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Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs (Remastered) [VINYL] [Double LP]

Derek & The Dominos Vinyl
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Derek and the Dominos' Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs Turns 40!

1 One of Eric Clapton's Defining Albums Marks its 40th Anniversary on March 29th With Deluxe Multi-format Edition Featuring New and Long-Unavailable Music and Never-Seen Photos

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  • Vinyl (21 Mar 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double LP
  • Label: UMC
  • ASIN: B004I4H8Q8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 321,181 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. I Looked Away
2. Bell Bottom Blues
3. Keep On Growing
4. Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out
5. I Am Yours
6. Anyday
7. Key To The Highway
Disc: 2
1. Tell The Truth
2. Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad?
3. Have You Ever Loved A Woman?
4. Little Wing
5. It's Too Late
6. Layla
7. Thorn Tree In The Garden

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BBC Review

In 1970, Eric Clapton was known as ‘God’ for his guitar virtuosity in a succession of groups. One thing for which he was not renowned was songs, either in quantity or quality. The epic, anguished title-track of the debut album of his new band project Derek and the Dominos changed that forever.

Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs has already been the subject of Other Assorted Releases in which the briefly-lived Dominos’ legacy has been padded out with remasters, remixes and bonus tracks. This 40th anniversary Super Deluxe Edition features the original double album, the posthumous In Concert album, singles cuts, a TV show appearance, studio outtakes, projected second album tracks, an audio-only Surround Sound DVD and a vinyl LP – and still doesn't manage to round up all the previously released Dominos material.

Those who only know the signature song may be surprised by the Layla album, which is largely made up of mid-tempo and sometimes even slightly soporific blues work-outs, albeit adorned by almost impossibly brilliant instrumentation. Highlights are the quietly worshipful I Am Yours, the funky, fast-rapping Why Does Love Got to Be So Sad?, an unexpectedly fine version of Jimi Hendrix’s ostensibly unimprovable Little Wing and Thorn Tree in the Garden, even if ending the album with the latter fragile Bobby Whitlock composition is overegging the pudding following the mellow piano outro of the title-track.

Despite his importance to the album, guitarist Duane Allman was technically only a guest performer, so his absence from In Concert is at least understandable, whereas Layla’s is unforgivable, especially in light of the idiotic presence of the 18-minute Let It Rain, one of several cuts that vastly outstays its welcome. The miscellany disc is predictably mixed (and indeed sometimes remixed), though the Johnny Cash Show appearances are marked by some zip.

Layla stands not just head and shoulders above anything else here but much else in the rock canon, sounding as moving and anguished as a song that’s rooted in the agony of falling in unrequited love with the wife of a best friend should. The flashing dagger of a riff is one of the finest in history and Clapton duels magnificently with both his overdubbed self and Allman before an exhausted piano-based second act. It almost makes us forget that it constitutes a rather narrow foundation stone for an increasingly massive edifice.

--Sean Egan

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58 of 61 people found the following review helpful
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Nowadays we all know that "Derek is Eric", but back in late 1970 this wasn't as obvious to many, and so the double-album into which Eric Clapton and his new band had invested so much emotion and effort, which he released pseudonymously under the name Derek and The Dominos, failed to achieve the level of commercial success it deserved; Clapton's wish to refrain from the spotlight had proved detrimental. Accompanied by keyboardist Bobby Whitlock, bass player Carl Radle, drummer Jim Gordon and guest star Duane Allman on slide guitar, Clapton and the Dominos nonetheless recorded a spectacular set ranging from ferocious blues ('Have You Ever Loved A Woman'), joyous Southern boogie ('Keep On Growing', 'Anyday'), lovelorn romanticism ('I Looked Away', I Am Yours' and, of course, 'Layla'), and some sublime reinterpretations (a sky-scraping cover of Jimi Hendrix's 'Little Wing').

