- Running On Faith
- White Room
- Sunshine Of Your Love
- Watch Yourself
- Have You Ever Loved A Woman
- Worried Life Blues
- Hoodoo Man
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.
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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.
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.