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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.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
Further On Down The Road
00:05:44

Jesse E. Davis, ComposerLyricist - Chris Stainton, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Simon Climie, Producer, Mixer, Percussion, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Doyle Bramhall II, Producer, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Walt Richmond, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Justin Stanley, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Willie Weeks, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Gadd, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Taj Mahal, Banjo, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Greg Leisz, Pedal Steel, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Clapton, Producer, Electric Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Alan Douglas, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Lamalfa, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michelle John, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Sharon White, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Carmon, Organ, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer - Joel Evenden, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Harry Rutherford, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Eric Clapton, under exclusive licence to Polydor Ltd. (UK)

2
Angel
00:03:53

Chris Stainton, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer - Simon Climie, Producer, Mixer, Percussion, Piano, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Doyle Bramhall II, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Walt Richmond, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Justin Stanley, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Willie Weeks, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - J.J. CALE, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Greg Leisz, Pedal Steel, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Clapton, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Alan Douglas, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Lamalfa, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Abe Laboriel Jr., Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Michelle John, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Sharon White, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Joel Evenden, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Harry Rutherford, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Eric Clapton, under exclusive licence to Polydor Ltd. (UK)

3
The Folks Who Live On The Hill
00:03:46

Steve Morris, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Vale, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Stainton, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Simon Climie, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Doyle Bramhall II, Producer - Garfield Jackson, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Walt Richmond, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Justin Stanley, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Willie Weeks, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Price, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jerome Kern, Composer - Steve Gadd, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Isobel Griffiths, Contracting With - Oscar Hammerstein II , Author - Greg Leisz, Pedal Steel, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Clapton, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Anthony Pleeth, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Perry Montague-Mason, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Alan Douglas, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jonathan Rees, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Lamalfa, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Tombling, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Emlyn Singleton, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Patrick Kiernan, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Pigott-Smith, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Boguslaw Kostecki, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Bruce White, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Loveday, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Berrow, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Warren Zielinski, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Daniels, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Nick Ingham, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Michelle John, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Sharon White, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Carmon, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer - Joel Evenden, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Frank Marocco, Accordion, AssociatedPerformer - Harry Rutherford, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Eric Clapton, under exclusive licence to Polydor Ltd. (UK)

4
Gotta Get Over
00:04:37

Chris Stainton, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Simon Climie, Producer, Mixer, Percussion, Tambourine, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Doyle Bramhall II, Producer, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Walt Richmond, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Justin Stanley, Producer, Drums, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Willie Weeks, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Matt Chamberlain, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Clapton, Producer, Electric Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - CHAKA KHAN, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Alan Douglas, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Lamalfa, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nikka Costa, ComposerLyricist - Michelle John, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Sharon White, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Carmon, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer - Joel Evenden, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lisa Vaughn, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Wendy Moten, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Harry Rutherford, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Eric Clapton, under exclusive licence to Polydor Ltd. (UK)

5
Till Your Well Runs Dry
00:04:42

Chris Stainton, Keyboards, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer - Simon Climie, Producer, Mixer, Percussion, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Doyle Bramhall II, Producer, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Walt Richmond, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Justin Stanley, Producer, Organ, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Willie Weeks, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Gadd, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Clapton, Producer, Electric Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Alan Douglas, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Lamalfa, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michelle John, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Sharon White, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Joel Evenden, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Peter Tosh, ComposerLyricist - Harry Rutherford, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Eric Clapton, under exclusive licence to Polydor Ltd. (UK)

6
All Of Me
00:03:21

Seymour B. Simons, ComposerLyricist - Chris Stainton, Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Simon Climie, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Doyle Bramhall II, Producer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Walt Richmond, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Justin Stanley, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Mccartney, Vocals, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Clapton, Producer, Electric Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Alan Douglas, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michelle John, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Sharon White, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - GERALD MARKS, ComposerLyricist - Joel Evenden, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Henry Spinetti, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Graupera, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Eric Clapton, under exclusive licence to Polydor Ltd. (UK)

7
Born To Lose
00:04:03

Chris Stainton, Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Simon Climie, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Doyle Bramhall II, Producer, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Walt Richmond, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Ted Daffan, ComposerLyricist - Justin Stanley, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Willie Weeks, Bass Guitar, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Gadd, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Leisz, Mandolin, Pedal Steel, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Clapton, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Dobro, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Alan Douglas, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gabe Witcher, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Lamalfa, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michelle John, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Sharon White, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Carmon, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer - Joel Evenden, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Frank Marocco, Accordion, AssociatedPerformer - Harry Rutherford, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Eric Clapton, under exclusive licence to Polydor Ltd. (UK)

