Eric Clapton‘s mid-Eighties trifecta of studio albums, starting  in 1985 with Behind the Sun   followed by  August,   peaked in Fall 1989 with   Journeyman.  Thirty years on it has aged remarkably well, a combination of strong songs, superb players to support him, and a sympathetic yet discerning producer the likes of which we had not seen since Slowhand. 

Confident by then in newly-found sobriety, supported by  veteran producer Russ Titelman and a superb band, Eric Clapton chose arguably his strongest songs in decades to interpret including his “Bad Love” co-written with Mick Jones; “Old Love” with Robert Cray; a truly swinging cover of Bo Diddley‘s “Before You Accuse Me“; and no less than FIVE from the late great Texas songwriter Jerry Lynn Williams including “Pretending”,”Anything for Your Love”,” “Running on Faith“, and “No Alibis” ! Eric Clapton joins me here In the Studio  on the thirtieth anniversary of Journeyman. -Redbeard