9 46577-2 Pilgrim
Produced by Eric Clapton & Simon Climie
Released on March 10, 1998
UK CHART POSITION #6 . . . US CHART POSITION #4 . . . PLATINUM RECORD (4/22/98) . . . CAN CHART POSITION #5
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T he well-written reviews are the worst. Itís easy to take an insult from a raving fool, but when a person troubles themselves to articulate your failings in a nice sentence, it adds a certain legitimacy to the whole thing that stings. Both were hurled at Pilgrim: angry rant (his worst album ever) and polite correction (perhaps he should retire). But at the other end of the pole were people like me who really liked Pilgrim. I canít think of a Clapton album thatís polarized listeners so. Perhaps his loyal followers felt abandoned. Admittedly courting younger listeners, Clapton and coproducer/cowriter Simon Climie introduced programmed drum beats, lush orchestration and created a studio album that left the baggage of the Ď70s and Ď80s behind. The result is his most consistently polished studio release to date. I find it interesting that when Carlos Santana and Paul McCartney make music like this, people say theyíre re-energized. Clapton fans are clearly a less resilient lot. Listening to Phil Collins and Steve Winwood dissolve into the great gray bland during the Ď90s, I welcome Pilgrim with open arms. Despite the cover, itís not the blues in the traditional sense. Clapton is singing about personal pain, experience, the sort of internal tinkering that Mike + The Mechanics made a career out of. Now I donít find the album emotionally resonant (my life is pretty much a flat black line), but I donít listen to Eric Clapton to get answers in life. I listen to him for the music, and Pilgrim has more good music on it than any Clapton record since maybe Money And Cigarettes. Of course, I thought But Seriously Folks was a great album too. If you didnít, you may wish to let Pilgrim pass on its way.

9 46577-2 back sleeve 9 46577-2 picture sleeve
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TRACK LISTING

  1. MY FATHER'S EYES    (Eric Clapton)
  2. RIVER OF TEARS    (Eric Clapton/Simon Climie)
  3. PILGRIM    (Eric Clapton/Simon Climie)
  4. BROKEN HEARTED    (Eric Clapton/Greg Phillinganes)
  5. ONE CHANCE    (Eric Clapton/Simon Climie)
  6. CIRCUS    (Eric Clapton)
  7. GOING DOWN SLOW    (St. Louis Jimmy)
  8. FALL LIKE RAIN    (Eric Clapton)
  9. BORN IN TIME    (Bob Dylan)
  10. SICK & TIRED    (Eric Clapton/Simon Climie)
  11. NEEDS HIS WOMAN    (Eric Clapton)
  12. SHE'S GONE    (Eric Clapton/Simon Climie)
  13. YOU WERE THERE    (Eric Clapton)
  14. INSIDE OF ME    (Eric Clapton/Simon Climie)

    JPN CD bonus track
  15. THEME FROM A MOVIE THAT NEVER HAPPENED

CREDITS

ERIC CLAPTON -- vocals & guitar, backing vocals, album sleeve concept
CHYNA -- backing vocals
SIMON CLIMIE -- keyboards, synthesizer bass, backing vocals, drum programming, keyboard programming
NICK INGMAN -- string arrangement
LONDON SESSION ORCHESTRA -- strings
PAUL WALLER -- drum programming
Paul Brady -- tin whistle & backing vocals (4)
Dave Bronze -- bass guitar (13)
Paul Carrack -- hammond organ, wurlitzer
Nathan East -- bass guitar
Kenny Edmonds -- backing vocals (9)
Andy Fairweather-Low -- guitar (1)
Steve Gadd -- drums
Luis Jardim -- bass guitar, percussion
Ruth Kelly-Clapton -- spoken verse (14)
Pino Paladino -- bass guitar
Greg Phillinganes -- keyboards
Tony Rich -- backing vocals (11)
Joe Sample -- piano
Chris Stainton -- hammond organ
Alan Douglas -- engineer, mixing
Mick Guzauski -- mixing
Yoshiyuki Sadamoto -- illustration
Wherefore Art? -- design

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
WW March 10, 1998 Reprise CD/CS 46577 picture sleeve
JPN March 17, 1998 WEA CDX WPCR-1400 w. bonus track

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