ERIC CLAPTON – ” Lockdown Sessions “

Posted: October 26, 2021 in MUSIC
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Eric Clapton has announced a new live album, recorded during lockdown, “The Lady in the Balcony: Lockdown Sessions“. The collection of 17 songs include mostly acoustic renditions of such classics as “Layla” and “Bell Bottom Blues,” performed with his long time bandmates Nathan East (bass and vocals), Steve Gadd (drums) and Chris Stainton (keyboards).

The recording was overseen by Clapton’s longtime Grammy-winning producer Russ Titelman and was recorded live at Cowdray House in West Sussex, England. The performance features Clapton standards and an assortment of other numbers encompassing blues, country and rarified originals.

In February 2021 Eric Clapton’s live shows at The Royal Albert Hall were cancelled due to the global pandemic. Determined to play, he brought his band together in the English countryside. In the absence of a live audience, he decided to record the performances.

The title arrives on November 12th, 2021, via Mercury Studios on multiple formats. Watch the official trailer and their performance of several favourites, including “Black Magic Woman” and “After Midnight,” below.

The Lady in the Balcony: Lockdown Sessions also offers versions of songs that had a profound effect on his career and those of his contemporaries including the Peter Green-era Fleetwood Mac tracks “Black Magic Woman” and “Man of the World.”

He reconvened with his band to the English countryside and staged a concert in the presence of only the participants themselves while letting the cameras roll. The mostly acoustic set was envisioned to be like an Eric Clapton Unplugged II, but not quite, as three songs are played with electric guitars.

Performing acoustic renditions of Clapton standards and an assortment of other numbers encompassing blues, country and rarified originals. Recorded live at Cowdray House in West Sussex, England, the performance finds Clapton and company revisiting such timeless classics as “After Midnight,” “Layla,” “Bell Bottom Blues,” “Tears in Heaven,” “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out” and “Key to the Highway.” In addition to revisiting some of Eric’s best-loved selections from his own extensive repertoire, Clapton and crew also offer their own versions of songs that had a profound effect on his career and those of his contemporaries including the Peter Green-era Fleetwood Mac tracks “Black Magic Woman” and “Man of the World.” 

The project was initiated as the result of the forced cancellation of Eric’s concerts scheduled for May 2021 Looking for a viable alternative and hoping to keep his options open, he reconvened with his band to the English countryside and staged a concert in the presence of only the participants themselves while letting the cameras roll. (Eric’s wife, Melia, the sole outside observer inspired the Sessions title.) The mostly acoustic set was envisioned to be like an “Eric Clapton Unplugged II,” but not quite, as three songs are played with electric guitars. The result became far more than simply a sequence of greatest hits. Rather, it’s one of the most intimate and authentic performances of his entire career, an offering flush with real insight into the make-up of his indelible catalogue. Eric Clapton “The Lady in the Balcony: Lockdown Sessions”

Eric Clapton returns with a remarkable new release, “The Lady In The Balcony: Lockdown Sessions” on November 12th. Available via Mercury Studios 

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