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.”

SONG
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
4:50
 
Looking At the Rain
10
3:41
 
Alberta
11
2:43
 
Greyhound Bus
12
2:59
 
Stars, Strays and Ashtrays
13
4:39
 
Hello Old Friend (Live At Hammersmith Odeon)
1
3:57
 
Sign Language (Live At Hammersmith Odeon)
2
3:57
 
Alberta (Live At Hammersmith Odeon)
3
4:05
 
Tell the Truth (Live At Hammersmith Odeon)
4
9:00
 
Knockin' On Heaven's Door (Live At Hammersmith Odeon)
5
5:18
 
Steady Rollin' Man (Live At Hammersmith Odeon)
6
6:55
 
Can't Find My Way Home (Live At Hammersmith Odeon)
7
6:05
 
Further On Up the Road (Live At Hammersmith Odeon)
8
6:33
 
Stormy Monday (Live At Hammersmith Odeon)
9
12:43
 
Badge (Live At Hammersmith Odeon)
1
8:36
 
Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out (Live At Hammersmith Odeon)
2
4:00
 
I Shot the Sheriff (Live At Hammersmith Odeon)
3
14:04
 
Layla (Live At Hammersmith Odeon)
4
6:01
 
Key to the Highway (Live At Hammersmith Odeon)
5
7:28