Saturday, November 23, 2013

"Another Ticket" by Eric Clapton

Song#:  0631
Date:  06/13/1981
Debut:  86
Peak:  78
Weeks:  5
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  This second title-track single from his LP "Another Ticket" couldn't repeat the success of the lead single "I Can't Stand It" (#10) and after two consecutive platinum studio album, this one was only able to reach gold level. It would also be his last Top 10 album (#7) for 11 years. He would rebound in a big way with 1992's #1 live disc "Unplugged," which went on to win six Grammys including Album of the Year. It's popularity was bolstered by the hit singles "Tears in Heaven" (#2) and a remake of Derek and the Dominoes "Layla" (#12).

ReduxReview:  Initially I didn't really like this song. It crept along at a snail's pace and it seemed to be lacking anything remotely memorable for a single release. But there was something a bit alluring about the song and after a few listens, it started to sound good to me. It's nothing that bowls you over, but it is soft and intimate and a nice tune. However, these things usually don't translate into a hit single and I think this may have been better off being an album track.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  Speaking of Derek and the Dominoes, for those two people out there who don't know this, that was one of the groups that Clapton was a member. Before really hitting up a solo career in 1970, Clapton was a member of The Yardbirds, Cream, Blind Faith, and Derek and the Dominoes. He racked up four Top 10's with these groups (including the original #10 "Layla") before he had his first solo hit with 1970's "After Midnight" (#18).


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