3 favorite songs from Eric Clapton’s Backless album from November 1978.

Promises – Eric Clapton (1978) 24/192 FLAC Remaster 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

Watch Out For Lucy – Eric Clapton (1978) 24/192 FLAC Remaster 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

Golden Ring – Eric Clapton (1978) 24/192 FLAC Remaster 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Promises” was released on Eric Clapton’s sixth studio album Backless, in November 1978.  This is possibly my favorite song Clapton has recorded.

Not too long back I did a few equalizer vids for tracks from Eric’s No Reason To Cry album, and I mentioned Backless as my favorite EC album….always has been always will be! 😉 I’ve always wanted to do concept vids for a couple of tracks, and may yet….till then decided to work up a couple/three equalizer style vids for a few of my favorite tracks in 192/24 FLAC audio. I hope you enjoy these beautiful songs as much as I still do. Thanks for watching!

Produced by Glyn Johns, and released by Polydor Records, Backless reached No. 8 on the pop charts. While the single “Promises” only reached No. 37 in the UK, it was a much bigger success in the US, reaching No. 9 on the Billboard charts.

The follow-up single, “Watch Out for Lucy”, was the B-side of “Promises”, but reached #40 on the Billboard charts on its own merit.

A blue and white scarf worn by Clapton on the album sleeve is believed to be a scarf of West Bromwich Albion Football Club. Clapton is widely believed to be a supporter of the club, despite being born in Ripley, Surrey more than 100 miles away. In recent years he has reportedly been more interested in Chelsea F.C.

[Lyrics]
I don’t care if you never come home,
I don’t mind if you just keep on
Rowing away on a distant sea,
‘Cause I don’t love you and you don’t love me.

You cause a commotion when you come to town;
You give ’em a smile and they melt.
Having lovers and friends is all good and fine,
But I don’t like yours and you don’t like mine.

La la, la la la la la.
La la, la la la la la.

I don’t care what you do at night,
Oh, and I don’t care how you get your delights.
I’m gonna leave you alone, I’ll just let it be,
I don’t love you and you don’t love me.

I got a problem. Can you relate?
I got a woman calling love hate.
We made a vow we’d always be friends.
How could we know that promises end?

[Bridge]

I tried to love you for years upon years,
You refuse to take me for real.
It’s time you saw what I want you to see,
And I’d still love you if you’d just love me.

[Chorus]

[Bridge 2x]

“Watch Out For Lucy” was released on Eric Clapton’s sixth studio album Backless, in November 1978.

 

[Lyrics]
Now my friend Bill was just a working lad
And he liked to have his fun.
He’d like to find a girl and get comfortable
When his working day was done.

He would spend all his money on a Friday night,
Wake up in the morning broke,
But he had a run in with little Lucy then;
Believe me that ain’t no joke.

[Chorus:]
Watch out for Lucy,
Though she may look frail.
Say excuse me, Lucy,
Darling don’t you use me;
I don’t want to land in jail.

She started out working in a cafe,
Picking money up on the side.
She was free and easy, everybody’s friend,
But she couldn’t be satisfied.

So now in walks Bill with his cash in his hand,
His heart upon his sleeve.
We tried to warn him about her ways,
We never did succeed.

[Chorus]

Well, the trap was sprung for poor old Bill;
You should have heard little Lucy sing
“I want a Cadillac car, a beautiful home,
And a thousand dollar ring.”

They found our hero in the gutter
With a diamond ring and a gun.
He’d done it for the love of Lucy
And ended up on the run.

[Chorus 2x]

“Golden Ring” was released on Eric Clapton’s sixth studio album Backless, in November 1978.

Produced by Glyn Johns, and released by Polydor Records, Backless reached No. 8 on the pop charts. While the single “Promises” only reached No. 37 in the UK, it was a much bigger success in the US, reaching No. 9 on the Billboard charts.

The follow-up single, “Watch Out for Lucy”, was the B-side of “Promises”, but reached #40 on the Billboard charts on its own merit.

[Lyrics][Chorus]
He gave to you a golden ring
It made you happy, it made you sing
And I played for you on my guitar
It did not last long, we did not go far

[Verse 1]
And though the times have changed
We are rearranged
Will the ties that bind remain the same?

