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


The only studio album by Derek and the Dominos (aka: Eric Clapton, Bobby Whitlock, Carl Radle, Duane Allman and Jim Gordon) Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs is mainly a collection of unrequited love songs.  Regarded by many as Eric Clapton’s greatest work, this double album contains such classic rock songs as Layla, Bell Bottom Blues, Little Wing, Why Does Love Got to Be So Sad, and I Looked Away. The album was recorded and released in 1970.

Clapton met Bobby Whitlock, Carl Radle, and Jim Gordon while playing with Delaney and Bonnie and Friends and then they later played together on George Harrison’s triple album, All Things Must Pass. Duane Allman later joined the Derek and the Dominos recording sessions after Eric Clapton showed up at an Allman Brothers concert and invited Duane to jam with him after the show.

The album cover is a painting by French artist, Frandsen De Schonberg.  The painter was the father of a friend whose house the band had stayed in when playing in France.  Clapton chose this particular painting for the album cover because it reminded him of Pattie Boyd-Harrison, the inspiration for the title song.  Eric Clapton had fallen madly in love with friend George Harrison’s wife and her rejection is at least partially credited with pushing Clapton into his heroin addiction.  Ironically, the couple married in 1979, but Pattie divorced Clapton in 1988 as a result of his heroin addiction and alcoholism.

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  1. smil az

    I just watched George Harrison Living in the Material World 1&2. Both George & Eric were in love with the same woman &in the end George was happy it was Eric because he was a “cool” guy & not a jerk. A woman has come between many great friendships, but not this one

    “And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make”

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