Eric Clapton – Old Sock

eric clapton old sock review

Uk Release Date: 25/03/2013
Us Release Date: 12/03/2013
Producer: Eric Clapton, Doyle Bramhall II, Justin Stanley, Simon Climie
Label: Bushbranch/Surfdog/Polydor

“Well it’s a cloudy morning / But I got the sun in my life /
I wanna feel what forever feels like / With you by my side”

There are only two kinds of music, good music and the other kind. That good sound is passed down to future generations. Eric Clapton, reached the age of 68, is not so anxious to prove himself. To celebrate 50 years of career the British guitarist recorded his 21st studio album “Old Sock” which is a journey into the sunny nostalgia of an old rocker who spent many relaxing many days on some Caribbean island.

Old Sock feels of the easy life, Clapton seems relaxed as if he is on holiday, picking up his guitar and playing a selection of his favourite song. Ten of the twelve tracks are covers, but there comes a time in most artists’ career where they just don’t care about making records their fans want to hear. Together with his faithful companions, Steve Gadd on drums, Willie Weeks on bass and Chris Stainton on keyboards, Eric Clapton follows his own passion and play crossing from his childhood to present day.

Vintage folk, blues, soul, country and reggae, classics by Gershwin and Kern and new material. “Gotta Get Over” it’s a bluesy shuffle and spirited old-school guitar.  Eric’s singing voice has maintained that powerful and stylish sound; warm tones naturally become smooth.

Taj Mahal plays harmonica and banjo in the warm and gentle opening track “Further On Down The Road”. The backing vocals and strings?? add some life and color to the rocking rhythm. Quality is guaranteed with the help of the incredible 30-plus musicians and contributors that are involved in the album.

From his overall warm and sunny outlook, Steve Winwood plays the B3 Hammond in the Gary Moore song “Still Got The Blues”, but the superb guitar works better than the lyrics. From the long list of collaborators the name of McCartney stands out: he played bass and sang in the beautiful “All Of Me”, returning the favor to the friend who had played Kisses On The Bottom.

At last one of the latest and best collaboration is with the magic and mourning J.J. Cale in “Angel”. Clapton has been Cale’s biggest supporter over the years, most famously having covered Cale’s songs “After Midnight” and “Cocaine”. The two friends more recently collaborated on the Grammy Winning Gold record, The Road To Escondido. Clapton’s daughters Julie, Ella and Sophie appear as special guests for a bright reggae chorus and backing vocals in “Every Little Thing”. To be honest, to be an “old sock” Clapton’s still got the Blues.

Antonello Furione


1. Further on Down the Road (Featuring Taj Mahal) (Taj Mahal, Jesse E. Davis)
2. Angel (Featuring J.J. Cale) (J.J. Cale)
3. The Folks Who Live On the Hill (Oscar Hammerstein II, Jerome Kern)
4. Gotta Get Over (Featuring Chaka Khan) (Doyle Bramhall II, Justin Stanley, Nikka Costa)
5 .Till Your Well Runs Dry (Peter Tosh)
6. All of Me (Featuring Paul McCartney) (Gerald Marks, Seymour Simons)
7. Born to Lose (Ted Daffan)
8. Still Got the Blues (Featuring Steve Winwood) (Gary Moore)
9. Goodnight Irene (Huddie Ledbetter, John A. Lomax, Sr.)
10. Your One and Only Man (Otis Redding)
11. Every Little Thing (Bramhall II, Stanley, Costa)
12. Our Love Is Here to Stay (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
13. No Sympathy (Bonus Track) (Tosh)


Eric Clapton – vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, 12-string guitar, dobro, mandolin
Doyle Bramhall II – electric guitar, acoustic guitar, slide guitar, mandolin, backing vocals
Willie Weeks – bass guitar, upright bass
Steve Gadd – drums
Walt Richmond – upright piano, keyboards
Greg Leisz – pedal steel, mandolin
Chris Stainton – clavinet, Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer, Hammond B3 organ
Taj Mahal – harmonica, banjo
Jim Keltner – drums
Steve Winwood – Hammond B3 organ
JJ Cale – guitar, vocals on “Angel”
Paul McCartney – upright bass, vocals
Abe Laboriel Jr – drums
Tim Carmon – Hammond B3 organ, chord organ
Henry Spinetti – drums
Justin Stanley – clavinet, mellotron, drums
Matt Chamberlain – drums
Matt Rollings – keyboards
Simon Climie – percussion, piano
Frank Marocco – accordion
Gabe Witcher – fiddle
Stephen “Doc” Kupka – baritone saxophone
Joseph Sublett – tenor saxophone
Nicholas Lane – trombone
Sal Cracchiolo – trumpet
Sharon White – backing vocals
Michelle John – backing vocals
Chaka Khan – guest vocals on “Gotta Get Over”
Julie Clapton – guest vocals
Ella Clapton – guest vocals
Sophie Clapton – guest vocals
Nikka Costa – guest vocals
Wendy Moten – guest vocals
Lisa Vaughan – guest vocals
Nick Ingman – string arrangements


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