||Further On Down the Road||Eric Clapton||5:43||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Angel||Eric Clapton||3:54||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||The Folks Who Live On the Hill||Eric Clapton||3:46||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Gotta Get Over||Eric Clapton||4:37||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Till Your Well Runs Dry||Eric Clapton||4:42||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||All of Me||Eric Clapton||3:22||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Born To Lose||Eric Clapton||4:03||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Still Got the Blues||Eric Clapton||5:54||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Goodnight Irene||Eric Clapton||4:23||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Your One and Only Man||Eric Clapton||4:30||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Every Little Thing||Eric Clapton||4:34||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Our Love Is Here To Stay||Eric Clapton||4:10||$1.29||View In iTunes|
|BookletDigital Booklet - Old Sock||Eric Clapton||--||Album Only||View In iTunes|
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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I expect nothing but the best from the best . . . . . . .
For those who know me they will be shocked when they find that I'm not thrilled with the new Clapton record. I have (and still am) a rabid fan of Eric's, and have been for the past almost 4 decades. I'm a guitarist who learned everything by listening to Clapton. This new record isn't bad music, it's just that he could do so much better. Now I totally understand that Eric's getting older and do not expect to hear him ripping it up like the Cream days, it's just that his laid back J. J. Cale influence has been done quite a bit lately. I want to hear him push the envelope like he did on his all blues record, or even say Reptile. There's just too much easy listening going on here for my own personal taste. A good Clapton track has me usually thinking, "wow I want to hear that solo again" there's just not much of that on this album.
Having said that, I still think Clapton is the greatest white blues guitarist ever. He's done more for bringing other players into the fold than anyone. I love you Eric, but I'm just gonna pass on this one and wait in great hopes of your next one being a return to form.
All Over it!
Its funky and bluesy and fun. It sounds like Claptons having fun again. The solo even has a wa wa effect in it! What else do you need.
Born: March 30, 1945 in Ripley, Surrey, England
Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s