Unplugged Review

artist: Eric Clapton date: 07/28/2006 category: compact discs
Eric Clapton: Unplugged
Released: Aug 18, 1992
Genre: Rock
Styles: Adult Contemporary, Pop/Rock, Blues-Rock
Number Of Tracks: 14
Eric Clapton's Unplugged was responsible for making acoustic-based music, and Unplugged albums in particular, a hot trend in the early '90s.
 Sound: 10
 Lyrics: 10
 Overall Impression: 10
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overall: 10
Unplugged Reviewed by: faqu, on january 03, 2005
4 of 5 people found this review helpful

Sound: March 1991, Eric Clapton's son Conor dies after falling off an apartment window in NYC, apartment wich was Eric's italian model girlfriend. A tragedy that lead for Clapton to write the heart breaking "Tears In Heaven." One of Clapton's best friends Stevie Ray Vaughn also died in a tragic plane crush. Those were not so easy years, his alcohol addiction, and with low album sales, Clapton was as down as it gets. This album was recorded in front of 300 people in January 1992. If it wasn't for the audience you wouldn't know if the album was live or in the studio, that's how good it is. Clapton does songs from his solo time, Cream time, Dereck and the Dominos time, and some Robert Johnson, (wich 12 years later he will realese a full album as a tribute to him). // 10

Lyrics: While he wrote most of the lyrics on some songs, "Tears In Heaven" was his best. Probably one of Clapton's best work. His voice is so good, I think he is just as good playing the acoustic as he is good playing Electric. The song "Tears In Heaven" won a Grammy for best song of the year (the version from "Unplugged", not the studio version). // 10

Overall Impression: When Clapton recorded the show he didn't thought it will ever be realesed, becouse he didn't thought it was good enough. Thanks god he realesed the album! It sold over 7 million albums in the US alone and won 6 grammy awards (including best album and song). I think this is probebly Clapton's best album, from the opening of "Signe" to the very very nice blues tune "San Francisco Bay Blues" to the ending Cream Track "Rollin' & Tumblin'" wich wasent even planned to be part of the show. At the end when his says "you got it?" he asks if they recorded it, this 6 times grammy winner is a must have for any fan of music. The only down side of this album is that they didn't include "My Father's Eyes" and "Circus Left Town" in the CD, both were part of the show, and both will appear in Clapton 1998 album "Pilgrim". If it were stolen, I wuold be glad somebody will have the chance to listen to it, that's how good it is. // 10

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overall: 10
Unplugged Reviewed by: El Toro, on july 28, 2006
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Sound: This cd was recorded live on MTV's Unplugged. Eric reinforces on this what we all already knew, he is a master of voice and guitar. In this live version, he notably uses an acoustic to create a very bluesy feel to this cd. This cd's amazing sound gives us the feeling of a more mature Clapton, then that of previous years. This can be seen especially in the acoustic version of his classic Layla, which he converted from heavy rock riffs, to calming, brilliant acoustic blues. This cd was also the debut of his song Tears in Heaven, his famous, grammy winning, tear-jerking, dedicated to the death of his 4 year old son, who fell out of a 54th storey window. This Cd was widely acclaimed and criticised for Clapton's different treating of Unplugged to other artists, he reworked many of his more popular classics to work perfectly on an acoustic. The sound of the Cd is astrounding, if it weren't for the applause of the audience, you wouldn't know it was live. // 10

Lyrics: This CD contains many of Clapton's old classics, masterfully reworked to sound amazing on the acoustic. Clapton's voice is very well suited to the bluesy feel of the CD, without his singing, it wouldn't be the same. Many of the songs are old classics, such as Layla, but also contains some new songs such as Tears in Heavan, which is agruebly one of his best pieces of work. // 10

Overall Impression: I personaly feel this was the greatest and most memorable of all the Unplugged performances, definetly less sloppy the Nirvana. Of all the songs on the album, I would narrow it down to three essentials Tears In Heaven, Layla and Before You Accuse Me. I love the the fact that Clapton does what he is best at on the CD, his performance was perfect, he sounds like it was in the studio, it is amazing. I would reccommend this as the must have of all Clapton's work. And that's saying a lot. // 10

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