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Eric Clapton - Unplugged

4.7 out of 5 stars 75 customer reviews

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Eric Clapton performs a live acoustic set for the MTV unplugged series which features a slow version of 'Layla'.

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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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Product Details

  • 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: Italian (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Unknown (Dolby Digital 5.1), Unknown (PCM Stereo)
  • 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 (75 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6304498969
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,457 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Eric Clapton - Unplugged" on IMDb

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By J. M. Jacobs VINE VOICE on 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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By A Customer on 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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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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My husband mentioned one time that he would really enjoy having this video. I took it to heart, looked it up and ordered it for one of his Christmas presents. He was thrilled and immediately set up the video machine. It is really a good quality.
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Eric Clapton is an incomparable musician. It is nice to hear him playing acoustic guitars for a change. I really like the Blues, so the selection of music pleased me very much. The musicians who accompanied him in this performance were all excellent.
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This is a true classic video performance. I would say it is his best performance I have seen on video. I put my headphones on via the laptop computer, turn out the lights, and get lost in the performance for an hour. Truly outstanding if you are an Eric Clapton fan, maybe even if you're not.
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I'm a guitar player, and I bought this in hopes of seeing exactly how Eric plays these arrangements and to try to separate what he plays from what the second guitarist does. I was not disappointed! The camera angles allow you to quickly identify exactly what is being played and by whom. Providing that you are advanced enough, as a player, you cannot find a better tutorial!

For all you non-picking Clapton fans, this performance is not to be missed. And if you have good audio for your DVD playback, or surround sound, you will be amazed at the quality, and feel as if Eric in the room with you. I could have used a few more stars!
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I am a Clapton Fan (as my username shows), and I've enjoyed his music for a very long time. This acoustic video is a good collection of thoughtful songs, and includes the slower version of Layla. Although many don't like this version, it does show that a song well written can be adapted to multiple styles of play. There is no mistake when you hear Clapton play acoustically or electrically. You know his fretwork from the opening riffs.
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