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Eric Clapton
"There's One In Every Crowd"

© Polydor Records

Year of Release: 1975

track listing
  • We've Been Told
    (Jesus Is Coming Soon)
  • Swing Long Sweet Chariot
  • Little Rachel
  • Don't Blame Me
  • The Sky Is Crying
  • Singin' The Blues
  • Better Make It
    Through Today
  • Pretty Blue Eyes
  • High
  • Opposites

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    "There's One In Every Crowd"

    "This album wasnít what it was intended to be at all," says Eric Clapton. "Itís actually better than it was meant to be because, in a way, I just let it happen. Itís an eclectic collection of songs that werenít really on the mapóand I like it so much because if itís a surprise to the fans, thatís only because itís a surprise to me, as well."
    from Amazon's listing of Eric Clapton's There's One In Every Crowd

    Never underestimate an Eric Clapton album. Clapton shouldn't underestimated himself either. His 1975 release, There's One In Every Crowd seemed to have been a collection of songs "on the shelf -- Songs not intended for a major release. (Bruce Springsteen was famous for doing this.)

    Yet, after decades after its release, this album is as fresh as an early 1970s solo album by Clapton. What is also interesting to learn about this album, is that Clapton blended not only his familiar rock sound and style heard throughout his early solo releases, but he also included Gospel and even Reggae into the mix. (Clapton was close to reggae as he recorded "I Shot The Sherrif" [written by Bob Marley], and his version reached #1, becoming his only top-charter of his career [so far]).

    The album opens with a gospel track, "We've Been Told (Jesus Is Coming Soon)" A surprise to many Clapton fans, being this tune in a Gospel style, it shows that Clapton can basically play any time of genre of music. His take on another religious classic song, "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot," hsa a reggae style, and Clapton actually pulls it off very nicely, again, showing that he can basically record anything, and record it extremely well. On the topic of reggae, "Don't Blame Me" has this style, and is recorded well.

    Then there's the "Classic Clapton" -- where he continues to shine on his Blues style: "Little Rachel" and the classic "The Sky Is Crying" are all in top form. "Singin' The Blues" also shines in Clapton's traditional "Clapton Rock" style. The album's closing tune, "Opposites" also has the classic solo Clapton, as it is has a laid back style.

    "Better Make It Through Today" is cool... smooth... "Pretty Blue Eyes" is probably known as a "different side" of Clapton, yet it still has Clapton's name on it, so it definitely has to be good as any other song or genre Clapton has ever recorded.

    There's One In Every Crowd maybe one of Clapton's lesser-known albums, and also underrated, but it remains an album overlooked. Yet still, Clapton has always remained on top, and this album is really no exception. It shows the different sides of Eric Clapton, and in the end, it still shows that he is truly one of the best guitarists, likewise songwriters that Rock has ever known.

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