Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs – Derek and the Dominos (1970)

Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs is the only studio album by Anglo-American blues rock band Derek and the Dominos. Released in November 1970, the double album is best known for its title track, ‘Layla‘, and is often regarded as Eric Clapton‘s greatest musical achievement. The other band members were Bobby Whitlock on keyboards and vocals, Jim Gordon on drums, Carl Radle on bass, and special guest performer Duane Allman on lead and slide guitar on 11 of the 14 songs. … Derek and the Dominos, the collaborative band that created Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, grew out of Eric Clapton‘s frustration with the hype associated with his previous bands, the supergroups Cream and Blind Faith. Following the latter’s dissolution, he joined Delaney & Bonnie and Friends, whom he had come to know while they were the opening act on Blind Faith’s US tour in the summer of 1969. After that band also split up, a Friends alumnus, Bobby Whitlock, joined up with Clapton in Surrey, England. From April 1970, the two spent weeks writing a number of songs ‘just to have something to play’, as Whitlock put it. These songs would later make up the bulk of the material on Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs. Having toured with Joe Cocker straight after leaving Delaney & Bonnie, Carl Radle and Jim Gordon reunited with Clapton and Whitlock in England. 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. …”
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