Eric Clapton has announced a new studio album for this spring, and it will include contributions from and old friend.
The new set I Still Do drops May 20 and features acoustic guitar and vocals on the track “I Will Be There” from a musician named Angelo Mysterioso. This just happens to be a pseudonym used decades ago by none other than George Harrison.
The late Beatles guitarist first used the moniker when co-writing the song “Badge” for the 1969 Cream album Goodbye. Contractual obligations prevented Harrison from using his given name in the album credits for Clapton’s former band. Give it a listen below:
So far, not much else is known about the collaboration. Clapton detailed the album and its collaborators yesterday (Feb. 18) on his official website. It features cover art from Sir Peter Blake (who contributed to The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album sleeve) and was produced by Glyn Johns.
Clapton had numerous prominent collaborations with Harrison, prior to his death in 2001. Clapton performed guitar on the Beatles’ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and they both appeared on each other’s live albums in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s.
I Still Do is Clapton’s first album to feature his own new material since 2013’s Old Sock. It comes out via his own Bushbranch imprint, in cooperation with Surfdog Records. For more information, check out Clapton’s official site.