Old Sock

Old Sock

by Eric ClaptonEric Clapton


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/12/2013
Label: Bushbranch / Surfdog
UPC: 0822685180156
catalogNumber: 51801
Rank: 28237

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   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Slide Guitar
Gabe Witcher   Fiddle
Lisa Vaughn   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Abe Laboriel   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
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Nick Ingman   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Huddie Ledbetter   Composer
John A. Lomax   Composer
Peter Tosh   Composer
Justin Stanley   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Ted Daffan   Composer
Debbie Johnson   Contracting
Doyle Bramhall   Composer,Producer
Gerald Marks   Composer
Nikka Costa   Composer
Steve Price   Engineer
Seymour Simmons   Composer
Jesse Davis   Composer
Shari Stutcliffe   Contracting
Alan Douglas   Engineer

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