24 Nights

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/8/1991
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • UPC: 075992642026
  • Catalog Number: 26420
  • Sales rank: 14,713

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Badge (6:50)
  2. 2 Running On Faith (6:49)
  3. 3 White Room (6:10)
  4. 4 Sunshine Of Your Love (9:10)
  5. 5 Watch Yourself (5:39)
  6. 6 Have You Ever Loved A Woman (6:52)
  7. 7 Worried Life Blues (5:27)
  8. 8 Hoodoo Man (5:40)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Pretending (7:08)
  2. 2 Bad Love (6:24)
  3. 3 Old Love (13:01)
  4. 4 Wonderful Tonight (9:10)
  5. 5 Bell Bottom Blues (6:38)
  6. 6 Hard Times (3:45)
  7. 7 Edge Of Darkness (6:29)
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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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  • Posted March 14, 2012

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    More Professional Than Passionate

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A true master at work

    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.

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