The album is a "best of" from the 42 concerts Eric Clapton did at the Royal Albert Hall in those two years. Clapton set a record by playing a run of 24 nights at the London Royal Albert Hall between 5 February and 9 March 1991, following an 18-night run in 1990. Clapton reportedly was not satisfied with the 1990 concert recordings and delayed the release of a CD until after the "24 Nights" of the 1991 dates. These concerts were performed with 4 different instrumental formations, 4-piece, blues, 9-piece and orchestra nights, the last featuring the National Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Michael Kamen. The cover illustration is by Peter Blake.
For the Journeyman World Tour, Clapton had him made some decorated Fender and Ernie Ball guitar straps by his then long-time friend Gianni Versace. In his Journeyman tour programme Clapton recalled: "Anyone with a discerning eye who has seen me in concert during the last five years will know that I am a Gianni Versace fanatic... His approach to design and his sensitivity to colour appeal to the dormant artist in me and somehow I feel that his clothes bridge the gap between the fire of rock and roll and the purity of classical tailoring..." In his autobiography, Clapton recalls that Gianni Versace is the best designer in the world.
The 4-piece recordings "Running on Faith", "White Room" and "Sunshine of Your Love" featured on the CD and DVD were recorded on 1 January 1990. The Blues Band titles "Worried Life Blues", "Watch Yourself" and "Have You Ever Loved a Woman" Clapton recorded with Buddy Guy and Robert Cray were shot and recorde on 5 February in 1990. The last of the 1990 live recording session took place on 9 February 1990 recording the Orchestra Night. "Bell Bottom Blues", "Hard Times" and "Edge of Darkness" were used on both the CD and video recording. On 10 February 1991, Clapton recorded "Badge" for the CD release. Eight days later the concert for "Pretending", "Bad Love", "Old Love" and "Wonderful Tonight" took place. "No Alibis", "I Shot The Sheriff" and "Cocaine" had been released on various CD singles of "Wonderful Tonight" since. The versions of "Old Love", "Wonderful Tonight" and "Pretending" (2nd solo only) on the "24 Nights" video are different from their album counterparts, but they were not taken from the previous night's show. They may even have been taken the year before. The song "Hoodoo Man" featuring Jimmie Vaughan was recorded on 28 February 1991.