MTV Unplugged [Deluxe Edition]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Its massive success -- it is one of the rare albums to be certified as diamond in the U.S. and it went platinum all over the world; it also won the Album of the Year Grammy for 1992 -- makes it difficult to place Eric Clapton's 1992 MTV Unplugged in context, but it's important to do so. It arrived three years into MTV Unplugged's run -- 1989 also being the year Clapton stirred artistically with the assured AOR of Journeyman -- and a year after Paul McCartney established the practice of an official album release of an Unplugged session with his own Unplugged (The Official Bootleg). Also in 1991, Clapton's young son Conor died in a tragic accident. The guitarist ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Its massive success -- it is one of the rare albums to be certified as diamond in the U.S. and it went platinum all over the world; it also won the Album of the Year Grammy for 1992 -- makes it difficult to place Eric Clapton's 1992 MTV Unplugged in context, but it's important to do so. It arrived three years into MTV Unplugged's run -- 1989 also being the year Clapton stirred artistically with the assured AOR of Journeyman -- and a year after Paul McCartney established the practice of an official album release of an Unplugged session with his own Unplugged (The Official Bootleg). Also in 1991, Clapton's young son Conor died in a tragic accident. The guitarist wrote "Tears in Heaven" as a tribute to his late son and, via its inclusion on the 1991 soundtrack to Rush, it became a hit single and, later, a centerpiece to the Unplugged set. The passage of time has blurred the lines separating all these events, suggesting Clapton's 1992 Unplugged was the first-ever MTV album, that it alone was responsible for revitalizing EC's career, that it is was the place where "Tears in Heaven" premiered, when none of that is quite true. What is true is that Unplugged is the concert and album that established the MTV program as a classy, tony showcase for artists eager to redefine themselves via reexamination of their catalogs, which is what Clapton cannily did here. The album's hit was a slow crawl through Derek & the Dominos' "Layla," turning that anguished howl of pain into a cozy shuffle and the whole album proceeds at a similar amiable gait, taking its time and enjoying detours into old blues standards. Clapton is embracing his middle age and the pleasure of Unplugged is to hear him opt out of the pop star game as he plays songs he's always loved. Tellingly, it's these blues and folk covers -- Jesse Fuller's "San Francisco Bay Blues," Big Bill Broonzy's "Hey Hey," the standard "Alberta," Muddy Waters' "Rollin' and Tumblin'," two songs from Robert Johnson ("Walkin' Blues," "Malted Milk") -- that are the best performances here; they're alternately lively and relaxed, Clapton happily conforming to the contours of the compositions. These capture a moment in time, when EC was settling into his age by reconnecting with the past, whereas the originals -- whether it's the revised versions of "Layla" and "Old Love," "Tears in Heaven," or the debut of "My Father's Eyes," originally heard here (and on the 2013 expanded anniversary edition) but released as a single much later in the decade -- point forward to the sharply tailored adult contemporary crooner of the '90s, one who turned out to be very comfortable existing in a world of high thread counts and designer duds. These are the tunes that belong to the '90s -- and several of these also appear on the 2013 expansion, which contains songs that didn't appear on the album, almost all of which are originals apart from an alternate "Walkin' Blues" and "Worried Life Blues" -- but the rest of MTV Unplugged manages to transcend its time because it does cut to the quick of Clapton's musical DNA.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/15/2013
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227963668
  • Catalog Number: 536565
  • Sales rank: 7,884

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Signe (3:29)
  2. 2 Before You Accuse Me (3:59)
  3. 3 Hey Hey (3:46)
  4. 4 Tears In Heaven (4:39)
  5. 5 Lonely Stranger (5:27)
  6. 6 Nobody Knows You When You're Down & Out (3:55)
  7. 7 Layla (4:49)
  8. 8 Running On Faith (6:30)
  9. 9 Walkin' Blues (3:36)
  10. 10 Alberta (3:38)
  11. 11 San Francisco Bay Blues (3:28)
  12. 12 Malted Milk (3:37)
  13. 13 Old Love (7:54)
  14. 14 Rollin' & Tumblin' (4:08)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Circus (4:28)
  2. 2 My Father's Eyes (6:22)
  3. 3 Running On Faith (6:31)
  4. 4 Walkin' Blues (3:48)
  5. 5 My Father's Eyes (6:42)
  6. 6 Worried Life Blues (5:38)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Intro
  2. 2 Signe
  3. 3 Before You Accuse Me
  4. 4 Hey Hey
  5. 5 Tears In Heaven
  6. 6 Lonely Stranger
  7. 7 Nobody Knows You When You're Down & Out
  8. 8 Layla
  9. 9 Running On Faith
  10. 10 Walkin' Blues
  11. 11 Alberta
  12. 12 San Francisco Bay Blues
  13. 13 Malted Milk
  14. 14 Old Love
  15. 15 Rollin' & Tumblin
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eric Clapton Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Andy Fairweather Low Guitar
Ray Cooper Percussion
Nathan East Bass Guitar, Background Vocals
Steve Ferrone Drums
Katie Kissoon Background Vocals
Chuck Leavell Keyboards
Tessa Niles Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Big Bill Broonzy Composer
Robert Cray Composer
Jesse Fuller Composer
Big Maceo Merriweather Composer
Jim Gordon Composer
Eric Clapton Composer
Alex Coletti Producer
Robert Johnson Composer
Huddie Ledbetter Arranger
Ellas McDaniel Composer
McKinley Morganfield Composer
Alan Rogan Guitar Techician
Russ Titelman Producer
Jim Barton Engineer
Chris Bellman Mastering
Dave May Reissue Producer
Jimmy Cox Composer
Jerry Lynn Williams Composer
Lee Dickson Guitar Techician
Mick Double Stage Manager
Joel Gallen Executive Producer
Buford Jones Engineer
Traditional Composer
John Roden Monitor Engineer
Rory Wilson Reissue Design
Tom Calcaterra Guitar Techician
Milton Lage Director
John Collins Drum Technician
Wil Roberts Electrician
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  • Posted October 28, 2013

    in your comments they mention that clapton wrote tears in heaven

    in your comments they mention that clapton wrote tears in heaven, i believe in wrote that for a soundtrack to the movie RUSH, the song circus was written for his son

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