Eric Clapton: August
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.")
In addition to Robertson's song, Clapton also recorded his tribute to Richard Manuel, "Holy Mother", for the August album.
Eric Clapton - August - 1986 - Warner Brothers 1-25476