Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - John Milward
Eric Clapton recorded "Layla" with players he met while touring as a superstar sideman with Delaney & Bonnie, with Bobby Whitlock on keyboards, Carl Radle on bass, and Jim Gordon on drums. But what makes these 1970 sessions truly memorable is the addition of guitarist Duane Allman. The title song, an anguished cry of love written to the wife of his friend George Harrison, remains an integral part of Clapton's repertoire and is equally memorable for its spiraling guitar riff as for the pastoral keyboards that supply the coda. But it's the inspired instrumental work of Clapton and Allman that made this a highlight in the career of both men. Clapton tears into a slow ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - John Milward
Eric Clapton recorded "Layla" with players he met while touring as a superstar sideman with Delaney & Bonnie, with Bobby Whitlock on keyboards, Carl Radle on bass, and Jim Gordon on drums. But what makes these 1970 sessions truly memorable is the addition of guitarist Duane Allman. The title song, an anguished cry of love written to the wife of his friend George Harrison, remains an integral part of Clapton's repertoire and is equally memorable for its spiraling guitar riff as for the pastoral keyboards that supply the coda. But it's the inspired instrumental work of Clapton and Allman that made this a highlight in the career of both men. Clapton tears into a slow blues identified with Freddie King, "Have You Ever Loved a Woman," while Allman adds an empathetic slide guitar to "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out." The guitarists pay deft tribute to Jimi Hendrix on a version of his "Little Wing" and rattle the rafters on a hard-rocking original, "Why Does Love Got to Be So Sad." The collection closes with "Thorn Tree in the Garden," a sweet ballad written and sung by Whitlock that's a breath of fresh air after a set that seethes with the blues.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/20/1996
  • Label: Polydor / Umgd
  • UPC: 731453182028
  • Catalog Number: 531820

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Derek & the Dominos Primary Artist
George Harrison Guitar
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, Keyboards, Vocals
Technical Credits
Ron Albert Engineer
The Dominoes Arranger, Producer
Tom Dowd Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Mac Emmerman Engineer
Chuck Kirkpatrick Engineer
Carl Richardson Engineer
Howie Albert Engineer
Tom Dows Executive Producer
Frandsen-De Schonberg Art Direction
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Only BN had this album within 300 miles of me

    You probably know the songs on this album if you're thinking of purchasing it. It is worth the purchase.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of Rock's Premier Albums

    Although most listeners will be primarily familiar with the title song, this CD offers a portfolio of some of rock's best compositions. Without question, Duane Allman, like Stevie Ray Vaughn, left this world before making the further contributions that most fans yearned for. Fortunately, we have this album featuring both Allman and Clapton at their best. Say what you will, the output may be a result of much alcohol and drug-induced creativity, but without question, Layla remains as an essential component of any rock collection. There are few albums that can boast of 77+ minutes of playing time with as many classic songs as this one. Layla (the song), though sometimes overplayed, maintains it's place as the 3-part song, filled with emotional vocals, vivid solos and Gordon's piano work. Yes, some songs CAN actually exceed 7 minutes in length and still hold your attention. (NOTE: put your headphones on and listen closely to Allman's slide work in the coda section of this song). My only regret is that the longer, instrumental version of "Tell the Truth", (from an OLD History of Eric Clapton record) is not included. Strongly recommended for any serious rock collector.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Clapton's masterpiece

    This one of my favorate albums and without a doubt my favorate Clapton album. The slide guitar by Duane Allman is great and Clapton is outstanding. If you like blues rock you will love this album. Way better than anything Clapton released during his later solo career. If you buy any Eric Clapton album get this one, every song on this album is good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    If you heartfelt music buy this one!

    In my opinion this is far & away Eric Clapton's best album. His passion for another man's wife drove him to new creative hights which is evident on the album. In every track, one can hear the man's pain & anguish for something he cannot have. If you are even a causual Clapton fan you MUST buy this one!!!!

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