Eric Clapton, Journeyman (1989)
It’s not my favourite Eric Clapton album, it’s not his best one, it’s not even the one I heard first. But it is an album with a story, for me. And so I played it again recently – and found myself enjoying songs like No Alibis not so much because they are good but because of what they mean to me. You see my first big international concert was seeing Eric Clapton on the tour to promote Journeyman. The whole family went. We drove from Hawke’s Bay to Auckland. We went to the gig. We flew out to Sydney for a holiday the next day. My brother and I both bought T-shirts from the gig. My bro also got the Journeyman album on CD. On the way up we listened to Slowhand on tape and tried to predict the setlist. It turned out to be a great set; the few songs from Journeyman were strong live. I liked Pretending and especially Bad Love. But of course it was the hits that sold me on the experience; the new album (Journeyman) just became a crucial souvenir for a while. I can’t see myself playing this album very often – give or take a track here and there – but it’s one I won’t part with. It brings back nice memories; the start of gig-going for me. An obsession that continues to this day; that took me back to seeing another very fine Clapton concert some sixteen years later; that has given me – all up – some of the great musical experiences of my life-time. Journeyman (the album/tour) was – directly – my ticket to becoming a journeyman gig-goer.
Sample Track: Old Love
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