Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs [Bonus Disc]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Wishing to escape the superstar expectations that sank Blind Faith before it was launched, Eric Clapton retreated with several sidemen from Delaney & Bonnie to record the material that would form Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs. From these meager beginnings grew his greatest album. Duane Allman joined the band shortly after recording began, and his spectacular slide guitar pushed Clapton to new heights. Then again, Clapton may have gotten there without him, considering the emotional turmoil he was in during the recording. He was in hopeless, unrequited love with Patti Boyd, the wife of his best friend, George Harrison, and that pain surges throughout ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Wishing to escape the superstar expectations that sank Blind Faith before it was launched, Eric Clapton retreated with several sidemen from Delaney & Bonnie to record the material that would form Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs. From these meager beginnings grew his greatest album. Duane Allman joined the band shortly after recording began, and his spectacular slide guitar pushed Clapton to new heights. Then again, Clapton may have gotten there without him, considering the emotional turmoil he was in during the recording. He was in hopeless, unrequited love with Patti Boyd, the wife of his best friend, George Harrison, and that pain surges throughout Layla, especially on its epic title track. But what really makes Layla such a powerful record is that Clapton, ignoring the traditions that occasionally painted him into a corner, simply tears through these songs with burning, intense emotion. He makes standards like "Have You Ever Loved a Woman" and "Nobody Knows You (When You're Down and Out)" into his own, while his collaborations with Bobby Whitlock -- including "Any Day" and "Why Does Love Got to Be So Sad?" -- teem with passion. And, considering what a personal album Layla is, it's somewhat ironic that the lovely coda "Thorn Tree in the Garden" is a solo performance by Whitlock, and that the song sums up the entire album as well as "Layla" itself. [In 2011, Layla was released with a bonus disc of outtakes, B-sides, and new remixes.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/26/2011
  • Label: Polydor / Umgd
  • UPC: 600753314296
  • Catalog Number: 001535302
  • Sales rank: 9,761

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Derek & the Dominos Primary Artist
George Harrison Guitar, Vocals
Dave Mason Guitar, Vocals
Jim Gordon Percussion, Piano, Drums
Albhy Galuten Piano
Duane Allman Guitar
Eric Clapton Guitar, Vocals
Carl Radle Bass, Percussion
Bobby Whitlock Organ, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Technical Credits
Willie Dixon Composer
Carl Perkins Composer
Leon Russell Composer
Chuck Willis Composer
Phil Spector Producer
Jim Gordon Composer
Ron Albert Engineer
Thom Cadley Remixing
Eric Clapton Composer
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup Composer
Derek & the Dominos Producer
Tom Dowd Producer, Executive Producer
Mac Emmerman Engineer
Chuck Kirkpatrick Engineer
Jimi Hendrix Composer
John Jansen Remixing
Andy Johns Engineer, Remixing
Phil McDonald Engineer
Karl Richardson Engineer
Bobby Whitlock Composer
Ellen Fitton Mastering
Billy Myles Composer
Howie Albert Engineer
Steve Chadie Engineer
Frandsen-De Schonberg Cover Painting
Walter Jacobs Composer
Charles Segar Composer
EJ Devokaitis Photo Courtesy
Matt Read Art Direction
The Dominos Arranger, Producer
Jimmie Cox Composer
Willie Broonzy Composer
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  • Posted May 16, 2011

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    The best rock album ever recorded? Possibly

    Duane Allman set fire to Eric Clapton's guitar, and the rest of the Dominos followed. If you had to bring 1 album with you to wherever you were going, this is it.

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  • Posted April 1, 2011

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    Clapton Paying The Cost To Be The Boss

    It's hard to believe that when "Layla" first came out in 1971, it was greeted with mixed reviews and lackluster sales. Forty years later, nearly everyone regards it as Eric Clapton's masterpiece. Coming off the success of Cream and Blind Faith, Clapton wanted to escape into the blues and into a new persona. Thus he created Derek and The Dominos. They only made one album together but what a record. A record that featured not only Clapton but Southern slide guitarist extraordinaire Duane Allman and the equally adept Bobby Whitlock. They created a remarkably fluid blues album which remains unmatched to this day. This didn't come without some baggage, mind you. Although there is no "behind the scenes" stories included in the booklet, one can imagine that the atmosphere in the studio was fueled by tension, alcohol and drugs, lots of drugs. Tension because Clapton was head over heels in love with Patty Boyd who happened to be married to his best friend, George Harrison. Alcohol and drugs, mostly heroin, to which Clapton would become hopelessly addicted to for the next several years. If this was what they call "living the blues", Clapton and his bandmates would pay for it in many ways. Then there's the music, which remains fantastic. "Layla" is probably one of the few albums where the band's original material sounds just as great as their cover tunes. "Bell Bottom Blues", one of the many songs Clapton wrote about Patty Boyd, sounds just fine near the Bessie Smith cover, "Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out". Clapton's tribute to Jimi Hendrix in "Little Wing" is among the most heartfelt tunes here. And then, of course, there's the title track with Clapton literally pouring his heart out to Patty Boyd and playing dueling slide guitars with Allman. The second disc features a Phil Spector-produced version of "Tell The Truth" as well as some top-notch cuts from their never-completed second album and a guest appearance on "The Johnny Cash Show". By the time "Layla" did become a hit, Duane Allman was already dead; he was killed in a motorcycle crash. Bass guitarist Carl Radle would later die from alcohol and drug abuse. Clapton's heroin addiction would turn him into a virtual recluse for the next three years; his girlfriend at the time would try to help him but she became addicted, too, and would later die in poverty. Clapton would eventually kick the heroin habit and marry Patty Boyd but, just the same, that relationship would end badly with the death of his son, Connor, and the revelation of an illegitimate child. And most tragic of all, Jim Gordon, the drummer whose piano riff became the impetus for the title track, would kill his mother in a schizophrenic rage and be sent to a mental institution. Many years ago, there was a biography of Jim Morrison titled, "No One Here Gets Out Alive". That could very well have been the title of this album. Because it's hard not to think of what happened to Derek and The Dominos while listening to this record, as magnificent as it is.

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