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Layla and other Assorted

Love Songs - 1970
 
 
 
 
 
 
Derek and the Dominoes  - Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs - Review
The Layla Sessions: 20th Anniversary Edition
3 disc box set
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Live at the Fillmore
     
Derek and the Dominoes  - Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs - Review Derek and the Dominos Book

Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs is one of the best rock albums ever, or is this a blues album? Regardless, Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs captures Eric Clapton playing his guitar at his absolute best. Additionally, this is his strongest back up band, and, the legendary Duane Allman sits in for all but the first three songs. 

The disc begins with the three songs that are without Duane Allman and they are all quite good. However, the finest moments of this album are from tracks seven through ten featuring the songs “Key to the Highway,” “Tell the Truth,” “Why Does Love Got to Be So Sad,” and “Have You Ever Loved a Woman.” They take a simple blues riff on “Key to the Highway” and they just rip it up with outstanding phrasing, string bending, and slide playing. And “Why Does Love Got to Be So Sad” sears with furious guitar runs; is the ending of this song phenomenal? The dual guitar back and forth and the closing with by Duane with the last word by the rhythm section. A few songs later the title track, “Layla,” appears with its classic riffs and gorgeous piano and guitar playing; one of the all time classic rock songs. 

Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs is fantastic. It was originally a double album released on one compact disc.  ~ by Barry Small © 
Grade  A +

Derek and the Dominoes  - Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs - Track List
Track List

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1. I Looked Away (Clapton / Whitlock) - 3:03
2. Bell Bottom Blues (Clapton) - 5:01
3. Keep on Growing (Clapton / Whitlock) - 6:20
4. Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out (Cox) - 4:56
5. I Am Yours (Clapton / Nizami) - 3:34
6. Anyday (Clapton / Whitlock) - 6:34
7. Key to the Highway (Broonzy / Segar) - 9:37
8. Tell the Truth (Clapton / Whitlock) - 6:37
9. Why Does Love Got to Be So Sad? (Clapton / Whitlock) - 4:41
10. Have You Ever Loved a Woman (Myles) - 6:51
11. Little Wing (Hendrix) - 5:32
12. It's Too Late (Willis) - 3:48
13. Layla (Clapton / Gordon) - 7:02
14. Thorn Tree in the Garden (Whitlock) - 2:49

Additional disc in the Deluxe Edition
  1. Mean Old World
  2. Roll It Over
  3. Tell The Truth (Remastered - 40th Anniversary Version - 2010 (All Things Must Pass Version)
  4. It's Too Late (40th Anniversary Version - 2010 (Live For The Johnny Cash Show Version)
  5. Got To Get Better In A Little While (40th Anniversary Version - 2010 (Live For The Johnny Cash Show Version)
  6. Matchbox
  7. Blues Power
  8. Snake Lake Blues
  9. Evil
10. Mean Old Frisco
11. One More Chance
12. Got To Get Better In A Little While (Jam - 40th Anniversary Version - 2010)
13. Got To Get Better In A Little While (Remastered - 40th Anniversary Version - 2010)

Derek and the Dominoes  - Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs - Musicians
Musicians:       

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Eric Clapton - Guitar, Vocals
Carl Radle - Bass
Bobby Whitlock - Organ, Vocals
Jim Gordon - Drums
Duane Allman - Guitar

Derek and the Dominoes  - Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs - Notes
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Label - Polydor
Duane Allman is on all but the first three songs.  He was not a member of the band, but a guest.   

Derek and the Dominoes  - Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs album review

 

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