24 Nights

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24 Nights
24 Nights.jpg
Live album by Eric Clapton
Released 8 October 1991
Recorded January–February 1990
February–March 1991
Royal Albert Hall, London
Genre Rock, blues
Length 52:43 (CD 1)
52:40 (CD 2)
Label Duck / Reprise
Producer Russ Titelman
Eric Clapton chronology
24 Nights
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[2]
IMDb 8.1/10 stars[3]
CD Universe 4.5/5 stars[4]
New York Times (favourable)[5]
Robert Christgau (favourable)[6]
Scott Floman B[7]
Best of Website B-[8]

24 Nights is a live album by Eric Clapton, recorded at the Royal Albert Hall in London, England, in 1990 and 1991. It was released on 8 October 1991.[9]


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.[10] 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.[11] The cover illustration is by Peter Blake.

Clapton and Versace[edit]

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..."[12] In his autobiography, Clapton recalls that Gianni Versace is the best designer in the world.[13]


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 recorded 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.[14]

Track listing (CD)[edit]

Track listing (DVD)[edit]

Clapton wore this custom-made Versace suit for the recording sessions in 1991.
  1. "Running on Faith" (6:49)
  2. "White Room" (6:10)
  3. "Sunshine of Your Love" (9:11)
  4. "Watch Yourself" (5:39)
  5. "Have You Ever Loved A Woman" (6:52)
  6. "Worried Life Blues" (5:28)
  7. "Pretending" (7:08)
  8. "Bad Love" (6:25)
  9. "Old Love" (13:01)
  10. "Wonderful Tonight" (9:11)
  11. "Bell Bottom Blues" (6:39)
  12. "Hard Times" (3:45)
  13. "Edge of Darkness" (6:30)

Chart performance[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1991–1992) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[15] 49
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[16] 36
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[17] 48
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[18] 29
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[19] 49
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[20] 19
UK Albums (OCC)[21] 17
US Billboard 200[22] 38


Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[23] Platinum 100,000^
India (IMI)[24] 7× Platinum 140,000x
Italy (FIMI)[24] Platinum 50,000*
Japan (RIAJ)[24] Platinum 200,000^
Macao (IFPI Macao)[25] 4× Platinum 120,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[24] Platinum 100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[26] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[27] Gold 644,321[23]
Video release sales
Australia (ARIA)[28] Platinum 15,000^
United States (RIAA)[29] Gold 50,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone


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  2. ^ 24 Nights Album Review. Retrieved 2015-04-18.
  3. ^ 24 Nights at the Internet Movie Database
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  11. ^ 1991 Eric Clapton Tour archive at Where's Eric!
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  13. ^ Clapton, Eric (2007). Clapton, The Autobiography. Broadway Books. p. 198.
  14. ^ 28 February 1991 - Eric Clapton Tour archive at Where's Eric!
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  16. ^ "Eric Clapton – 24 Nights" (in Dutch). Dutchcharts.nl. Hung Medien. Retrieved August 14, 2015.
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  21. ^ "Eric Clapton | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart Retrieved August 14, 2015.
  22. ^ "Eric Clapton – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Eric Clapton.
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  25. ^ Macao Music Sales (2001-2009). Retrieved 2015-04-17.
  26. ^ "British album certifications – Eric Clapton – 24 Nights". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter 24 Nights in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Gold in the field By Award. Click Search
  27. ^ "American album certifications – Eric Clapton – 24 Nights". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  28. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2004 DVDs". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
  29. ^ "American video certifications – Eric Clapton – 24 Nights". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Video Longform, then click SEARCH

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