The musician's new album is at root a covers collection that allows Clapton to tip his straw beach hat to some of his favourite songs.
Eric Clapton teams up with music legends on Old Sock
Not always the most self-effacing or laid-back of rockers, Eric Clapton lightens up a bit on his 21st studio album.
Its makeshift cover shot, depicting the veteran guitarist vacationing in Antigua, is a self-portrait he snapped on his iPhone, and he recently revealed that the album's title derives from David Bowie's teasing nickname for him.
A similar sense of playfulness pervades the music on Old Sock. Though it features two new Clapton originals (Gotta Get Over, with Chaka Khan on backing vocals, is a treat), the record is at root a covers collection that allows Clapton to tip his straw beach hat to some of his favourite songs.
With guests including Paul McCartney and Steve Winwood helping out, Clapton makes a more than decent job of material as diverse as Taj Mahal's sunshine reggae-infused Further on Down the Road, Jerome Kern's 1937 standard The Folks Who Live on the Hill and Ted Daffan's old-time country jewel Born to Lose.
Only the Marks and Simons standard All of Me, a duet with Macca, sounds a little too cosy, a little staid
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