Eric Clapton’s ‘August’ is his tenth studio album mostly produced by Phil Collins and released on November 24, 1986 by Duck / Warner Bros.
Track Listing : 1.It’S In The Way That You Use It (Eric Clapton, Robbie Robertson) – 04:11 . 2.Run (Lamont Dozier) – 03:39 . 3.Tearing Us Apart (Eric Clapton, Greg Phillinganes) – 04:15 . 4.Bad Influence (Robert Cray, Michael Vannice) – 05:09 . 5.Walk Away (Richard Feldman, Marcella Detroit) – 03:52 . 6.Hung Up On Your Love (Lamont Dozier) – 03:53 . 7.Take A Chance (Eric Clapton, Nathan East, Greg Phillinganes) – 04:54 . 8.Hold On (Eric Clapton, Phil Collins) – 04:56 . 9.Miss You (Eric Clapton, Bobby Columby, Greg Phillinganes) – 05:06 . 10.Holy Mother (Stephen Bishop, Eric Clapton) – 04:55 . 11.Behind The Mask (Chris Mosdell, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Michael Jackson) – 04:47 . 12.Grand Illusion (Bob Farrell, Dave Robbins, Wesly Stephenson) – 06:23
Musicians : Eric Clapton – Guitar, Vocals . Phil Collins – Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals . Tina Turner – Vocals On (3), Backing Vocals On (8) . Nathan East – Bass Guitar . Henry Spinetti – Drums On (1) . Michael Brecker – Saxophone . Jon Faddis – Trumpet . Gary Brooker – Keyboards, Vocals On (1) . Leon Pendarvis – Horn Arrangements . Greg Phillinganes – Keyboards, Vocals . Richard Feldman – Keyboards On (5) . Laurence Cottle – Bass Guitar On (1) . Dave Bargeron – Trombone . Randy Brecker – Trumpet . Richard Cottle – Synthesizer On (1) . Katie Kissoon – Backing Vocals On (7 – 10 – 11) . Magic Moreno – Backing Vocals On (7) . Tessa Niles – Backing Vocals On (7 – 10 – 11)
Production : Produced By Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, Tom Dowd . Steve Chase – Engineer On (1) . John Jacobs – Engineer On (1) . Paul Gommersall – Engineer . Peter Hefter – Engineer
Package : Terry O’Neill – Photography
Recorded April – May 1986.
Released On November 24, 1986 By Duck / Warner Bros..
Perhaps the need to fend off such a fate – with a glance back to Richard Manuel’s suicide – forced Clapton to reach deep inside and prove something. Unless Clapton urges himself to those depths more often, August could be the prelude to a fall that offers remembered heat as its only consolation. […]
August may be a product of the eighties, but it is good eighties. It remains a good effort by one of rock music’s guitar gods. […]
“August” is a funny album in that it failed to generate any massive hits despite being one of Claptons biggest sellersand it is undeniably loaded with decent hooks. The songs go together as a body of work, you can listen to it easily without track skipping. […]