January 16th, 2006


Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs

In reply to my earlier entry about this album, runeshower asked what’s on it, so …

Derek and the Dominos, Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs was recorded in August through October of 1970. It is is particularly breathtaking in its remixed “20th Anniversary Edition” released in 1990 on CD in a three-disc box set which included two discs of jams, outtakes, and alternate tracks which are somewhat interesting but not really noteworthy.

IIRC, although Derek and the Dominos did some touring they were basically a bunch of guys brought together at Criteria Studios in Miami, Florida to cut some tracks. The line-up was: Eric Clapton (guitars, vocals); Duane Allman* (guitars); Bobby Whitlock (organ, piano, vocals); Carl Radle (bass, percussion); and Jim Gordon (drums, percussion, piano); with Albhy Galuten** (piano) on “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out.” “Layla” itself, which while good is not the best cut on the double-album, did not stand up well*** to the stupifying radio overplay it received at the time.

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*On all but three of the fourteen tracks.
**Which sounds suspiciously like a pseudonym to me, but I couldn’t tell you for whom.

Do you think we should steal a trick from Gene Wolfe and release a compilation set of albums entitled “Layla And Other Love Songs And Other Love Songs”? Or maybe not…

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