You came around after a while
Everyone said that I made you smile
It all went well, and suddenly then
You heard that he would marry again

[Chorus]

[Verse 2]
Well I know that I have been here before
I have trod on your wings, I have opened the door
If I gave to you a golden ring
Would I make you happy, would I make you sing?

[Chorus][x2]

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4 tracks from Eric Clapton’s No Reason To Cry album (1976) 192KHz/24bit FLAC

4 of my favorite tracks from Eric Clapton’s fourth solo studio album, No Reason To Cry, which was released in August of 1976. This is my second favorite Eric Clapton album (after 1978’s Backless).

These videos will represent my very first in a new style series that I’ll be uploading (similar to the few other visual equalizer tracks I’ve done in past)….still working towards an interesting way for me to make quick uploads for the best audio sources of my favorite tracks from select albums using simple video templates…in-between my other video projects. I’ll try and cluster at least two from each album…maybe 3? Hope you enjoy the selections! Thanks for watching!

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.” Female vocals are also on many of the other songs. Yvonne Elliman, who is thanked on the back cover, sang on some of the songs too.

Hello Old Friend – Eric Clapton (1976) 192KHz/24bit FLAC HD 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

[Lyrics]
As I am strolling down the garden path,
I saw a flower glowing in the dark.
It looked so pretty and it was unique;
I had to bend down just to have a peek.

Hello old friend,
It’s really good to see you once again.
Hello old friend,
It’s really good to see you once again.

I saw you walking underneath the stars;
I couldn’t stop ’cause I was in a car.
I’m sure the distance wouldn’t be too far
If I got out and walked to where you are.

Hello old friend,
It’s really good to see you once again.
Hello old friend,
It’s really good to see you once again.

An old man passed me on the street today;
I thought I knew him but I couldn’t say.
I stopped to think if I could place his frame.
When he tipped his hat I knew his name.

Hello old friend,
It’s really good to see you once again.
Hello old friend,
It’s really good to see you once again.

Hello old friend,
It’s really good to see you once again.
Hello old friend,
It’s really good to see you once again.

All Our Past Times – Eric Clapton (1976) 192KHz/24bit FLAC HD 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

[Lyrics]
I don’t want to be the one to say I’m sorry.
I don’t want to be the one to take the blame.
I don’t want to be the one to throw it over.
I don’t want to be the one to feel ashamed.

I don’t want to be the one who thinks of nothing.
I don’t want to be the one to tell you what you have seen.
After all this time, well I thought that you were mine.
I just want to be the one who would share this dream.

All our past times should be forgotten.
All our past times should be erased.
I don’t care how much it costs;
Cause I don’t count the loss
As long as I can see your face again.

You don’t have to tell me when you’re leaving,
If it’s half past one, if it’s maybe four.
It makes no difference where you think you’re going,
But please remember not to slam the door.

Yes, I don’t care how much it costs;
You know I don’t count the loss
As long as I can see your face again.

Sign Language – Eric Clapton (1976) 192KHz/24bit FLAC HD 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

[Lyrics]
You speak to me in sign language
As I’m eating a sandwich in a small cafe
At a quarter to three

But I can’t respond to your sign language
You’re taking advantage, bringing me down
Can’t you make any sound?

It was there by the bakery, surrounded by fakery
This is my story, still I’m still there
Does she know I still care?

Link Wray was playing on a jukebox, I was paying
For the words I was saying, so misunderstood
He didn’t do me no good

You speak to me in sign language
As I’m eating a sandwich in a small cafe
At a quarter to three

But I can’t respond to your sign language
You’re taking advantage, bringing me down
Can’t you make any sound?

Black Summer Rain – Eric Clapton (1976) 192KHz/24bit FLAC HD 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

[Lyrics]
Where is the sun,
The sun that used to shine on me?
Where has it gone
Or is it just a memory?

I looked through the window,
Staring at the sky,
Waiting for a moment
That always passed me by.

Black summer rain,
Black summer rain,
Black summer rain is falling on me, girl.

Where is the love,
The love I need to set me free?
And how can I escape
This gloom that is swallowing me?

Black summer rain,
Black summer rain,
Black summer rain is falling on me, girl.

Black summer rain,
Black summer rain,
Black summer rain is falling on me, girl.

 

I don’t want to fade away… In your heart I want to stay.

