Wednesday, 17 July 2013


On 16 January 1992 Eric Clapton performed a show in front of a small audience at Bray Film Studios in Windsor, England for MTV Unplugged. 

For the Unplugged album (released in the same year) Clapton earned six Grammy Awards including Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, Best Rock Male Vocal Performance and Best Rock Song. "Tears in Heaven" earned three of the six awards. The album reached number one on the Billboard 200, and has been certified Diamond by the RIAA for shipping over 10 million copies in the United States. In 2000 Qmagazine placed Unplugged at number 71 in its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums. In October 2011, the album was ranked number nine (between Iron Maiden's Fear of the Dark and Stone Temple Pilots' Core) on Guitar World magazine's top ten list of guitar albums of 1992. 

Commenting on the popularity of the album in his 2007 autobiography, Clapton wishes the reader to understand its great emotional toll, and suggests that they visit the grave of his son Conor in Ripley in order to do so.

Clapton played a Martin 000-42 acoustic guitar for much of this performance, and in 2004, the guitar sold for $791,500 in auction.

"Signe" (Clapton) -- 0:0
"Before You Accuse Me" (McDaniel) -- 3:14
"Hey Hey" (Broonzy) -- 7:12
"Tears in Heaven" (Clapton/Jennings) -- 10:41
"Lonely Stranger" (Clapton) -- 15:55
"Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out" (Cox) -- 21:20
"Layla" (Clapton/Gordon) -- 25:10
"Running on Faith" (Williams) -- 29:39
"Walkin' Blues" (Johnson) -- 36:05
"Alberta" (Traditional) -- 40:00
"San Francisco Bay Blues" (Fuller) -- 44:55
"Malted Milk" (Johnson) -- 48:20
"Old Love" (Clapton/Cray) -- 52:00
"Rollin' and Tumblin'" (Waters) -- 59:35

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