Eric Clapton has covered various artists' songs over the years, most notably Bob Marley's "I Shot The Sherrif" and J.J. Cale's "Cocaine" and "After Midnight." But who knew he recorded an obscure track by the Canadian mellow rock singer/songwriter Gordon Lightfoot?
On the same day he recorded "Cocaine" for his 1977 Slowhand album, Clapton cut a Gordon Lightfoot song called "Looking at the Rain." He ultimately decided to leave the song off of Slowhand, but a 35th Anniversary edition of the album is coming out on December 18, and the song, along with three other previously unreleased songs, will be part of the deluxe reissue.
"Looking at the Rain" is a pretty laid-back track, and it doesn't contain any especially sizzling guitar work from Clapton, which might be one of the reasons it didn't make the cut back in '77. But it's worth hearing, so now we have it.