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Editors’ Notes

The first album Eric Clapton recorded after emerging from a prolonged battle with alcoholism, 1983's Money and Cigarettes got its title from the fact that Clapton felt those were the only things he had left at that point in his life. To start a process of musical rebuilding, Clapton hired a rhythm section from the Deep South (drummer Roger Hawkins and bassist Donald “Duck” Dunn) and retained the services of two of his favorite guitarists: British whiz Albert Lee and American stylist Ry Cooder. Clapton’s renewed energy is evident from the outset of “Everybody Outghta Make a Change.” As a vocalist and a guitarist, he's a man revived, even though it’s clear he was still negotiating his way in the world after a scarring battle. “Ain’t Going Down” is emblematic of the album’s outlook: “But I ain’t got time, I just could not live that way/I’ve got to step outside myself/I’ve still got something left to say.” You can feel the pleasure Clapton took in playing with an assembled group of R&B aces. The atmosphere of delight is evident not only in the wily rendition of “Crosscut Saw” but in the surging swing of “The Shape You’re In,” “Man Overboard," and “I’ve Got a Rock ‘N’ Roll Heart.”

Customer Reviews

2 out of 10 ain't too bad

Money and Cigarettes is not one of my favorite EC albums (Slowhand, 461 Ocean Blvd. are 1 and 2). However, after a few listens, this disc kinda grows on you. As far as commercial hits go, I'd rank Ain't Going Down and I've Got a Rock 'N' Roll Heart in my Top 20 Clapton songs. The guitar on Ain't Going Down is underrated, and the pace of I've Got a Rock 'N' Roll Heart is near perfect in terms of song as a whole. So which 18 others would be on my "commercial" Top 20? Layla, Wonderful Tonight, Promises, Cocaine, Tears In Heaven, I Can't Stand It, I Shot The Sheriff, Willie and the Hand Jive, After Midnight, She's Waiting, Forever Man, Lay Down Sally, Let It Rain, Let It Grow, My Father Eyes, Pretending, Tulsa Time, and No Alibis. Not necessarily in that order. And these are solo career only. That's all I got.

Classic Clapton

This disc has always perplexed me. It is one of his better albums, all the songs are good, Clapton in his groove, yet it didn't sell well, (mtv era?), and are any of these songs on any of his live recordings? Nevertheless, if you are a Clapton fan and haven't heard it, it is well worth the money to have Money and Cigarettes in your collection.

Has stood the test of time

When this was released I loved it and couldn't figure out why the reviews were so so but figured lot's of people were still looking for a Slowhand 2 album and like there will never be another 461 there will never be another Slowhand.

Because of the commercial for some cell phone thingy "I've got a rock and roll heart" now cost a buck 29 but do yourself a favor and spend the 8 dollars and get the whole thing, you wont regret it.


Born: March 30, 1945 in Ripley, Surrey, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

By the time Eric Clapton launched his solo career with the release of his self-titled debut album in mid-1970, he was long established as one of the world's major rock stars due to his group affiliations — the Yardbirds, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Cream, and Blind Faith — which had demonstrated his claim to being the best rock guitarist of his generation. That it took Clapton so long to go out on his own, however, was evidence of a degree of reticence unusual for one of his stature....
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