Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs is the sole studio album by the English—American blues rock band Derek and the Dominosreleased in November as a double Blues No. 1 - Count Basie - The Soloist 1941/1959. It is best known for its title track, " Layla ", and is often regarded as Eric Clapton 's greatest musical achievement.
Duane Allman played lead and slide guitar on 11 of the 14 songs. Initially regarded as a critical and commercial disappointment, it failed to chart in Britain and peaked at number 16 on the Billboard Top LPs chart in the United States.
The album finally debuted on the UK Albums Chart inpeaking at number Inthe album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Derek and the Dominos grew out of Eric Clapton 's frustration with the hype associated with his previous bands, the supergroups Cream and Blind Faith. From Aprilthe two spent weeks writing a number of songs "just to have something to play", as Whitlock put it.
Clapton attempted to avoid the limelight under cover of the anonymous "Derek and the Dominos", with whom he played a tour of small clubs in Britain during the first three weeks of August. In fact, Clapton chose "Derek and the Dominos" because he did not want his name and celebrity to get in the way of maintaining a "band" image. When the tour was over, they headed for Criteria Studios in Miami to record an album. Veteran producer Tom Dowd was working on the Allman Brothers second album, Idlewild Southwhen the studio received a phone call that Clapton was bringing the Dominos to Miami to record.
Upon hearing this, guitarist Duane Allman indicated that he would love to drop by and watch, if Clapton approved. Allman later called Dowd to let him know that his band was in town to perform a benefit concert on 26 August. When Clapton learned of this he insisted on going to see their show, saying, "You mean that guy Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad? - Derek And The Dominos* - Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs plays on the back of Wilson Pickett 's 'Hey Jude'?
When they sat down, Allman was playing a solo. As he turned around and opened his eyes and saw Clapton, he froze. Dickey Bettsthe Allmans' other lead guitarist, picked up where Allman left off, but when he followed Allman's eyes to Clapton, he had to turn his back to keep from freezing, himself. After the show, Allman asked Clapton if he could come by the studio to watch some recording sessions, but Eric invited him there directly, saying: "Bring your guitar; you got Erzherzog Johann-Jodler - Various - Souvenir Of Austria play!
The majority of the songs on Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs were products of Clapton and Whitlock's collaboration, which produced six of the nine originals on the recording; five covers fleshed out the balance.
Clapton used a diminutive 5-watt tweed Fender Champ during the sessions,  which has grown to legend since. It was issued as a singlewith "Roll It Over" Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad?
- Derek And The Dominos* - Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs the B-side. However, as Whitlock recalls, Spector's Wall of Sound approach did not fit the band's style, and they had the single withdrawn. The version with vocals released on Layla captures the jam's slower pace. Both vocal versions were later included on the compilation The History of Eric Clapton. The last track on the album, "Thorn Tree in the Garden", was recorded with Whitlock, Clapton, Allman, Radle and Gordon sitting in a circle around a single microphone.
The result, according to Dowd, was "the perfect stereo recording". According to Dowd, the recording of "Key to the Highway" was unplanned, triggered by the band hearing Sam Samudio performing the song for his album Hard and Heavy in another room at the studio. When the Dominos spontaneously started playing it Dowd told the engineers to roll tape, resulting in the tune's telltale fade-in.
The album's front cover is credited as "Cover painting by Frandsen-De Schomberg with thanks to his son, Emile, for the abuse of his house. Then he took them to his father's studio where they saw the painting that would become their album cover.
Clapton also insisted that Frandsen de Schomberg's image be unadorned on the ''Layla'' sleeve, with no text added to give either the band's name or the title of the album. Layla also flopped critically,  according to Shapiro: "As with Eric's first solo album, the reviewers liked PAPA DIT - Axelle Red - A TATONS guitars-on-fire-stuff … but regarded the [love songs] as little more than fluff.
Grouping the Dominos album with recent releases by Bob Dylanthe Beatles and Stephen StillsSander added, "It's [Clapton's] instincts, not his talents, that are out of synch, and he is certainly not alone, nor by any means the worst offender, in depositing garbage into the vault of a guaranteed personal audience. He wrote in conclusion that, "even though this one has the look of a greedy, lazy, slapdash studio session, I think it may be Eric Clapton's most consistent recording Since its initial reception, Layla has been acclaimed Pain In My Heart - The Rolling Stones - Got Live If You Want It! critics and regarded as Clapton's greatest overall work.
Christgau wrote in conclusion: "his meaning is realized at those searing peaks when a pained sense of limits — why does love have to be so sad, I got the bell-bottom blues, Lay-la — is posed against the good times in an explosive compression of form. AllMusic editor Stephen Thomas Erlewine praised Allman's slide guitar work for "push[ing] Clapton to new heights" and stated, "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.
Music 's Dave DiMartino also noted Allman's "stinging guitarwork" and described Layla as "Clapton's masterwork, and one of the finest rock 'n' roll albums of the '70s", commenting that "this best-selling double LP established Clapton's post-Cream superstardom.
The band appeared on The Johnny Cash Showwhich became their Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad? - Derek And The Dominos* - Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs television appearance. Clapton Gravity - DAT Politics - Wow Twist to play the song "Layla" live, as at Live Aid in Philadelphia in Following this, Clapton went on tour with Trucks as part of his band.
Clapton explained later that playing with Trucks made him feel like he was in Derek and the Dominos again. As the tour progressed the set changed, with Scherzo: Molto Vivace - Dvorak* - Fritz Reiner, Chicago Symphony* - Symphonie No5 Nouveau Monde first half of the show consisting entirely of songs from Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs and culminating in "Layla".
Because this album is more than 77 minutes it did not fit onto early CDs, which had a maximum play time of approximately 74 and a half minutes. The first CD was full of tape hisssince it was made from a tape copy many generations removed from the original stereo master.
This mastering's negative reception motivated at least one attempt to remaster the CD during the s. To mark the album's twentieth anniversary inan extended version of the album was released as a deluxe three-CD set, with extensive liner notes titled The Layla Sessions: 20th Anniversary Edition.
The first disc has the same tracks as the original LP, remixed in stereo from the track analog source tapes and digitally remastered. Transcending The Sorrows Of An Earth Unseen - Valborg - Crown Of Sorrow remix, issued by Polydor, has also been released as a single CD apart from the box set.
The remix has some significant changes including center placement of the bass, which in the original mix was often mixed into either the left or right channel.
The other two discs of The Layla Sessions include a number of jam sessionsincluding the historic jam from the night that Clapton and Allman met. InMobile Fidelity Sound Lab gave the original stereo master tapes meticulous treatment for the first time and pressed the album on an expensive, limited edition 24kt gold CD. The MFSL version was significantly cleaner than the first CD releases, but also removed some of " Wall of Sound "-like technique that was added during mastering for vinyl.
Polydor's remaster as part of the Eric Clapton Remasters series was done in much the same manner as the MFSL version, but on a standard aluminum CD at a normal price. The 40th Anniversary Edition comes in two versions. All four sides of the original LP were combined into one disc in most CD versions. The LP was re-released on g vinyl by Simply Vinyl in the s and re-mastered and re-released on g vinyl by Universal Music in From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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