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© Polydor Records
Year of Release: 1981
Blow Wind Blow
I Can't Stand It
Hold Me Lord
Catch Me If You Can
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During the late Seventies and early Eighties, Eric Clapton was releasing
albums in the style of off-country and off-blues. From this period, his 1981
release, Another Ticket, added another phenomenal album to his repretoire.
The main hit from this release is I Can't Stand It, a song I remember
playing the 45 rpm record many of times. When I picked up the album, I was
amazed to learn that the remaining songs were of equal excellence.
The opening track, Something Special is a bouncy blues-influenced
tune (yet it's country, too) where Eric's guitar work feeds the fuel in this
smooth, bluesy song. Black Rose definitely has a southern-rock/country
feel, and the basic sounding blues of Blow Wind Blow keeps the listener's
ears glued to hear the remaining tracks on the album.
The title track Another Ticket, is a beautiful ballad, where all
the instruments and vocals blends so well. The gospel-tinged Hold Me Lord
has a musical style found in Clapton's 1978 Backless album, likewise the
blues-tinged Floating Bridge.
The bouncy pop Catch Me If You Can gets your head bopping, and the
last track, Rita Mae is the only song from this album with a more
rock-edged sound, rather than the country and/or blues flavored songs heard
throughout the album.
Another Ticket is another album of Clapton's that is equally enjoyed
as any other album he has released. Clapton's work changes with the times, as
back as when he was performing with The Yardbirds and John Mayall (blues), Cream
(power blues with a harder edge), and his brief works with Delaney & Bonnie and
Derek & The Dominos (country/rock/blues). His solo contributions in his early
years have focused on country, rock and blues, yet they were not necessarily the
identical styles you would normally hear. They were more of a cross between
all of these styles with southern rock, yet with a softer edge.
In the late Eighties up to today, his music has focused on pop, adult contemporary,
and even new-age jazz. You can say Eric Clapton has done everything in music.
The next step would be what Paul McCartney and Billy Joel have done: Classical
Music. Could that be next on Clapton's agenda? Hmmm...we'll have to wait and see...
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