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Eric Clapton has often stated that JJ Cale is one of the single most important figures in rock history, a sentiment echoed by many of his fellow musicians. Cale’s influence on Clapton was profound, and his influence on many more of today’s artists cannot be overstated. To honor JJ’s legacy, a year after his passing, Clapton gathered a group of like-minded friends and ... Read more in Amazon's Eric Clapton Store

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  • Audio CD (October 23, 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002LJW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,677 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Released immediately following the elaborate Crossroads box set, Journeyman is EC's way of feigning humility while cranking out the blues for his attentive audience. Featuring the help of famous sidemen George Harrison, Phil Collins, Robert Cray, Chaka Khan, and David Sanborn, Journeyman is less a superstar romp than a moderate collection of songs tastefully produced and economically performed. Flashes of Clapton's lead work burst through while his singing remains modest. The cover of "Before You Accuse Me" is heartfelt and while Clapton may at this point be incapable of delivering the down and dirty power of jukejoint blues, he still manages to find a little bit o' soul among the pickings. --Rob O'Connor

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The sound quality is very good in general.
Mad Dog
I've had the pleasure of listening to this album many times and it's one of Clapton's best, in my opinion.
JOURNEYMAN is a great latter-day Eric Clapton album.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By John M. Thompson on January 13, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Having contributed to a lot of bands' albums and concerts over the years, Eric Clapton has amassed a group of friends who also happen to be first-rate musicians. Never being one to assume that he alone makes his albums great, Clapton routinely gives them a lot of room to write and perform. True since Clapton gave up the solo on "Layla" to Duane Allman, it works for him in spades on this album.
Jerry Jeff Williams, a Texas songwriter with whom Clapton has had many fruitful collaborations since the Eighties, wrote several of the originals, standouts being "Pretending" and "Breaking Point." The first song has the most confident, tension-free vocals Clapton has committed to a studio album since _461 Ocean Boulevard_ more than a decade earlier; its low, bluesy verses and suddenly louder choruses seem written specifically to Clapton's strengths as a vocalist. As was true throughout the entire album, Clapton taps the midrange boost on that custom Stratocaster and burns through the solos and fills. If this record did nothing else for his fan base, it proved that Clapton had overcome his early-Seventies fear of overplaying or repetition; not until _24 Nights_ would anyone hear Clapton having as much fun as a lead guitarist again.
As the Amazon reviewer pointed out, he remained rooted in a bluesy context throughout, juxtaposing the faithful treatment of Bo Diddley's "Before You Accuse Me" with the sophisticated Robert Cray minor blues of "Old Love." While the production remains extremely clean, no one could accuse Clapton or any member of his supporting bands of not bringing enough soul to this particular session. Aside from "Run So Far," which indulges Clapton's taste for cheerful and insubstantial country, there's not a weak song on this album.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Darren S. Wools on June 22, 2008
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Clapton returns in 1989 with another huge followup to his huge phil collins produced behind the sun (1985) & August (1986). This album was even bigger than those 2. The refreshed clapton of the 80s continued his modesty & invited a plethora of musicians including collins, cray, daryl hall, david sanborn, chaka kahn, ray cooper, george harrison, pino palladino, nathan east, phillinganes & many more to complement his playing. This album was made a little inconsistent by the fact that there were so many guest muscicians (typical of 80s clapton). Clapton loves playing with a diverse list of musicians. His buddy phil collins played drums on "bad love" & the same year clapton played on "wish it would rain down" on phil's #1 album but seriously. They maintained their muscial relationship throughout the 80s. Great tunes here are pretending, bad love, no alibis, & running on faith. The album touches on a few musical styles including rock, pop, blues, & adult contemporary. His vocal performances are probably some of his best ever here especially on no alibis & pretending. On "no alibis" daryl hall helps on backing vocals & the result is incredible. Hall is a very underated musician & vocalist largely due to his poppy hall & oats stuff. Journeyman, along with collins's "but seriously" & "we can't dance" (1991 final genesis studio album) are 3 of the last great sophisticated albums in rock history. In the 90s grunge, rap, & heavy metal really triggered the decline of musicianship which has held on to present day (2008) - too bad. The late 80s & early 90s was really the swan song for intelligent rock. Buy this piece of rock history.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Doc Shred on August 17, 2007
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Eric Clapton is a true legend. An amazing guitarist, songwriter, singer, historian, and crucial member of several Hall of Fame worthy bands. I saw the Journeyman tour twice in 1989/90 and those were great concerts, and that may influence my opinion, he was on fire that year. Journeyman is a great Clapton album and I'd put it up there with Layla, the Cream albums, his self-titled "solo" album, and Slowhand. If you are a Claptonhead and don't have Journeyman, you should get it ASAP. Stinging blues, soaring pop, and the riff of bad Love is just awesome.

Standout tracks: Pretending, Bad Love, Anything For Love, Running on Faith, Before You Accuse Me
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Brian D. Rubendall HALL OF FAME on May 23, 2002
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The title "Journeyman" would appear to be a bit of modesty by an artist who has been a towering figure in rock music for nearly thirty years. And yet it is quite appropriate. Clapton has never seemed entirely comfortable under the glare of the spotlight, and much of his best work has been collaboartive (Cream, Derek and the Dominoes, Blind Faith, etc). How else to explain such Clapton diversions as his time spent as the lead guitarist on Roger Waters's debut solo album ("The Pros and Cons of Hitchiking") and tour?
With "Journeyman," Clapton produced his prototypical album. There are a couple of decent singles written by an outside songwriter ("Pretending" and "No Alibis") a couple of covers of rock and blues standards ("Hound Dog," "Before You Accuse Me") a longer guitar jam ("Breaking Point") and a lot of decent filler material in between. For all his talents as a musician, Clapton has never been a first rate songwriter, and as a result even his best albums tend to be uneven. While "Journeyman" is no exception to that rule, it is still one of his better solo efforts.
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