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Behind the Sun

Eric Clapton

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Although he is universally considered among the most important figures in rock & roll, Eric Clapton has not had consistent success in translating his stature into record sales, partially because he is, in essence, a great blues guitarist rather than a great pop/rock singer/songwriter. Clapton's career was in decline in the early '80s when he switched record labels from Polydor to Warner Bros., and his debut Warner album, Money and Cigarettes, became his first to fall below gold record status in more than six years. As a result, Warner looked critically at his follow-up, the Phil Collins-produced Behind the Sun, in the fall of 1984 and rejected the first version submitted, insisting that he record several new songs written by Jerry Williams, backed by Los Angeles session players under the auspices of company producers Lenny Waronker and Ted Templeman. Warner then emphasized the new tracks, releasing two of them, "Forever Man" (which reached the Top 40) and "See What Love Can Do," as singles. The resulting album, not surprisingly, was somewhat schizophrenic. It was hard to believe that Warner could have heard the leadoff track, "She's Waiting," and not realized its potential to be a hit single, though the company may have been correct in thinking that the album as a whole was competent without being very exciting. The added tracks were not bad (and, in fact, Clapton later would add session players Nathan East and Greg Phillinganes to his band), but they were not the sure-fire hits they were supposed to be. As usual, there was some effective guitar soloing (notably on "Same Old Blues"), but despite the tinkering, Behind the Sun was not among Clapton's best -- although it went gold after nearly two years in release.
© William Ruhlmann /TiVo

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1
She's Waiting (1999 Remaster) Album Version
00:04:55

Chris Stainton, Hammond Organ, Synthesizer - Peter Robinson, Writer, Synthesizer - Marcy Levy, Backing Vocals - Phil Collins, Producer, Drums - Donald "Duck" Dunn, Bass Guitar - STEVE CHASE, Mixing Engineer - Eric Clapton, Lead Vocals, Writer, Lead Guitar, MainArtist - Nick Launay, Engineer - Ray Cooper, Percussion - Shaun Murphy, Backing Vocals - Steve Jackson, Engineer

1985 Reprise Records 1985 Warner Records Inc.

2
See What Love Can Do (1999 Remaster) Album Version
00:03:58

Jeff Porcaro, Drums - Michael Omartian, Synthesizer - Nathan East, Bass Guitar - Jerry Lynn Williams, Backing Vocals, Writer - Marcy Levy, Backing Vocals - LEE HERSCHBERG, Engineer - LENNY WARONKER, Producer - MARK LINETT, Mixing Engineer - Ted Templeman, Producer - Lenny Castro, Congas - STEVE LUKATHER, Synthesizer - Eric Clapton, Lead Vocals, Lead Guitar, MainArtist

1985 Reprise Records 1985 Warner Records Inc.

3
Same Old Blues (1999 Remaster) Album Version
00:08:15

Chris Stainton, Synthesizer - Peter Robinson, Synthesizer - Marcy Levy, Backing Vocals - Phil Collins, Producer, Drums - Donald "Duck" Dunn, Bass Guitar - STEVE CHASE, Mixing Engineer - Eric Clapton, Lead Vocals, Writer, Lead Guitar, MainArtist - Nick Launay, Engineer - Jamie Oldaker, Drums - Ray Cooper, Percussion - Shaun Murphy, Backing Vocals - Steve Jackson, Engineer

1985 Reprise Records 1985 Warner Records Inc.

4
Knock On Wood (1999 Remaster) Album Version
00:03:19

Chris Stainton, Piano, Synthesizer - Peter Robinson, Synthesizer - Phil Collins, Producer, Backing Vocals - Steve Cropper, Writer - Eddie Floyd, Writer - Donald "Duck" Dunn, Bass Guitar - STEVE CHASE, Mixing Engineer - Eric Clapton, Lead Vocals, Lead Guitar, MainArtist - Nick Launay, Engineer - Jamie Oldaker, Drums - Steve Jackson, Engineer

1985 Reprise Records 1985 Warner Records Inc.

5
Something's Happening (1999 Remaster) Album Version
00:03:23

Greg Phillinganes, Backing Vocals, Synthesizer - Nathan East, Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals - Lindsey Buckingham, Rhythm Guitar - Jerry Lynn Williams, Backing Vocals, Writer - LEE HERSCHBERG, Engineer - LENNY WARONKER, Producer - John Robinson, Drums - MARK LINETT, Mixing Engineer - Ted Templeman, Producer, Tambourine, Shaker - Eric Clapton, Lead Vocals, Lead Guitar, MainArtist - James Newton Howard, Synthesizer

