Truth up front: I am an Eric Clapton fan, have been since he was a Yardbird. Have seen him in concert, buy his albums, read his book, wear EC t-shirts. A fan. So of course I bought Another Ticket on vinyl when it came out in 1981. This is my second copy on CD. Ah: but should YOU buy a copy? Dunno, dude. The title cut is really good: still gives me chills after 35 years. Eric asks the question, Why can’t it stay like this forever; if you’re much older than 12, you’ve almost certainly asked that question -- to yourself, to your SO, to God, to the universe. And his meditation includes ironies that not only top Alanis Morissette’s, but precede them by a decade and a half. “Blow Wind Blow” is a creditable cover of a Muddy Waters song (and honestly, I prefer EC’s version). “I Can’t Stand Out” shows that, as he stated, EC may really have a rock and roll heart -- though for all that he is bluesman. Couple of good pop-type cuts; a lovely job on “Floating Bridge.” And then the close out: “Rita Mae”: EC flat SMOKES. Really tasty guitar work. Had Another Ticket been done by any one of a couple hundred other guitar slingers, this might be near the highpoint of their career. For EC, it’s good, but not in the top five. Again, I’m a fan, and though I own everything he’s released since then, EC set the bar so high with Layla that he’s never topped it. Nor has anyone else. Another Ticket is a good, solid album. No bad songs, no false notes, no disappointments. Good rockin’ tonight -- and nothing’s wrong with that.
I would recommend this to a friend
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