Editors’ Notes Eric Clapton’s skills as a guitarist and songwriter came together on this 1977 album. Even the covers, such as J.J. Cale’s hypnotic blues-blast “Cocaine” and John Martyn’s gentle “May You Never,” are soulful and well-sketched. His unhurried guitar playing is subtly persuasive and restrained, especially on the country-influenced “Lay Down Sally,” the melancholic lover’s ballad “Wonderful Tonight,” and blues burner “Mean Old Frisco.” More, Clapton’s singing conveys wide-ranging emotions—from sadness on the telling “We’re All the Way” to contrition on the Dylanesque “Next Time You See Her.”

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Cocaine
1
3:41
 
Wonderful Tonight
2
3:45
 
Lay Down Sally
3
3:56
 
Next Time You See Her
4
4:01
 
We're All the Way
5
2:34
 
The Core
6
8:45
 
May You Never
7
3:01
 
Mean Old Frisco
8
4:41
 
Peaches and Diesel
9
4:48
 

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