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Album Review

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.]

Customer Reviews

Absolutely amazing

This just has me in awe. I have been sitting here listening to it while trying to read and I can't even concentrate on what I am reading. I just keep getting wrapped up in the music. These live cuts are Clapton at his best. I bought the album for $34.99 and it was worth every penny. If you aren't sure about buying it, just listen the the live stuff near the bottom. You will be sold too. I am not sure how you can make a classic better, but you just did.

Patty Boyd Inspired Rock n Roll

Man Patty Boyd must have been an incredible women, the muse for several top rockers but most notably George Harrison and his best friend Eric Clapton (if don't know the story, take the time and look it up). When Cream blew up,Clapton played with Blind Faith, Delaney, Bonnie and Friends, some solo work but when he came together for that brief, magical period of time with Bobby Whitlock, Carl Radle, Jim Gordon and finally for some of the sweetest slide guitar on record, Duane Allman it was as if the rock n roll stars aligned perfectly. Though they only produced one studio album, Layla is an incredible testimony to their amazing talents, especially Slow Hand himself. Thank you Gentlemen for this timeless Rock classic. Oh, and at first I balked at the price, but do your self a favor, save some bucks if necessary and buy this album. First, it's beautifully remastered and the included live stuff is absolutely first rate. Enjoy it my friends!


Is a bargain for over 4 hours of music that showcases two of the greatest guitarists ever.


Formed: 1970 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s

Derek & the Dominos was a group formed by guitarist/singer Eric Clapton (born Eric Patrick Clapp, March 30, 1945, Ripley, Surrey, England) with other former members of Delaney & Bonnie & Friends, in the spring of 1970. The rest of the lineup was Bobby Whitlock (b. 1948, Memphis, TN) (keyboards, vocals), Carl Radle (b. 1942, Oklahoma City, OK -- d. May 30, 1980) (bass), and Jim Gordon (b. 1945, Los Angeles) (drums). The group debuted at the Lyceum Ballroom in London on June 14 and undertook a summer...
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