Eric Clapton - Just One Night, Live at Budokan - 12" 2LP Vinyl Album

"Just One Night" is a live album by Eric Clapton, recorded during his performances at Budokan in 1979. Released as a 12" 2LP vinyl album in 1980, it captures the essence of Clapton's dynamic live shows. The album showcases his exceptional guitar skills and features a mix of blues, rock, and pop-infused tracks. This web page has photos of album covers, inner sleeves, record labels together with production details, musicians and track-listing.


High Resolution Photo ERIC CLAPTON Just One Night, Live at Budokan

Album Description:

Vinyl records from the 1960s to the early 1990s are gems of music history, offering a tactile and sonic experience like no other. For collectors of Heavy Metal and Hard Rock, the journey through this era's vinyl treasures is a profound one. Among the many iconic albums from this time, Eric Clapton's "Just One Night" stands out as a live recording that captures the essence of an era. In this article, we delve into the background of this 12" 2LP vinyl album and explore why it was recorded at the legendary Budokan Theatre in Tokyo.

The Making of "Just One Night"

Released in 1980, "Just One Night" is a testament to Eric Clapton's prowess as a live performer. The album was recorded during his electrifying series of concerts at the Budokan Theatre in Tokyo, Japan, in December 1979. The decision to record at Budokan was not arbitrary but rather a strategic choice.

The Significance of Budokan Theatre

The Budokan Theatre, located in the heart of Tokyo, is an iconic venue known for hosting some of the most legendary concerts in music history. It gained international acclaim as the site of The Beatles' historic performance in 1966. This venue's rich history and exceptional acoustics made it a prime location for live recordings.

The Production Team

To capture the magic of Eric Clapton's performances at Budokan, a stellar production team was assembled. Jon Astley and Phil Chapman took on the roles of producer and engineer, respectively. Their expertise ensured that every note, every riff, and every moment of Clapton's live shows was faithfully preserved on tape.

The Line-Up

The album features a stellar line-up of musicians who complement Clapton's guitar virtuosity:

- Eric Clapton: Guitar and Vocals
- Henry Spinetti: Drums
- Chris Stainton: Keyboards
- Albert Lee: Guitar
- Dave Markee: Bass

This ensemble of talented musicians created a dynamic and powerful live sound that resonated with audiences around the world.

The Album's Sound

"Just One Night" is a 2LP vinyl album that spans Clapton's extensive career, drawing from his blues, rock, and pop-infused repertoire. The album showcases Clapton's exceptional guitar skills, with tracks like "Cocaine" and "Double Trouble" exemplifying his virtuosity.

The Album's Legacy

Released at the dawn of the 1980s, "Just One Night" solidified Eric Clapton's status as a guitar legend. It received critical acclaim and remains a cherished addition to any vinyl collector's library. The album perfectly encapsulates the raw energy and musical brilliance of Clapton's live performances during this era.


  Eric's best Live album of the 70s/80s

Music Genre:

  Blues, Rock

Recorded Live at the Budokan Theatre, Tokyo December 1979.

Produced and Engineered by Jon Astley, Phil Chapman.

Photography: Dave Brown & Koichiro Hiki

Album Packaging / Information:


Gatefold (FOC) cover design

The Canadian pressing/release of this album has "contains 2 records" printed in the bottom left corner of the front cover.

Record Label Information:

  RSO 2479 240 Montgrove Manament Ltd

Media Format:

  12" LP Vinyl Gramophone Record 

Year & Country:

  1980 Made in Germany
Band Members and Musicians on: Eric Clapton - Just One Night (2lp)
Track Listing of: Eric Clapton - Just One Night (2lp)
    Side One:
  1. Tulsa Time
  2. Early in the Morning
  3. Lay Down Sally
  4. Wonderful Tonight
    Side Two:
  1. If I Don't be there by Morning
  2. Great Song Worried Life Blues
  3. All Our Past Times
  4. After Midnight
    Side Three:
  1. Double Trouble
  2. Setting Me Up
  3. Blues Power
    Side Four:
  1. Rambling ony my Mind
  2. Cocaine
  3. Further up on the Road

High Resolution Photo ERIC CLAPTON Just One Night, Live at Budokan

High Resolution Photo ERIC CLAPTON Just One Night, Live at Budokan

High Resolution Photo ERIC CLAPTON Just One Night, Live at Budokan

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ERIC CLAPTON Mini-Biography

  Eric Clapton (Full-name: Eric Patrick Clapton ) a British guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He is widely considered one of the greatest guitarists of all time and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame three times. He first gained fame as a member of the band The Yardbirds, and later as a member of Cream, one of the first supergroups. Clapton has also had a successful solo career and has released numerous hit songs, including "Layla," "Wonderful Tonight," and "Tears in Heaven." He has won 18 Grammy Awards and has been awarded the Order of the British Empire for his services to music.

  Clapton was born in Ripley, Surrey, England, in 1945. He showed an early interest in the guitar and began playing in local bands in his teens. He rose to prominence in the mid-1960s as a member of The Yardbirds, and later as a member of Cream, where he showcased his virtuosic guitar playing and blues-influenced style.

  In the 1970s, Clapton launched a successful solo career, releasing several critically acclaimed albums and hit songs. He collaborated with a wide range of musicians, including George Harrison, Bob Dylan, and B.B. King, and became known for his emotional and soulful playing.

  Throughout his career, Clapton has struggled with personal issues, including addiction, and has been open about his struggles with alcoholism and substance abuse. Despite this, he has continued to tour and perform, and has remained a popular and influential figure in the music world.

  In addition to his musical achievements, Clapton is also known for his philanthropy and activism. He founded the Crossroads Centre in Antigua, a treatment and rehabilitation facility for individuals struggling with substance abuse, and has been involved in numerous charitable causes throughout his career.

  Eric Patrick Clapton was born in Ripley, Derbyshire, England, United Kingdom on 30/3/1945. He is the first child of Edward Walter Fryer 21/03/1920 and Patricia Molly 07/01/1929.

  When he was 40 years old, his father Edward Walter Fryer died (15/05/1985). When he was 54 years old, his mother Patricia Molly died (Mar 1999).

  His partner is Lory Del Santo. His partner is Alice Ormsby-Gore. His partner is Yvonne Kelly. On 27/3/1979, he married Pattie Boyd in Tucson, Pima County, Arizona, United States. On 1/1/2002, he married Melia McEnery. He was 33 years old when he married Pattie Boyd. He was 56 years old when he married Melia McEnery. He got divorced from Pattie Boyd in 1989. He has three children with Melia McEnery: Julie Rose Clapton 13/6/2001, Ella May Clapton 14/3/2003, Sophie Belle Clapton 1/2/2005. He has one son with Lory Del Santo: Conor Clapton 21/08/1986. He has one daughter with Yvonne Kelly: Ruth Kelly Clapton 1985.