Thursday, April 12, 2018

"See What Love Can Do" by Eric Clapton

Song#:  2371
Date:  06/29/1985
Debut:  90
Peak:  89
Weeks:  2
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  Clapton's first single from his Phil Collins-product album Behind the Sun was the #26 Pop/#1 Rock track "Forever Man." It was written by Jerry Lynn Williams as was this next single. Results were not as good with the song stopping at #20 Rock while barely making the Pop chart for a couple of weeks. It would take four years before Clapton could get another single on the Pop chart.

ReduxReview:  This laid-back mid-tempo track is not too bad, especially during a time when Clapton wasn't exactly recording radio-friendly material. Oddly, it reminds me a little bit of Steve Winwood's 1986 #13 track "Back in the High Life Again." I think Winwood's track just had a little more commercial flare to it and it sounded good on radio. Clapton's song just lacked a little charisma and excitement. Overall it's a good track, but nothing that was going to attract new fans to Clapton.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  Around this time, Clapton began to get in on the whole soundtrack contribution thing. It pretty much started when the song "Heaven Is One Step Away" was selected to be on the 1985 soundtrack to Back to the Future. The track was originally recorded in the Behind the Sun sessions, but it failed to make the LP's final track listing. In 1986, a track from Clapton's new album August also found its way to the soundtrack for the Paul Newman/Tom Cruise film The Color of Money. "It's in the Way That You Use It" would be released as a single, but fail to reach the Pop chart. However, it would eventually become a #1 Rock track. Other soundtrack contributions would follow, but his most famous one came when he wrote one of his most personal songs, "Tears in Heaven," for the soundtrack of the 1992 film Rush. Released as a single, the song would be one of his biggest hits getting to #2 at Pop, #1 AC, and #9 Rock. The song would also earn Clapton three Grammy awards including ones for Record and Song of the Year.


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