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Editors’ Notes

Eric Clapton closed out the '80s with Journeyman, a familial, celebratory affair that reconciled his mega-successful brand of '80s rock with the rustic blues/soul/reggae stew that had defined his '70s work. “Bad Love” and “Pretending” extended Clapton’s uncanny knack for producing big hits for the MTV age. Although these tunes are as bold and as catchy as “In the Way That You Move Me” and “Forever Man,” they allow for more stylistic flair in the form of wah guitar and reggae cadences. Even as he taps into '80s bombast, Journeyman returns Clapton to the early blues and R&B forms that captured his imagination as a teenager. His versions of Ray Charles’ “Hard Times” and Big Mama Thornton’s “Hound Dog” sound like they were recorded live to tape in an open room, just as the originals were. While “Before You Accuse Me” and “Old Love” reassert Clapton’s love for grinding, gutsy blues in the style of B.B. King, the sublime “Lead Me On” invokes a gentler, more mystical pair of musical heroes: Jimi Hendrix and Al Green.

Customer Reviews

For the Love of GOD it's Eric Clapton!

This is EC doing his thing with new technology. Buy it and enjoy it. You won't be disappointed. And remember turn it up LOUD!

Journeyman

Indeed, this was the one that got EC back to where he should be (outside of the work he displayed on Rogers Waters' 1984 classic, "Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking"). "Before You Accuse Me", with Robert Cray smokes, especially EC's solo in the last three bars of the song. "Old Love" smolters, and his singing and solo in Ray Charles' "Hard Times" conveys bonafide yearning for better situations. Pick this one up, 3/4s of it is good.

Clapton is God

Man, every song, well pretty much everysong on this album is great. You won't be disappointed. Clapton is great to listen to but as an aspiring blues guitarist (playing to sold out living rooms everywhere) these songs are a great starting point.

Biography

Born: March 30, 1945 in Ripley, Surrey, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

By the time Eric Clapton launched his solo career with the release of his self-titled debut album in mid-1970, he was long established as one of the world's major rock stars due to his group affiliations — the Yardbirds, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Cream, and Blind Faith — which had demonstrated his claim to being the best rock guitarist of his generation. That it took Clapton so long to go out on his own, however, was evidence of a degree of reticence unusual for one of his stature....
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