1985 Eric Clapton – Behind The Sun

Behind the Sun is the ninth album by English guitarist Eric Clapton, released in 1985. The title of the album comes from a line from Muddy Waters’s “Louisiana Blues”. It is also Clapton’s first collaborative project with Phil Collins.

After nearly a decade of Clapton’s guitar playing taking a back seat to his singing/songwriting, this album featured more guitar work by Clapton since the Cream era of the 1960s. The album features synthesizers and drum machines played by Phil Collins, Ted Templeman, Peter Robinson, Michael Omartian, James Newton Howard, Chris Stainton and Greg Phillinganes, as well as Clapton’s Roland guitar synthesizer on the 9th track, Never Make You Cry. Bassists Donald Duck Dunn from Booker T. & the MG’s and Nathan East from the smooth jazz quartet Fourplay also played on the sessions.

In his autobiography, Clapton remembers the 1984 session pleasantly: “The whole thing is going so great, I hope it never stops.” However, his troubled marriage with Pattie Boyd became the subject matter for most of his original material: She’s Waiting, Same Old Blues and Just Like a Prisoner all contain extended guitar solos by Clapton. It was during this period that Pattie left him “and it was eventually decided that we should have a trial separation.” Clapton assuaged his pain by writing the song Behind the Sun featuring only his guitar & vocals and Phil Collins’ synthesizer, which became the final song on the album.

This was also Clapton’s first collaboration with songwriter Jerry Lynn Williams. Warner looked critically at this follow-up to the Money and Cigarettes album, which did not sell well and was Clapton’s first for the label. The Phil Collins-produced Behind the Sun, in the fall of 1984—the first version submitted—was rejected by the label, insisting that he record several new songs written by Jerry Williams, backed by Los Angeles session players. The label put the project under the auspices of veteran company producers Lenny Waronker and Ted Templeman. Warner then emphasised the new tracks, releasing two of them, “Forever Man” (which reached the Top 40) and “See What Love Can Do,” as singles. The resulting album, not surprisingly, was somewhat disjointed, though the company may have been correct in thinking that the album as a whole was competent without being very exciting in response to the original line-up of songs for the album because they wanted the album to have more hit single material, Clapton agreed to their terms, but asked them to provide some “hits” and record the songs with their own producer and musicians: “They sent me three songs by a Texas songwriter – Forever Man, Something’s Happening and See What Love Can Do – and they were good.” The sessions featured Toto guitarist Steve Lukather and former drummer Jeff Porcaro, as well as Clapton’s long-time collaborators, drummer Jamie Oldaker, bassist Nathan East and keyboardist Greg Phillinganes.

Tracks

1  She´s Waiting (Eric Clapton, Peter Robinson) 5:04
See What Love Can Do (Jerry Lynn Williams) 4:00
3  Same Old Blues (Eric Clapton) 8:14
4  Knock On Wood (Eddie Floyd, Steve Cropper) 3:15
5  Something´s Happening (Jerry Lynn Williams) 3:26
Forever Man (Jerry Lynn Williams) 3:16
7  It All Depends (Eric Clapton) 5:07
8  Tangled In Love (Marcy Levy, Richard Feldman) 4:05
9  Never Make You Cry (Eric Clapton, Phil Collins) 6:13
10  Just Like A Prisoner (Eric Clapton) 5:31
11  Behind The Sun (Eric Clapton) 2:12

Musicians

1 She´s Waiting

BassDonald Dunn
DrumsJamie Oldaker
DrumsPhil Collins
GuitarEric Clapton
SynthesizerPeter Robinson
SynthesizerChris Stainton
PercussionRay Cooper
Background VocalsMarcy Levy
Background VocalsShaun Murphy


2 See What Love Can Do

BassNathan East
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
GuitarEric Clapton
GuitarSteve Lukather
SynthesizerMichael Omartian
PercussionLenny Castro
Background VocalsJerry Williams
Background VocalsMarcy Levy


3 Same Old Blues

BassDonald Dunn
DrumsJamie Oldaker
PercussionPhil Collins
GuitarEric Clapton
SynthesizerChris Stainton
SynthesizerPeter Robinson
Background VocalsMarcy Levy
Background VocalsShaun Murphy


4 Knock On Wood

BassDonald Dunn
DrumsJamie Oldaker
GuitarEric Clapton
PianoChris Stainton
SynthesizerChris Stainton
SynthesizerPeter Robinson
Background VocalsPhil Collins


5 Something´s Happening

BassNathan East
DrumsJR Robinson
GuitarEric Clapton
GuitarLindsey Buckingham
SynthesizerJames Newton-Howard
SynthesizerGreg Phillinganes
PercussionTed Templeman
Background VocalsNathan East
Background VocalsGreg Phillinganes


6 Forever Man

BassNathan East
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
GuitarEric Clapton
GuitarSteve Lukather
SynthesizerMichael Omartian
PercussionLenny Castro
PercussionTed Templeman
Background VocalsMarcy Levy


7 It All Depends

BassDonald Dunn
DrumsJamie Oldaker
GuitarEric Clapton
SynthesizerChris Stainton
SynthesizerPeter Robinson
PercussionPhil Collins
Background VocalsMarcy Levy
Background VocalsShaun Murphy


8 Tangled In Love

BassDonald Dunn
DrumsJamie Oldaker
GuitarEric Clapton
OrganChris Stainton
SynthesizerPeter Robinson
SynthesizerChris Stainton
Background VocalsMarcy Levy
Background VocalsShaun Murphy


9 Never Make You Cry

BassDonald Dunn
DrumsJamie Oldaker
GuitarEric Clapton
Fender RhodesChris Stainton
SynthesizerPeter Robinson
PercussionPhil Collins
Background VocalsJamie Oldaker
Background VocalsPhil Collins
Background VocalsMarcy Levy


10 Just Like A Prisoner

BassDonald Dunn
DrumsJamie Oldaker
DrumsPhil Collins
GuitarEric Clapton
SynthesizerChris Stainton
SynthesizerPeter Robinson


11 Behind The Sun

GuitarEric Clapton
SynthesizerPhil Collins

Liner Notes

Producer – Phil Collins (Tracks 1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11)
Producer – Lenny Waronker, Ted Templeman (Tracks 2, 5, 6)
Coordinator (Production) – Joan Parker (Tracks 2, 5, 6)
Engineer – Nick Launay (Track 1)
Engineer – Lee Herschberg (Tracks 2, 6)
Engineer – Nick Launay (Tracks 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11)
Mixed By – Steve Barney Chase (Tracks 1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 11)
Mixed By – Mark Linett (Tracks 2, 5, 6)
Recorded By – Steve Jackson (Tracks 1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11)

Art Direction, Design, Painting – Larry Vigon
Photography By – Patti Clapton

Recorded At – AIR Studios, Montserrat
Mixed At – The Town House
Recorded At – Lion Share Recording Studios
Recorded At – Amigo Studios
Mixed At – Amigo Studios
Copyright (c) – Warner Bros. Records Inc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Warner Bros. Records Inc.
Mastered At – The Town House
Mastered At – Sheffield Lab Matrix