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Released: December 1986

Rating: 2.550 (average of 10 ratings)

Genre: classic British blues rock

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. It’s in the Way That You Use It (Clapton/Robertson) [4:11]
  2. Run (Dozier) [3:39]
  3. Tearing Us Apart (with Tina Turner) (Clapton/Phillinganes) [4:15]
  4. Bad Influence (Cray/
  5. Walk Away (Feldman/Marcello) [3:52]
  6. Hung Up on Your Love (Dozier) [3:53]
  7. Take a Chance (Clapton/Phillinganes) [4:54]
  8. Hold On (Clapton/
  9. Miss You (Clapton/Colomby/
  10. Holy Mother (Bishop/Clapton) [4:55]
  11. Behind the Mask (Mosdell/
  12. Grand Illusion (Farrell/


sales in U.S. only ½ million
sales in U.K. only - estimated 300,000
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 2.5 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 37
peak on U.K. album chart 3


  • It’s in the Way That You Use It (11/8/86) #1 AR
  • Tearing Us Apart (with Tina Turner) (12/13/86) #56 UK, #5 AR
  • Behind the Mask (1/17/87) #15 UK
  • Miss You (1/24/87) #9 AR
  • Run (4/11/87) #21 AR

Notes: “Grand Illusion” was added as a bonus track to the CD version of the album.

Eric Clapton
“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” (Ruhlmann).

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Last updated March 31, 2008.