In April , at the suggestion of his friend and mentor Steve Cropper ,  Whitlock travelled to England to visit Clapton. Soon after Whitlock's arrival, he and Clapton were eager to form a new band  and contacted Radle and Gordon in the United States.
Arnold ,  before going on to serve as the backing band on much of Harrison's album. Clapton biographer Harry Shapiro comments on the unprecedented aspect of Clapton's bond with his new bandmates, in that from the Blind Faith tour onwards, the guitarist "had been able to build a working relationship in a slow and natural fashion" for the first time. Among the friendships formed before the group officially came into existence, Shapiro continues, "the empathy But my vocal concept was that we approach singing like Sam and Dave did: [Clapton] sings a line, I sing a line, we sing together.
The group had been billed as "Eric Clapton and Friends", but a discussion ensued backstage just before their appearance, with Harrison  and pianist Tony Ashton among those involved, in an effort to find a proper band name. According to Dexter, Clapton was immediately taken with the name, but Whitlock, Radle and Gordon — all Americans — were concerned that they might be mistaken for a doo-wop act. The reception afforded the band from critics and fans was mixed.
John , a self-styled practitioner of voodoo ,  and receiving a package made of straw that would serve as a means of winning Boyd's affection. In return for the Dominos' assistance on All Things Must Pass , Clapton and Harrison had agreed that the latter's co-producer, Phil Spector , would produce a single for the new group.
After this London session, Mason departed from the lineup; he later told Melody Maker that he was impatient to see the band start working full-time whereas Clapton was committed to helping Harrison complete All Things Must Pass.
Early in the summer of , Clapton asked former Apple Records employee Chris O'Dell to find accommodation for Whitlock, Gordon and Radle in central London , telling O'Dell that they were "going bonkers" out in the Surrey countryside.
For three weeks from 1 August,  the group performed in clubs and other small venues in Britain,  where Clapton chose to play anonymously, still weary from the fame that he felt had plagued Cream and Blind Faith.
I loved the fact that we were this little quartet, playing in obscure places, sometimes to audiences of no more than fifty or sixty people. The girl would just take your orders. The first few days of the Layla sessions were unproductive. The band remade "Tell the Truth" during the sessions and subsequently attempted to have the Spector-produced single cancelled.
Clapton has described Allman as "the musical brother that I never had, but wished I did". The album's best-known track, "Layla", was compiled from recordings from two separate sessions. The main, guitar-oriented section was taped on 9 September, after the band had recorded their version of Hendrix's "Little Wing"; the closing section was added several weeks later, after Clapton had decided that the song lacked a suitable ending.
The answer was an elegiac piano piece composed by Gordon and an uncredited Rita Coolidge  and played by the drummer, with Whitlock providing a second piano part to cover Gordon's relative inexperience on the instrument. According to Clapton's recollection, in return for continuing to use the Dominos' studio time for his own project, Gordon agreed to have the segment used as the ending for "Layla".
Whitlock recalled of their drug consumption during the tour: "We didn't have little bits of anything. There were no grams around, let's just put it like that. Tom couldn't believe it, the way we had these big bags laying out everywhere.
I'm almost ashamed to tell it, but it's the truth. It was scary, what we were doing, but we were just young and dumb and didn't know. Cocaine and heroin, that's all and Johnny Walker. From the side of the stage, I took mental notes of their performance…it was their keyboard player Bobby Whitlock that I watched like a hawk…. You watched and you learned, from people that had more experience than you.
Six of the recordings from that album were digitally remastered and expanded with additional material from the same shows to become Live at the Fillmore , released in According to Shapiro, relative to the band and Dowd's high expectations, it was a "critical and commercial flop". It garnered little attention,  partly as a result of a lack of promotion by Polydor , and partly due to the public's ignorance of Clapton's presence in the band.
It has since received widespread critical acclaim and has been ranked among the best albums of all time by VH1 at number Well, I beg to differ. If you are going to cover a song, make it your own. There is no question that Clapton and the boys took the essence of this song and jammed it into a blues format they felt worked for them.
A fitting tribute to Hendrix who had just passed at the time of the recordings. Both of them were steeped in blues, but they still had two totally different approaches to the way they let their guitar speak for them, and that is why the last minute inclusion of Little Wing makes perfect sense. On his knees, begging for her love, Clapton bares his soul for the world to see and hear, but with no fucks given. Layla is between him and her, and we are just the crowd of drama vultures gathered to see the spectacle playing out before us in the street.
To me, Clapton was always at his best in settings like these, where he rips his broken heart out of his chest and holds it out in his hand, still pumping, for us to stare in wonder at — or when he lets his naked soul slowly seep and drip through his fingers and voice, like in the much much later Tears In Heaven.
These are love letters and pages in private journals, as much as they are songs. I never got the feeling that Clapton cared if we read a damn one of them. He would have written them anyway. Maybe that was his charm; his absolute disregard for anything but the song and the subject. The song was never for us. It was for him. Derek and his Dominos crashed and burned hard after the release of the album, turning into pieces of human wreckage floating on the tide of self-destruction.
Some artists write their best songs, paint their best pictures or tell the greatest stories in times of absolute inner turmoil and personal tragedy. When they clean up, they fade into the background, having already addressed their issues and gotten over the hump. Me, I usually prefer them drunk, crushed and crazy — with eyes shining like windows. I feel we tap into the very spirit of these exceptional talents when there is nothing in the way of their potential greatness.
Of course, sometimes we just get fucking In A Gadda Da Vida instead, but that is whole different story. Finally listened to it fully years later.
Good musicianship, loved Layla and Bell Bottom Blues but the rest was not to my liking. Graham Tarry: Never been a Clapton fan, so listened to this for the first time today. Other than Layla there are three other songs that I like, but it's too bluesy for my taste. But in , EC released a soundtrack to a rather dark movie called Rush , and that blew me away.
A movie score with absolutely stunning guitar work. Like the Rush soundtrack, this was blues I adored. Eric Ortiz: One of my favourite albums featuring two of my favourite guitar players. Duane really lit a fire in Eric at a time when he was at a all time low, and it shows.
Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. Features Interviews Lists. Streams Videos All Posts. Release Date September 18, Release Info Studio Recording. Track Listing - Disc 1. I Looked Away. Bell Bottom Blues. Eric Clapton. Keep on Growing. I Am Yours. Key to the Highway. Tell the Truth. Sean Egan One thing for which he was not renowned was songs, either in quantity or quality. The epic, anguished title-track of the debut album of his new band project Derek and the Dominos changed that forever.
This 40th anniversary Super Deluxe Edition features the original double album, the posthumous In Concert album, singles cuts, a TV show appearance, studio outtakes, projected second album tracks, an audio-only Surround Sound DVD and a vinyl LP — and still doesn't manage to round up all the previously released Dominos material. Those who only know the signature song may be surprised by the Layla album, which is largely made up of mid-tempo and sometimes even slightly soporific blues work-outs, albeit adorned by almost impossibly brilliant instrumentation.Aug 19, · Discover releases, reviews, track listings, recommendations, and more about Derek And The Dominos* - Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs at Discogs. Complete your Derek And The Dominos* collection/5(K).