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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
For most of the '80s, Eric Clapton seemed rather lost, uncertain of whether he should return to his blues roots or pander to AOR radio. By the mid-'80s, he appeared to have made the decision to revamp himself as a glossy mainstream rocker, working with synthesizers and drum machines. Instead of expanding his audience, it only reduced it. Then came the career retrospective Crossroads, which helped revitalize his career, not only commercially, but also creatively, as Journeyman -- the first album he recorded after the success of Crossroads -- proved. Although Journeyman still suffers from an overly slick production, Clapton sounds more convincing than he has since...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
For most of the '80s, Eric Clapton seemed rather lost, uncertain of whether he should return to his blues roots or pander to AOR radio. By the mid-'80s, he appeared to have made the decision to revamp himself as a glossy mainstream rocker, working with synthesizers and drum machines. Instead of expanding his audience, it only reduced it. Then came the career retrospective Crossroads, which helped revitalize his career, not only commercially, but also creatively, as Journeyman -- the first album he recorded after the success of Crossroads -- proved. Although Journeyman still suffers from an overly slick production, Clapton sounds more convincing than he has since the early '70s. Not only is his guitar playing muscular and forceful, his singing is soulful and gritty. Furthermore, the songwriting is consistently strong, alternating between fine mainstream rock originals "Pretending" and covers "Before You Accuse Me," "Hound Dog". Like any of Clapton's best albums, there is no grandstanding to be found on Journeyman -- it's simply a laid-back and thoroughly engaging display of Clapton's virtuosity. On the whole, it's the best studio album he's released since Slowhand.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/23/1989
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • UPC: 075992607421
  • Catalog Number: 26074
  • Sales rank: 28,149

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Pretending (4:48)
  2. 2 Anything for Your Love (4:16)
  3. 3 Bad Love (5:11)
  4. 4 Running on Faith (5:27)
  5. 5 Hard Times (3:00)
  6. 6 Hound Dog (2:26)
  7. 7 No Alibis (5:32)
  8. 8 Run So Far (4:06)
  9. 9 Old Love (6:25)
  10. 10 Breaking Point (5:37)
  11. 11 Lead Me On (5:52)
  12. 12 Before You Accuse Me (Take a Look at Yourself) (3:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eric Clapton Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Robert Cray Guitar
John Tropea Rhythm Guitar
Phil Collins Drums, Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
George Harrison Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Gary Burton Vibes
Hank Crawford Alto Saxophone
Ronnie Cuber Baritone Saxophone
Jon Faddis Trumpet, Horn
Rob Mounsey Synthesizer
David Sanborn Alto Saxophone
Daryl Hall Vocal Harmony
Jerry Williams Guitar, Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Vaneese Thomas Background Vocals
Jim Keltner Percussion, Drums, Tambourine
Tawatha Agee Background Vocals
Jeff Bova Synthesizer, Synthesizer Horn
Chaka Khan Background Vocals
Alan Clark Synthesizer, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Synthesizer Horn, Synthesizer Strings
Nathan East Bass, Background Vocals
Steve Ferrone Drums, Hi Hat
Lani Groves Background Vocals
Darryl Jones Bass
Robbie Kilgore Synthesizer
Robbie Kondor Synthesizer, Harmonica, Keyboards, Vocoder
David "Fathead" Newman Tenor Saxophone
Tessa Niles Background Vocals
Pino Palladino Bass
Phil Palmer Guitar
Greg Phillinganes Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Richard Tee Piano, fender rhodes
Cecil Womack Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Linda Womack Vocals
Carol Steele Percussion, Conga, Tambourine
Roger Forrester Barking
Lou Solof Trumpet
Technical Credits
Robert Cray Composer, Contributor
Phil Collins Contributor
George Harrison Contributor
Hank Crawford Contributor
Rob Mounsey Contributor
David Sanborn Contributor
Jerry Williams Contributor
Jim Keltner Contributor, drum programming
Jill Dell'Abate Producer
Tawatha Agee Contributor
Larry Alexander Engineer
Bo Diddley Composer
Jeff Bova Programming, Contributor, drum programming
Jimmy Bralower Contributor, drum programming
Chaka Khan Contributor
Eric Clapton Composer, Contributor
Alan Clark Contributor
Nathan East Contributor
Steve Ferrone Contributor
Ben Fowler Engineer
Ted Jensen Mastering
Darryl Jones Contributor
Robbie Kondor Contributor, drum programming
Arif Mardin Arranger, String Arrangements
Ellas McDaniel Composer
David "Fathead" Newman Contributor
Dave O'Donnell Engineer
Michael O'Reilly Engineer
Pino Palladino Contributor
Phil Palmer Contributor
Greg Phillinganes Contributor
Jack Joseph Puig Engineer
Steve Rinkoff Engineer
Richard Tee Contributor
Russ Titelman Producer
Dave Wittman Engineer
Cecil Womack Contributor
Steve "Barney" Cahse Engineer
Jerry Lynn Williams Composer
Al Sherman Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    A Good album but not quite top notch

    This is one I agree with the critic, great comeback after a decade in a half. But the great comeback will come with Unplugged. Very reccommended.

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    Posted March 12, 2011

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