24 Feb 23
Eric Clapton’s “The Lady In The Balcony” will be released as a series of limited edition color vinyl variants around the world in the coming months by Mercury Studios.
In the US, a limited edition 2LP pressed on clear vinyl will be available exclusively from Target on April 21. It can already be pre-ordered at Target.com.
A clear edition will also be available from Sunrise in Canada. The UK will have an exclusive creamy white 2LP, while Germany will have a gold 2LP. Other global territories will have a grey variant.
More news on the other variants and release dates as it becomes available.
Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out
Black Magic Woman
Man of the World
Bell Bottom Blues
Key to the Highway
River of Tears
Rock Me Baby
Believe in Life
Going Down Slow
Tears in Heaven
Long Distance Call
Got My Mojo Working
About “Eric Clapton: The Lady In The Balcony”
Overseen by Eric’s legendary longtime Grammy-winning producer Russ Titelman and recorded live at Cowdray House in West Sussex, England, the performance finds Clapton and company revisiting like “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 at the Royal Albert Hall due to the continued disruption caused by the pandemic. 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.