Eric Clapton – Unplugged

Published on 16 October 2019 by

      Stephen Thomas Erlewine:  ‘Its massive success — it is one of the rare albums to be certified as diamond in the U.S. and it went platinum all over the world; it also won the Album of the Year Grammy for 1992 — makes it difficult to place Eric Clapton’s 1992 MTV Unplugged in context, but it’s important to do so. It arrived three years into MTV Unplugged’s run — 1989 also being the year Clapton stirred artistically with the assured AOR of Journeyman — and a year after Paul McCartney established the practice of an official album release of an Unplugged session with his own Unplugged (The Official Bootleg). …. What is true is that Unplugged is the concert and album that established the MTV program as a classy, tony showcase for artists eager to redefine themselves via reexamination of their catalogs, which is what Clapton cannily did here. The album’s hit was a slow crawl through Derek & the Dominos’ “Layla,” turning that anguished howl of pain into a cozy shuffle and the whole album proceeds at a similar amiable gait, taking its time and enjoying detours into old blues standards. Clapton is embracing his middle age and the pleasure of Unplugged is to hear him opt out of the pop star game as he plays songs he’s always loved. Tellingly, it’s these blues and folk covers … that are the best performances here; they’re alternately lively and relaxed, Clapton happily conforming to the contours of the compositions. ….. ‘


Eric Clapton – Unplugged Tracklist

01.Signe – 00:02
02.Before you accuse me – 3:13
03 Hey hey – 6:49
04 Tears in heaven – 10:14
05 Lonely Stranger – 14:49
06 Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out – 20:16
07 Layla – 24:09
08. Running on Faith – 28:57
09. Walkin’ Blues – 35:19
10. Alberta – 39:00
11. San Francisco Bay Blues – 42:40
12. Malted Milk – 46:00
13. Old Love – 49:43
14. Rollin’ and Tumblin – 57:34

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