Behind the Sun

Behind the Sun

by 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
ock 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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
UPC: 0075992516624
catalogNumber: 25166

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eric Clapton   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Solo Instrumental,Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Synthesizer Guitar,Roland Synthesizer
Lindsey Buckingham   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Phil Collins   Synthesizer,Percussion,Drums,Hammond Organ,Vocals,Background Vocals,Snare Drums,Shaker,fender rhodes
James Newton Howard   Synthesizer
Peter Manning Robinson   Synthesizer
Marcy Levy   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jerry Williams   Vocals,Background Vocals
Lenny Castro   Percussion,Conga
Ray Cooper   Percussion,Bongos,Gong
Donald "Duck" Dunn   Bass,Bass Guitar
Nathan East   Bass,Bass Guitar,Background Vocals
Steve Lukather   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Shaun Murphy   Vocals,Background Vocals
Michael Omartian   Synthesizer
Jamie Oldaker   Drums,Background Vocals
Jeff Porcaro   Drums
Greg Phillinganes   Synthesizer,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
John "J.R." Robinson   Drums
Peter Robinson   Synthesizer
Chris Stainton   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,fender rhodes
Ted Templeman   Percussion,Tambourine,Timbales,Shaker

Technical Credits

Phil Collins   Producer,Simmons
Steve Cropper   Composer
Eddie Floyd   Composer
Eric Clapton   Composer,Producer
Richard Feldman   Composer
Lee Herschberg   Engineer
Nick Launay   Engineer
Peter Robinson   Composer
Ted Templeman   Producer
Lenny Waronker   Producer
Larry Vigon   Art Direction,Paintings

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Behind the Sun 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
the sound quality of all the songs were great, and it was a great cd.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Eric Clapton is a music icon. Not many will argue that, but every music icon has a weak period in ther career creatively. Eric Clapton may have sold a lot of albums in the 80's but, that does not make them great albums. This album screams of 80's production. Phil Collins is more than capable of producing. But, this album is full of cliches as far as sound goes. Most tracks are over produced pop offerings. It hard to find Clapton in most of these song except for the guitar solos. This is not growth for a musician of his stature, but more of a quick buck. I love Eric, but this falls short.
JohnQ More than 1 year ago
Eric Clapton enters the Eighties here gloriously, much to the dismay of the critics that wanted him permanently stuck in the Sixties. "She's Waiting" is a great song. "See What Love Can Do" is a great song. "Forever Man" is a great song. Add them to 8 move vary good songs and you have a Classic Album. The critics were (are) wrong, this is a keeper.