First re-release of the sixth official live album by legendary British Blues Rock guitarist and singer.
"Unplugged" was recorded at Bray Studios, England in front of an audience for the MTV Unplugged television series.
It includes a version of the successful 1991 single "Tears in Heaven" (first time recorded here) and an acoustic version of "Layla". In addition to the final album tracks, the performance included early versions of "My Father's Eyes" and "Circus Left Town" along with "Worried Life Blues" and a version of "Rollin' and Tumblin'", which he had last performed with Cream.
Clapton played Martin 000-42 acoustic guitars for much of the performance, and in 2004, one of the guitars sold for $791,500 (£434,400) in auction.
"Unplugged" gets some of the best reviews in Clapton's career. The album renewed the public's interest in Clapton, and boosted his popularity. With "Unplugged", Clapton was nominated for nine Grammy Awards at the 35th Annual Grammy Awards in 1993 and won six, including "Record of the Year", "Album of the Year", "Song of the Year", "Best Pop Vocal Performance - Male", "Best Rock Vocal Performance - Male", and "Best Rock Song". Although "Tears in Heaven" also earned three Grammy Awards, it was the version from Rush that the judges awarded.
In Germany, the album peaked at #3 in the German Albums Chart and sold a total of 1.25 million copies, becoming one of the best-selling albums in Germany. In Austria, "Unplugged" held itself 46 weeks in the Austrian Albums Chart and sold more than 100,000 copies in total. In Switzerland, the album also reached #3 in the country's chart. Selling 60,000 copies in the first two weeks, the live album was certified Silver by the British Phonographic Industry – a record for any British artist. In the U.S., the album peaked at number one, getting Diamond certigication with selling over 10, 000, 000 copies.
All in all, "Unplugged" became the bestselling live album of all time, as well as Clapton's bestselling album, with 26, 000, 000 copies sold worldwide!
Gatefold double 180 g vinyl.
MTV Networks/Reprise Records, A Warner Music Group Company, 1992/2011 (9362-49869-3). Made in Germany.
one: Signe 3:13
two: Before You Accuse Me 3:44
three: Hey Hey 3:16
four: Tears In Heaven 4:36
one: Lonely Stranger 5:27
two: Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out 3:49
three: Layla 4:46
four: Running On Faith 6:30
one: Walkin' Blues 3:37
two: Alberta 3:42
three: San Francisco Bay Blues 3:23
one: Malted Milk 3:36
two: Old Love 7:52
three: Rollin' And Tumblin' 4:12
Total playing time: 61:43 min.