Eric Clapton Old Sock on 180g 2LP + Download Card
2013 Studio Set Features Two New Original Songs and 10 Covers of His All-Time Favorites
Guests Include Paul McCartney, Steve Winwood, Chaka Khan, Jim Keltner, and J.J. Cale
21st Studio Album Released on His Own Brushback Records
Eric Clapton is playing favorites. Literally. On Old Sock, his first new studio effort in three years, the legendary guitarist covers ten of his all-time favorite tunes, hitting upon a diverse set that includes reggae (Peter Tosh's "Till Your Well Runs Dry"), standard jazz ("All of Me"), and, of course, the blues (Lead Belly's "Goodnight Irene").
And he's brought along a few friends for the ride. Paul McCartney sings and plucks the bass on "All of Me." Drummer Jim Keltner sits in on "Our Love Is Here to Stay." R&B icon Chaka Khan lends her pipes to "Get On Over." Old pal Steve Winwood hits the organ on "Still Got the Blues." And longtime collaborator J.J. Cale drops by for "Angel."
Clapton's own Bushbranch Records label is handling the release, completing the return to his roots in full-circle fashion. Two brand-new original numbers round out the down-home set, the 21st overall studio affair from the influential touchstone.
In the 100 Greatest Artists issue of Rolling Stone, E Street Band member Little Steven put it best:
"Eric Clapton is the most important and influential guitar player that has ever lived, is still living or ever will live. Do yourself a favor, and don't debate me on this. Before Clapton, rock guitar was the Chuck Berry method, modernized by Keith Richards, and the rockabilly sound--Scotty Moore, Carl Perkins, Cliff Gallup-- popularized by George Harrison. Clapton absorbed that, then introduced the essence of black electric blues: the power and vocabulary of Buddy Guy, Hubert Sumlin and the three Kings--B.B., Albert and Freddie--to create an attack that defined the fundamentals of rock & roll lead guitar."
Eric Clapton Old Sock Track Listing:
1. Further On Down The Road
3. The Folks Who Live On The Hill
4. Gotta Get Over
5. Till Your Well Runs Dry
6. All Of Me
1. Born To Lose
2. Still Got The Blues
3. Goodnight Irene
4. Your One And Only Man
5. Every Little Thing
6. Our Love Is Here To Stay