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Old Sock

March 12, 2013 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: March 12, 2013
  • Release Date: March 12, 2013
  • Label: Bushbranch Records
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  • Total Length: 53:41
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 358 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,194 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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Most of the people who didn't like Clapton 2010, or McCartney's standards album are missing the point. This is music where the song, and vocal usually come before guitar shredding. If you want straight EC blues, "From the Cradle" exists - if you want Cream they have their own body of work, this is unrelated.

These are songs EC has enjoyed his whole life, and his singing them is for his own enjoyment - he isn't trying to change your life (again) or hit the top of the chart (again).

"All of Me" works very well, a song with many definitive versions (Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong), it is also where he harmonizes with Paul McCartney. "Till Your Well Runs Dry" is very nice seeing as most people who know Reggae always think of Bob Marley, a Peter Tosh album cut is very welcomed. Gotta Get Over has the typical After Midnight feeling (also found on "Run Back to Your Side" from 2010). "Still Got The Blues" is a very nice addition to the album, with Steve Gadd going into a great groove towards the second half of it. Lastly, after many listens to the record I would add that "Goodnight Irene" by Lead Belly (a song already with many covers) is beautiful to hear with Eric's voice and lovely slide playing.

The songs are strong, the playing is low key and rewarding - It's Eric Clapton finally content in his life, after a career of tragedy, drugs, gains and losses... He is playing to play, not to prove he is still "god." If you need proof that he is of course "god," there is plenty of it (Cream, Derek and Dominos, Blind Faith, Slowhand, Journeyman, From the Cradle, Unplugged, John Mayall, Concert for George, All Things Must Pass, Crossroads Guitar Fest, etc).

Enjoy the album for what it is! Sooner or later he'll be gone, and you'll wish there was a new EC album.
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Many of Eric Clapton's peers are constantly compared to their own past, and none more than Clapton himself. Whenever Clapton releases something like this, or his collaboration with Wynton Marsalis, even his most ardent fans become downright hateful because their idol is not tearing through yet another blues guitar solo. He even is being criticized in other reviews here for not writing any of the songs on this album, although he has done exactly the same in the past on From The Cradle and Me and Mr. Johnson, not to mention his biggest hits, I Shot The Sheriff and Cocaine were originally written and recorded by others.

Artists of Clapton's stature learned long ago that "you can't please everyone so you got to please yourself." And that is what Clapton has set out to do on Old Sock. The songs fit like a comfortable, warm old sock. Clapton even avoided a major label release and put this out on his own label. No one is worried about how much profit this labor of love will make. It's for Eric, and if his fans enjoy it, so much the better. It amazes me that fans think that they are somehow "owed" something from their idols.

This fan enjoys it. I appreciate when one of my longtime favorites relaxes and does something that they love, something that comes from the heart. Clapton surrounds himself with excellent musicians, not the least of which Doyle Bramlett. There are no surprises or risky moves in any of the arrangements here. Just pleasant music that you can listen to on the beach (hence the photo on the cover). That Clapton can step outside of his blues guitar god persona and do something like this that is well-executed and enjoyable is a credit to his talent, not a detriment. He's obviously had a great time making this album and it shows. I have fun listening to it. Thanks for this nice little gift, Eric.
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As a longtime clapton guy(I`ve got everything,plus bootlegs) I enjoy all styles of clapton music,pop reggae blues blues rock.But there is good and bad of all kinds of music,I loved the stuff he did with marsalis,cause he was pushed artistically and EC responds to that also it was basically recorded with a few mikes in the concert hall.Which is one of the problems Clapton has had beginning with Pilgrim,His mixes seem to more often than not have a glossed over feel with the vocals overcompressed and way upfront.Which seems to take the human element away.I see Simon Climie listed in the production credits and he mixed the album.Clapton should never use Climie again.Clapton needs to take the blame also.I think the effort is there,but he`s misguided.I don`t know if Russ Titelman is still around,he produced Journeyman and from the cradle.Clapton desperately needs a strong producer.A producer in music is basically like a director in movies.Gotta get over is good and still got the blues,and I think some of the reggae might be livened up in concert,when he tours.But overall it doen`t flow,and the mix is too glossy fake sounding.Which kills me cause anyone whose seen clapton live knows he`s the real deal.Clapton still has tremendous skill as a guitar player.It stinks when your music hero keeps underachieving.Pilgrim,Reptile,Back home,Old sock are at best inconsistent mediocre albums (back home is unlistenable).Clapton and The road to escondido are ok,really liked the marsalis project,love his live shows he`s been doing.But his old time fans need something better than this.I gave it three stars as opposed to two,out of respect,but it`s really a two.Mellow is fine,but he needs to take a page out of mark knoepflers book.
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