Eric Clapton to Release Deluxe Version of 'Unplugged' October 15

by Melanie Gottshall
Posted Sep 10, 2013 at 11:18am

Eric Clapton was already a master of the electric guitar in January 1992 when he traded his signature Strat for an acoustic Martin to record Unplugged.

The live album captured the guitarist, backed by a small band, performing acoustic versions of his own songs and several blues standards.

Released later that year, the album was a blockbuster, selling more than 19 million copies worldwide and earning six Grammy awards, sweeping the top honors, including Record of the Year, Album of the Year and Song of the Year.

Reprise Records will celebrate Clapton’s acoustic performances with a new 2-CD/DVD collection that includes a remastered version of the original album plus six unreleased outtakes on two CDs. The DVD features a restored version of the concert, as well as more than an hour of previously unseen footage from the rehearsal.

Unplugged: Expanded and Remastered will be available October 15.

For the original album’s 14 performances, Clapton reinterpreted songs from his catalog, including “Layla” (re-imagined as a shuffle), “Running On Faith” and “Old Love” from 1989’s Journeyman, and the single “Tears In Heaven.” Much of the album showcases blues songs Clapton grew up listening to, like Bo Diddley’s “Before You Accuse Me,” Big Bill Broonzy’s “Hey Hey,” Leadbelly’s “Alberta” and Robert Johnson’s “Malted Milk.”

The second disc of Unplugged: Expanded and Remastered includes songs not on the original album, such as a cover of “Big Maceo” Merriweather’s “Worried Life Blues,” an alternate take of “Walkin’ Blues” and early versions of “Circus” and “My Father’s Eyes,” songs that would surface six years later on Pilgrim.

The DVD contains a newly restored version of the original broadcast, which aired August 25, 1992, on MTV. For the first time, fans will also have the opportunity to see more than an hour of unreleased footage recorded during the pre-show rehearsal. Filmed from multiple camera angles, it features an intimate look at Clapton and the band working on arrangements and running through 14 songs, including “Circus” and “My Father’s Eyes,” which were not featured in the final broadcast.

CD & DVD Track Listing

01. “Signe”
02. “Before You Accuse Me”
03. "Hey Hey”
04. "Tears In Heaven”
05. "Lonely Stranger”
06. "Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out”
07. "Layla”
08. "Running On Faith”
09. "Walkin’ Blues”
10. "Alberta”
11. "San Francisco Bay Blues”
12. "Malted Milk”
13. "Old Love”
14. "Rollin’ & Tumblin’”

CD Disc Two – Outtakes & Alternates (All Tracks Previously Unreleased)

01. "Circus”
02. "My Father’s Eyes” (Take 1)
03. "Running On Faith” (Take 1)
04. "Walkin’ Blues” (Take 1)
05. "My Father’s Eyes” (Take 2)
06. "Worried Life Blues”

DVD Rehearsal Track List

01. "Signe”
02. "Before You Accuse Me”
03. "Hey Hey”
04. "Tears In Heaven”
05. "Circus”
06. "Lonely Stranger”
07. "Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out”
08. "Layla”
09. "My Father’s Eyes”
10. "Running On Faith”
11. "Walkin’ Blues”
12. "Alberta”
13. "San Francisco Bay Blues”
14. "Malted Milk”


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