd and Michael Carnavale

Mastered by Mike Fuller at Criteria Studios, Miami

Produced by Tom Dowd and Eric Clapton

Originaly released in 1983

Reissued in 2019 (first time as a picture disc)


Tracks :

Side A :

  1. Everybody Oughta Make A Change
  2. The Shape You're In
  3. Ain't Going Down
  4. I've Got A Rock N' Roll Heart
  5. Man Overboard

Side B:

  1. Pretty Girl
  2. Man In Love
  3. Crosscut Saw
  4. Slow Down Linda
  5. Crazy Country Hop


Reviews :

« Money and Cigarettes marked several important turning points in Eric Clapton's recording career. It was his debut release on his own Duck imprint within Warner Bros.' Reprise Records subsidiary. It was also the first album he made after coming to terms with his drinking problem by giving up alcohol. Newly focused and having written a batch of new songs, he became dissatisfied with his longtime band and fired them, with the exception of second guitarist Albert Lee. In their place, he hired session pros like Stax Records veteran bassist Donald "Duck" Dunn and Muscle Shoals drummer Roger Hawkins, also bringing in guest guitarist Ry Cooder. His new songs reflected on his changed condition, with "Ain't Going Down," a thinly veiled musical rewrite of the Jimi Hendrix arrangement of "All Along the Watchtower," serving as a statement of purpose that declared, "I've still got something left to say." "The Shape You're In" was a criticism of his wife for her alcoholism that concluded, "I'm just telling you baby 'cause I've been there myself," while the lengthy acoustic ballad "Pretty Girl" and "Man in Love" reaffirmed his feelings for her. The album's single was the relatively slight pop tune "I've Got a Rock n' Roll Heart," but Clapton's many blues fans must have been most pleased with the covers of Sleepy John Estes' "Everybody Oughta Make a Change" (significantly placed as the album's leadoff track), Albert King's "Crosscut Saw," and Johnny Otis' "Crazy Country Hop." For all the changes and the high-powered sidemen, though, Money and Cigarettes ended up being just an average effort from Clapton, which his audience seems to have sensed since, despite the Top 20 placement for the single, it became his first album in more than six years to miss the Top Ten and fail to go gold. » AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann


Ratings :

AllMusic : 3 / 5 , Discogs : 3.8 / 5

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