Venus Isle

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Venus Isle
Studio album by Eric Johnson
Released September 3, 1996 (1996-09-03)[1]
Recorded 1996 at Saucer One Studio and Arlyn Studios in Austin, Texas; A&M Studios in Hollywood; Digital Services Recording; Rocket Ranch Studios in Houston; Reelsound Recording Company in Buda, Texas
Genre Instrumental rock, pop rock
Length 58:23[2]
Label Capitol
Producer Eric Johnson, Richard Mullen
Eric Johnson chronology
Ah Via Musicom
(1990)
Venus Isle
(1996)
G3: Live in Concert
(1996)
Singles from Ah Via Musicom
  1. "Pavillion" / "S.R.V."
    Released: 1996 (1996)[3]

Venus Isle is the fourth studio album by guitarist Eric Johnson, released on September 3, 1996 through Capitol Records. The album reached No. 51 on the U.S. Billboard 200[4] and remained on that chart for six weeks.[5] "Pavilion" was released as a single and reached No. 33 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart,[4] while its B-side "S.R.V." is a tribute to guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan and features his elder brother Jimmie Vaughan as a guest soloist. "Camel's Night Out" is featured as downloadable content for the music video game Guitar Hero World Tour (2008) and can also be exported to Guitar Hero 5 (2009).

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine at AllMusic gave Venus Isle three stars out of five, describing Johnson as a "consummate guitarist" and "a joy to hear him play". However, he criticized the album for not breaking any new ground following the six-year gap from its 1990 predecessor Ah Via Musicom, remarking that it "reveals no new insights about the guitarist, it only offers a new spin on the territory Ah! Via Musicom covered."[1]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Eric Johnson, except where noted. 

No. Title Length
1. "Venus Isle"   5:29
2. "Battle We Have Won"   5:59
3. "All About You"   8:20
4. "S.R.V."   3:02
5. "Lonely in the Night" (Vince Mariani) 6:05
6. "Manhattan"   4:52
7. "Camel's Night Out" (Kyle Brock, Mark Younger-Smith) 5:16
8. "Song for Lynette"   4:54
9. "When the Sun Meets the Sky" (Johnson, Steve Barber) 7:54
10. "Pavilion"   5:02
11. "Venus Reprise"   1:30
Total length:
58:23

Personnel[edit]

  • Eric Johnsonlead vocals (tracks 1–3, 5, 9), guitar (all tracks), guitar synthesizer, synthesizer (track 2), piano, electric sitar, arrangement, engineering, production
  • Amit Chatterjee – vocals (tracks 1, 3)
  • Christopher Cross – vocals (tracks 3, 5)
  • Jimmie Vaughan – additional guitar solos (track 4)
  • Steve Barber – synthesizer (tracks 1–5, 8–10), Hammond B3, arrangement
  • Tommy Taylor – drums (tracks 1–7, 9–11), percussion (tracks 3, 11), arrangement
  • Bill Maddox – drums (track 8), engineering
  • James Fenner – percussion (tracks 2, 5, 6)
  • Chris Searles – percussion (tracks 3, 5)
  • Kyle Brock – bass (tracks 1, 2, 4, 5–7, 10), arrangement
  • Roscoe Beck – bass (tracks 3, 9, 10, 11), engineering
  • Chris Maresh – bass (track 8)
  • Richard Kilmer – strings (track 5)
  • Bruce Williams – strings (track 5)
  • Jennifer Bourianoff – strings (track 5)
  • Anthony Stogner – strings (track 5)
  • Scott McIntosh – trumpet
  • Vince Mariani – arrangement
  • Richard Mullen – engineering, mixing, production
  • John Fannin – engineering
  • Ethridge Hill – engineering
  • Malcolm Harper – engineering
  • John Aguto – engineering
  • Jeff Poe – engineering
  • Stuart Sullivan – engineering
  • Mark Hallman – engineering
  • John Moran – engineering
  • James Hoover – engineering
  • Jeff DeMorris – mixing assistance
  • Jim Champagne – mixing assistance
  • Brad Haehnel – mixing assistance
  • Allen Sides – mixing assistance
  • Bernie Grundmanmastering
  • Jimmy McKeever – mastering assistance

Chart performance[edit]

Album[edit]

Year Chart Position
1996 Billboard 200 51[4]

Singles[edit]

Year Title Chart Position
1996 "Pavillion" Billboard Mainstream Rock 33[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Venus Isle - Eric Johnson". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2014-11-14.
  2. ^ Venus Isle (CD release "Capitol Compact Disc 0777 7 983312 2 2").
  3. ^ "Eric Johnson (2) – Pavilion / S.R.V.". Discogs. Retrieved 2014-03-29.
  4. ^ a b c d "Venus Isle - Eric Johnson | Awards". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2014-11-14.
  5. ^ "Eric Johnson - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2014-03-29.

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