Eric Clapton : Old Sock


96kHz/24-bit ALAC/FLAC, Universal/Polydor 3733098 (supplied by

An appropriate title for this mish-mash of styles and songs, delivered perhaps too effortlessly by the venerable guitar god as he plucks well-ripened plums from his portfolio of styles. He Marley ups Taj Mahal’s ‘Further On Down The Road’ and carbon-copies Peter Tosh’s country-reggae crossover ‘Till Your Well Runs Dry’. Then he backs up to the 1930s for four tracks: a softly-softly ‘The Folks Who Live On The Hill’; a sloppy duet with Paul McCartney on ‘All of Me’; a slide-guitar moan through Lead Belly’s ‘Goodnight Irene’; and a downright dreary ‘Our Love Is Here To Stay’. There’s livelier stuff, including two original compositions, while the highlight is perhaps an unexpected cover of Gary Moore’s ‘Still Got The Blues’ with Stevie Winwood guest-grinding the Hammond organ. It’s all warmly recorded and listener-friendly, but pipe and slippers are in place throughout. JF

Sound Quality: 85%

Hi-Fi News Lab Report

Even the quieter, bluesy tracks are recorded at high level while still putting out an unlikely spectrum of ultrasonic energy. The bursts of 20-40kHz noise are more likely distortion from in-line compressors than musical harmonics. PM