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Album : Derek and the Dominos – Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs

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This was just CB’s progression with the members of Cream. I had some Jack Bruce albums under my belt, Blind Faith. So it was onto Eric Clapton in this group. I was  expecting more good music from Eric and this band. Well I got lots of it. A departure from the style I was used to from him. Where Bruce was leaning more into his jazz more off the beaten track this album was almost country blues.  It had a real good sound.

It took a little getting used to. I had to shift my perceptions. For one thing Eric was sharing the guitar parts with Duane Allman. Plus vocals with Bobby Whitlock. Side one hooked me. The first two cuts have some nice licks, not the hard guitar I was used to by Clapton. Softer approach. Different style for CB. ‘Keep on Growing’ was the tune that got my attention, it had the double guitar attack. It’s a blues/rocker. The band cooks on this one. I was liking the direction the music was going. Not what I was expecting.  I was liking the guitars and the shared vocals.  CB always likes numerous vocalists in a group. The last cut ‘Nobody Knows You ..’ is a straightforward slow blues number. Eric’s vocals nail it. Solid blues tune.  Some nice licks on this one. Side one was my intro into the Dominos. I was slowly digging it.

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Side starts slow then the band gets into ‘Anyday’ with some more great guitar from one of those guitar guys. Eric and Whitlock were sharing vocals and I was liking Bobby’s style. They complement each other. I really liked this cut. ‘Key to the Highway’ ends side two. The song fades in with the band already in full flight. It grabs you right off the bat. Eric is laying down some real nice rockin/blues riffs with Duane adding his touches. The band is in the groove. I could have listened to this jam for awhile.  Eric’s vocals come in and are perfect. Good stuff. The song just cooks with great playing. Yeah CB was getting pulled into this record. I liked the blues and I liked what these guys were doing to them. That Duane guy ( I think ) was playing some fantastic slide. This is just a real good blues jam. End of side two and I was eager for the last two sides.

‘Tell the Truth’ opens side three and it’s a continuation of the groove these guys were in. Allman (I think) provides his great slide work. Great tune. The next cut has some more great guitar licks in an up tempo rocker. They end the side like they did with the previous sides with a killer blues tune in their own style ‘Have You Ever Loved a Woman’. No wonder I was digging this record. Man there’s some good work on this one.

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Side four opens with a Jimi Hendrix song, ‘Little Wing’, that I had never heard. The Dominos’ version is real good. The guitar work is fantastic and the song has guts. Man there is a load of good music on here. ‘It’s Too late’ is a change of pace, blues/country/rocker. Eric and Whitlock trading vocals. Love it. The guitar just keeps coming and it’s all good. The title cut is a real good song with some great playing. The piano helps take it out. Bobby Whitlock ends the album with a softer touch.

 

The album justs grows on you. So much good music. Eric was pulling this from his inspirations and playing it with a lot of commitment. Really good accompaniment from everybody. Carl Radle and Jim Gordon were holding down bass and drums. This music was new to CB but it was just good stuff.  It felt like it was about the music and not a bunch of other bullshit (the inside cover showed the boys having a few cocktails).  Make no mistake this is a guitar album with lots of great playing . They were all feeling what they were playing. Great record.

 

 

 

 

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55 comments on “Album : Derek and the Dominos – Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs

  1. Aphoristical
    July 1, 2018

    For me, it’s about the last Eric Clapton release I’m interested in. He was so good in Cream and Blind Faith, and I’m not as interested in his smooth sound.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      July 1, 2018

      I hear you. There were still a couple releases after this that I really dug and there’s always something worth listening to on his records . Saying that the last few times I really got off on Eric again was the Cream reunion and his concert with Steve Winwood at Madison Square Gardens. Both msic that I think you’re talking about.

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      • Aphoristical
        July 1, 2018

        Yeah, I probably shouldn’t write off his entire solo career based on a few hits, but I liked him better when he was angry and bluesy.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 1, 2018

        Yeah I layed off his music for years. I too like it when he plays with more guts and is a member of band. Hotfox63 did remind me of ‘Riding With the King’ with EC and BB King. some good stuff on that one. Plus I also have one with him and JJ Cale that I like. I’m a big JJ guy.

