Eric Clapton has announced a new studio album, I Still Do.
The disc, which is slated for a May 20 release via Bushbranch/Surfdog Records, features a cover of Delta blues legend Robert Johnson’s “Stones in My Passway,” one of the few Johnson tunes the former Cream guitarist has never officially covered in his 50-plus-year career.
Speaking of blues classics, I Still Do also features Clapton’s take on Leroy Carr’s “Alabama Woman Blues.” You can see a complete track listing below.
I Still Do reunites Clapton with producer Glyn Johns; the pair haven’t worked together since 1977’s Slowhand and 1978’s Backless.
“This was a long and overdue opportunity to work with Glyn Johns again, and also, incidentally, the 40th anniversary of Slowhand,” Clapton said in a statement released this week (He’s actually off by a year, but we’ll let him slide).
It’s worth noting that the new album has two loose Beatles connections. The cover art is a portrait of Clapton by Peter Blake, the artist responsible for the Beatles’ iconic Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band cover art (1967).
Also, one of the album’s 12 songs, “I Will Be There,” apparently features vocals and acoustic guitar by someone named Angelo Mysterioso. As any little schoolboy knows, that’s the pseudonym George Harrison used on Cream’s 1969 album, Goodbye. Harrison, who was still a Beatle at the time, co-wrote and played guitar on “Badge.” Of course, to be 100 percent accurate, the spelling Harrison used in ’69 was “L’Angelo Misterioso.”
Since Harrison died in 2001, this “mysterious” credit has Clapton fans wondering if “I Will Be There” is a leftover recording that was finished up for the new album.
You’ll find the complete track list and musician credits below. Stay tuned for updates about I Still Do (and about Angelo Mysterioso, for that matter) in the weeks ahead.
I Still Do Track Listing and Musician Credits:
01. “Alabama Woman Blues”
02. “Can’t Let You Do It”
03. “I Will Be There”
05. “Catch the Blues”
06. “Cypress Grove”
07. “Little Man, You’ve Had a Busy Day”
08. “Stones In My Passway”
09. “I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine”
10. “I’ll Be Alright”
11. “Somebody’s Knockin'”
12. “I’ll Be Seeing You”
Eric Clapton: Guitars, Tambourine & Vocals
Henry Spinetti: Drums & Percussion
Dave Bronze: Double Bass & Electric Bass
Andy Fairweather Low: Electric & Acoustic Guitar, Backing Vocals
Paul Carrack: Hammond Organ & Backing Vocals
Chris Stainton: Keyboards
Simon Climie: Keyboards, Electric & Acoustic Guitar
Dirk Powell: Accordion, Mandolin & Backing Vocals
Walt Richmond: Keyboards
Ethan Johns: Percussion
Michelle John: Background Vocals
Sharon White: Background Vocals
Angelo Mysterioso: Acoustic Guitar & Vocals on “I Will Be There”
Eric Clapton Announces New Album, 'I Still Do'
Source: Guitar World