MTV Unplugged

Performers Eric Clapton

Reprise | August 25, 1992 | Compact Disc

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Settling into the MTV stage with all of the comfort of a seasoned pro, Eric Clapton strips some of his best-loved songs down to the basics on Unplugged. Casting aside some sonic clutter, the essence of tunes like "Layla," "Tears in Heaven" and "Nobody Knows You when You're Down and Out" become strikingly clear. Matching his expert string plucking with a crystal-clear vocal performance, Eric Clapton shines bright on this disc.

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: August 25, 1992

Genre: General

Style: Pop/Rock

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Live

Originally Released: 1992

Label Name: Reprise

UPC: 093624502425

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MTV Unplugged

Performers Eric Clapton
Producer Russ Titelman
Engineer Jim Barton

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: August 25, 1992

Genre: General

Style: Pop/Rock

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Live

Originally Released: 1992

Label Name: Reprise

UPC: 093624502425


Title Track Time
1.Signe --
2.Before You Accuse Me (Take a Look at Yourself) --
3.Hey Hey --
4.Tears in Heaven --
5.Lonely Stranger --
6.Nobody Knows You When You're Down & Out --
7.Layla --
8.Running on Faith --
9.Walkin' Blues --
10.Alberta --
11.San Francisco Bay Blues --
12.Malted Milk --
13.Old Love --
14.Rollin' & Tumblin' --

Editorial Notes

Personnel: Eric Clapton (vocals, guitar); Andy Fairweather-Low (guitar); Chuck Leavell (keyboards); Nathan East (bass); Steve Ferrone (drums); Ray Cooper (percussion); Katy Kissoon, Tessa Niles (background vocals). UNPLUGGED won 1993 Grammy Awards for Album Of The Year, Best Male Pop Vocal Performance and Best Male Rock Vocal Performance. "Tears In Heaven" won the Grammy for Song Of The Year, and "Layla" was named Best Rock Song. Eric Clapton's live performance on MTV's strip-down-the-rockers show allowed the heavily-blues-influenced guitarist a chance to show off another, underrated side of his talent--his voice. It's especially interesting to hear Clapton in an acoustic setting, because he made his mark as one of the early proponents of high-decibel rock. Here, sorting through numerous blues standards by the likes of Robert Johnson and Leadbelly, Clapton gives a lesson in technique, style and musical passion. His own, newer material allows him to stretch and play, while the heavily-grooved, slowed-down remake of his classic "Layla" is the essential standout. "Tears In Heaven," a moving tribute to his son's passing, is emotionally raw, yet stylistically smooth--a difficult task to achieve. Stripping down the music of an artist as technically proficient and historically based as Eric Clapton was a stroke of genius. Hence, it's no surprise that the result, UNPLUGGED, is brilliant as well.
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