Eric Clapton – Another Ticket (1981/2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Eric Clapton – Another Ticket (1981/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 38:52 minutes | 1,53 MB | Genre: Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Front cover | © RSO Records
Recorded: 1980, Compass Point Studios, Nassau, Bahamas

Another Ticket is Eric Clapton’s seventh studio album, and his last for Polydor Records. It was recorded in 1980 at Compass Point Studios in Nassau, Bahamas, and was released on February 17, 1981. Produced by Tom Dowd, the album peaked at #7 on the Billboard 200 chart in 1981, and the single “I Can’t Stand It” hit #1 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart in 1981, as well as #10 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Now, here’s a star-crossed album. Polydor rejected the first version of it, produced by Glyn Johns, and Eric Clapton was forced to cut it all over again with Tom Dowd. Then, a few dates into a U.S. promotional tour coinciding with its release, Clapton collapsed and was found to be near death from ulcers due to his alcoholism. Finally, it turned out to be the final record of his 15-year association with Polydor, which therefore had no reason to promote it. Nevertheless, the album made the Top Ten, went gold, and spawned a Top Ten single in “I Can’t Stand It.” And the rest of it wasn’t too shabby, either. The first and last Clapton studio album to feature his all-British band of the early ’80s, it gave considerable prominence to second guitarist Albert Lee and especially to keyboard player/singer Gary Brooker (formerly leader of Procol Harum), and they gave it more of a blues-rock feel than the country-funk brewed up by the Tulsa shuffle crew Clapton had used throughout the 1970s. Best of all, Clapton had taken the time to write some songs — he’s credited on six of the nine selections — and tunes such as the title track and “I Can’t Stand It” held up well. This wasn’t great Clapton, but it was good, and it deserved more recognition than conditions allowed it at the time. –William Ruhlmann

Tracklist:
1 Something Special 2:38
2 Black Rose 3:46
3 Blow Wind Blow 3:00
4 Another Ticket 5:43
5 I Can’t Stand It 4:12
6 Hold Me Lord 3:28
7 Floating Bridge 6:34
8 Catch Me If You Can 4:26
9 Rita Mae 5:05

Personnel:
Eric Clapton, guitar, vocals
Chris Stainton, keyboards
Albert Lee, guitar, vocals
Gary Brooker, keyboards, vocals
Henry Spinetti, drums, percussion
Dave Markee, bass guitar

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