Just One Night is a live album by Eric Clapton recorded at the Budokan Theatre, Tokyo, December 1979 when he was promoting the Backless album.
Claton had got into a groove in the late seventies with his easy listening blues albums like No Reason To Cry, Slowhand and Backless but he could still get excited when playing live.
By 1979, Eric Clapton had a very extensive back catalogue to call upon and he does a good job of putting together a very nicely balanced set in this album that’s 88 minutes long.
- Tulsa Time – 4:00 (originally on the album Backless)
- Early in the Morning – 7:11 (Backless)
- Lay Down Sally – 5:35 (Slowhand)
- Wonderful Tonight – 4:42 (Slowhand)
- If I Don’t Be There By Morning – 4:26 (Backless)
- Worried Life Blues – 8:28 (old blues standard first done by Eric Clapton on this album)
- All Our Past Times – 5:00 (No Reason To Cry)
- After Midnight – 5:38 (JJ Cale song that appears on the album Eric Clapton)
- Double Trouble – 8:17 (cover of Otis Rush song from No Reason To Cry)
- Setting Me Up – 4:35 (cover of a Dire Straits song)
- Blues Power – 7:23 (Eric Clapton)
- Rambling On My Mind – 8:48 (cover of Robert Johnson song that Clapton first recorded as a Bluesbreaker)
- Cocaine – 7:39 (Slowhand)
- Further on Up the Road – 7:17 (Bobby Bland song that Clapton has covered on several live albums)
I think this is a great set made up of some of Clapton’s best known pop songs like Lay Down Sally and Wonderful Tonight, some blues classics like Ramblin’ On My Mind and some more unusual songs.
Highly recommended for the way it flows and makes the blues feel beautiful. I give it a rating of 9/10.
Performance Review Rating – 8/10
Eric Clapton pays with as part of a small, five piece band. The others are Henry Spinetti (drums), Chris Stainton (keyboards), Dave Markee (bass guitar) and Albert Lee on guitar, organ and vocals on “Setting Me Up”.
You can tell that he has rediscovered his enthusiasm for music after his terrible drug problems in the early seventies.
He sings great and his guitar playing is terrific and very well supplemented by Albert Lee. Unlike many guitar based live albums with extended solos, I always feel that Eric Clapton knows exactly where he’s plenty to go but it still sounds exciting and invigorating.
This is a very accomplished performance. I give it 8/10 because it'[s a pleasure to listen to.
Atmosphere & Authenticity Review Rating – 9/10
It’s great to hear Eric Clapton so comfortable playing the blues combined with his country/pop hits.
I get the feeling that there is exactly where Clapton was at the end of the seventies. He’s been the big name guitar hero and he liked showing off his virtuosity but there’s much more subtlety in this album.
The crowd is a little quiet and there’s no chat from Clapton – he just sings and plays his guitar.
Total Rating For Just One Night by Eric Clapton – 26/30
Just One Night is a great live album from Eric Clapton.
Whenever I play it, I always hit the repeat button and wonder why I don’t play it more often (too many other albums I guess and the constant desire to hear new stuff).
I think this suits anyone who wants mid range Clapton – some classic rock and some blues.
It”s a very tasteful and beautiful album with lots of great guitar licks without turning into an overblown guitar workout.
It’s highly recommended.
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I’m very surprised that this doesn’t appear in any of the best live album lists. I can understand the critics ignoring it because late 70s Clapton isn’t very hip.
But I am surprised that it doesn’t appear in any of the readers polls. I think one of the problems is that there are a lot of Eric Clapton live albums. This is one of the best.
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