Saturday, September 11, 2004

(*) Layla

Layla - Derek and the Dominos... well, I lashed out and brought this 2nd-hand CD - it was on my wish-list, as it was! It was only $19.95, reduced from $25 - gotta love those markdowns! This is one of those 'classic' late 60's albums (RSO:1970), featuring Eric Clapton and Duane Allman's amazing guitar work. It's steeped in blues - an amazing vibe thruout. This was written and performed when Clapton was pining for the married woman of his best friend, George Harrison (Patti Harrison, his 'Layla'). It's sad, in a way - after this, Clapton disappeared into heroin for a few years. His closest friends thought he was a goner, but he managed to eventually get off it and make his comeback album "461 Ocean Boulevard" (RSO:1974).

"Derek and the Dominos... gave Eric Clapton the context in which to demonstrate his prowess without unnecessarily drawing attention to it. Clapton and Allman battle neck-to-neck (sometimes it's tough to figure out who is playing which guitar), and the sessions brought out the best in each player, with Clapton's rumbling leads segueing perfectly into Allman's lightning runs. The guitar call-and-response on 'Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad?' and the molten-metal exorcism of 'Layla' alone make this one of the premier guitar albums of all rock & roll..." (Milward, J. in New Rolling Stone Record Guide 1983 :136).

Mal :o)
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