1985 Reprise Records 1985 Warner Records Inc.

6
Forever Man (1999 Remaster) Album Version
00:03:11

Jeff Porcaro, Drums - Michael Omartian, Synthesizer - Nathan East, Bass Guitar - Jerry Lynn Williams, Writer - Marcy Levy, Backing Vocals - LEE HERSCHBERG, Engineer - LENNY WARONKER, Producer - MARK LINETT, Mixing Engineer - Ted Templeman, Producer, Percussion - Lenny Castro, Congas - STEVE LUKATHER, Rhythm Guitar - Eric Clapton, Backing Vocals, Lead Vocals, Lead Guitar, Synthesizer, MainArtist

1985 Reprise Records 1985 Warner Records Inc.

7
It All Depends (1999 Remaster) Album Version
00:05:05

Chris Stainton, Synthesizer - Peter Robinson, Synthesizer - Marcy Levy, Backing Vocals - Phil Collins, Producer, Shaker - Donald "Duck" Dunn, Bass Guitar - STEVE CHASE, Mixing Engineer - Eric Clapton, Lead Vocals, Writer, Lead Guitar, MainArtist - Nick Launay, Engineer - Jamie Oldaker, Drums - Ray Cooper, Percussion - Shaun Murphy, Backing Vocals - Steve Jackson, Engineer

1985 Reprise Records 1985 Warner Records Inc.

8
Tangled in Love (1999 Remaster) Album Version
00:04:11

Richard Feldman, Writer - Chris Stainton, Hammond Organ, Synthesizer - Peter Robinson, Synthesizer - Marcy Levy, Backing Vocals, Writer - Phil Collins, Producer - Donald "Duck" Dunn, Bass Guitar - STEVE CHASE, Mixing Engineer - Eric Clapton, Lead Vocals, Lead Guitar, MainArtist - Nick Launay, Engineer - Jamie Oldaker, Drums - Ray Cooper, Percussion - Shaun Murphy, Backing Vocals - Steve Jackson, Engineer

1985 Reprise Records 1985 Warner Records Inc.

9
Never Make You Cry (1999 Remaster) Album Version
00:06:06

Chris Stainton, Fender Rhodes Piano - Peter Robinson, Synthesizer - Marcy Levy, Backing Vocals - Phil Collins, Producer, Backing Vocals, Writer, Shaker - Donald "Duck" Dunn, Bass Guitar - STEVE CHASE, Engineer - Eric Clapton, Lead Vocals, Writer, Lead Guitar, MainArtist - Nick Launay, Engineer - Jamie Oldaker, Drums, Backing Vocals - Steve Jackson, Engineer

1985 Reprise Records 1985 Warner Records Inc.

10
Just Like a Prisoner (1999 Remaster) Album Version
00:05:30

Chris Stainton, Synthesizer - Peter Robinson, Synthesizer - Phil Collins, Producer, Drums - Donald "Duck" Dunn, Bass Guitar - STEVE CHASE, Mixing Engineer - Eric Clapton, Lead Vocals, Writer, Lead Guitar, MainArtist - Nick Launay, Engineer - Jamie Oldaker, Drums - Steve Jackson, Engineer

1985 Reprise Records 1985 Warner Records Inc.

11
Behind the Sun (1999 Remaster) Album Version
00:02:13

Phil Collins, Producer, Synthesizer - STEVE CHASE, Mixing Engineer - Eric Clapton, Lead Vocals, Writer, Lead Guitar, MainArtist - Nick Launay, Engineer - Steve Jackson, Engineer

1985 Reprise Records 1985 Warner Records Inc.

Album Description

Although he is universally considered among the most important figures in rock & roll, Eric Clapton has not had consistent success in translating his stature into record sales, partially because he is, in essence, a great blues guitarist rather than a great pop/rock singer/songwriter. Clapton's career was in decline in the early '80s when he switched record labels from Polydor to Warner Bros., and his debut Warner album, Money and Cigarettes, became his first to fall below gold record status in more than six years. As a result, Warner looked critically at his follow-up, the Phil Collins-produced Behind the Sun, in the fall of 1984 and rejected the first version submitted, insisting that he record several new songs written by Jerry Williams, backed by Los Angeles session players under the auspices of company producers Lenny Waronker and Ted Templeman. Warner then emphasized the new tracks, releasing two of them, "Forever Man" (which reached the Top 40) and "See What Love Can Do," as singles. The resulting album, not surprisingly, was somewhat schizophrenic. It was hard to believe that Warner could have heard the leadoff track, "She's Waiting," and not realized its potential to be a hit single, though the company may have been correct in thinking that the album as a whole was competent without being very exciting. The added tracks were not bad (and, in fact, Clapton later would add session players Nathan East and Greg Phillinganes to his band), but they were not the sure-fire hits they were supposed to be. As usual, there was some effective guitar soloing (notably on "Same Old Blues"), but despite the tinkering, Behind the Sun was not among Clapton's best -- although it went gold after nearly two years in release.
© William Ruhlmann /TiVo

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