I Still Do

I Still Do

by Eric Clapton

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Overview

Reuniting with producer Glyn Johns, the steady hand who guided Slowhand back in 1977, doesn't provide Eric Clapton with much of a jolt for his 23rd studio album, but it does provide the veteran guitarist with no small degree of nicely weathered warmth. Such mellowed good vibes are the calling card of I Still Do, which otherwise proceeds along the same path Clapton's records follow in the 21st century: he blends covers of well-worn blues standards with a couple of J.J. Cale tunes, a few old pop standards, a Bob Dylan chestnut, and original songs that draw upon aspects of all of these. "Spiral" and "Catch the Blues," the two EC originals that anchor the middle of the album, are handsomely crafted tunes that complement the rest of the record; they don't draw attention to themselves but rather show how hard "Cypress Grove" swings and how "Alabama Woman Blues" crawls, and reveal the lightness of "I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine" and "Little Man, You've Had a Busy Day." Although "I'll Be Seeing You" ends I Still Do on a bit of a wistful note, this album is neither melancholy nor some kind of summation. It is simply Clapton being Clapton, enjoying the company of his longtime band and songs he's loved, and here he's fortunate enough to be produced by Johns, whose expert touch gives this weight and color absent from the otherwise amiable Old Sock. That's enough to give I Still Do some resonance because Johns focuses not on the songs but the interplay: it's not a vibe record so much as it's an album about the interplay of old pros who still get a kick playing those same old changes years after they've become second nature.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/20/2016
Label: Bushbranch / Surfdog
UPC: 0822685127946
catalogNumber: 51279
Rank: 4905

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eric Clapton   Primary Artist,Tambourine,Vocals
Paul Carrack   Hammond Organ,Background Vocals
Andy Fairweather Low   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Dave Bronze   Electric Bass,Double Bass
Simon Climie   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Keyboards
Ethan Johns   Percussion
Dirk Powell   Mandolin,Accordion,Background Vocals
Walt Richmond   Keyboards
Henry Spinetti   Percussion,Drums
Chris Stainton   Keyboards
Sharon White   Background Vocals
Michelle John   Background Vocals
L'Angelo Mysterioso   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Leroy Carr   Composer
Skip James   Composer
Paul Brady   Composer
J.J. Cale   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Andy Fairweather Low   Composer
Eric Clapton   Composer
Simon Climie   Composer
Sammy Fain   Composer
Glyn Johns   Producer,Engineer
Robert "P-Nut" Johnson   Composer
Irving Kahal   Composer
John O'Kane   Composer
Peter Blake   Cover Painting
Hoffman   Composer
Maurice Sigler   Composer
Mabel Wayne   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Catherine Roylance   Art Direction
Martin Hollis   Engineer
Matthew Gordon   Artwork
Brice Beckham   Layout

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