Journeyman (album)

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Journeyman
Eric Clapton Journeyman.jpg
Studio album by Eric Clapton
Released 7 November 1989
Recorded 1989
Genre Rock, blues rock, soft rock, hard rock
Length 56:35
Label Duck / Reprise
Producer 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]
Robert Christgau B−[5]
Deseret News (favourable)[3]
Los Angeles Times 2.5/5 stars[4]
Q 4/5 stars[6]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[7]

Journeyman is the eleventh 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 Best Male Rock Vocal Performance at the 1990 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.[8]

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" (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

Personnel[edit]

  • Eric Clapton – guitar, lead vocals
  • Nathan East – bass guitar (1, 2, 4-7, 9-12), backing vocals (1, 4, 7)
  • Pino Palladino – bass guitar (3)
  • Darryl Jones – bass guitar (8)
  • Jim Keltner – drums (2, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12), percussion (6), tambourine (9), drum programming (8, 10)
  • Phil Collins – drums, backing & harmony vocals (3)
  • Steve Ferrone – drums (4, 5, 11), hi-hat (10)
  • Carole Steele – congas (1), tambourine (4), percussion (7, 10, 11)
  • Gary Burton – vibraphone (9)
  • Jerry Lynn Williams – guitar, backing & harmony vocals (1)
  • Robert Cray – guitar (2, 6, 9, 12), guitar solo (9, 12)
  • Phil Palmer – guitar (3)
  • John Tropea – rhythm guitar (5)
  • George Harrison – guitar & harmony vocals (8)
  • Cecil Womack – acoustic guitar & vocals (11)
  • Jimmy Bralower – drum programming (1, 7, 8)
  • Jeff Bova – synth horns (1), synth organ (1), synth programming (2, 10), drum programming (10), sequenced bass (10), sequenced organ (10)
  • Alan Clark – synth horns (1), Hammond organ (1, 4), sequenced bass (1), keyboards (3), synthesizer (8), synth strings (9)
  • Robbie Kondor – harmonica (2), keyboards (2), vocoder (2), drum programming (2), synthesizer (6, 12), synth programming (7, 8), synth piano (9)
  • Rob Mounsey – synthesizer (8)
  • Robby Kilgore – synthesizer (11)
  • Greg Phillinganes – acoustic piano (1, 4, 5), keyboards (2, 10), backing vocals (4, 7), synthesizer (8)
  • Richard Tee – acoustic piano (2, 6, 7, 9, 12), Fender Rhodes (11)
  • David Sanborn – alto saxophone (10)
  • Arif Mardin – horn arrangement (5), string arrangements (11)
  • Hank Crawford – alto saxophone (5)
  • Ronnie Cuber – baritone saxophone (5)
  • David "Fathead" Newman – tenor saxophone (5)
  • Jon Faddis – trumpet (5)
  • Lew Soloff – trumpet (5)
  • Chaka Khan – backing vocals (1, 7)
  • Tessa Niles – backing vocals (3)
  • Katie Kissoon – backing vocals (3)
  • Lani Groves – backing vocals (4, 7)
  • Daryl Hall – harmony vocals (7)
  • Tawatha Agee – backing vocals (10)
  • Vanessa Thomas – backing vocals (10)
  • Linda Womack – vocals (11)
  • Rev. Timothy Wright Washington Temple Concert Choir – choir (4)
  • Roger Forrester & Friends – dog barking (6)

Production[edit]

  • Produced by Russ Titelman
  • Engineered by Steve "Barney" Chase, Dave O'Donnell, Jack Joseph Puig and Dave Wittman
  • Assistant Engineers – Richard Arnold, Paul Angelli, Mike Knowles and U.E. Natasi
  • Additional engineering by Larry Alexander, Ben Fowler, Michael O'Reilly and Steve Rinkoff
  • Recorded at The Power Station (NYC), Skyline Studios (NYC) and The Town House (London)
  • Mixed by Gary Wright and Russ Titelman (tracks 3, 6, 7, 9-12); Rob Eaton (tracks 1, 2, 4, 8); Steve Chase (track 5)
  • Recording and Mix Assistant – Ben Fowler
  • Mixed at The Power Station and The Town House
  • Mastered by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound, NYC
  • Production Coordination – Jill Dell'Abate
  • Production Assistant – Alexandra Saraspe Conomos
  • Design – Bill Smith Studio
  • Original Design Concept – Eric Clapton
  • Photography – Terry O'Neill
  • Management, 'Road' Photography – Roger Forrester

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

Chart performance[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Argentina (CAPIF)[31] Gold 30,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[32] Platinum 100,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[33] Gold 25,000[33]
France (SNEP)[34] Gold 162,500[35]*
Macao (IFPI Macao)[36] Gold 15,000*
Netherlands (NVPI)[37] Gold 50,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[38] 4× Platinum 60,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[39] Platinum 50,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[40] Gold 50,000^
Sweden (GLF)[41] Platinum 100,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[42] Gold 25,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[43] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[44] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

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