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Journeyman by Eric Clapton (1989) - Import [Import]

Eric ClaptonAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)

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"This album wasn’t what it was intended to be at all," says Eric Clapton. "It’s actually better than it was meant to be because, in a way, I just let it happen. It’s an eclectic collection of songs that weren’t really on the map—and I like it so much because if it’s a ... 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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,911 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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Certified at 2 million units by the RIAA. (2/01)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clapton's most solid solo work since 'Another Ticket' 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
4.0 out of 5 stars one of my favorites from Clapton 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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good material, bad production August 21, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I have given this album "only" three stars, partly because of the slick, glossy 80s production by Russ Titelman which has completely removed any hint of real grit from these songs. They might as well have been played using synthesizers (actually most of the drums aren't drums at all but a digital drum machine).

The songs themselves are generally pretty good, though. They are not as lean, nor as muscular, as they could have been, but "Pretending" is a fine, mid-tempo rocker with some really great vocals by Eric Clapton. "Bad Love" suffers from terrible, overblown production and weird synthesizers, but it's not a bad song in itself, and "Running On Faith" is a slow, bluesy ballad with relative lean instrumentation and some nice slide dobro playing.
"Hard Times" is another slow blues, augumented by a horn ensemble, and Clapton actually does a pretty good, funky rendition of "Hound Dog".
"Run So Far" is a little masterpiece, written by George Harrison, who lends a hand playing guitar and singing harmony vocals. Nice, sparse arrangement there.

Clapton wrote "Old Love" with Robert Cray, and it works pretty well, too, without too much of the wall-of-sound treatment which has partly ruined "No Alibis", "Breaking Point" and "Anything For Your Love". And the album ends on a high note with some real, three-dimentional drumming from Steve Ferrone and Jim Keltner on the fine ballad "Lead Me On" and Bo Diddley's fiery blues classic "Before You Accuse Me" (albeit in a slick, less fiery version).

All in all, "Journeyman" is a good album. It could've been great, if a few more songs had been good instead of merely adequate, and if the production had been less 80s-like, but it is not one to be avoided by any means.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars EC's Finest Eighties Album July 25, 2002
Format:Audio CD
The 1980s were a strange decade for Clapton. Like a lot of veterans of the 1960s and '70s, his transition to the MTV era was difficult. There were even a couple of unfortunate instances in which he submitted a completed album to his record company only to see it rejected with instructions to return to the drawing board. He finally showed signs of renewal in 1989 when he released this fine album, which paved the way for his career's revival in the 1990s.
A couple of tracks rank among Clapton's best from any decade. "Pretending" is a firm mid-tempo rocker with one of his most assured vocal performances ever. "Running on Faith" is a gorgeous gospel-like tune that rings utterly true, very inspiring. On "Bad Love" he cuts loose like he hadn't done in years. "Hound Dog" was a risky song to cover because it might have invited unflattering comparisons to Elvis, but Eric pulls it off effectively. "Run So Far" is a sweet and carefree ditty written by George Harrison and featuring Harrison on guitar and backing vocals. The classic blues number "Before You Accuse Me" closes the album with a bang. But there are weaknesses that must be acknowledged. "Anything for Your Love" is an overproduced monstrosity that sounds suspiciously like a leftover from BEHIND THE SUN or AUGUST. There are hints of overproduction elsewhere as well. But for the most part, JOURNEYMAN has Clapton back where he belonged.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The only way to experience music is to listen to the music old and...
Awe some music that grows on you the more you play it. Thanks Amazon for making great music easy to find no matter old or new.
Published 2 months ago by Michael A. DiPanfilo
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing masterpiece
Journeyman is arguably one of Clapton's best solo albums of all time. Each song has a unique texture of its own which heavily defines the effort and diligence Clapton had put into... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Andy H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Replacement...
This purchase was simply to replace the original that I wore out. Great album, great songs, great band. One of EC's very best.
Published 7 months ago by Rincon
5.0 out of 5 stars Ahhh... Eric Clapton.
If You like Eric Clapton and this CD isn't in Your collection, shame on You. Every track is awesome and whats cool is it starts out with a great song and ends with the best version... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars The Journeyman
I love this album. There are a lot of well-known songs on it, in addition to(not surprisingly) some awesome guitar work
Published 8 months ago by Susan Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars A Dramatic Return To His Roots!
As Eric Clapton enjoyed a brief commercialized period in the mid-1980's, The Guitar
God would soon realize that he needed to go back to his original roots that made him... Read more
Published 8 months ago by RH
5.0 out of 5 stars Under rated
I feel this album has been very under rated as far as Clapton go's. One of my personal favorite's from him.
Published 11 months ago by E. Sankey
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring and Overblown
I really don't understand the 4 and 5 star reviews. I almost gave it a 3-star, but ultimately thought that was a bit too generous. Read more
Published 12 months ago by ladylove
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Eric
You could never go wrong with with Mr. Clapton! Loved the auto-rip feature that allowed me to d/l it right away while I waited for my old-fashioned hard copy to arrive
Published 13 months ago by P-ro
3.0 out of 5 stars Laid Back Blues Rock From 1989.
Eric Clapton has been at the top of the tree since the mid 1960s, since which he has covered many genres of music, however in his heart he loves the blues best. Read more
Published 21 months ago by J. Thompson
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