Journeyman (album)

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Journeyman
Studio album by Eric Clapton
Released 7 November 1989
Recorded 1989
Genre Blues rock
Length 56:35
Label Duck / Reprise
Producer Jill Dell'Abate & Russ Titelman
Eric Clapton chronology
Crossroads
(1988)
Journeyman
(1989)
24 Nights
(1991)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune 2.5/4 stars[2]
Deseret News (Favourable)[3]
Los Angeles Times 2.5/5 stars[4]
Robert Christgau B−[5]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[6]

Journeyman is the 11th studio album by blues/rock musician Eric Clapton, released in 1989.

The album was heralded as a return to form for Clapton, who had struggled with alcohol addiction in the mid-1980s and had recently found sobriety. Much of it has an electronic sound, mostly influenced by the 1980s rock scene, but it also includes blues songs like "Before You Accuse Me," "Running on Faith," and "Hard Times." The strongest single commercially from this album was "Bad Love," which earned him the 1990 Best Male Rock Vocal Performance Grammy Awards, and reached the No. 1 position on the Album Rock Chart. "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. This is one of Eric Clapton's favourite albums.[7]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Pretending" (Jerry Lynn Williams) – 4:48
  2. "Anything for Your Love" (Williams) – 4:16
  3. "Bad Love" (Eric Clapton, Mick Jones) – 5:11
  4. "Running on Faith" (Jerry Lynn Williams) – 5:27
  5. "Hard Times" (Ray Charles) – 3:00
  6. "Hound Dog" (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller) – 2:26
  7. "No Alibis" (Williams) – 5:32
  8. "Run So Far" (George Harrison) – 4:06
  9. "Old Love" (Clapton, Robert Cray) – 6:25
  10. "Breaking Point" (Marty Grebb, Williams) – 5:37
  11. "Lead Me On" (Cecil Womack, Linda Womack) – 5:52
  12. "Before You Accuse Me" (Ellas McDaniel) – 3:55

Outtakes[edit]

  1. "Forever" Unissued
  2. "Don't Turn Your Back" Unissued
  3. "Something About You" Unissued

Singles performance[edit]

Year Title Chart positions Album
US Hot 100 US Mainstream Rock
1989 "Pretending" 55 1 Journeyman
1990 "Bad Love" 88 1 Journeyman
1990 "Before You Accuse Me" 9 Journeyman
1990 "No Alibis" 4 Journeyman
1990 "Run So Far" 40 Journeyman

Charts[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Produced By Jill Dell'Abate & Russ Titelman
  • Engineered By Larry Alexander, Steve "Barney" Chase, Ben Fowler (also assistant engineer), Michael O'Reilly, Dave O'Donnell, Jack Joseph Puig, Steve Rinkoff & Dave Wittman; assisted by Richard Arnold & UE Natasi
  • Mixed By Gary Wright, Russ Titelman, Rob Eaton & Steve Chase
  • Mastered By Ted Jensen

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Journeyman (album) at AllMusic. Retrieved 21 October 2011.
  2. ^ Kot, Greg (16 November 1989). "Eric Clapton Journeyman (Reprise)". chicagotribune.com. Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 22 October 2011. 
  3. ^ Spangler, Jerry (29 December 1989). "3 ALBUMS PROVE 'DINOSAURS' HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO ROCK INTO '90S". deseretnews.com. Deseret News. Retrieved 21 October 2011. 
  4. ^ Willman, Chris (10 December 1989). "No Great Strides on 'Journeyman' : ERIC CLAPTON "Journeyman."". articles.latimes.com. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Consumer Guide Reviews: Eric Clapton". Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  6. ^ Rolling Stone review
  7. ^ Clapton: The Autobiography : Eric Clapton : ISBN 978-0-385-51851-2
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  9. ^ "Eric Clapton – Journeyman – austriancharts.at" (in German). Retrieved 18 September 2011. 
  10. ^ Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 2011-10-240
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  13. ^ "Album Search: Eric Clapton – Journeyman" (in German). Media Control. Retrieved 23 October 2011. 
  14. ^ a b "Hit Parade Italia – Gli album più venduti del 1989" (in Italian). hitparadeitalia.it. Retrieved 23 October 2011. 
  15. ^ エリック・クラプトン-リリース-ORICON STYLE-ミュージック "Highest position and charting weeks of Journeyman by Eric Clapton". oricon.co.jp (in Japanese). Oricon Style. Retrieved 23 October 2011. 
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  19. ^ "Eric Clapton – Journeyman – hitparade.ch" (in German). Retrieved 18 September 2011. 
  20. ^ "Chart Stats – Eric Clapton – Journeyman". UK Albums Chart. Archived from the original on 31 October 2012. Retrieved 23 October 2011. 
  21. ^ Allmusic – Journeyman > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums
  22. ^ a b "Complete UK Year-End Album Charts". Retrieved 23 October 2011. 
  23. ^ "RPM Top 100 Albums of 1990". RPM. Retrieved 23 October 2011. 
  24. ^ "Billboard.BIZ". billboard.biz. Retrieved 24 October 2011. 
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  27. ^ "Les Albums Or". infodisc.fr (in French). SNEP. Retrieved 18 September 2011. 
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  29. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Eric Clapton; 'Journeyman')". Hung Medien. 
  30. ^ "British album certifications – Eric Clapton – Journeyman". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Journeyman in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
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