Money and Cigarettes marked several important turning points in Eric Clapton's recording career: his debut release on his own Duck imprint; the first album he made after giving up drinking; and marked his working with new players (with the exception of second guitarist Albert Lee) including Stax Records veteran bassist Donald "Duck" Dunn and Muscle Shoals drummer Roger Hawkins, also bringing in guest guitarist Ry Cooder.
His new songs reflected on his changed condition, with "Ain't Going Down," a thinly veiled musical rewrite of the Jimi Hendrix arrangement of "All Along the Watchtower," serving as a statement of purpose that declared, "I've still got something left to say." Other notable hits include "The Shape You're In" the acoustic ballad "Pretty Girl" and covers of Sleepy John Estes' "Everybody Oughta Make a Change" (significantly placed as the album's leadoff track), Albert King's "Crosscut Saw," and Johnny Otis' "Crazy Country Hop."
By the time Eric Clapton launched his solo career with the release of his self-titled debut album in mid-1970, he was long established as one of the world's major rock stars due to his group affiliations -- the Yardbirds, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Cream, and Blind Faith -- which had demonstrated his claim to being the best rock guitarist of his generation.
Clapton has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo performer and as a member of the bands Yardbirds and Cream. He is the only person ever to be inducted three times.
• Vinyl LP
• Remastered from the original analog master tapes
Eric Clapton, vocals, slide & electric guitar
Ry Cooder, slide & electric guitar
Donald "Duck" Dunn, bass guitar
Roger Hawkins, drums
Albert Lee, keyboards, vocals, acoustic & electric guitar
John Sambataro, backing vocals
Chuck Kirkpatrick, backing vocals
1. Everybody Oughta Make A Change
2. The Shape You're In
3. Ain't Going Down
4. I've Got A Rock N' Roll Heart
5. Man Overboard
1. Pretty Girl
2. Man In Love
3. Crosscut Saw
4. Slow Down Linda
5. Crazy Country Hop