many other fellow musicians, Eric Clapton had to cancel some concerts
last year and this year due to the Corona pandemic and the lockdown.
Still, to give his fans something to look forward to, the British singer
and guitarist instead met up with his band, bassist and backing
vocalist Nathan East, drummer Steve Gadd and keyboardist Chris Stainton,
at Cowdray House in West Sussex, England, to record what was originally
planned as a sort of sequel to his hit 1992 album "MTV Unplugged": his
new concert album "The Lady In The Balcony: Lockdown Sessions".
For this intimate gig, only the participants themselves were present while the cameras and recording equipment were rolling.
the band recorded 17 songs for the record, acoustic interpretations of
their own pieces and a number of other numbers from blues, rock and
country. Included are Clapton originals like "Layla" and "Tears In
Heaven," "After Midnight," "Bell Bottom Blues," "Nobody Knows You When
You're Down And Out" and "Key To The Highway," blues standards like
"Rock Me Baby" and cover versions of songs that have influenced Mr.
Slowhand throughout his career, for example the Feetwood Mac songs
"Black Magic Woman" and "Man Of The World" from the Peter Green era. The
full track listing of "The Lady In The Balcony: Lockdown Sessions" can
be found below.
The whole thing was recorded under the direction of Clapton's longtime
Grammy Award-winning producer Russ Titelman (James Taylor, George
Harrison, Brian Wilson, Randy Newman, Rickie Lee Jones), who had already
produced "MTV Unplugged"
"The Lady In The Balcony: Lockdown Sessions" will be released in a
variety of formats: as a standard CD, DVD or Blu-ray, as a set with CD
and DVD or CD and Blu-ray, on Blu-ray + Ultra HD Blu-ray and as a set
with CD, DVD and Blu-ray, packaged in a 40-page, 12ʺ × 12ʺ hardcover
photo book. Record fans can look forward to the double CD on Black vinyl
and the limited edition double LP on Translucent Yellow vinyl.