Derek and the Dominos
Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs


5.0
classic

Review

by Hernan M. Campbell STAFF
May 23rd, 2012 | 104 replies


Release Date: 1970 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "What'll you do when you get lonely, and nobody's waiting by your side?"

What is it about the experience of being in love that constantly has us yearning for it? Love is an obsession that forever rests in the back of our minds. An emotion that slumbers away in silence. But the moment we come face to face with someone that manages to captivate our attention, it awakens without warning. It's a jubilating feeling when we find someone to love. That person becomes the center of our world. And if our lips get the chance to touch theirs, it awakens a euphoric sensation that once experienced, only leaves us craving for more. As I said before, love is an obsession, a human necessity that seems to surface everywhere we look. Whether it's films, novels, or music, the concept of love is inescapable.

The music industry, especially, celebrates both the blissful and devastating sides of romance more than any other aspect of human society. From the ecstatic sensation of finding someone, to the miserable experience of losing that state of bliss- Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs perfectly illustrates all the different sides of love. The musical style of Derek and The Dominos reflects an evident influence from its central director, Eric Clapton. Since his work with the short-lived project, Blind Faith, we have seen Eric Clapton slowly diverging away from the heavy Blues-rock sound of Cream. In fact, the sound of this album is most reminiscent of the style found in Blind Faith's eponymous debut, as it expands on a less aggressive sound and even shares a similar enthusiasm for Americana music.

Songs like "I Looked Away" and "Keep On Growing", share a very distinct southern rock aesthetic that is very reminiscent to the music of The Allman Brothers, as they reflect that signature twangy guitar sound- an element directly influenced by Duane Allman who plays guitar alongside Eric Clapton. The album exhibits a vast variety of moods and diverse musical structures that makes Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs a truly captivating album. As I mentioned earlier, this album reflects the different outcomes that can be had when falling in love. The newly renditioned cover of Jimi Hendrix's "Little Wing", represents the ecstasy of love at first sight. A descriptive offering to the trancing sensuality of being in the presence of a lover. "Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad?", with its more elevated pace, expresses all of the frustration and regret that is felt when we realized that we've fallen for the wrong person. And then there is the gloomy acoustic ballad, "Thorn Tree In The Garden", which serves as an ode to past memories of a lost romance. But the album shines best when the musicians deliver the dreary rhythmic cries of old fashioned Blues. Eric Clapton's guitar performance in "Have You Ever Loved A Woman" is as impressive as it is spellbinding. Releasing a set of bluesy harmonic solos that decorate the music with a very soulful tone. And then of course, we have the album's centerpiece, "Layla".

Every song within this album tells a love story, but none are as enthralling or sincere as "Layla". This is Eric Clapton's passionate confession to Patti Boyd, the wife of his best friend, George Harrison. The song expresses all of the unrequited love Eric Clapton had silently kept locked inside himself. "Layla" is a very unique piece of music because of its rather contrasting movements. It begins as an eruptive, guitar-driven song, but as it progresses it transcends into a delicate piano ballad. Eric Clapton's performance in this song is among one of his best. The guitar solos are fiery and aggressive, expressing all of the intensity and frustration that seems to posses our emotions when we're in love. The latter half of the song is just as mesmerizing, providing a sensitive yet affectionate sound induced by the coalescence of Duane Allman's soothing slide guitar and Bobby Whitlock's sentimental piano arrangements. Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs is often recognized as one of the definitive releases in classic rock, and it is certainly one of Eric Clapton's finest efforts. The bluesy sound that coats the music of the album will be sure to prove itself as a captivating listen to the very end.



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SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
May 23rd 2012


4435 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Bought this album on vinyl today at a record store. It took forever to find it, but im happy to add it to my collection.

Ballz3D
May 23rd 2012


552 Comments


Dang. Layla's friggin' good. I'm jelly of your awesome find Paperback. Deeceeent!!

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
May 23rd 2012


20741 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Excellent review dude. This is one of my favourite albums of all time and, in my opinion, Clapton's finest acheivment.

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SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
May 23rd 2012


4435 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks. I personally prefer his stuff with Cream, over this album, but it is indeed a great album.

tommygun
May 23rd 2012


24954 Comments


Great stuff mate, pos'd hard. I've only heard the title track off this, gotta check the rest. My old man loves Clapton so I'm
sure he's got a copy of this lying around.

How does Clapton's version of Little Wing compare to the original? That's one of, if not my favourite, Hendrix song

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
May 23rd 2012


4435 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

@silent
I dont care what anyone says the 60's and 70's were the best eras for music, at least in my opinion.

@Tommy
Hey, mate. Its tough to say, as both a huge Hendrix and Clapton fan. Its completely different from Hendrix's version, and it took me a while to like it but it is good. Though not as good as the original, at least in my eyes.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
May 23rd 2012


20741 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I personally prefer his stuff with Cream, over this album


A lot of songs he did with Cream are much better than some of the stuff on here but I just feel there's something a bit special about this album as a whole. It also amazes me how consistent this album is given it's length.

Nagrarok
May 23rd 2012


8256 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Songs like "I Looked Away" and "Keep On Growing" share a very distinct Southern rock aesthetic that is very reminiscent to the music of The Allman Brothers, as they contain that signature twangy guitar sound.


Just to be sure, you do realize Duane Allman is playing on most of this? The Layla hook is unmistakably his.

A lot of songs he did with Cream are much better than some of the stuff on here but I just feel there's something a bit special about this album as a whole. It also amazes me how consistent this album is given it's length.


Agreed here, this has surpassed his work with Cream for me over time.

rockandmetaljunkie
May 23rd 2012


3321 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Another excellent review dude, you did this little masterpiece justice. This needed a new review immediately, i just couldn't bear the other one. The dude had forgotten to rate it.

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
May 23rd 2012


4435 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

@Nagrarok
Yeah I know Duane plays on this album, but I dont think he plays on those 2 songs. Though The Allman Bros. influence is more than obvious.
Also Ive been enjoying your Genesis reviews.

@Rockandmetal
Glad you enjoyed it. and thanks for the feedback.

Nagrarok
May 23rd 2012


8256 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

He plays on everything from Nobody Knows onward, I just found it odd you made the comparison there but didn't name Duane during the entire review, he pushed Clapton to great things here. And thanks.

Chrisjon89
May 23rd 2012


3669 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I went 23 years without knowing that the two halves of Layla were the same song. I never knew what that piano part was from, and didn't realise until I saw Goodfellas recently.

Good review. Wish I'd discovered this album at 15 or 16.

ThunderNeutral21
May 23rd 2012


3864 Comments


great fucking album, better than anything else clapton ever did no question

Sirob
May 23rd 2012


2653 Comments


da na na na na na naaaa, daaa naa naaaaaa na na

GUESS THE SONG

CaptainDooRight
May 23rd 2012


29421 Comments


Hey bro good review. POS been out for a couple of hours.

I heard most of these tracks but never the album as a whole so you've inpsired me to get on it bro. :]

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HenchmanOfSanta
May 23rd 2012


1871 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The strongest tracks on this album are truly fantastic--Layla, WDLGtbSS?, Tell the Truth, Anyday, Bell Bottom Blues and the cover of Little Wing. The rest of the album is just okay to me, though.

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ZedO
May 31st 2012


1096 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

classic supergroup, and yes classic album. pos!

ViperAces
September 29th 2012


12439 Comments


Title track is so good.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
September 29th 2012


20741 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Whole album is so good.

ViperAces
September 29th 2012


12439 Comments


What sonic even I heard this.



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