Unplugged (Eric Clapton album)

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Unplugged
Live album by Eric Clapton
Released 25 August 1992
Recorded 16 January 1992, at Bray Film Studios, Windsor, United Kingdom[1]
Genre Acoustic blues, blues rock
Length 61:47
Label Reprise, Duck, MTV
Producer Russ Titelman
Eric Clapton chronology
Rush
(1991)
Unplugged
(1992)
From the Cradle
(1994)

Unplugged is a live album by Eric Clapton released in 1992.[2] It was recorded live in England for the MTV Unplugged series and includes both the hit single "Tears in Heaven" and a heavily reworked acoustic version of "Layla".

Clapton performed the show in front of a small audience on 16 January 1992 at Bray Film Studios in Windsor, England. In addition to the final album tracks, the performance included early versions of "My Father's Eyes" and "Circus Left Town" along with "Worried Life Blues" and a version of "Rollin' and Tumblin'".[3] Clapton played a Martin 000-42 acoustic guitar for much of this performance, and in 2004, the guitar sold for US$791,500 (£434,400) in auction.[2][4]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[5]
Chicago Tribune 2.5/4 stars[6]
Entertainment Weekly (A-)[7]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[8]
Robert Christgau B−[9]

Clapton earned six Grammy Awards for the album including Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, Best Rock Male Vocal Performance and Best Rock Song.[10] "Tears in Heaven" earned three of the six awards.[10] The album reached number one on the Billboard 200, and has been certified Diamond by the RIAA for shipping over 10 million copies in the United States.[11] In 2000 Q magazine placed Unplugged at number 71 in its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums. In October 2011, the album was ranked number nine (between Iron Maiden's Fear of the Dark and Stone Temple Pilots' Core) on Guitar World magazine's top ten list of guitar albums of 1992.[12]

Commenting on the popularity of the album in his 2007 autobiography, Clapton wishes the reader to understand its great emotional toll he experienced around that time, and suggests that they visit the grave of his son Conor in Ripley to do so.[13]

Track listing (CD/DVD)[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Signe"   Eric Clapton 3:13
2. "Before You Accuse Me"   Bo Diddley 3:44
3. "Hey Hey"   Big Bill Broonzy 3:16
4. "Tears in Heaven"   Clapton, Will Jennings 4:36
5. "Lonely Stranger"   Clapton 5:27
6. "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out"   Jimmy Cox 3:49
7. "Layla"   Clapton, Jim Gordon 4:46
8. "Running on Faith"   Jerry Lynn Williams 6:30
9. "Walkin' Blues"   Robert Johnson 3:37
10. "Alberta"   Traditional, Arr. by Huddie William Ledbetter 3:42
11. "San Francisco Bay Blues"   Jesse Fuller 3:24
12. "Malted Milk"   Robert Johnson 3:36
13. "Old Love"   Clapton, Robert Cray 7:54
14. "Rollin' and Tumblin'"   McKinley Morganfield 4:11
Total length:
61:47

Personnel[edit]

Hit singles[edit]

Chart positions courtesy of the Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1992 "Tears in Heaven" Billboard Hot 100 2
Adult Contemporary 1
"Layla" Adult Contemporary 8
Mainstream Rock Tracks 9
Billboard Hot 100 12
Top 40 Mainstream 4
1993 "Running on Faith" Adult Contemporary 28
Mainstream Rock Tracks 15

Charts[edit]

End of decade charts[edit]

Chart (1990s) Position
Austrian Albums Chart[42] 20
US Billboard 200[43] 30

Certifications[edit]

Re-Release[edit]

On October 15, 2013 the album and concert DVD were re-released, titled Unplugged: Expanded & Remastered. The album includes the original 14 tracks, remastered, as well as six additional tracks, including two versions of "My Father's Eyes". The DVD includes a restored version of the concert, as well as over 60 minutes of unseen footage from the rehearsal.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ Clapton, Eric: Clapton, page 254. Broadway Books, 2007.
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