Behind the Sun

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Although he is universally considered among the most important figures in rock & roll, Eric Clapton has not had consistent success in translating his stature into record sales, partially because he is, in essence, a great blues guitarist rather than a great pop
ock singer/songwriter. Clapton's career was in decline in the early '80s when he switched record labels from Polydor to Warner Bros., and his debut Warner album, Money and Cigarettes, became his first to fall below gold record status in more than six years. As a result, Warner looked critically at his follow-up, the Phil Collins-produced Behind the Sun, in the fall of 1984 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Although he is universally considered among the most important figures in rock & roll, Eric Clapton has not had consistent success in translating his stature into record sales, partially because he is, in essence, a great blues guitarist rather than a great pop
ock singer/songwriter. Clapton's career was in decline in the early '80s when he switched record labels from Polydor to Warner Bros., and his debut Warner album, Money and Cigarettes, became his first to fall below gold record status in more than six years. As a result, Warner looked critically at his follow-up, the Phil Collins-produced Behind the Sun, in the fall of 1984 and rejected the first version submitted, insisting that he record several new songs written by Jerry Williams, backed by Los Angeles session players under the auspices of company producers Lenny Waronker and Ted Templeman. Warner then emphasized the new tracks, releasing two of them, "Forever Man" which reached the Top 40 and "See What Love Can Do," as singles. The resulting album, not surprisingly, was somewhat schizophrenic. It was hard to believe that Warner could have heard the leadoff track, "She's Waiting," and not realized its potential to be a hit single, though the company may have been correct in thinking that the album as a whole was competent without being very exciting. The added tracks were not bad and, in fact, Clapton later would add session players Nathan East and Greg Phillinganes to his band, but they were not the sure-fire hits they were supposed to be. As usual, there was some effective guitar soloing notably on "Same Old Blues", but despite the tinkering, Behind the Sun was not among Clapton's best -- although it went gold after nearly two years in release.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/19/2000
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624773528
  • Catalog Number: 47735
  • Sales rank: 74,572

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eric Clapton Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Solo Instrumental, Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Synthesizer Guitar, Roland Synthesizer
Lindsey Buckingham Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Phil Collins Synthesizer, Percussion, Drums, Hammond Organ, Vocals, Background Vocals, Snare Drums, Shaker, fender rhodes
James Newton Howard Synthesizer
Peter Manning Robinson Synthesizer
Marcy Levy Vocals, Background Vocals
Jerry Williams Vocals, Background Vocals
Lenny Castro Percussion, Conga
Ray Cooper Percussion, Bongos, Gong
Donald "Duck" Dunn Bass, Bass Guitar
Nathan East Bass, Bass Guitar, Background Vocals
Steve Lukather Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Shaun Murphy Vocals, Background Vocals
Michael Omartian Synthesizer
Jamie Oldaker Drums, Background Vocals
Jeff Porcaro Drums
Greg Phillinganes Synthesizer, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
John "J.R." Robinson Drums
Peter Robinson Synthesizer
Chris Stainton Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, fender rhodes
Ted Templeman Percussion, Tambourine, Timbales, Shaker
Technical Credits
Phil Collins Producer, Simmons
Steve Cropper Composer
Eddie Floyd Composer
Eric Clapton Composer, Producer
Richard Feldman Composer
Lee Herschberg Engineer
Nick Launay Engineer
Peter Robinson Composer
Ted Templeman Producer
Lenny Waronker Producer
Larry Vigon Art Direction, Paintings
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great bargain

    the sound quality of all the songs were great, and it was a great cd.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    Sometimes a great album gets slandered

    Eric Clapton enters the Eighties here gloriously, much to the dismay of the critics that wanted him permanently stuck in the Sixties. "She's Waiting" is a great song. "See What Love Can Do" is a great song. "Forever Man" is a great song. Add them to 8 move vary good songs and you have a Classic Album. The critics were (are) wrong, this is a keeper.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I am a hugh Eric Clapton fan, but..................

    Eric Clapton is a music icon. Not many will argue that, but every music icon has a weak period in ther career creatively. Eric Clapton may have sold a lot of albums in the 80's but, that does not make them great albums. This album screams of 80's production. Phil Collins is more than capable of producing. But, this album is full of cliches as far as sound goes. Most tracks are over produced pop offerings. It hard to find Clapton in most of these song except for the guitar solos. This is not growth for a musician of his stature, but more of a quick buck. I love Eric, but this falls short.

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    Posted March 12, 2011

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