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Eric Clapton - Unplugged (1992)

Eric Clapton , Nathan East , Milton Lage  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Eric Clapton, Nathan East, Steve Ferrone, Chuck Leavell, Andy Fairweather Low
  • Directors: Milton Lage
  • Producers: Alex Coletti, Audrey Johns, Joel Gallen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: Unknown (Dolby Digital 5.1), Unknown (PCM Stereo), Italian (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Reprise / Wea
  • DVD Release Date: May 21, 1997
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6304498969
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,239 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Eric Clapton - Unplugged" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

This laid-back, live, intimate session featuring Eric Clapton's bluesy guitar playing is quite enjoyable--if a bit limited in scope. With little lighting and frills and a small group backing him up, Clapton picks up his acoustic guitar and leads the listener down memory lane. Clapton is clearly on his best behavior as he engages in minimal small talk with his audience and lets the music speak for itself. The erstwhile Yardbird and former member of Cream and Blind Faith riffs through some dozen-plus songs including "Before You Accuse Me," "Tears in Heaven," "Walkin' Blues," "Alberta," "San Francisco Bay Blues" (in which Clapton thankfully cuts loose a bit), and his great hits "Layla" (written for his ex-wife, Patti Boyd Harrison) and "Old Love," a standard that garnered big applause. But the simple set and sparse stage can barely contain the energy that fills the arena when Clapton launches into "Rollin' and Tumblin'," a raucous, rousing bit of blues that Clapton is certainly still up for. This video is primarily for Clapton's most ardent fans, providing some heartfelt, soulful instrumental prowess in addition to an aging British rocker singing the blues as well as a white guy can. --Paula Nechak

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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clapton's True Nature Revealed September 21, 2005
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What does it mean to be a musician? I love music of many kinds but unfortunately for me I don't understand its structure, and so I can't seem to figure out how to play. I am a person who constantly has a song running through his head, I breathe in time to music, so music is very much a part of me. That's why it's fortunate for all of us who don't play that there are musicians like Eric Clapton.

Ever since this disc was recorded not too long after the death of his son, Clapton has done some work that is "uneven" as the critics would say. It's like the Monty Python Contractual Obligation Album - I did it because I had to. He cranks out a lot of albums so it's natural - given that volume - that some will not be stellar quality.

Not the case here. In these songs, you see Clapton's heart laid bare. There's "Tears in Heaven" - the song dedicated to his son who was killed in a tragic fall from a terrace in a high rise apartment building, an acoustic version of "Layla" that will surprise you with its appeal given the difference from the famous one you're already familiar with, there are several Robert Johnson tunes - from Clapton's idol and major influence, and some other songs that all just blend together like threads in a colorful fabric. Nothing seems out of place: the choice of songs, their sequence, the backup musicians... This overall character gives this DVD a certain listenable quality that makes you drag it out and throw it in fairly often. I can't seem to tire of it.

At the time it came out, I was designing and selling high end Home Theatre and Music systems, and after hearing and seeing this disc at a Custom Electronic Design And Installation (CEDIA) convention, I picked up a copy to use in demonstrations for my clients.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clapton at his Very Best!! August 8, 1999
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I love Clapton's music new and old. The soul in this accoustic, beautifully engineered recording is my idea of Clapton at his very best. I would love to see more live performances recorded this way. I owned the CD version of this for many years before the DVD came out. It was a great pleasure to experience the concert as if I was there.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clapton is always doing the right thing February 25, 2007
This 1992 MTV Unplugged video is something everybody should watch at least once in a lifetime. Now that the standard for good music is set really low, a Clapton Unplugged DVD is something that can calm down stressed ears. (I mean, what is hiphop, rap, punk, emocore, and other bad stuff doing on top of the charts?)

The band is doing really good in this video; Clapton's acoustic guitar bluesstyle playing is incredible; Chuck Leavell's keyboards are subtle but quite meaningfull (I place his piano solos here among my favorite one's); Nathan East is always perfect; Ray Cooper and Ferrone on Perc/Drums do it fine and precisely and Andy F. Low is the 2nd guitar player on Clapton's bands I enjoy the most (like him better than Doyle Bramhall II, but not as much as Derek Trucks in the current EC Tour).

Acoustic versions by Eric Clapton: can anything be better than this for a quiet, rainy day with the one you love?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Forerunner Of 'Unplugged' Concerts June 12, 2009
This still ranks as one of Eric Clapton's best and most pleasant "concerts."

I remember seeing this when it was first televised on TV. Later, it was a pleasure to get it on DVD after watching it on tape for several years. The concert always is enjoyable to watch and listen to, no matter many times I view it.

This is a nice mellow-sounding concert and most of the songs grow on you. It's presented in such a classy form that it provides something different: blues/rock 'n roll in a quieter format. This was so successful that other performers copied it with their "unplugged" concerts.

There are many familiar faces with Clapton here and I particularly enjoyed Chuck Leavell on keyboard. On "Old Love," he gives one of the better piano solos I've ever heard. Leavell is best-known as the keyboard man for the Rolling Stones. Meanwhile, percussionist Ray Cooper is the most fun guy to watch. It's doubtful a drummer ever had as much fun as he does in concerts, especially when he's showing off with the tambourine.

All the band members from Clapton on down look like nice guys who are thoroughly enjoying themselves in this concert.....and it shows in the music.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars clapton = really really good February 25, 2007
this comment is a little shout out to K. Tarin "2hard2please2bad" ... all i have to say is... shut - up. OOoo, mister 300 concerts. wow. i am really impressed. Eric Clapton is amazing, and there is no gettin around that. maybe you dont like his tunes, i'm not sure, but there is no denying his talent. tense? you thought he was tense? no sir...he was singing like there was no one watching! and his solos were awesome (for example -- layla or old love. both great solos). he has excellent guitar skills all around -- original and well played. and his voice is amazing, as well as his lyrics.
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Songs are great, video encoding was done so-so December 2, 1999
I'm a fan of Eric Clapton. The latest "with friend" concert DVD is well done. For this one, it's also a classic but if you own the latest gadgets (DTS, DRC TV, etc), then... probably could wait for a DTS version :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Acoustic Eric June 12, 2008
I happen to like Blues and especially when a master guitarist like Eric picks up an acoustic guitar and slows everything down to almost ballad tempo. He gently allows the blues in his life to come forth as beautiful music that eveyone can appreciate.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The master at work on acoustic guitar
This is the video of MTV's Unplugged show of an acoustic show, without the voice-over comments or interviews, and a couple of extra songs. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Brett Bydairk
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Pleasantly surprised by the quality of this intimate performance.
Published 1 month ago by George W Crump Jr
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by lcjvs
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The absolute Best
Published 2 months ago by Evelyne Miller
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good dvd
Published 3 months ago by RDF
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent DVD!
Published 3 months ago by Alan Alves Pereira
5.0 out of 5 stars Great bargain on a classic performance
I had seen this performance a couple of times and decided I wanted to own it. I was not disappointed when I viewed it again. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Joel H. Robins
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic
This is just something that any fan of EC or any person that loves good guitar, acoustic or electric, can love to listen to and watch over and over for years to come. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Frank
5.0 out of 5 stars A Genius
I love it. Nothing more than a genius, his cappacity to produce music is incredible.Don't hesitate to acquire this. Simply excellent.
Published 10 months ago by NORMAN TATE BONINO
3.0 out of 5 stars For your listening pleasure...
As much as I love this CD, which I listen to frequently, I have to say that the DVD is something of a disappointment. It's just a little too static and dry. Read more
Published 11 months ago by pinkhighway
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With the current technology, it should have been released. Still waiting impatiently.
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