I Still Do
Label: Polydor Records
Going into the sessions for I Still Do Clapton's goal was to create a classic-sounding album that showcased the signature blend of rock, blues and pop that helped make him an icon. To help him achieve this, he tapped old friend Glyn Johns, a fitting choice as the producer helped him notch one of his most beloved sets in 1977’s Slowhand. The strapping opener “Alabama Woman Blues,” lets you know the pair succeeded. Featuring dual guitars, organ, piano and wheezing accordion courtesy of Dirk Powell, the riveting blues number introduces listeners to the rich sound palette utilized throughout the rest of the album. Equally potent is a slowly rolling rendition of “Cypress Grove.” Turning in a fantastic vocal performance, Clapton sounds as if he’s chewing on gravel and mud. He then turns tender and knowing on a reimagining of Bob Dylan’s “I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine,” which folds acoustic folk textures into warm Southern gospel. This really is classic Clapton.