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This was Clapton’s first album release after the tragic death of his son, Conor.
The unplugged series was just starting to gather momentum at the time, so a hungry public were keen to hear how Eric’s songs would hold up when stripped of slick studio production values. Clapton himself was baffled by the huge success of the album.
The obvious highlight is the heartbreaking Tears In Heaven, an elegy to his young son. That song, along with a reworked version of Layla, got most of the attention but, in reality, Unplugged was also a fine blues album. There are great versions of a number of blues classics including Robert Johnson’s Walkin’ Blues.