This Deluxe Edition of LAYLA AND OTHER ASSORTED LOVE SONGS is a stunning repackaging of one of the finest moments in Eric Clapton's career. The new remaster, cut from the original British Polydor Records master tapes, sounds great, and serves to bring out the album's atmospheric live-in-the-studio vibe to even stronger effect; it's some improvement upon the previous 1997 issue. Meanwhile the extras on disc two conclusively wrap up the brief history of Derek and The Dominos.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
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"Have you ever loved a woman, so much you're tremblin' in pain, and all the time you know she bears another man's name - but you just love that woman so much, it's a shame and a sin ... and all the time you know she belongs to your very best friend!" If you'd never heard this album's title track, you would swear that "Have You Ever Loved A Woman" was the song that Eric Clapton wrote for Pattie Boyd Harrison; not only do the lyrics of Billy Myles' blues classic fit so perfectly, Clapton positively pours his heart out as he sings them, and his guitar screams with the pain of unrequited love. And even before get to this song, Clapton's own "Bell Bottom Blues" lays bare similar feelings and recalls his infamous heroin ultimatum to Pattie ("Either you come with me or I'll take that"): "Do you wanna see me crawl across the floor to you? Do you wanna hear me beg you to take me back?" And as the man pleads with her, so does his guitar, and you wonder what woman could possibly have resisted such an impassioned plea.
Until of course, almost at the end of the album, you hear "Layla," this record's motto more than a simple title track and, in many respects, its reason for being. Torn by personal insecurity, Clapton used the cover and seeming anonymity of yet another band, and the parable of a medieval Persian love story ("Layla and Majnun" - reportedly, "majnun," in Persian, means madman) to put into music what he couldn’t put into words alone. From its opening riff to its last note the song is pure blues, Clapton audibly on the brink of the madness he sings about, and his guitar wailing, moaning and crying out all that was in his heart: "Layla ... you got me on my knees - Layla ... I'm begging darling, please - Layla ... won't you ease my worry now?
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars preferable to the super deluxe edition 1 April 2011
By ghost
Format:Audio CD
disappointed with the super deluxe edition that I've returned to Amazon two times(you can read my review), I decided to buy this simple deluxe edition, I must say that in this case, my opinion changed completely, because the packaging is perfect and cd have no scratches or traces of glue;
about the music I must say that the first CD was remastered perfectly, the CD sounds much better than the other released in the mid-90s (and not comparable to the twentieth anniversary edition, as in that case the record was remixed);
the second CD, contains an acoustic version of "Mean Old World" played only by eric duane, the single "roll it over/tell the thruth", 4 songs played at the Johnny Cash show (I particularly liked matchbox) and the 5 songs that should have been finish on the second album never completed (actually had already appeared on the Crossroads box set but in this edition they really sound better)

the only thing I regret is having to give up the DVD that contained the 5.1 mix since it was included only in the super deluxe edition, but I'm sure that UNIVERSAL sooner or later will find a way to sell it individually

highly recommended (this issue!);-)
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Buyers Beware 26 Mar 2011
By KTBabe
Format:Audio CD
This item was bought as gift for my partner and received on release day (Monday 21st), it was sealed and looked to be an ideal gift for a long time Eric Clapton fan who already owns the Layla 20th Anniversary Edition. How disappointing then to open it and find that the box contained no badges, no cover art work print, only two facsimile tickets and torn cardboard slots holding badly scratched CDs / DVD and also the DVD stuck with some form of glue to the inner liner, the vinyl albums also appeared to have been extensively handled and not at all what you would expect from a box set of this price.

Looking at the Amazon return policy I established that I couldn't just exchange it for a new one but would be eligible to get a refund. So as not to disappoint my partner I decided to order another one as I felt sure this must have been a rogue box set.

Amazon promptly delivered (Friday 25th) and unfortunately this box seemed to suffer from many of the same faults. DVD stuck firmly in the cardboard slot and when eventually extracted had a glue like substance marking it. Yet again some of the CDs were scratched; it did however contain three facsimile tickets and one "Derek Is Eric" badge" (although the box does state badges). I am pleased to see that Amazon have suspended sales of this item as it appears to be the luck of the draw what is contained inside of it. The only consistent seems to be that the 40th Anniversary hardback book in both boxes was in good condition.
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Published 10 days ago by Jacek Piechowicz
5.0 out of 5 stars The whole thing all the way through without having to ...
The whole thing all the way through without having to get up and change over. This album is as original and different as many of the other Clapton albums from Cream onwards, and is... Read more
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she is the one
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5.0 out of 5 stars Layla (featuring the great Duane Allman on slide guitar)
Great album
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking Album
I had heard a couple of the popular tracks on here, had a couple of Clapton CDs, but can't believe it took me so long to find this album. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Yogi
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive collection of the music of one of the 70's best bands.
It took me a while to getting round to buying this but it was definitely worth the wait. The whole thing is well produced. Read more
Published 3 months ago by tpbdurisdeer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 3 months ago by Kevin Hotson
5.0 out of 5 stars ... version of the record for some time - very good.
I had been after this full length version of the record for some time - very good.
Published 3 months ago by StevieT
5.0 out of 5 stars great classic album
A collection of great songs by a great, if short lived, band. Layla is the best known but the others are also well worth listening to
Published 5 months ago by Paul Huggins
4.0 out of 5 stars OLD CLASSIC
Id recommend this to anybody even if youre not a Clapton fan. Apart from the big Layla hit, there isnt a weak track on the album.
Published 7 months ago by bettyparry
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