Revisit Highlights from Eric Clapton’s '24 Nights' 30 Years On

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Revisit Highlights from Eric Clapton’s '24 Nights' 30 Years On

Posted 11 Oct 2021
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Eric Clapton with Buddy Guy, Robert Cray & Jimmi Vaughan at the Royal Albert Hall. Photo by Martyn Goodacre/Getty Images.

30 years ago this month, Eric Clapton released the live album 24 Nights – an audio document of the 42 concerts he performed at the iconic Royal Albert Hall in London between 1990 and 1991, including his record-setting 24-night run between February 5 and March 19, 1991.

24 Nights features 15 songs recorded on various nights of that epic run at the Hall, with the tracklisting featuring Clapton originals alongside a selection of covers from various eras of his career. He kicks things off with the thunderous Cream track Badge, followed by the 1989 Journeyman track, Running on Faith, before hailing back to the Cream years for White Room and Sunshine of Your Love. 

Eric Clapton | ‘Running On Faith’ [24 Nights]

Eric Clapton | 'Sunshine of Your Love" 

From there, Clapton delivers stunning covers of Buddy Guy's Watch Yourself, Billy Myles' Have You Ever Loved a Woman, Big Maceo Merriweather's Worried Life, and Junior Wells' Hoodoo Man, with an all-star blues jam featuring four legendary guitarists –  Buddy Guy, Jimmie Vaughn, Robert Cray, and, of course, Clapton.

Eric Clapton | ‘Have You Ever Loved A Woman’ [24 Nights]

Moving onto a set of self-penned tracks, Clapton employs a nine-piece band for show-stopping performances of Bad Love, Old Love, Wonderful Tonight, Bell Bottom Blues, and Edge of Darkness. There's also a great take on Ray Charles' Hard Times in the final trilogy of tracks.

Eric Clapton | ‘Hard Times’ [24 Nights]

24 Nights is a truly authentic capture of the Clapton concert experience. It may not have been a huge seller upon its initial release, and its existence was somewhat overshadowed by Clapton's career-defining MTV Unplugged performance in 1992, but it's well worth another spin on its 30th anniversary. 

Eric Clapton | ‘Bad Love’ [24 Nights]

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