1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Sure Layla is a great album but this is not the live album to compliment it.
I bought this on vinyl not long after it was issued and was greatly disappointed at the level of self-indulgence and sloppy, overdone solo-ing.
The writing was on the wall here and it's no surprise that this was EC's last outing for a while.
Proof positive that a galloping heroin habit does not improve your abilities.
A novelty but nothing to write home about.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Eric Clapton blagged the core of this band (Whitlock, Radle, Gordon) for Layla and who could blame him?
This is still a fantastic live rock n roll album after all those years.
I've been listening to this off and on for 40 odd years and occasionally it still sneaks up and wows me.
Unlike his later, contrived and trite bollocks, the guitar solo on 'I Don't Want To Discuss It' (to name but one) is a work of extraordinary power and precision - probably brought on by the fact that he was up against some stiff competition on stage (George Harrison, Dave Mason et al).
You ain't a Clapton fan until you've done your air guitar to this one.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Before the smack got a hold.
Before Pattie got a hold (just).
Before he dumped Alice Ormsby-Gore in a heroin cesspool.
And just before Layla.
All you young 'uns out there who jumped on at 'Tears in heaven' and fancy themselves die-hard EC fans would do well to get a hold of this. OK as mentioned above, this is really a Delaney and Bonnie album but our EC plays as if he still has something to prove and some tracks are still as fresh as paint (I was listening to this when I should have been studying for my O levels - 40 odd years ago) with EC playing a great lead in a band ...and not just doing the showy frontman bollocks.