What does it sound like?:
This record pretty much follows the template of Eric’s solo records on the 70s;
A few old blues standards by the likes of Robert Johnson and Skip James – check
A handful of pleasant but insipid self penned tunes – check
A JJ Cale song or two – check
A song or two by esteemed peers (Paul Brady and Bob Dylan here) – check
There are also a couple of songs from the thirties which frankly the album would be better without.
Listen, there isn’t anything earth shattering here, and if you don’t own any Clapton records there really wouldn’t be much point buying this over, say, 461 Ocean Boulevard or There’s One in Every Crowd. But, do you know, I’m really enjoying it. At least Clapton sounds as if he’s really made an effect here. His voice and playing are in good shape, he has Glyn Johns behind the desk, the artwork is pretty handsome and includes a portrait of EC by Peter Blake, and the band is terrific. He has brought in the likes of Henry Spinetti, Paul Carrack, Chris Stainton, and Andy Fairweather-Low. Were Carlsberg to do a ‘We don’t do » Continue Reading.