“Promises” (Eric Clapton Cover)

By Jeremy Hammond:

My cover of “Promises” by Eric Clapton. A bit of my own interpretation, I end it with an improvised solo. The video consists of two tracks. For the first track, I recorded the rhythm and vocals in a single take. Then I laid down a second track over the first for the solo.

** EDITOR’S NOTE: **

Eric Clapton is arguably one of the greatest electric guitar players of all time.  Over the first ten years or so of his career, he played in a number of influential rock bands, not the least of which was Cream.  Once he formed Derek and the Dominoes, he went on to release perhaps his most famous song, “Layla.”  As he proved with his famous acoustic rendition of “Layla” during an MTV Unplugged performance, he also has a knack for acoustic performances.

“Promises,” a track from the 1978 Eric Clapton album Backless, is an excellent choice for an acoustic cover.  As you’ll hear, Jeremy has brought another great addition to the Laptop Sessions storehouse of cover song music videos, adding to the woefully meager portion of Clapton that we currently offer.  Admittedly, the solo at the end strays from the Laptop Sessions format, but for those of you purists out there, simply hit stop at the three minute mark.  Otherwise, sit back and enjoy a great improv at the end to top off this excellent performance!

“After Midnight” by J.J. Cale – Chords, Tabs, and How to Play

“After Midnight”
J.J. Cale

(Popularly performed by Eric Clapton)

C                        D#                F                    C
After midnight, we’re gonna let it all hang down.
After midnight, we’re gonna chug-a-lug and shout.
C
We gonna stimulate some action,
F
We gonna get some satisfaction,
F                                           G
We gonna find out what it is all about…

After midnight, we’re gonna let it all hang down.
After midnight, we’re gonna shake your tambourine.
After midnight, it’s all gonna be peaches and cream.
We gonna cause talk and suspicion,
We gonna give an exhibition,
We gonna find out what it is all about…

After midnight, we’re gonna let it all hang down…

SOLO (over one full set of chord progression)

After midnight, we gonna let it all hang down.
After midnight, we gonna shake your tambourine.
After midnight, it’s all gonna be peaches and cream.
We gonna cause talk and suspicion,
We gonna give an exhibition,
We gonna find out what it is all about…

After midnight, we gonna let it all hang down.
After midnight, we gonna let it all hang down.
After midnight, we gonna let it all hang down.
After midnight, we gonna let it all hang down…

** These chords and lyrics are interpretations and transcriptions, respectively, and are the sole property of the copyright holder(s). They are posted on this website free of charge for no profit for the purpose of study and commentary, as allowed for under the “fair use” provision of U.S. copyright law, and should only be used for such personal and/or academic work. **

“Let It Grow” (Eric Clapton Cover)

By Jim Fusco:

Welcome, welcome to yet another edition of “I Can’t Believe It’s My Night Already” here on the Laptop Sessions with me, Jim Fusco!  Tonight, I bring you a great song from Eric Clapton, and yes, his solo work counts as yet ANOTHER new band here on the best music video blog in the universe!

So, we keep the hits on comin’ and I’m here tonight to slow it down a bit with this song, “Let It Grow”.   It’s got a great tune with a nice feel to it.  I hope you’ll also like my rendition of Jim Fusco’s classic “vocal guitar solo”.  I think it came out great and I’m pretty proud of this Laptop Session, mostly because of how great my Zoom H2 microphone picks it all up.

I’ll be doing more from Clapton in the future, although I wouldn’t really consider myself a “fan”.  I just have these random obsessions, and it’s great to have the Laptop Sessions as an outlet to get it out of my system for a while.   I’ve had an obsession with this song for many years- one of those ones that comes up on random and I scream, “Oh YEAH!”

Anyway, enjoy tonight’s Laptop Session, on time, as usual, and come on’ back tomorrow for Chris’ next acoustic rock cover song ya’hear? 🙂