Eric Clapton

August

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August Review

by William Ruhlmann

Eric Clapton adopted a new, tougher, hard R&B approach on August, employing a stripped-down band featuring keyboard player Greg Phillinganes, bassist Nathan East, and drummer/producer Phil Collins, plus, on several tracks, a horn section and, on a couple of tracks, backup vocals by Tina Turner, and performing songs written by old Motown hand Lamont Dozier, among others. The excellent, but incongruous, leadoff track, however, was "It's in the Way That You Use It," which Clapton and Robbie Robertson had written for Robertson's score to the film The Color of Money. Elsewhere, Clapton sang and played fiercely on songs like "Tearing Us Apart," "Run," and "Miss You," all of which earned AOR radio play. That radio support may have helped the album to achieve gold status in less than six months, Clapton's best commercial showing since 1981's Another Ticket, despite the album's failure to generate a hit single. The title commemorates the birth in August 1986 of Clapton's son Conor. [The CD version of the album contains the bonus track "Grand Illusion."]

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Eric Clapton feat: Laurence Cottle / Richard Cottle / Henry Spinetti 04:11 SpotifyAmazon
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Eric Clapton feat: Laurence Cottle / Richard Cottle / Henry Spinetti 03:39 SpotifyAmazon
3 Eric Clapton feat: Phil Collins / Nathan East / Greg Phillinganes / Tina Turner 04:15 SpotifyAmazon
4 Eric Clapton feat: Dave Bargeron / Michael Brecker / Randy Brecker / Phil Collins / Nathan East / Jon Faddis / Greg Phillinganes 05:09 SpotifyAmazon
5 Eric Clapton feat: Phil Collins / Nathan East / Greg Phillinganes 03:52 SpotifyAmazon
6 Eric Clapton feat: Michael Brecker / Randy Brecker / Phil Collins / Nathan East / Jon Faddis / Greg Phillinganes 03:53 SpotifyAmazon
7 Eric Clapton feat: Michael Brecker / Randy Brecker / Phil Collins / Nathan East / Jon Faddis / Greg Phillinganes 04:54 SpotifyAmazon
8 Eric Clapton feat: Phil Collins / Nathan East / Greg Phillinganes / Tina Turner 04:56 SpotifyAmazon
9 Eric Clapton feat: Dave Bargeron / Michael Brecker / Randy Brecker / Phil Collins / Nathan East / Jon Faddis / Greg Phillinganes 05:06 SpotifyAmazon
10 Eric Clapton feat: Phil Collins / Nathan East / Katie Kissoon / Greg Phillinganes 04:55 SpotifyAmazon
11 Eric Clapton feat: Phil Collins / Nathan East / Katie Kissoon / Greg Phillinganes 04:47 SpotifyAmazon
12 Eric Clapton feat: Phil Collins / Nathan East / Greg Phillinganes 06:23 SpotifyAmazon
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