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Title - 'Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs [40th Ann]'
Artist - Derek and the Dominos

Derek and the Dominos were a blues-rock band formed in the spring of 1970 by guitarist and singer Eric Clapton with keyboardist Bobby Whitlock, bassist Carl Radle and drummer Jim Gordon, who had all played with Clapton in Delaney, Bonnie & Friends.

Amazingly enough, the band released only one studio album, this one ie: Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, which featured prominent contributions from guest guitarist Duane Allman of the Allman Brothers Band.

The album went on to receive critical acclaim, but initially faltered in sales and in radio airplay. Although released in 1970 it was not until March 1972 that the album's single 'Layla' (a tale of unrequited love inspired by Clapton's relationship with his friend George Harrison's wife, Pattie Boyd Harrison) would make the top ten in both the United States and the United Kingdom.

This 2-CD Deluxe 40th Anniversary Edition comes packed with song after song after song. Including six exciting performances from what was to be Derek and the Dominos' second album, all remixed by the original session engineer, Andy Johns; all four audio performances from Derek and the Domino's sole, historic television appearance on The Johnny Cash Show; the two tracks produced by Phil Spector in early summer 1970 that amounted to the first release by Derek and the Dominos; and the Layla session out-take 'Mean Old World' - the legendary acoustic duet performed by Eric Clapton and Duane Allman.

The beautiful 'I Looked Away' starts us off, with 'Bell Bottom Blues' (a style of trousers that were popular at the time) and 'Keep On Growing' following close behind. The down-trodden tale of 'Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out' is next, with the calming 'I Am Yours' following. The slow-stride of 'Anyday' is next before the near-nine minute blues fest 'Key To The Highway.'

'Tell The Truth' (albeit a remastered version especially created for this 40th Anniversary Edition) is next, and is one of the two tracks produced by Phil Spector that amounted to the first release by Derek and the Dominos. The fast-paced 'Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad?' is next, with the seven-minute classic 'Have You Ever Loved A Woman?' and a Hendrix cover in the form of 'Little Wing' thereafter.

'It's Too Late' (a remastered 40th Anniversary version) is next, with the powerhaus 'Layla' following close behind. The first disc is finished off with the wonderful, and so under-rated 'Thorn Tree In The Garden.'

The slide guitar work of 'Mean Old World' kicks off the second disc, before the trippy 'Roll It Over' and 'Tell The Truth,' a remastered - 40th Anniversary version (alternatively subtitled 'All Things Must Pass Version') come forth. 'It's Too Late,' intro'd by Johnny Cash, live For The Johnny Cash Show, has been remastered for this 40th Anniversary edition, with another live cut from Cash's show, 'Got To Get Better In A Little While' (40th Anniversary Version) thereafter.

Johnny Cash chats to Eric Clapton before 'Matchbox' is sung and played with Carl Perkins, and then Cash also intro's Clapton on the blues classic 'Blues Power.' Then comes the trippy instrumental 'Snake Lake Blues' and the poppy 'Evil.' The slide guitar of 'Mean Old Frisco' oozes out next, with the soothing 'One More Chance' and 'Got To Get Better In A Little While' - a mesmerizing funky jam version especially created for this 40th Anniversary Edition thereafter. The double album is then rounded out by, yup, I kid you not another 'Got To Get Better In A Little While,' a remastered 40th Anniversary version! But this one is the first-ever release of the fully produced studio cut, finally completed by founding member Bobby Whitlock on keyboards and vocals.

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