24 Nights

24 Nights

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by Eric Clapton
     
 

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Eric Clapton, who had not released a live album since 1980, had several good reasons to release one in the early '90s. For one thing, his spare backup band of keyboardist Greg Phillinganes, bassist Nathan East, and drummer Steve Ferrone was his best live unit ever, and its

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Eric Clapton, who had not released a live album since 1980, had several good reasons to release one in the early '90s. For one thing, his spare backup band of keyboardist Greg Phillinganes, bassist Nathan East, and drummer Steve Ferrone was his best live unit ever, and its powerful live versions of Cream classics like "White Room" and "Sunshine of Your Love" deserved to be documented. For another, since 1987 Clapton had been playing an annual series of concerts at the Royal Albert Hall in London, putting together various special shows (blues nights, orchestral nights, etc.). 24 Nights, a double album, was culled from two years of such shows, 1990 and 1991, and it demonstrated the breadth of Clapton's work, from his hot regular band to assemblages of bluesmen like Buddy Guy and Robert Cray to examples of his soundtrack work with an orchestra led by Michael Kamen. The result was an album that came across as a lavishly constructed retrospective and a testament to Clapton's musical stature. But it made little impact upon release (though it quickly went gold), perhaps because events overcame it -- three months later, Clapton's elegy for his baby son, "Tears in Heaven," was all over the radio, and a few months after that he was redefining himself on MTV Unplugged -- a live show as austere as 24 Nights was grand. Still, it would be hard to find a more thorough demonstration of Clapton's abilities than the one presented here.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/08/1991
Label:
Reprise / Wea
UPC:
0075992642026
catalogNumber:
26420
Rank:
59808

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eric Clapton   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Robert Cray   Guitar
Buddy Guy   Guitar
Phil Collins   Tambourine
Michael Kamen   Conductor
Johnnie Johnson   Piano,Vocals
National Philharmonic Orchestra   Ensemble
Jerry Portnoy   Harmonica
Alan Clark   Keyboards
Richard Cousins   Bass Guitar
Nathan East   Bass Guitar,Vocals
Steve Ferrone   Drums
Katie Kissoon   Background Vocals
Chuck Leavell   Keyboards
Tessa Niles   Background Vocals
Jamie Oldaker   Drums
Phil Palmer   Guitar
Greg Phillinganes   Keyboards,Vocals
Edward Shearmur   Keyboards
Joey Spampinato   Bass Guitar
Jimmie Vaughan   Guitar

Technical Credits

Buddy Guy   Contributor
Jack Bruce   Composer
Phil Collins   Contributor
George Harrison   Composer
Michael Kamen   Composer
Big Maceo Merriweather   Composer
Pete Brown   Composer
Eric Clapton   Composer
Ray Cooper   Contributor
Mick Jones   Composer
Chuck Leavell   Contributor
Derek Taylor   Liner Notes
Russ Titelman   Producer
Peter Blake   Artwork
Jerry Lynn Williams   Composer
Wherefore Art?   Art Direction

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24 Nights 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
glauver More than 1 year ago
Clapton still was playing excellent guitar but the fire seemed to be leaving his music. These CDs are well done but something is gone, Compare them to Layla or 461 Ocean Boulevard and you can see that Eric is losing the spark that made him a 60s and mid 70s superstar.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've enjoyed this album since I first purchased it back in 1991. Not a true Clapton fan at the time I was quickly won over by the range demonstrated on this album. Clapton shows off his talent in every format on this album. It's rare to find a musician sharing his enjoyment of what he does through such a broad spectrum of sounds. There is not a cut on this album that get's skipped while it's in the CD player. My personal favorite is Bad Love, which is truly an inspired performance by the band. Just gutsy and rolling.