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  • Audio CD (21 Mar. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Polydor /UMG
  • ASIN: B004I4H8QI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Blu-ray Audio
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
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File : ERIC CLAPTON. 2011 remaster of landmark 1970 album & sole team-up with Duane Allman ; Bobby Whitlock ; Jim Gordon and Carl Radle.

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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64 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Mr. L. F. G. Ballinger on 21 Mar. 2011
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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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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Themis-Athena on 4 Mar. 2004
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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 By ghost on 1 April 2011
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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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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Ed G on 29 Mar. 2011
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I've long been a Derek & The Dominoes fan and I was really looking forward to receiving the Super Deluxe Edition. I figured I would regret it if I didn't buy it even though it was a very expensive product to purchase.

Like other reviewers here my set had a number of issues with it which I put down to the quality assurance of the package provider, Universal I believe.

The 2 Vinyl albums were scuffed and had finger prints on them.

3 of the 4 CD's had scratch marks. The 5.1 surround sound DVD had glue on it and was unplayable. The sticker on the front of the box had not been placed very well in that it had air bubbles and creases on it. The housing for the five discs was 5 tight narrow slots cut into 2 pieces of card where clearly the glue holding them had not fully dried and as a reviewer stated, taking the discs out and reinserting them will scratch them and they were scratched as I said.

I thought about returning it and asking for a replacement, but then noticed that one of the Amazon reviewers had done that already and the replacement received was just as bad.

So I am seeking a full refund and will not repurchase it unless I can obtain some kind of assurance in due course that the quality control issues have been addressed. I will also be writing to Universal to express my displeasure about the quality control with this package.
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