Eric Clapton

Let It Rain

Composed by Bonnie Bramlett / Eric Clapton

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One of Eric Clapton's first self-written classics, "Let It Rain" showcased the influence that Delaney Bramlett was having on him at this, the early stages of Clapton's solo career. Led by a striking electric guitar riff (which would be revisited in "Layla" a year later), the melody is woven elegantly around the simple, almost folk-like chord changes. Lyrically, the clever use of "rain" and "reign" regarding the power of love is the core here, and Clapton and Bramlett utilize it quite well. The song has some striking instrumental sections, including a lovely, brief section by Stephen Stills. An FM radio staple, this song is still widely played on classic rock radio.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Eric Clapton 1970 PolyGram 5:02
No Image 1972 Polydor 5:07
461 Ocean Boulevard 1974 Polydor / Polygram 0:00
Backtrackin' 1984 Polygram 5:08
Brit's Blitz: The Very Best of British Rock 1987
Various Artists
Polytel (Silver Eagle) 5:03
Crossroads 1988 Polydor 5:02
Sounds of the Seventies: 1972 1989
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 5:04
Classic Rock Box: WNEW-FM 25th Anniversary Box 1992
Various Artists
PolyGram 5:01
The Cream of Clapton 1995 Polydor / Chronicles 5:03
Fender 50th Anniversary Guitar Legends 1996
Various Artists
Point Blank / Virgin 5:17
Patch Adams 1998
Original Soundtrack
Uptown / Universal 5:02
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Eric Clapton 2004 Polydor 5:03
Complete Clapton 2007 Warner Bros. / Reprise 5:06
Icon 2011 Polydor 5:02
Icon 2 2011 Polydor 5:02