Eric Clapton

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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 march 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.

The album 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".

Later that year Clapton was invited to play at The Band's epic farewell concert ayt Winterland, San Francisco. The frienship grew. In 1978 Clapton recorded two other unreleased Dylan songs on his album Backless: If I Don't Be There By Morning and Walk Out In The Rain. He also opened on several of Dylan's 1978 European shows and played an incredible "Don't Think Twice" at Bobfest.

Timepieces

Timepieces

Knockin' On Heaven's Door

1982

No Reason to Cry

No Reason to Cry

Sign Language  with Bob Dylan

1976

Backless

Backless

If I Don't Be There By Morning
Walk Out In The Rain

1978

Live Crossroads 2 (Live In The Seventies)

Live Crossroads 2 (Live In The Seventies)

Knockin' On Heaven's Door (rec. Hammersmith Odeon 4/27/77)

1996 box-set

Timepieces 2 (Live In The Seventies)

Timepieces 2 (Live In The Seventies)

If I Don't Be There By Morning
Knockin' On Heaven's Door

1979 - Live complation

Crossroads

Crossroads

Knockin' On Heaven's Door (from  single)
Sign Language  [with Bob Dylan] (from  No Reason To Cry)
If I Don't Be There By Morning (from  Backless)

1988 box-set

Bob Dylan: 30th Anniversary Concert

Bob Dylan: 30th Anniversary Concert

Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
Love Minus Zero/No Limit ( VIDEO ONLY )

Recorded at Madison Square Garden, N.Y.C.  October 16, 1992 (BobFest)

Pilgrim

Pilgrim

Born In Time

1998

I Still Do

I Still Do

I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine

2016

Just One Night

Just One Night

If I Don't Be There By Morning

1979 rec. Budokan Theatre, Tokyo 12/79

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