Reptile (album)

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Reptile
Eric Clapton Reptile cover.jpg
Studio album by
Released13 March 2001
RecordedThe Town House and Olympic Studios, London; Ocean Way Recording, Los Angeles; Right Track Recording, New York City.
GenreRock, blues
Length63:56
LabelReprise
ProducerEric Clapton · Simon Climie
Eric Clapton chronology
Riding with the King
(2000)
Reptile
(2001)
One More Car, One More Rider
(2002)
Singles from Reptile
  1. "I Ain't Gonna Stand for It"
    Released: 3 April 2001
  2. "Superman Inside"
    Released: 2001
  3. "Believe in Life"
    Released: 2001

Reptile is the fourteenth solo studio album by Eric Clapton. The album was produced by Eric Clapton with Simon Climie and is Clapton's first album to include keyboard work by Billy Preston and background vocals by the Impressions. The album reached the Top 10 in 20 countries, topping the national album charts in three of them. In total, the album sold more than 2.5 million copies and gained several certification awards around the globe. To help promote album sales, music network VH1 streamed the album in full on TV.[1]

Clapton presented the album on his Reptile World Tour in 2001.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic66/100[2]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[3]
Entertainment WeeklyC[4]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[5]

Rolling Stone's Anthony DeCurtis thought Clapton combines both blues and pop music very well and "blends virtually every style he's worked in during the past thirty-five years".[6] PopMatters critic Simon Warner felt the album "could have been mawkish but it's actually quite moving. Clapton, circumspect as a composer and still highly adept as a musical practitioner, has his own authentic blues to draw on now and, in many ways, they hit a truer note than when he dips into the older, existing catalogue of standards. Reptile may be an uneven collection, but it's best moments stand close listening".[7] Christa L. Titus from Billboard magazine calls the album a perfect example for Clapton's typical "heritage rock format".[8] William Ruhlmann in his AllMusic review sums up Clapton's history as a rock guitar player and rock god in the early stages of his musical career, then describes the dedication and album artwork of Reptile.[9]

Track listing[edit]

Reptile track listing[10]
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Reptile"Eric Clapton3:26
2."Got You on My Mind"Joe Thomas · Howard Briggs4:30
3."Travelin' Light"J. J. Cale4:17
4."Believe in Life"Eric Clapton5:05
5."Come Back Baby"Ray Charles3:55
6."Broken Down"Simon Climie · Dennis Morgan5:25
7."Find Myself"Eric Clapton5:15
8."I Ain't Gonna Stand for It"Stevie Wonder4:49
9."I Want a Little Girl"Murray Mencher · Billy Moll2:58
10."Second Nature"Eric Clapton · Simon Climie · Dennis Morgan4:48
11."Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight"James Taylor4:47
12."Modern Girl"Eric Clapton4:49
13."Superman Inside"Eric Clapton · Doyle Bramhall II · Susannah Melvoin5:07
14."Son & Sylvia"Eric Clapton4:43
Total length:63:56
Japanese Bonus Track
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
15."Losing Hand"Jesse Stone4:18
Total length:68:14

Personnel[edit]

Take from the album's liner notes.[11]

Production

  • Eric Clapton – producer, album sleeve concept, liner notes
  • Simon Climie – producer, ProTools
  • Alan Douglas – engineer
  • Adam Brown – additional engineering, additional ProTools
  • Pete Karam – additional engineering
  • Paul Walton – additional ProTools
  • Tom Sweeney – assistant engineering
  • Matt Fields – assistant engineering
  • Mick Guzauski – mixing
  • Bob Ludwigmastering at Gateway Mastering (Portland, Maine).
  • Lee Dickson – guitar technician
  • Paul Miggens – lettering
  • Catherine Roylance – design
  • Jack English – photography
  • Bushbranch – management

Commercial success[edit]

America, Asia and Oceania[edit]

In the United States, Reptile peaked at number five on the Billboard 200 top albums chart, gaining a so-called "Hot Shot Debut" recognition by the American magazine, as the album sold a total of 101,500 units in its first week.[12] In addition to its success on the main albums chart, compiled by Billboard, the 2001 release also topped the magazines top Internet albums chart for several weeks.[13] In the first quarter of 2001, Reptile sold more than 215,000 copies in the United States alone.[14] On 8 June, the rock album was certified with a Gold disc by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) to commemorate outstanding sales figures reaching more than 500,000 copies.[15] In total, the album stayed sixteen weeks on the Billboard 200 chart[16] and sold more than 700,000 copies by the end of 2001 in the United States,[17] making it that years 184th most purchased album.[17] In Canada, Clapton's 2001 release went to number 11 on Billboards top Canadian albums chart in 2001.[18] In Japan, the release was even more successful, reaching position six on Oricons album chart in 2001.[12] In New Zealand, Reptile peaked at number 15.[19] However, in Australia, the Clapton album reached number 20 on the ARIA charts in 2001,[20] and was certified Platinum for sales exceeding 70,000 copies in the country.[21]

Europe[edit]

Reptile was a big success in Europe, topping three album charts in the continent, reaching the Top 10 in 16 countries and gaining a total of 13 certification awards for outstanding record sales. In Austria, the album peaked at number two on the albums chart in 2001.[22] In Belgium, the release peaked at number ten in Flanders[23] and number 13 in Wallonia.[24] In the Czech Republic, the release topped the nations album chart. In Denmark, the album reached position seven on the Hitlisten chart in 2001.[25] In the Netherlands, Reptile reached number nine on the MegaCharts album compilation.[26] Reptile also reached number five on Finland's Suomen virallinen lista albums chart.[27] In France, the album peaked at number nine on the album charts, compiled by the Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique (SNEP) in 2001.[28] In Germany, the album peaked at nuber two on the albums chart,[29] and was certified, Gold by the Bundesverband Musikindustrie (BVMI), selling more than 150,000 copies in the country.[30] In Greece, Hungary and Ireland, the album reached positions one,[12] 13[31] and 25 in 2001.[32] Reptile was a hit album in Italy, as it peaked at number eight in the country.[33] In Norway, Reptile reached number seven on the VG-lista chart.[34] In Poland, the Clapton album reached number four on the country's albums chart in 2001.[35] In Portugal, Reptile reached number five on the nations album chart in 2001.[36] In Spain, the album reached number five on the albums chart,[36] and was certified Gold by the Productores de Música de España (PROMUSICAE) for outstanding sales figures, reaching 50,000 sold copies.[37] In Sweden, the album reached number nine on the Sverigetopplistan albums chart in 2001.[38] Reptile was also certified Gold in Switzerland by the local IFPI office,[39] previously peaking at number two on the Schweizer Hitparade.[40] In the United Kingdom, the album peaked at number seven on the charts compiled by the Official Charts Company, where it stayed for nine weeks on chart.[41] It was certified Gold by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI).[42] In Scotland, the album peaked at number 22.[43] Overall, the album reached number two on the European albums chart in 2001.[12]

Chart positions[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[21] Platinum 70,000^
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[46] Gold 50,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[47] Gold 50,000^
Germany (BVMI)[30] Gold 150,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[37] Gold 50,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[39] Gold 20,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[42] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[15] Gold 700,000[17]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

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