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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Switching from a major to his own Bushbranch imprint on Gary Hoey's independent SurfDog label is, to the say least, a little unexpected from Eric Clapton, but now that he's reached the ripe old age of 67, the guitarist isn't so concerned with proving himself. On Old Sock, his 20th studio album, he sounds downright happy to be slowly dropping off of the mainstream radar, not bothering with any music that could conceivably be called pop, or even writing his own songs. Only two of the 12 songs on Old Sock are new, and he didn't write either himself; they're co-writes between his longtime right-hand man Doyle Bramhall II, Nikki Costa, and Justin Stanley, and the ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Switching from a major to his own Bushbranch imprint on Gary Hoey's independent SurfDog label is, to the say least, a little unexpected from Eric Clapton, but now that he's reached the ripe old age of 67, the guitarist isn't so concerned with proving himself. On Old Sock, his 20th studio album, he sounds downright happy to be slowly dropping off of the mainstream radar, not bothering with any music that could conceivably be called pop, or even writing his own songs. Only two of the 12 songs on Old Sock are new, and he didn't write either himself; they're co-writes between his longtime right-hand man Doyle Bramhall II, Nikki Costa, and Justin Stanley, and the vaguely propulsive blues-rock of "Gotta Get Over" and cheerful lite reggae bounce "Every Little Thing" fit neatly into the sunny nostalgia offered on the rest of the record. And "sunny" describes Clapton's sound, mood, and styles here, as he favors reggae over the blues, turning both Otis Redding's "Your One and Only Man" and Taj Mahal's "Further On Down the Road" into lilting bits of sunsplash, covering Peter Tosh's "Till Your Well Runs Dry," and getting so besotted with good cheer on "Every Little Thing" he brings in a bunch of kids to sing the closing chorus, a jarring addition that treads the border of good taste. When Clapton does dip into the blues, it's on a grandiose "Still Got the Blues," a tribute to the late (and somewhat underappreciated) British blues guitarist Gary Moore, so it's clear his heart now lies elsewhere, namely shuffling along with Paul McCartney to "All of Me" and knocking out Leadbelly's "Goodnight Irene" as a front porch singalong. Clapton indulged in this shameless, warm-hearted celebration of the past on 2010's Eric Clapton, but that album bore all the hallmarks of a carefully considered major-label effort: the sound was immaculate and the song selection had the well-considered thrust of a history lesson. Here, he leaves all those classy trappings behind, picks up his guitar and plays a bunch of songs he likes, maybe even loves. It's not an especially compelling reason to make an album but it's not a bad one, either, and the same can be said about the experience of listening to Old Sock: it's a pleasurable way to while away the time.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/12/2013
  • Label: Bushbranch / Surfdog
  • UPC: 822685180156
  • Catalog Number: 51801
  • Sales rank: 10,609

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eric Clapton Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Dobro, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Vocals, 12-string Guitar
Taj Mahal Banjo, Harmonica, Guest Appearance
J.J. Cale Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Guest Appearance
Paul McCartney Vocals, Upright Bass, Guest Appearance
Steve Winwood Hammond B3
Matt Rollings Keyboards
Frank Marocco Accordion
Jim Keltner Drums
Chaka Khan Vocals, Guest Appearance
Simon Climie Percussion, Piano
Sal Cracchiolo Trumpet
Steve Gadd Drums
Stephen "Doc" Kupka Baritone Saxophone
Greg Leisz Mandolin, Pedal Steel Guitar
Wendy Moten Vocals, Guest Appearance
Walt Richmond Keyboards, Piano (Upright)
Henry Spinetti Drums
Chris Stainton Clavinet, fender rhodes, Wurlitzer, Hammond B3
Justin Stanley Drums, Clavinet, Mellotron
Willie Weeks Bass, Upright Bass
Sharon White Background Vocals
Tim Carmon Hammond B3
Doyle Bramhall II Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, Slide Guitar
Gabe Witcher Fiddle
Lisa Vaughn Vocals, Guest Appearance
Abe Laboriel Jr. Drums
Nikka Costa Vocals, Guest Appearance
Perry Montague-Mason Leader
Thomas Bowes Leader
Nicholas Lane Trombone
Michelle John Background Vocals
Joseph Sublett Tenor Saxophone
Matt Chamberlin Drums
Sophie Clapton Vocals, Guest Appearance
Julie Clapton Vocals, Guest Appearance
Ella Clapton Vocals, Guest Appearance
Technical Credits
Taj Mahal Composer
George Gershwin Composer
J.J. Cale Composer
Gary Moore Composer
Otis Redding Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Eric Clapton Producer
Simon Climie Producer, Engineer
Alan Douglas Engineer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Nick Ingman String Arrangements, String Conductor
Huddie Ledbetter Composer
John A. Lomax Composer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Peter Tosh Composer
Justin Stanley Composer, Producer, Engineer
Ted Daffan Composer
Debbie Johnson Contracting
Doyle Bramhall II Composer, Producer
Gerald Marks Composer
Nikka Costa Composer
Steve Price Engineer
Seymour Simmons Composer
Jesse Davis Composer
Shari Stutcliffe Contracting
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    If you've grown up - and find that you're an open-minded adult -

    If you've grown up - and find that you're an open-minded adult -- that at one point in your life would not listen to anything but what we now call "Classic Rock" - then the new EC album has followed you into a more sophisticated time in your life. You'll appreciate the diversity, musicianship and how one man can move thru each style so wonderfully. You'll play this CD over and over -- as a result.

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