Eric Clapton has reunited with producer Glyn Johns for his new album, I Still Do, which will be released on May 20th. The collection marks first time the pair have worked together since the 1978’s Backless. In addition to his work with Clapton on Backless and the 1977 triple platinum Slowhand collection, Glyn Johns will forever be known for his legendary work behind the boards for the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Who, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, the Faces, the Eagles, and many more. In addition to several newly penned Clapton songs, I Still Do features Clapton tackling Bob Dylan’s 1967 John Wesley Harding classic, “I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine.”
Among the key players on the set are such longtime Clapton sidemen as keyboardists Chris Stainton and Paul Carrack, guitarist Andy Fairweather-Low, and drummer Henry Spinetti. Interestingly, also credited on the album is one “Angelo Mysterioso,” who supplies acoustic guitar and vocals on “I Will Be There.” Setting the name apart from the bunch is the fact that it’s the only musician listed next to a specific song, and also raises the question whether it’s actually an unreleased George Harrison performance. Back in 1969, due to contractual obligations, Harrison billed himself as the similar sounding L’Angelo Misterioso on the recording of Cream’s “Badge,” his legendary co-write with Clapton. Harrison also used the pseudonym for Jack Bruce’s 1970 solo debut, Songs For A Taylor.
Eric Clapton admits that he records these days mainly to satisfy his own musical tastes: “I make records, as much as anything, for me to, to be able to listen to. I mean, it’s almost like I can’t buy what I want to hear, so I make what I want to hear. And I think about, I dream up what I would like to hear, and then I try to go about making that for myself. So it’s a very selfish occupation, really.”
Eric Clapton kicks off a five-night run at Tokyo, Japan’s Budokan Hall on April 13th.
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