Journeyman

Journeyman

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by Eric Clapton
     
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/23/1989
Label:
Reprise / Wea
UPC:
0075992607421
catalogNumber:
26074
Rank:
4496

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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
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
Sherman   Composer

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Journeyman 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.