Money and Cigarettes

Money and Cigarettes is the eighth solo studio album by Eric Clapton recorded after his first rehabilitation from alcoholism. Produced by Clapton and Tom Dowd with, apart from Albert Lee, a new backing band of veteran session musicians including Donald "Duck" Dunn, Roger Hawkins, and Ry Cooder. The album was moderately successful commercially, reaching Top 20 chart positions in several countries. Critical reception was lukewarm.

Money and Cigarettes
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Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 1983
RecordedLate 1982 at Compass Point Studios, Nassau, Bahamas.
LabelDuck · Warner Bros.
ProducerEric Clapton · Tom Dowd
Eric Clapton chronology
Another Ticket
Money and Cigarettes
Behind the Sun
Singles from Money and Cigarettes
  1. "I've Got a Rock 'n' Roll Heart"
    Released: January 1983
  2. "The Shape You're In"
    Released: March 1983
  3. "Slow Down Linda"
    Released: May 1983[1]
  4. "Everybody Oughta Make A Change"
    Released: 1983[2]


The cover depicts Clapton, cigarette in hand, standing next to a melting Fender Stratocaster electric guitar. Clapton chose the name of the album "because that's all I saw myself having left" after his first rehabilitation from alcoholism.[3] After finishing a North American tour, Clapton and his touring band consisting of Henry Spinetti, Gary Brooker, Chris Stainton and Dave Markee went into the Compass Point Studios in Nassau, Bahamas, to record tracks for a new studio album. Listening to the new recordings, Clapton recalled, the songs have got a "pub atmosphere" and represent a "continuation of his work with Ronnie Lane." Producer Tom Dowd, however, was not pleased with the recordings and the sound of Clapton's band, asking Eric to change his band, except for Albert Lee. Clapton changed his band to the line-up as it is presented on the album's liner notes and suffered from multiple collapses during the recording sessions.[3]

Chart performanceEdit

The album was commercially quite successful, reaching Top 10 chart positions in two countries, followed by four positions in the album charts Top 20. In Germany, Money and Cigarettes positioned itself on number 22 on the charts compiled by Gfk Entertrainment. In the Netherlands and the United States, the album ranked on position 16. In the United Kingdom and New Zealand, the album peaked at number 13 and 11 on the nations' official music charts. Reaching peak position five on the Sverigetopplistan chart, the album became of one Clapton's highest charting releases in Sweden. In Norway, Money and Cigarettes peaked at number three, making it the highest position for the release.

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [4]
Rolling Stone     [5]
Robert ChristgauB+[6]

In his review for AllMusic, William Ruhlmann notes straight away, that "Money and Cigarettes marked several important turning points in Eric Clapton's recording career: It was his debut release on his own Duck imprint within Warner Bros.' Reprise Records subsidiary. It was also the first album he made after coming to terms with his drinking problem by giving up alcohol. Newly focused and having written a batch of new songs, he became dissatisfied with his longtime band and fired them, with the exception of second guitarist Albert Lee. In their place, he hired session pros like Stax Records veteran bassist Donald "Duck" Dunn and Muscle Shoals drummer Roger Hawkins, also bringing in guest guitarist Ry Cooder." Finishing his analysis, the critic summed the album up, "For all the changes and the high-powered sidemen, though, Money and Cigarettes ended up being just an average effort from Clapton."[4]

Rolling Stone critic David Fricke rates the album with 3.5 out of five possible stars and concludes: "Like most of Clapton's recent solo records, Money and Cigarettes makes no claim to greatness. Still, the simple, unaffected blues power at work here is surprising and refreshing. As the chorus in Clapton's cover of Johnny Otis' 1958 party rocker "Crazy Country Hop" goes: 'Ooh wee oh oh ooh la la/Let's rock & roll.' On Money and Cigarettes, Clapton offers no more and gives no less."[5] Critic Robert Christgau rates the album with a "B+."[6]

Track listingEdit

1."Everybody Oughta Make a Change"Sleepy John Estes3:16
2."The Shape You're In"Eric Clapton4:08
3."Ain't Going Down"Eric Clapton4:01
4."I've Got a Rock 'n' Roll Heart"Troy Seals, Eddie Setser, Steve Diamond3:13
5."Man Overboard"Eric Clapton3:45
6."Pretty Girl"Eric Clapton5:29
7."Man in Love"Eric Clapton2:46
8."Crosscut Saw"R.G. Ford3:30
9."Slow Down Linda"Eric Clapton4:14
10."Crazy Country Hop"Johnny Otis2:46
Total length:37:08


  • Producers – Tom Dowd and Eric Clapton
  • Engineers – Tom Dowd and Michael Carnavale
  • Assistant Engineer – Dennis Halliburton
  • Mastered by Mike Fuller at Criteria Studios (Miami, FL).
  • Art Direction – El & Nel Ink., Graham Hughes
  • Photography – Graham Hughes
  • Design – El & Nel Ink., Ian Murray

Chart positionsEdit


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  3. ^ a b Clapton, Eric (2007). Clapton: The Autobiography. ISBN 978-0-385-51851-2.
  4. ^ a b "Money and Cigarettes – Eric Clapton | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 17 August 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Eric Clapton Money And Cigarettes Album Review". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 17 August 2015.
  6. ^ a b "Robert Christgau: CG: Eric Clapton > Money and Cigarettes [Duck/Warner Bros., 1983]". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 17 August 2015.
  7. ^ " – Eric Clapton – Money and Cigarettes" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved August 17, 2015.
  8. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Phononet GmbH. Retrieved August 17, 2015.
  9. ^ " – Eric Clapton – Money and Cigarettes". Hung Medien. Retrieved August 17, 2015.
  10. ^ " – Eric Clapton – Money and Cigarettes". Hung Medien. Retrieved August 17, 2015.
  11. ^ " – Eric Clapton – Money and Cigarettes". Hung Medien. Retrieved August 17, 2015.
  12. ^ "Eric Clapton | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved August 17, 2015.
  13. ^ "Eric Clapton | Money and Cigarettes | Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 17 August 2015.
  14. ^ "Jaaroverzichten 1983 Album – Dutch Charts –". MegaCharts (in Dutch). Stefan Hung – Hung Medien. Retrieved 17 August 2015.

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