Eric Clapton / Money and Cigarettes

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Ye gods, even when these cats coasted, they were so much better than the rest!

Eric and Duck! 

Eric and Duck! 

Sandwiched between Slowhand’s ‘70s glory years and his late ‘80s celebrity blooze resurgence was this neglected and decidedly comfortable gem with Donald “Duck” Dunn commandeering the bass chair - along with six-string virtuosos Ry Cooder, Albert Lee, and Muscle Shoals drummer Roger Hawkins.

Ry Cooder

Ry Cooder

Pretty good cast, yes?

Eric and Albert Lee

Eric and Albert Lee

In a vacuous era (error) of spandex, big hair, dumb videos, and dubious leaders – some of us appreciated substance over sizzle – which is exactly what you get here despite the average songs. Dig Duck’s upper register 10th licks on “The Shape You’re In” and his fat flats rattlin’ on Fender P frets throughout. Lee, Cooder, and Clapton are understated - and on fire.