Derek and The Dominos – Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs (1970/2011)
– 40th Anniversary Deluxe DCD Edition
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 2:14:57 minutes | 3,22 GB | Genre: Rock
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The 40th Anniversary hi-res release of one of the most celebrated albums in rock history features over two hours of music, including live performances, unreleased recordings, and new mixes.
This album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2000.
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*The ﬁrst-ever release of the fully-produced studio version “Got To Get Better In A Little While.”
*The previously unreleased jam for “Got To Get Better In A Little While.”
*Four performances from the band’s 1970 appearance on The Johnny Cash Show, including a take of “Matchbox Blues” with Cash and Carl Perkins.
*The Layla session out-take “Mean Old World”: the legendary acoustic duet performed by Eric Clapton and Duane Allman.
*Two bonus tracks produced by Phil Spector: “Tell the Truth” and “Roll It Over.”
…a rare thing in supergroups, a marquee combo with true superpowers: modern-blues virtuosity charged with the exultant lust and anguish of Southern R&B. -David Fricke, Rolling Stone, March 2011
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 tour of England. From late August to early October, they recorded the celebrated double album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs (November 1970) with guitarist Duane Allman sitting in. They then returned to touring in England and the U.S., playing their final date on December 6.
The Layla album was successful in the U.S., where “Bell Bottom Blues” and the title song charted as singles in abbreviated versions, but it did not chart in the U.K. The Dominos reconvened to record a second album in May 1971, but split up without completing it. Clapton then retired from the music business, nursing a heroin addiction.
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.
CD1 #01 – I Looked Away
CD1 #02 – Bell Bottom Blues
CD1 #03 – Keep On Growing
CD1 #04 – Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out
CD1 #05 – I Am Yours
CD1 #06 – Anyday
CD1 #07 – Key To The Highway
CD1 #08 – Tell The Truth
CD1 #09 – Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad?
CD1 #10 – Have You Ever Loved A Woman?
CD1 #11 – Little Wing
CD1 #12 – It’s Too Late
CD1 #13 – Layla
CD1 #14 – Thorn Tree In The Garden
CD2 #01 – Mean Old World
CD2 #02 – Roll It Over
CD2 #03 – Tell The Truth
CD2 #04 – It’s Too Late
CD2 #05 – Got To Get Better In A Little While
CD2 #06 – Matchbox
CD2 #07 – Blues Power
CD2 #08 – Snake Lake Blues
CD2 #09 – Evil
CD2 #10 – Mean Old Frisco
CD2 #11 – One More Chance
CD2 #12 – Got To Get Better In A Little While (jam)
CD2 #13 – Got To Get Better In A Little While