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  2. Aunt Beulah
    July 1, 2018

    Wow, I liked this — both your review and the music you included. Years ago, my husband was way into anything Duane Allman did, and was always telling me, “You have to listen to this. He’s unbelievable!” I’ve been a fan since, and I’ve always liked Eric Clapton. I don’t listen to music as avidly as I did at one time, but I’m going to get this album. Thanks, CB.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      July 1, 2018

      AB you are a woman of various tastes. This doesn’t surprise me but I find it very cool that you dig this music. Lots of ways to re acquaint yourself with this album (and others). I just listened to some of it last night before I posted. It does sound good. I’ll be doing a take on those Allman guys soon. My experience of first hearing them. I’ll pop over to your place and see what wisdom I can come away with.

      (Janet, there are various music lovers that I yak with. Music Enthusiast being one. He might match your hubby’s love for the Allmans. He has done various takes on them. You might find them interesting. I did)

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  3. Yeah, Another Blogger
    July 1, 2018

    One of my all-time fave albums. It’s so beautiful and powerful. I took a look at Wikipedia and learned that it was recorded pretty quickly. It came right from those guys’ hearts.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      July 1, 2018

      It is a good album for many reasons. Hard country blues with a healthy dose of rock n roll. No bullshit music for CB. This is where i started my Duane Allman thing. He justs keeps growing in stature for me. Good one on coming from “those guys hearts”. Absolutely. Great creative mix.

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  4. Jim S.
    July 1, 2018

    A stellar choice by CB. This was my very first Featured Album when I started my blog way back when. This is my 2nd favorite (Exile on Main Street being the first) album of all time and the one that really kicked me into playing guitar. As to slide, that’s all Duane. I’m not 100% sure, but I don’t know that Eric was even playing slide back then. Even if he was, he knew who the master of that method was. Trivia note – Duane does not play on the first three songs (“I Looked Away,” “Bell Bottom Blues.” “Keep on Growing.” Those were all recorded before Duane got involved. Relatively speaking, Duane wasn’t even that well-known at the time. The ABB’s second album had just come out. “Little Wing” was a tribute to Hendrix who had just died a few months earlier.

    Here’s a cool thing – I don’t know how these get out, but here some isolated tracks from the title song. Don’t give up on it when it goes silent in the middle. It comes back with a mini-guitar symphony that’s hard to hear on the song under the piano track.

    https://www.guitarworld.com/artists/eric-clapton-and-duane-allmans-isolated-guitar-tracks-layla

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      July 1, 2018

      Just listened to the track you posted. Absolutely fantastic! Stripped down magic. Amazing I’ve heard that song and it never gets old. It really is a Duane /Eric album with great playing and the vibe the others brought. What was going on back then that these guys were making this stuff.? Like Neil informed me it was recorded quickly. No time to think just feel it and play it.
      The whole Duane Allman thing is some of the best music history going in CB’s book. (Don’t look away my first taste of The Allmans is coming up).
      I’m going back in your archives to that post and lo and behold I was the only one of your loyal followers that mouthed off about it. More reason for me to hang with you.The quote that sticks out is the one about the Dominos being a band. Yes! It was definitely not an album with a bullet in the mainstream but the inspiration is endless (the Doc picking up the ax along with a few others)
      I just steered Aunt Beulah to your station. Told her you were a big Allman guy. Understatement

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      • Jim S.
        July 2, 2018

        What was going on back then was we were in the middle of a great music renaissance and we didn’t know it would end. Along with the baby boomers came a great deal of terrific music. We just came to take it for granted that there would be one great album after another. I used to buy three or four albums at a time, at least every other week. As to Aunt Beulah, I’ll keep my eyes open for her and hope she brings a plate of cookies.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 2, 2018

        Well said. I think the cool thing was that these guys were influencing each other and trading musical ideas (don’t forget how much the band got to Clapton). I was swamped with so much good stuff that my ears would not let anything past them they didn’t want to hear.

        Aunt Beulah is bringing a new vibe and hopefully some cookies so guys like you and I have to straighten up and fly right. We both could use a little adjustment.

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      • Jim S.
        July 2, 2018

        Yeah, she seems like a nice lady. I promise to cut down my use of the word ‘fuck’ by a good 50%.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 2, 2018

        I’ve tried that it’s like losing weight you come back swearing more. I did get a laugh out of that comment Doc. By the way Beulah is an author also. I little different subject matter than ‘Party of One . Her memories of growing up in small towns. Jogged some good stuff for me.

