Release date
10 Mar 1998
Running length
27 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 My Father's Eyes 5:23 190,764
2 River of Tears 7:20 80,434
3 Pilgrim 5:50 28,556
4 Broken Hearted 7:52 20,410
5 One Chance 5:56 19,337
6 Circus 4:09 29,657
7 Going Down Slow 5:19 22,385
8 Fall Like Rain 3:50 19,325
9 Born in Time 4:41 20,764
10 Sick and Tired 5:43 16,859
11 Needs His Woman 3:45 18,482
12 She's Gone 4:45 23,536
13 You Were There 5:31 17,187
Circus (album version) 4:10 183
Pilgrim (Album Version) 5:50 42
Broken Hearted (Album Version) 7:52 28
One Chance (Album Version) 5:56 23
Going Down Slow (Album Version) 5:20 23
Fall Like Rain (Album Version) 3:50 19
Born In Time (Album Version) 4:42 32
Sick And Tired (Album Version) 5:44 17
Needs His Woman (Album Version) 3:46 16
She's Gone (Album Bonus Version) 4:45 116
You Were There (Album Version) 5:31 21
Inside Of Me (Album Version) 5:26 16

About this album

Pilgrim is a rock album by Eric Clapton released in 1998. The album was recorded at Olympic Studio in London. Neon Genesis Evangelion character designer Yoshiyuki Sadamoto designed the cover of the album.

Pilgrim’s release marked Clapton’s first album of original material since 1989’s Journeyman. Reviews for Pilgrim were mixed upon release. Allmusic described the album as “bland”, while Rolling Stone’s David Wild gave it four out of five stars, stating, “Pilgrim is the work of someone who has learned in the hardest way imaginable that although he cannot change the world, he might be able to change himself.”

When Eric Clapton wanted to make an album, he wanted to make the “saddest album” to the moment, so he called Simon Climie and started the project. He had already written two songs when his son, Conor, died tragically in March of 1991. The songs ended up being “My Father’s Eyes” and “Circus”, originally named “Circus Left Town”. “Circus” was about the last time he saw his son, when he took him to the circus. Conor died the next day.

The album experiments with drum machines and certain sounds like synthesizers, guitars, strings reminiscent of R&B.

The song “Pilgrim” also appears on the Lethal Weapon 4 soundtrack.

Many tracks of this album were included on the One More Car, One More Rider album of 2001.

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  • Sharp-Ton

    I won't clap for this.

    4 Jan 2014 Reply
  • aaaaargenta

    This album makes me feel so happy.

    6 Nov 2013 Reply
  • DavidSmith98

    i hate the production - the songs sound so much better live.

    30 Mar 2013 Reply
  • uniqueness

    one of my favourite albums

    14 Dec 2012 Reply
  • DiversityA

    the album cover sets the mood perfectly

    19 Apr 2011 Reply
  • H0USE-MD

    A hell of an underrated album. The first 3 songs of it are some of Clapton's finest jobs.

    18 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Notesmasher

    This is an amazing album. Except for a couple of songs, Clapton really put a lot of emotion and pain into this. The focus is shifted away from the guitar playing, and onto the singing and melodies.

    4 Feb 2011 Reply
  • iSkiapod

    Any more cheese and I'll be demanding crackers

    6 Dec 2010 Reply
  • fuzmeister

    Underrated album... I really enjoy the little explorations Clapton tried on this album and, at its core, a lot of the songs are quality.

    2 Feb 2010 Reply
  • Goriykeka

    trabajo de buena calidad!!!!

    20 Jan 2010 Reply

    I just love every song on here.I think its one of his most deep & meaningful albums. Alot of Eric Clapton fans don't like this album at all .I could never understand why.

    28 Aug 2009 Reply
  • coanta

    awesome this album!

    27 Jul 2009 Reply

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