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Eric Clapton has often stated that JJ Cale is one of the single most important figures in rock history, a sentiment echoed by many of his fellow musicians. Cale’s influence on Clapton was profound, and his influence on many more of today’s artists cannot be overstated. To honor JJ’s legacy, a year after his passing, Clapton gathered a group of like-minded friends and ... Read more in Amazon's Eric Clapton Store

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  • Vinyl
  • Label: REPRISE
  • ASIN: B001EWFIQO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
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Tracklisting. 1.Badge 2.Running On Faith 3.White Room 4.Sunshine Of Your Love 5.Watch Yourself 6.Have You Ever Loved A Woman 7.Worried Life Blues 8.Hoodoo Man Record 2 1.Pretending 2.Bad Love 3.Old Love 4.Wonderful Tonight 5.Bell Bottom Blues 6.Hard Times 7.Edge Of Darkness Back to main menu »24 Nights 2xCD Reprise Records, 1991 Review Here's something for the Clapton fan who enjoys hearing him play in all manner of contexts. On this two-CD set, recorded over a 24-night stand at London's Albert Hall, Clapton performs with a stripped-down four-piece band; a more lushly arranged nonet, an all-star blues lineup featuring stellar guitarists Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, and Jimmie Vaughan as well as legendary pianist Johnnie Johnson; and a full orchestra conducted by Michael Kamen. Most fans will find the blues segment the most endearing, but the album proves that Clapton is a blues-rock master who can excel in almost any setting.

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Eric Clapton's Live Cd's are always the best.
Zeke Warren
The songs include, Pretending, Bad Love, Old Love, and Wonderful Tonight.
Michael Wheeler
Very good to hear live versions of Cream songs.
Graham J. Banfield

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By facls@uol.com.br on September 28, 1998
Format: Audio CD
This is Eric's best solo live album. It has a great selection of songs, and the band backs him up perfectly. His blues band, with Buddy Guy and Robert Cray, plays incredibly, especially in Watch Yourself. He plays great versions of Cream songs, especially Badge, and from his Journeyman album, particularly Pretending. This CD has his best version of Wonderful Tonight, with beautiful backup singing by Katie Kisson, who is great in Bell Bottom Blues, too. There's also Hard Times, one of his favorite songs, and his heartfelt version is wonderful. Heart of Darkness is an odd choice to be in the CD, but it's good too. All in all, a must-have.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Docendo Discimus on June 6, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Seeing how this album only has fifteen tracks, I think it's safe to say that not all of Eric Clapton's 24 Royal Albert Hall performances are represented.

Never mind, though. "24 Nights" is still worthwhile, even if it is a far cry from the gritty and powerful "Eric Clapton's Rainbow Concert" from '73.
Recorded in 1990 and 1991, "24 Nights" draws from material recorded through his entire career, and the listener has plenty of opportunities to complain about the songs that aren't here.
But let us focus on what is here instead. The man from Surrey draws no less than five songs from his then-current studio album "Journeyman", and all of them work well in this live setting, souning a little less polished than they do on the studio recordings. Especially "Pretending", which comes off slick and over-produced on "Journeyman", but rocks reasonably well here.

The first four songs are recorded with Eric Clapton's touring band (bass, drums, keyboards and Clapton himself), and they come of a little bit bland at times.
Of course I'm always looking for more grit and more real blues riffing in Clapton's playing, rather than just extended soloing, and "24 Nights" doesn't really deliver too much of that, but that is not to say that the arrangements are bad, and Clapton was never too big on the blooze-and-boogie-stuff anyway.
Still, I much prefer the next four tracks, which are recorded with Robert Cray and Chicago blues king Buddy Guy. The two additional guitars make for a richer sound, and lend a real blues-rock feel to "Watch Yourself". The slow, groovy renditions of "Hoodoo Man", and "Worried Life Blues" fare pretty well, too, but I don't know if we really need yet another version of "Have Your Ever Loved A Woman".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 25, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I attended two of the Albert Hall performances that feature on this recording (one blues and one orchestral) and can state that even with my modest hi-fi equipment, the atmopsphere and ambience of the live performances shine through on the album. My only regret is that the orchestra backed version of 'Layla' didn't feature on the album.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brian J. Sleeman on April 3, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Clapton played the Royal Albert Hall several times in 1989, 90, and 91. Most of those shows were professionally recorded for this album, and after the death of Eric's son, Conor, in 1991, he went into a sort of seclusion, leaving the decisions about this album to the producers.
The result? An album that compiles a nice little collection of performances but for some nonsensical reason leaves off some of his best from that run. Perhaps my favorite version of "Layla" came from these shows, with a long, orchestral-dressed opening leading into a fiery performance true to the original recording. Also gone is a marvelous performance of "Cocaine," perhaps the greatest version of "Holy Mother" he ever played, and "I Shot the Sheriff," which was performed with a mesmerizing solo that led to a giant climax - certainly his best ever performances of that song as well. All that is gone.
But all is not lost. "Badge," "Bell Bottom Blues," and "Have You Ever Loved a Woman" are reason enough to buy this album. The version of "Wonderful Tonight" released here is an edited version of the live performances (which is too bad, because the unedited version was outstanding), but is still good, albeit about the millionth live release of "Wonderful Tonight" the public has seen.
I usually stop "Sunshine of Your Love" about 5 minutes into the song, I really don't see much of a point to that agonizing drum solo. I do have to give the producers a hand for this edit, however, because the original live performance of this one was usually about 15 minutes long, with an annoying chant and crowd interaction sequence following that drum solo.
Overall, still definitely a must-have.
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The premise of Eric Clapton's live double compact disc, `24 Nights,' to quote Derek Taylor's liner notes, was an undertaking "to celebrate his (Clapton's) music at the Royal Albert Hall over 24 nights with first a four-piece band and then a nine-piece and then a batch of blues giants and finally a mighty orchestra..." For any fan of rock, but especially for fans of Eric Clapton, there is lot to like about `24 Nights.'

Recorded live in 1990 and 1991 at about the same time as Clapton's studio release, `Journeyman,' `24 Nights' includes classics such as `Badge,' `White Room,' and `Sunshine of Your Love' recorded with the four-piece band, blues standards `Have You Ever Loved A Woman' and `Hoodoo Man' with the blues band, `Pretending' and `Bad Love' with the more contemporary nine-piece band, and `Bell Bottom Blues' with the National Philharmonic Orchestra.

As one would expect, many of the musicians with whom Clapton surrounds himself are legends in their own right. The various line-ups feature such Phil Collins, Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, Jimmy Vaughn, and Johnnie Johnson. There are quite a few names familiar to the fans of "Eric Clapton and His Band" releases and tours, including Greg Phillinganes, Nathan East, and Ray Cooper. Even Jamie Oldaker, who was a part of Clapton's bands during the 1970's and early 1980's on the studio release `Backless,' among others, is the percussionist for the `24 Nights' blues band.

Each of the bands produce a sound that combines both Clapton's blues and "Cream-y" roots as well as Clapton's mature and confident style reminiscent of the more recent Clapton releases. The `Sunshine of Your Love' track is the Clapton/Bruce/Baker edition on steroids.
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