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

Artist Credit
Howard Albert Engineer
Ron Albert Engineer
Duane Allman Guitar
Big Bill Broonzy Composer
Eric Clapton Composer, Guitar, Vocals
James Cox Composer
Derek and the Dominos Primary Artist, Producer
Frandsen-De Schonberg Art Direction
The Dominoes Arranger
Tom Dowd Executive Producer, Liner Notes, Producer
Tom Dows Executive Producer
Mac Emmerman Engineer
Albhy Galuten Piano
Jim Gordon Composer, Drums, Percussion, Piano
George Harrison Guitar
Jimi Hendrix Composer
Chuck Kirkpatrick Engineer
Jim Marshall Photography
Billy Myles Composer
Joseph M. Palmaccio Digital Remastering
Carl Radle Bass, Percussion
Carl Richardson Engineer
Charles Segar Composer
Bobby Whitlock Composer, Guitar, Guitar (Acoustic), Keyboards, Organ, Piano, Vocals
Chuck Willis Composer

Wishing to escape the superstar expectations that sank Blind Faith before it was launched, Eric Clapton retreated with several sidemen from Delaney & Bonnie to record the material that would form Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs. From these meager beginnings grew his greatest album. Duane Allman joined the band shortly after recording began, and his spectacular slide guitar pushed Clapton to new heights. Then again, Clapton may have gotten there without him, considering the emotional turmoil he was in during the recording. He was in hopeless, unrequited love with Pattie Boyd, the wife of his best friend, George Harrison, and that pain surges throughout Layla, especially on its epic title track. But 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. He makes standards like “Have You Ever Loved a Woman” and “Nobody Knows You (When You’re Down and Out)” into his own, while his collaborations with Bobby Whitlock — including “Any Day” and “Why Does Love Got to Be So Sad?” — teem with passion. And, considering what a personal album Layla is, it’s somewhat ironic that the lovely coda “Thorn Tree in the Garden” is a solo performance by Whitlock, and that the song sums up the entire album as well as “Layla” itself.

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