Bell Bottom Blues – Derek and the Dominos (1970) HD FLAC Remaster HD Video

“Bell Bottom Blues” was the second song on the first side of Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, which was the only album released by the supergroup Derek and the Dominos, from the winter of 1970.

I had been working on a video for “Layla” and stopped along the way for “Bell Bottom Blues”! The mod dancer effects was from my “Wah-Wah” video and I’d pulled them up (recreated them to remove a couple of skipped frames that had gotten past me when I first made them ) for the “Bell Bottom Blues” video….the drummer album cover effect was in my “Layla” vid. I realized that these two effects might be used to make for a quick “Bell Bottom Blues” (my second favorite from the album)….so I planned on making a very simple video built around them. Of course then I find myself in a familiar and frustrating situation where I’m working two videos and can’t decide which effect to use where since I try to not cheat too much and like each video to look as different as possible. This was a pretty quick effort and the foundation of a much better video, but the upcoming video for “Layla” incorporate much more of the things I was finding along the way. (Not sure who that one girl is, but man she also looks great as “Layla” ;-)….what a great pic!) Hope you enjoy!

The collaboration that created Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, Derek and the Dominos, grew out of Eric Clapton’s frustration with the hype associated with the supergroups Cream and the short-lived Blind Faith. Following the latter’s dissolution, he joined Delaney & Bonnie and Friends, whom he had come to know while they were the opening act on Blind Faith’s US tour in the summer of 1969.

After that band also split up, a Friends alumnus, Bobby Whitlock, joined up with Clapton in Surrey, England. From April 1970, the two spent weeks writing a number of songs “just to have something to play”, as Whitlock put it. These songs would later make up the bulk of the material on Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs.

Having toured with Joe Cocker straight after leaving Delaney & Bonnie, Carl Radle and Jim Gordon reunited with Clapton and Whitlock in England. Clapton attempted to avoid the limelight under cover of the anonymous “Derek and the Dominos”, with whom he played a tour of small clubs in Britain during the first three weeks of August. The group’s name had reportedly resulted from a gaffe made by the announcer at their first concert, who mispronounced the band’s provisional name, “Eric & The Dynamos”. In fact, Clapton chose “Derek and the Dominos” because he did not want his name and celebrity to get in the way of maintaining a “band” image. When the tour was over, they headed for Criteria Studios in Miami to record an album.

The source of the album’s eventual centerpiece, “Layla”, was rooted in Clapton’s personal life; he had become infatuated with Pattie Boyd, the wife of his friend George Harrison. Not even heroin, which Clapton had then begun to use, could dull the pain. Dave Marsh, in The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock and Roll, wrote that “there are few moments in the repertoire of recorded rock where a singer or writer has reached so deeply into himself that the effect of hearing them is akin to witnessing a murder, or a suicide … to me, ‘Layla’ is the greatest of them.”

As usual HUGE THANKS to everyone who’s art made this new art possible!

[Lyrics]
Bell bottom blues, you made me cry.
I don’t want to lose this feeling.
And if I could choose a place to die
It would be in your arms.

Do you want to see me crawl across the floor to you?
Do you want to hear me beg you to take me back?
I’d gladly do it because
I don’t want to fade away.
Give me one more day, please.
I don’t want to fade away.
In your heart I want to stay.

It’s all wrong, but it’s all right.
The way that you treat me baby.
Once I was strong but I lost the fight.
You won’t find a better loser.

Do you want to see me crawl across the floor to you?
Do you want to hear me beg you to take me back?
I’d gladly do it because
I don’t want to fade away.
Give me one more day, please.
I don’t want to fade away.
In your heart I want to stay.

Do you want to see me crawl across the floor to you?
Do you want to hear me beg you to take me back?
I’d gladly do it ’cause
I don’t want to fade away.
Give me one more day, please.
I don’t want to fade away.
In your heart I want to stay.

Bell bottom blues, don’t say goodbye.
I’m sure we’re gonna meet again,
And if we do, don’t you be surprised
If you find me with another lover.

Do you want to see me crawl across the floor to you?
Do you want to hear me beg you to take me back?
I’d gladly do it ’cause
I don’t want to fade away.
Give me one more day, please.
I don’t want to fade away.
In your heart I want to stay.

I don’t want to fade away.
Give me one more day please.
I don’t want to fade away.
In your heart I want to stay.

I don’t want to fade away.
Give me one more day please.
I don’t want to fade away.
In your heart I want to stay.