Tones (album)

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Eric Johnson - 1986 - Tones.jpg
Studio album by Eric Johnson
Released 1986 (1986)[1]
Recorded August 28 – November 17, 1985
Studio Ocean Way Recording, Hollywood, California
Genre Instrumental rock, rock
Length 45:31[2]
Label Reprise
Producer David Tickle
Eric Johnson chronology
Seven Worlds
Ah Via Musicom
Singles from Tones
  1. "Off My Mind" / "Zap"
    Released: 1986[3]
  2. "Trail of Tears"
    Released: 1986[4]

Tones is the second studio album by guitarist Eric Johnson, released in 1986 through Reprise Records; a remastered edition was reissed on February 23, 2010 through Wounded Bird Records.[5] Both "Zap" and "Emerald Eyes" are re-recordings from Johnson's then-unreleased 1978 debut album Seven Worlds, which eventually saw an official release in 1998. The instrumental "Zap", released as a B-side to the single "Off My Mind", was nominated for Best Rock Instrumental Performance at the 1987 Grammy Awards.[6]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]

Daniel Gioffre at AllMusic gave Tones four stars out of five, calling it "an exceptionally strong debut" and "a beautiful and important album by one of the greatest electric guitarists ever to pick up the instrument." He also noted "Trail of Tears" and "Bristol Shore" as highlights.[1]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Eric Johnson, except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Soulful Terrain" 4:16
2. "Friends" 5:34
3. "Emerald Eyes" (Johnson, Jay Aaron) 3:23
4. "Off My Mind" 4:01
5. "Desert Song" 4:15
6. "Trail of Tears" (Johnson, Carla Olson, Stephen Barber) 6:01
7. "Bristol Shore" 6:41
8. "Zap" 4:43
9. "Victory" (Johnson, Roscoe Beck, Tommy Taylor) 6:37
Total length: 45:31



Title Event Award Result
"Zap" 1987 Grammys Best Rock Instrumental Performance Nominated[6]


  1. ^ a b c Gioffre, Daniel. "Tones - Eric Johnson". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2014-03-27.
  2. ^ Tones (CD release "Reprise 9 25375-2").
  3. ^ "Eric Johnson (2) – Off My Mind". Discogs. Retrieved 2014-03-27.
  4. ^ "Eric Johnson (2) – Trail of Tears". Discogs. Retrieved 2014-03-27.
  5. ^ "Eric Johnson - Tones CD". CD Universe. Retrieved 2014-03-27.
  6. ^ a b "29th Grammy Awards - 1987". Rock On The Net. Retrieved 2014-03-27.

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