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Released: November 1977

Rating: 4.070 (average of 17 ratings)

Genre: classic British blues rock

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Cocaine (Cale) [3:41]
  2. Wonderful Tonight (Clapton/Kamen) [3:44]
  3. Lay Down Sally (Clapton/Levy/Terry) [3:56]
  4. Next Time You See Her (Clapton) [4:01]
  5. We’re All the Way (Williams) [2:32]
  6. The Core (Clapton/Levy) [8:45]
  7. May You Never (Martyn) [3:01]
  8. Mean Old Frisco (Crudup) [4:42]
  9. Peaches and Diesel (Clapton/Galuten) [4:46]


sales in U.S. only 3 million
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 6.5 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 2
peak on U.K. album chart 23


  • Lay Down Sally (12/24/77) #3 US, #39 UK, #25 AC. Gold single.
  • Wonderful Tonight (5/13/78) #16 US, #30 UK, #39 AC. Gold single.


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more.

Eric Clapton
“After the guest-star-drenched No Reason to Cry failed to make much of an impact commerically, Eric Clapton returned to using his own band for Slowhand. The difference is substantial — where No Reason to Cry struggled hard to find the right tone, Slowhand opens with the relaxed, bluesy shuffle of J.J. Cale's Cocaine and sustains it throughout the course of the album. Alternating between straight blues (Mean Old Frisco), country (Lay Down Sally), mainstream rock (‘Cocaine,’ The Core), and pop (Wonderful Tonight), Slowhand doesn't sound schizophrenic because of the band's grasp of the material. This is laid-back virtuosity — although Clapton and his band are never flashy, their playing is masterful and assured. That assurance and the album's eclectic material make Slowhand rank with 461 Ocean Boulevard as Eric Clapton's best albums” (Erlewine).

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Previous Album: No Reason to Cry (1976) Eric Clapton’s DMDB page Next Album: Backless (1978)

Last updated March 31, 2008.