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  5. christiansmusicmusings
    July 1, 2018

    I dig all the tunes you highlighted. “Layla” has one of the best rock guitar riffs of all time. And speaking of great clips, check out this one, featuring studio wizard Tom Dowd, the mastermind behind Layla and so much other great music. I find it fascinating to watch this guy, I just can’t get enough!

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      July 2, 2018

      Thanks for sending that. Just watching Tom enjoying what he does says it all. Like a kid in a candy store. What I like about these doc clips is you get first hand accounts from people that were there. Love it. I like when he said “very few words spoken just musical dialogue”. Great stuff Christian.

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      • christiansmusicmusings
        July 2, 2018

        My pleasure. There is this great documentary called “Tom Dowd And The Language Of Music.” I have to credit our common friend Music Enthusiast here, who recommended it to me a while ago – I believe it was sometime last year.

        At the time, I was able to find a copy on YouTube and could watch the entire film there. It’s hands down one of the best music films I’ve ever watched.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 2, 2018

        I’ve watched so many (and more to watch) I seem to remember Tom speaking on the album. What I found and find about this album is how much of a collaboration it is. I always like EC in that format better. To me he was always the guitar guy. Maybe because of all those John Mayall, Yardbirds, Cream, Blind Faith albums.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 2, 2018

        There’s nothing “common” about that Music Enthusiast guy.

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      • christiansmusicmusings
        July 2, 2018

        That’s true, I meant to say mutual!😀

        I rarely point to my own writing. I previously did a post on Dowd, which includes two cool clips. One is the film’s trailer with commentary from Ray Charles, Eric Clapton and Gregg Allman. The second is an excerpt from the film, where Dowd talks about the artists he worked with over the decades – it’s priceless, in my opinion!

        https://christiansmusicmusings.wordpress.com/2018/02/13/tom-dowd-humble-music-genius-behind-the-scenes/

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 2, 2018

        How the hell did I miss that one. I will get to it this week. With your posts I’m still catching up so that must be the reason I haven’t got to it. Ray has put out some quality music. Tom and him together has my curiosity.

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  6. J.
    July 2, 2018

    I’m pretty fond of this one, CB. I’m not a big Clapton guy, but the few bits and pieces I like include this one. But, for me, Duane Allman lights this up – of course, I identified that after falling deep into the grooves of the Fillmore album (thanks to HMO).

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      July 2, 2018

      Duane certainly had an effect on him (on the whole album). Felt like he was being pushed maybe same as when he was with Cream. If he wasn’t playing up to snuff Baker would have stabbed him a drumstick. Bruce might have done some violence also. Nice calm lads.

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      • J.
        July 2, 2018

        I guess his best stuff is when he’s got someone outstanding playing alongside him. Proper outstanding.

        And yeah, I don’t doubt that Baker would have taken a blade to him if he wasn’t up to it (Jack, being a bit more reasonable, would maybe just have given him a punch in the chops).

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 2, 2018

        I’m sure he plays with nothing but top notch people but sometimes a threat of a” punch in the chops” could motivate a guy. That’s what Johnny Weissmuller did to Cheetah and he started playing better.

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      • J.
        July 3, 2018

        I guess it’s why Mick Jagger sounds great with the Stones. If he’s not pushed by Kieth he ends up making stuff like Super Heavy. Ha!

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 3, 2018

        I’ll leave Super Heavy to my imagination but I think I get it. I remember seeing an interview with Ginger Baker years ago and he was ripping Eric for playing with “inferior musicians” in his not so subtle Ginger way with that voice of his.

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      • J.
        July 3, 2018

        He certainly doesn’t mess around when sharing his thoughts. I guess playing with “inferior musicians” allows him to do less and perhaps avoid some ego clashing.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 3, 2018

        Some people try to be pricks and some people are. Ginger is. He does not give a rats ass. All that aside, I like his musical choices. Baker is the best drummer in the world. Ask him.

