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!