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© Reprise Records
Year of Release: 1992
Before You Accuse Me
Tears In Heaven
Nobody Knows You
When You're Down
Running On Faith
San Francisco Bay Blues
Rollin' And Tumblin'
Eric Clapton related sites:
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
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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