Old Sock [+digital booklet]
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Old Sock [+digital booklet]

March 12, 2013

  Song Title
Further On Down The Road
The Folks Who Live On The Hill
Gotta Get Over
Till Your Well Runs Dry
All Of Me
Born To Lose
Still Got The Blues
Goodnight Irene
Your One and Only Man
Every Little Thing
Our Love Is Here To Stay
Digital Booklet: Old Sock

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  • Original Release Date: March 12, 2013
  • Release Date: March 12, 2013
  • Label: Bushbranch Records
  • Copyright: 2013 Eric Clapton
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  • Total Length: 53:41
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (307 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,423 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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158 of 182 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Try to understand it before you jump to conclusions March 12, 2013
Format:Audio CD
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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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clapton makes an album for himself March 14, 2013
Format:Audio CD
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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54 of 67 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars too slick March 13, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Delivered on time
but the packaging wasn't very good, only a padded envelope. I would have at least expected a box to protect my cd.
Published 3 days ago by Brad Harvieux
5.0 out of 5 stars great new album
Great new reggae based album from my all time favorite artist. Highly recomended for all you Clapton fans out there.
Published 1 month ago by Jack D. Baker
4.0 out of 5 stars Clapton is God
I love Eric Clapton. This is a great CD to just sit back and listen to. So sit back and enjoy.
Published 2 months ago by Walter Carle
4.0 out of 5 stars Clapton rules :-)
Great songs - now and then a little too far from my Claptons fantastic Blues riffs - but then again - one has to renew ones taste of music. So - I feel good :-)
Published 2 months ago by Lars Mattson
5.0 out of 5 stars Old Sock
Bought it for Goodnight Irene, the other tracks are just as good. It is a real keeper l rate it a winner.
Published 2 months ago by Angela Trosper
4.0 out of 5 stars laid back, reflections of the past
Great album to listen to over dinner or a relaxing evening with friends - I don't think you can go wrong with Clapton.
Published 4 months ago by Rolandontheriver
5.0 out of 5 stars New album from EC
Great effort, I love the album. The music flows nicely. I am glad I bought the album, very relaxing melodies.
Published 4 months ago by AKP
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Eric Clapton - it's awesome!
Clapton delivers again, just as he has for decades. Wonderful renditions of songs you may have heard before, but delivered by the most dedicated Blues Man there is.
Published 4 months ago by archie goodwin
3.0 out of 5 stars Just above the average
It's too predictable. My favorite song is "Still got the blues" . Half of the songs are easily forgettable. Too much reggae .
Published 5 months ago by Liliana Castillo
4.0 out of 5 stars Variable Quality.
This album varies in sound quality. And a couple of the tracks are very "middle of the road"! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Stein Bernhard Holan
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