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      • J.
        July 3, 2018

        As my gran would say, ‘he’s a right piece of work’. Cynical. Cantankerous. Volatile. I’d love to have a beer and a chat with him, but I’d be sure to wear a hard hat and some padding just in case he didn’t like something I said. And I tend to agree that he’s the best drummer in the world… I always liked his playing on Cream albums and Sunrise on the Sufferbus, but the Beware of Mr. Baker doc really opened my eyes and ears to how good he was.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 3, 2018

        Ginger is one of my faves on the skins. I listen to him a lot. His jazz/African stuff I can listen to all day and do. But he rocks out also. I was going to mention ‘Sunrise’ but you beat me to it. I love that stuff. You’re Gran sounds like mine. Yeah I would love to spend a night in the pub with Ginger. He’s a trouble maker. That can be fun.

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      • J.
        July 4, 2018

        I need to get more of Ginger’s stuff… especially the jazz / African sounds.

        Sunrise is one of my favourite albums. I love it unconditionally. Every track. The only person who really spoke highly of Ginger (or suggested they were on the same page as him) was Chris Goss!

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 4, 2018

        I’ve been slowly getting into the things he was and is involved in, Chris that is. I’ve been hanging with GB for many moons. The ‘Masters’ thing was a great idea that worked for me and apparently you.

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      • J.
        July 4, 2018

        There are few bands I like more than the Masters. Goon Moon are also really pretty great… Licker’s Last Leg is one of the best things Goss has done.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 4, 2018

        I’m jotting those down right now. That’s how much I trust you. You have me curious.

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      • J.
        July 5, 2018

        Amazing. I reckon you’ll dig… they even do a version of The Bee Geea’ Every Christian Lion Hearted Man Will Show You, which I love.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 5, 2018

        The Bee Gees. Man, that’s getting into some uncharted waters for CB. I trust you J.

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      • J.
        July 5, 2018

        Early Bee Gees is surprisingly good. Psychedelic, melodic… really good. Some great stuff.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 5, 2018

        I missed the whole Bee Gee thing (and lots of others). What I heard was the disco stuff. CB breaks out in a rash if he listens to that music. You have a very open mind. Something I’m striving for but falling way short.

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      • J.
        July 5, 2018

        Haha! I think you’d be safe with the early stuff. I wrote about one of them a while back… I’ll search for it.

        As for having an open mind, sometimes I’m pretty keen on hearing something new. Other times, I’ve already written something off without having any need to hear it.

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  7. Vinyl Connection
    July 2, 2018

    A classic deserving of periodic dusting off and enjoying. so nicely played, CB.
    me? I love the bridge in Bell Bottom Blues.

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    • Jim S.
      July 2, 2018

      VC, you mean “Do you wanna see me crawl across the floor to you” part? Very impassioned. Eric thought this album would bring him together with Pattie. When that didn’t happen, he fell into heroin use. Now I’ve been in love before but man, never that bad. Nothing against my wife but there aren’t any women I’d feel that way about. Except maybe Nicole Kidman. 🙂

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      • Vinyl Connection
        July 2, 2018

        Ha! Yes, that’s the part. And the part of EC’s story that drips with pain. And so comes great art…

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      • Jim S.
        July 2, 2018

        Yes, he’s quite happy now and so you know, good for him. He deserves it. But then he comes out with albums with titles like “Old Sock.” I think he has to summon up the passion and angst rather than it being there. I’m all for happiness but minus frustration and woe, all music sounds like the Carpenters and John Denver.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 2, 2018

        I was commenting to Aphoristical about seeing and hearing that passion out of EC when he did the Cream reunion and his concert with Steve Winwood. It’s still there but sometimes that emotion can get a little draining to pull up consistently. CB has never got “Perry Como mellow”

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 2, 2018

        I do like that part of the song also. I’ve done my share of crawling and grovoling.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      July 2, 2018

      I will be listening to Bell Bottom Blues because of that comment. Yeah the old “dusting off” trick. I do that a lot.

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  8. Jim S.
    July 2, 2018

    CB, completely forgot to mention another instance of blogger synchronicity. I hadn’t played ‘Layla’ on the guitar for quite some time. So a couple days before your post, i started (re)learning the intro. And for fun, I learned the chords. For the first time! And then your post shows up. I hope you’re not watching me through my computer.

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  9. 1537
    July 8, 2018

    I still haven’t heard a note that isn’t Layla from this band.

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