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Eric Clapton

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Year of Release: 1992

track listing
  • Sigme
  • Before You Accuse Me
  • Hey Hey
  • Tears In Heaven
  • Lonely Stranger
  • Nobody Knows You
    When You're Down
    And Out
  • Layla
  • Running On Faith
  • Walkin' Blues
  • Alberta
  • San Francisco Bay Blues
  • Malted Milk
  • Old Love
  • Rollin' And Tumblin'

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    Eric Clapton

    Eric Clapton has released some exceptional albums, from his years with bands such as Cream, Derek & The Dominos, Delaney & Bonnie, and of course, his solo albums expanding over the past 40 years. In his career, he has only accomplished 3 #1 albums: 461 Ocean Boulevard, Unplugged and From The Cradle. Unplugged, the MTV concert and soundtrack is an outstanding album, of accoustical works of some of Clapton's well-known hits.

    The opening track "Sigme" has an accoustical instrumental jazz feel. The traditional blues (heard on From The Crade) shines brightly with the accoustical blues guitar on "Before You Accuse Me (originally heard on Journeyman, and "Hey Hey." Another song that easily fits this mold is "Walkin' Blues," as it has the early sound of the blues of the Rolling Stones. Also in the classic blues vein is "Malted Milk."

    "Tears In Heaven" -- the emotional song in response to the death of Clapton's only son, it is just as superb as the studio version. "Lonely Stranger" -- I remember this song, yet I can't recall the original album it came from, but its another classic accoustical styled sound. "Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out" was originally from Derek & The Dominos, yet this version has a certain ragtime feel, and very entertaining.

    Of course the standout song from this concert is the revised version of the Derek & The Dominos classic "Layla," as it is heard in a more slower accoustical touch, as it makes it hard to decide which version is the better of the two. "Running On Faith" has another Clapton album in mind, Backless, having a country feel.

    Nice easy going songs are "Alberta" and the Dylan'ish "San Francisco Bay Blues." "Old Love" is another song that is remembered, as it was originally from Journeyman, in rare accoustical form. "Rollin' And Tumblin' (from the Cream years) has a more true grit blues feel.

    Although most live albums are not necessary favorites to some, Clapton's Unplugged is an exception. It's a great concert, both musically and visually (viewing the concert from MTV Television). The blues oriented songs are also exceptional, likewise revised versions of well-known tunes such as "Layla" and "Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out," and his live version of "Tears In Heaven" is another great song, despite the sad circumstances written behind the song. Unplugged is a classic, among few and far live recordings.

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