15 Songs, 1 Hour 45 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Recorded live at the Royal Albert Hall in 1990 and 1991 and originally conceived as a double vinyl album, 24 Nights splits Clapton’s stage show into four concepts. Each idea was given its own night in the original run of concerts: a four-piece band (tracks 1 to 4), an all-star blues jam (tracks 5 to 8), a nine-piece band (tracks 9 to 12), and a band backed by The National Philharmonic Orchestra (tracks 13 to 15). It wouldn’t be wrong to say the sides represent a progressive escalation of intensity. Even though the thunderous Cream tracks come first, they can’t compare to the jolt of the blues jam, which includes four legendary guitarists: Buddy Guy, Jimmie Vaughn, Robert Cray, and Clapton. Still, the set becomes most interesting in its second half. The nine-piece band brings breadth and dimension to “Bad Love” and “Wonderful Tonight,” but the showstopper is the trilogy of “Bell Bottom Blues,” “Hard Times," and “Edge of Darkness.” These are the songs in which Clapton seems most in the moment as guitarist and vocalist, and the songs' emotional release is particularly moving considering Clapton would lose his four-year-old son just weeks after these performances were recorded.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Recorded live at the Royal Albert Hall in 1990 and 1991 and originally conceived as a double vinyl album, 24 Nights splits Clapton’s stage show into four concepts. Each idea was given its own night in the original run of concerts: a four-piece band (tracks 1 to 4), an all-star blues jam (tracks 5 to 8), a nine-piece band (tracks 9 to 12), and a band backed by The National Philharmonic Orchestra (tracks 13 to 15). It wouldn’t be wrong to say the sides represent a progressive escalation of intensity. Even though the thunderous Cream tracks come first, they can’t compare to the jolt of the blues jam, which includes four legendary guitarists: Buddy Guy, Jimmie Vaughn, Robert Cray, and Clapton. Still, the set becomes most interesting in its second half. The nine-piece band brings breadth and dimension to “Bad Love” and “Wonderful Tonight,” but the showstopper is the trilogy of “Bell Bottom Blues,” “Hard Times," and “Edge of Darkness.” These are the songs in which Clapton seems most in the moment as guitarist and vocalist, and the songs' emotional release is particularly moving considering Clapton would lose his four-year-old son just weeks after these performances were recorded.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
56 Ratings

56 Ratings

emubob ,

My favourite album of all time


I first heard this album in the early nineties and was blown away. It is simply superb. This year I had the pleasure of seeing Eric at the Royal Albert Hall and it was similarly phenomenal. Listen carefully and imagine yourself in the best concert venue on the planet.

jeff bumgardner ,

The Best!!

I too have played the hell out of this cd. Probably my favorite cd in my extensive collection. Dim the lights, close your eyes and kick back to "Old Love". Thirteen minutes of the finest music ever put on cd. I could play it over and over. Eric Clapton is a genius!!

Mickey_Bickey ,

Pure awesomeness!

Every single song on this album is done so exquisitely! Eric Clapton is actually better live, and there's just not a lot of artists out there that you can say that about! He's exceptional, and every song on this album is passionate and deep! I especially love Bell Bottom Blues, Running on Faith and Edge of Darkness, but they're all great! I bought this album originally when it was released in 1991, and I'm so glad I found it here on iTunes! I'm purchasing it again for my ipod! Can't go wrong!

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