by Eric Clapton


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Eric Clapton reached the peak of his popularity in the '90s, as the back-to-back number one albums Unplugged and From the Cradle combined for a total of over 13 million sales in the U.S. alone. One strange thing about Clapton's '90s success is that it relied almost entirely on covers and new versions of classic hits; he released no albums of new material between 1989's Journeyman and 1998's Pilgrim. In the decade between the two albums, he had two new hits -- his moving elegy to his deceased son, "Tears in Heaven," and the slick contemporary soul of the Babyface-written "Change the World" -- and Pilgrim tries to reach a middle ground between these two extremes, balancing tortured lyrics with smooth sonic surfaces. Working with producer Simon Climie, his collaborator on the TDF side project, Clapton has created a calm record. His singing is mannered, even on emotionally turbulent numbers like "My Father's Eyes" or "Circus," and he's content to take a back seat instrumentally, playing slight solos and fills.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/10/1998
Label: Reprise / Wea
UPC: 0093624657729
catalogNumber: 46577

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eric Clapton   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Paul Brady   Background Vocals,tin whistle
Paul Carrack   Hammond Organ
Joe Sample   Piano
Andy Fairweather Low   Guitar
Dave Bronze   Bass,Bass Guitar
Chyna   Background Vocals
Simon Climie   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Nathan East   Bass,Bass Guitar
Steve Gadd   Drums
Luis Jardim   Percussion
London Session Orchestra   Strings
Pino Palladino   Bass,Bass Guitar
Greg Phillinganes   Keyboards
Tony Rich   Background Vocals
Chris Stainton   Hammond Organ
Louis Jardim   Bass,Percussion
Babyface   Background Vocals
Ruth Kelly-Clapton   Talking,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part

Technical Credits

Eric Clapton   Producer,Concept
Simon Climie   Programming,Producer,drum programming
Nick Ingman   String Arrangements
St. Louis Jimmy Oden   Composer
Mike Higham   Contributor
Paul Waller   Programming,drum programming
Yoshiyuki Sadamoto   Illustrations
Lee Dickson   Guitar Techician
St. Louis Jimmy   Composer
Alan Douglas   Engineer

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Pilgrim 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ClaptonisKING More than 1 year ago
Best Clapton album of all time !  One of my favorite albums ever !  MUST HAVE !!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago