The legendary Richard Clapton is returning to his roots for a collection of classic 60s songs, on his new album Music Is Love (1966 – 1970). The musician has shared the first taste of the album, releasing Summer In The City.
The track was originally recorded by The Lovin’ Spoonful in 1966, written about an unprecedented heatwave in New York. Clapton shares: “John Sebastian was, and is, amazing. Doing this vocal nearly killed me – I’ve never done a song before with no breath at all! What a song. It’s been with me all my life.”
The album started out as a deeply personal collection, a way for Richard to reconnect with his musical origins. “These songs are where I came from,” he explains, highlighting his love for Bob Dylan, The Byrds, David Crosby, Neil Young and Buffalo Springfield. While making the record, Richard realised that this was something much more than just a sentimental journey. As the world dealt with Trump, COVID-19 and racial unrest, he realised there’s something happening here… “It struck me that the world needs these songs,”Richard says. The album takes its title from the opening track on David Crosby’s 1971 debut solo album, If I Could Only Remember My Name. “To me, that song sums up the album,” Richard says. “Music is love.”
Music Is Love (1966 – 1970) is 9 April. Listen to Summer In The City below.