8
Still Got The Blues
00:05:54

Steve Morris, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Vale, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Stainton, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Simon Climie, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Doyle Bramhall II, Producer - Garfield Jackson, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Walt Richmond, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Justin Stanley, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Willie Weeks, Bass Guitar, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Price, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Gadd, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Isobel Griffiths, Contracting With - Steve Winwood, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer - Gary Moore, ComposerLyricist - Eric Clapton, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Anthony Pleeth, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Perry Montague-Mason, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Alan Douglas, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jonathan Rees, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Lamalfa, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Tombling, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Emlyn Singleton, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Patrick Kiernan, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Pigott-Smith, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Boguslaw Kostecki, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Bruce White, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Loveday, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Berrow, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Warren Zielinski, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Daniels, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Nick Ingham, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Michelle John, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Sharon White, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Joel Evenden, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Harry Rutherford, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Eric Clapton, under exclusive licence to Polydor Ltd. (UK)

9
Goodnight Irene
00:04:22

Simon Climie, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Doyle Bramhall II, Producer, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Walt Richmond, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Justin Stanley, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Willie Weeks, Bass Guitar, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Gadd, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - MATT ROLLINGS, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Leisz, Mandolin, Pedal Steel, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Clapton, Producer, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Alan Douglas, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gabe Witcher, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Lamalfa, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michelle John, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Sharon White, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Joel Evenden, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Frank Marocco, Accordion, AssociatedPerformer - Huddie 'Ledbelly' Ledbetter, ComposerLyricist - Harry Rutherford, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Eric Clapton, under exclusive licence to Polydor Ltd. (UK)

10
Your One And Only Man
00:04:30

Stephen Kupka, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Stainton, Keyboards, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer - Simon Climie, Producer, Mixer, Percussion, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Doyle Bramhall II, Producer, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Walt Richmond, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Justin Stanley, Producer, Organ, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Willie Weeks, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Otis Redding, ComposerLyricist - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Gadd, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Taj Mahal, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Clapton, Producer, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Dobro, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Alan Douglas, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Lamalfa, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michelle John, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Sharon White, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Joel Evenden, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sal Cracchiolo, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Sublett, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Nicholas Lane, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Harry Rutherford, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Eric Clapton, under exclusive licence to Polydor Ltd. (UK)

11
Every Little Thing
00:04:33

Chris Stainton, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Simon Climie, Producer, Mixer, Percussion, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Doyle Bramhall II, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Walt Richmond, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Justin Stanley, Producer, Keyboards, Percussion, Recording Engineer, Mellotron, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Gadd, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Clapton, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Alan Douglas, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Lamalfa, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nikka Costa, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Michelle John, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Sharon White, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Carmon, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer - Joel Evenden, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Harry Rutherford, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ella Clapton, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Julie Clapton, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Sophie Clapton, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2013 Eric Clapton, under exclusive licence to Polydor Ltd. (UK)

12
Our Love Is Here To Stay
00:04:12

Peter Vale, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Simon Climie, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Doyle Bramhall II, Producer - Walt Richmond, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Justin Stanley, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Keltner, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Willie Weeks, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - George Gershwin, ComposerLyricist - Ira Gershwin, ComposerLyricist - Isobel Griffiths, Contracting With - Greg Leisz, Pedal Steel, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Clapton, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Dobro, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Anthony Pleeth, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Alan Douglas, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jonathan Rees, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Bowes, String Arranger, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Lamalfa, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Tombling, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Patrick Kiernan, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Pigott-Smith, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Frank Schaefer, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Julian Leaper, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Roger Garland, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Boguslaw Kostecki, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Bruce White, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Loveday, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Berrow, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Leon Bosch, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Maciej Rakowski, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Daniels, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Rita Manning, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Jonathan Evans-Jones, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Nick Ingham, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Vicci Wardman, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Michelle John, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Sharon White, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Joel Evenden, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Debbie Widdup, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Rachel Stephanie Bolt, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Harry Rutherford, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 Eric Clapton, under exclusive licence to Polydor Ltd. (UK)

Album Description

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.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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