1989 Eric Clapton – Journeyman

Journeyman is a 1989 album by Eric Clapton. Heralded as a return to form for Clapton, who had struggled with alcohol addiction and had recently found sobriety, the album has a 1980s electronic sound, but it also includes blues songs like “Before You Accuse Me”, “Running on Faith”, and “Hard Times.” “Bad Love” was released as a single, reaching the No. 1 position on the Album Rock Chart, and being awarded a Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance in 1990. “Pretending” had also reached the No. 1 position on the Album Rock Chart the previous year, remaining at the top for five weeks (“Bad Love” had only stayed for three weeks).

While the album was only a moderate commercial success at the time, reaching number 16 on the Billboard 200 chart, it went on to become his first solo studio album to go double platinum. Clapton has stated that Journeyman is one of his favourite albums.

Tracks

Pretending (Jerry Lynn Williams) 4:44
2  Anything For Your Love (Jerry Lynn Williams) 4:10
Bad Love (Eric Clapton, Mick Jones) 5:13
4  Running On Faith (Jerry Lynn Williams) 5:33
5  Hard Times (Ray Charles) 3:13
6  Hound Dog (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller) 2:27
No Alibis (Jerry Lynn Williams) 5:37
Run So Far (George Harrison) 4:07
9  Old Love (ERic Clapton, Robert Cray) 6:23
10  Breaking Point (Marty Grebb, Jerry Lynn Williams) 5:32
11  Lead Me On (Cecil Womack, Linda Womack) 5:51
12  Before You Accuse Me (Take A Look At Yourself) (Ellas McDaniel) 3:56

Musicians

1 Pretending

BassNathan East
Drums (programming)Jimmy Bralower
GuitarEric Clapton
GuitarJerry Lynn Williams
OrganAlan Clark
PianoGreg Phillinganes
SynthesizerAlan Clark
SynthesizerJeff Bova
CongasCarol Steele
Background VocalsChaka Khan
Background VocalsNathan East
Background VocalsJerry Lynn Williams
VocalsEric Clapton


2 Anything For Your Love

BassNathan East
DrumsJim Keltner
Drums (programming)Robbie Kondor
GuitarEric Clapton
GuitarRobert Cray
KeyboardsGreg Phillinganes
KeyboardsRobbie Kondor
PianoRichard Tee
VocoderRobbie Kondor
HarmonicaRobbie Kondor
VocalsEric Clapton


3 Bad Love

BassPino Palladino
DrumsPhil Collins
GuitarEric Clapton
GuitarPhil Palmer
KeyboardsAlan Clark
Background VocalsKatie Kissoon
Background VocalsTessa Niles
Background VocalsPhil Collins
VocalsEric Clapton


4 Running On Faith

BassNathan East
DrumsSteve Ferrone
GuitarEric Clapton
OrganAlan Clark
PianoGreg Phillinganes
PercussionCarol Steele
Background VocalsGreg Phillinganes
Background VocalsNathan East
VocalsEric Clapton


5 Hard Times

BassNathan East
DrumsSteve Ferrone
GuitarEric Clapton
GuitarJohn Tropea
PianoGreg Phillinganes
SaxHank Crawford
SaxDavid Newman
SaxRonnie Cuber
TrumpetJon Faddis
TrumpetLew Soloff
VocalsEric Clapton


6 Hound Dog

BassNathan East
DrumsJim Keltner
GuitarEric Clapton
GuitarRobert Cray
SynthesizerRobbie Kondor
VoiceRoger Forrester
VocalsEric Clapton


7 No Alibis

BassNathan East
Drums (programming)Jimmy Bralower
GuitarEric Clapton
KeyboardsGreg Phillinganes
PianoRichard Tee
ProgrammingRobbie Kondor
PercussionCarol Steele
Background VocalsChaka Khan
Background VocalsLani Groves
Background VocalsGreg Phillinganes
VocalsEric Clapton


8 Run So Far

BassDarryl Jones
DrumsJim Keltner
Drums (programming)Jim Keltner
Drums (programming)Jimmy Bralower
GuitarEric Clapton
GuitarGeorge Harrison
SynthesizerGreg Phillinganes
SynthesizerRob Mounsey
PercussionCarol Steele
Background VocalsGeorge Harrison
VocalsEric Clapton


9 Old Love

BassNathan East
DrumsJim Keltner
GuitarEric Clapton
GuitarRobert Cray
PianoRichard Tee
SynthesizerRobbie Kondor
SynthesizerAlan Clark
VibraphoneGary Burton
PercussionJim Keltner
VocalsEric Clapton


10 Breaking Point

BassNathan East
DrumsJim Keltner
HiHAtSteve Ferrone
Drums (programming)Jim Keltner
GuitarEric Clapton
KeyboardsGreg Phillinganes
OrganJeff Bova
ProgrammingJeff Bova
SaxDavid Sanborn
PercussionCarol Steele
Background VocalsTawatha Agee
Background VocalsVaneese Thomas
VocalsEric Clapton


11 Lead Me On

BassNathan East
DrumsSteve Ferrone
PianoRichard Tee
GuitarEric Clapton
Acoustic GuitarCecil Womack
SynthesizerRobbie Kilgore
VocalsLinda Womack
VocalsEric Clapton


12 Before You Accuse Me (Take A Look At Yourself)

BassNathan East
DrumsJim Keltner
GuitarEric Clapton
GuitarRobert Cray
PianoRichard Tee
SynthesizerRobbie Kondor
VocalsEric Clapton

Liner Notes

Producer – Russ Titelman
Producer (Assitant) – Alexandra Saraspe Conomos
Arranged By (Strings) – Arif Mardin (Track 11)
Coordinator (Production) – Jill Dell’Abate
Engineer – Dave O’Donnell, Dave Wittman, Jack Joseph Puig, Steve Chase
Engineer (Additional) – Ben Fowler, Larry Alexander, Michael O’Reilly, Steve Rinkoff
Mastered By – Ted Jensen
Mixed By – Rob Eaton (Tracks 1, 2, 4, 8)
Mixed By – Gary Wright, Russ Titelman (Tracks 3, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12)
Mixed By – Steve Chase (Track 5)
Reverend Timothy Wright Washington Temple Concert Choir (Track 4)
Recorded By (Assistant), Mixed By (Assistant) – Ben Fowler
Technician (Eric’s Guitar) – Lee Dickson

Design – Bill Smith Studio
Design Concept – Eric Clapton
Photography By – Terry O’Neill
Photography By (Inner Sleeve: Eric Clapton) – Lorry Dal Santo
Photography By (Road) – Roger Forrester

Phonographic Copyright (p) – WEA International Inc.
Copyright (c) – WEA International Inc.
Recorded At – Power Station
Recorded At – Skyline Studios
Recorded At – The Town House
Mixed At – Power Station
Mixed At – The Town House
Mastered At – Sterling Sound