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Released: September 1976

Rating: 3.143 (average of 12 ratings)

Genre: classic British blues rock

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Beautiful Thing (Danko/Manuel) [4:26]
  2. Carnival (Clapton) [3:44]
  3. Sign Language (with Bob Dylan) (Dylan) [2:58]
  4. County Jail Blues (Fields) [4:00]
  5. All Our Past Times (Clapton/Danko) [4:40]
  6. Hello Old Friend (Clapton) [3:36]
  7. Double Trouble (Rush) [4:23]
  8. Innocent Times (Clapton/Levy) [4:11]
  9. Hungry (Levy/Simms) [4:39]
  10. Black Summer Rain (Clapton) [4:55]
  11. Last Night (Jacobs) [4:52]


sales in U.S. only --
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 1.5 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 15
peak on U.K. album chart 8


  • Hello Old Friend (10/16/76) #24 US

Notes: “The CD reissue adds a bonus track, ‘Last Night,’ which is a traditional 12-bar blues song credited to Clapton” (Ruhlmann).

No Reason to Cry
Eric Clapton
“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 the winter of 1975-1976, 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” (Ruhlmann).

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Last updated March 31, 2008.