Why does he keep doing this? Eric Clapton remains among the best guitar players on the planet when he wants to be, but he's also among the laziest. This album is a well-made collection of largely old standards. Nothing wrong with that, but there's no attempt here by Clapton to put his own stamp on them or create something of interest by actually using his guitar. And I don't just mean endless solos Santana-style, but rather using the guitar to arrange an original or diverting take on it all, turn the listener's head once in a while. He just kinda runs through each song, I suspect more or less as it is on the original 78. All the effort seems to have gone into the horn (and trumpet!) arrangements. It's frustrating that live, these songs will probably inspire a lot of fiery playing. It also seems to me that his voice - for long one of the strongest and most under-rated in rock - isn't quite what it was in places. I love the guy, and I'll always buy what he puts out, but it's increasingly disappointing that his albums these days are so deliberately and defiantly pipe and slippers. Get his recent live CD/DVD with Steve Winwood if you want to find out what he can sound like when he has to make an effort.