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Producer Phil Collins helped Clapton crack the Top 40 with this 1985 LP. Clapton scored hits with Forever Man and See What Love Can Do and lays down stellar guitar throughout (as on Same Old Blues ).
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  • Audio CD (September 19, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • ASIN: B00004Y6NM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
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By Steven R. Seim on July 16, 2002
Format: Audio CD
"Behind the Sun" is not a favorite of most fans or critics, but it's one of mine. With this album, Clapton finally abandoned the mellow, laid-back (and often boring) country rock of the late 1970s and mastered the more electronic (and energetic) sound of '80s radio. The sound is more dense and satisfying. "She's Waiting" and "Forever Man" are Clapton's hardest - and most convincing - rockers since "Layla." "Something's Happening" is pure pop-rock joy, and "See What Love Can Do" is uniquely beautiful. Don't miss out on this gem!
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This is the so-called "comeback album" which hailed Eric Clapton's entry into the MTv age, circa 1985. While it certainly accomplished his goal, the overall album was a decidedly mixed bag, partially the fault of Clapton's label, Warner Brothers.
After the disappointment of "Money & Cigarettes", Clapton turned to the then-red-hot Phil Collins to produce his next record. The finished product was sent to Warner Brothers and WB tinkered with it, insisting that EC add a few new Ted Templeman-produced tracks: "Forever Man", "Something's Happening", and "See What Love Can Do". These tunes were heavily promoted by WB and ended up being a big help to the album's success. However, this tinkering caused the album to have an uneven feel between the Templeman and Collins-produced tracks. Also evident is that the Clapton/Collins team were still searching for synergy.
"Forever Man", one of the Templeman tunes, is easily the strongest tune on the album, containing one of the best intros on record. It spools up, then flies! It is worth buying this album just to get this tune.
The best of the Collins tracks are "She's Waiting" & "Just like a Prisoner. Although both are examples of solid songwriting and performing, none of the tracks are particular standouts which would have produced a big hit, thus the reason WB felt compelled to intervene.
On the down side "Never Make You Cry" & "Same Old Blues" went on way too long and started to drag, even though the latter was the closest EC came to a true blues tune.
Despite its limitations, it is still a decent album, although the Collins/Clapton team would not gel until their next ablum, "August".
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(1985) I think this album is a new dawning for Clapton. He's clean & reinvigorated & for the first time really focused on production & muscianship. First of all, Clapton & Collins (by this time) had been friends for almost ten years. They had played togther with John Martyn (1981), Steven Bishop (1981), & on Collins's Face Value (1981). So clapton didn't just recruit collins because he was the most sought-after producer/drummer of the 80s. He recruited him because he deeply respected Phil's ability to produce, motivate musicians, unlock hidden talent, & take them to a higher peak of perfection. Another notable about Collins was he was never a drunk or junky. He was a music man & very professional. 12-16 hour studio days aren't possible if you're all screwed up on dope. Now that Clapton was clean from heroin he could seriously focus on his music & there was noone better to recruit then Collins(known as the busiest man in Rock). Clapton's best attribute is being humble & modest. he has played with so many people because he wants to constantly change & improve. This is why Phil Collins produced & toured with him. ted Templeton (van halen / doobie brothers) also produced 3 of the 11 tracks here (forever man / something's happening / see what love can do). There are alot of musicians on this one including nathan east (bass), greg phillinganes (keyboards), john robinson (brand x & phil collins touring keyboardist), jamie oldaker (drums), jeff porcoro of TOTO (drums), ray cooper (percussion), steve lukather of TOTO (guitar), Donald duck Dunn (bass), marcy levy (long time clapton vocalist/cowriter), & many others.Read more ›
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By A Customer on April 23, 1998
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This album is incredibly strong even with Phil Collins helping on it. The Concert tour which I was fortunate enough to see in England was one of the best ever. She's waiting, Same old blues, knock on wood, are really driving tracks.
But number 10 Just like a prisoner, I feel, is the best on the album, the way he closes it up with Behind the sun makes this an album that should be in everyone's collection.
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By K. Baer on September 26, 2014
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I began to collect Rock and Roll Albums in 1969.. My cousin Patty from Redondo Beach,Ca. gave me 3 Albums..Cream's 1st album, Creedence Clearwater's 1st album and The Beatles - Help.. My admiration for Eric Clapton and his music was fixed for life as a result.. Fast Foward to this Album.. I really like it.. He has made better albums.. But this is a good buy for the true fan.. So, buy this and enjoy.. Life is short and I for one, have found Rock an Roll to be the soundtrack of my life.. Today's music has failed to move me like Rock.. To angry and full of hate..No Thanks..
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