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Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs

Derek & The Dominos

1970

Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs

Album Summary

Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs is the sole studio album by the English–American blues rock band Derek and the Dominos, released in November 1970 as a double album. It is best known for its title track, "Layla", and is often regarded as Eric Clapton's greatest musical achievement. The other band members were Bobby Whitlock on keyboards and vocals, Jim Gordon on drums, and Carl Radle on bass. Duane Allman played lead and slide guitar on 11 of the 14 songs. Initially regarded as a critical and commercial disappointment, it failed to chart in Britain and peaked at number 16 on the Billboard Top LPs chart in the United States. It returned to the US albums chart again in 1972, 1974 and 1977, and has since been certified Gold by the RIAA. The album finally debuted on the UK Albums Chart in 2011, peaking at number 68. In 2000, the album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. In 2003, television network VH1 named Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs the 89th-greatest album of all time. In the same year, Rolling Stone ranked it number 117 on its list of "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time". It was ranked at number 226 on the 2020 reboot of the list. It was voted number 287 in the third edition of Colin Larkin's All Time Top 1000 Albums (2000). In 2012, the Super Deluxe Edition of Layla won a Grammy Award for Best Surround Sound Album.

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Rating

3.38

Votes

5219

Genres

  • Rock
  • Blues
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Wed May 19 2021
4

music sucks but he fucked george harrison's wife. 4 stars

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Mon Aug 09 2021
2

there was an hour and a quarter of this shit. we know Clapton is a massive bell end but that is some serious self love to release over an hour of you wanking off on your guitar just to get all the middle aged white blokes in stonewashed jeans to get a moist crotch from feeling like they know 'the blues'. it takes a cunt of claptons proportions to take the blues and switch it from heartfelt songs of woe and turn it into an excuse to make everyone look at how good you are on the guitar. that bit form goodfellas is good though.

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Fri Jul 09 2021
2

If someone asked me for the most generic piece of classic rock music I could think of, I now know where to point them to.

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Fri Jul 09 2021
1

Uninspired trash over basic blues backing. If I wanted to listen to this, I can go to a local dive bar on a Tuesday evening show with a bunch of aging rockers who believe in conservative fiscal policy.

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Mon Aug 09 2021
2

My two year old son died in the same way Eric Clapton's son died. For inspiration.

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Mon Aug 09 2021
1

Oh the irony of someone that is openly racist building a career on piss poor blues rip-offs. Fuck racist, rapist, anti-vax Clapton.

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Sat Apr 24 2021
5

“Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs” by Derek and the Dominos (1970) It will be hard to focus on this as an album, since it contains one of the best rock songs of all time, “Layla”. Another thing that makes this a challenge is that it features two of the top rock/blues guitarists of all time, Eric Clapton and Duane Allman (d. 1971). Indeed, the music of this album is best heard as an electric guitar duet between these two. The serious listener may thus be distracted by the temptation to spend too much attention to distinguishing their contributions on each song. And rock aficionados may be surprised that many of the dominant guitar lines are performed not by Clapton (right channel dominant, with heavy fretted bends) but by Allman (usually hanging out on the left channel, and recognized by ultra high slide). Also, on “Keep On Growing” and “Thorn Tree in the Garden”, the lead vocal is not Clapton, but Bobby Whitlock. The lyrics are beautiful expressions of love, found (“Keep on Growing”), lost (“I Looked Away”), requited (“Little Wing”) or not (“Layla”). Love, longing, pain, passion. No politics. No philosophy. No pretense. Musically, the compositions are exquisite, experimental (This is 1970), and performed with technical excellence and soul. A classic fusion of rock and blues, with the most fitting acoustic final track ever. Clapton’s dominant voice (admittedly strained) is helped by quality backing vocals. Solid rhythm section, but listen, listen, listen to the guitars. This a great album. No argument. 5/5

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Thu Jul 08 2021
3

I get the feeling that the only reason this is on this list is because of the hit song Layla.

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Mon Jul 19 2021
4

A classic, but some of these songs go on a bit long. I like Clapton but there's a bit too much noodling for me at certain points

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Sat Jun 05 2021
5

What a great sound, fast paced songs and howling guitars, every song has class - what's not to like?

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Thu Feb 03 2022
3

A few decent songs. Plenty of bland twaddle. And Clapton is a racist piece of shit, so I won't listen again

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Tue Jan 11 2022
2

The title sums this album up perfectly. Competent music, but for a collection of love songs it feels cold and perfunctory. Perhaps Clapton would have been better suited to a collection of assorted hate songs? 2/5

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Fri Jul 09 2021
5

Slow hand does not disappoint. I had forgotten how much more than Layla they were. Great stuff

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Sun May 23 2021
4

Layla song is a straight ten out of ten. The complexity of these songs is great and I find it brings me happiness listening to this

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Sat Aug 28 2021
3

Title track is a masterpiece, fiery guitar riffs galore and a young Eric singing his goddamn heart out for his mate's missus. He had a turn later, and found out the grass ain't that much greener. Still, prior to that sad domestic disillusion, he was drinkin' and smokin' and cokin' himself right silly, and he had the forethought to get that shit down on tape. Lo and behold, this album. Bell Bottom Blues is another great track, and his crack at Little Wing is alright too (no outdoing Sir Jimi though). Years later, Stevie Ray would demonstrate what a cover of Little Wing could be. I've listened to this album of bunch of times before - last time was about 3 weeks ago while grocery shopping. I forgot I was even listening to the music until it reached the title track and my ears zoomed back in on the sound coming through my headphones. This may be a sign that, while I appreciate the album's status as a classic, it's not some kind of Top Ten (hell, Top 100) album for me.

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Fri Apr 29 2022
3

I'll be honest, I find Clapton's solo stuff massively overrated, but I often like him when he's constrained by a band around him, so curious to see how this lands. The first song is actually alright. And Bell Bottom Blues is good too. I'm gonna credit Duane Allman. Kind of gets a bit boring for a while after that....Yeah, okay this has fallen off into the worst of Clapton-y endless blues noodling. Even the version of Little Wing, a usually amazing song, isn't totally doing it for me. Okay, but Layla is a banger, no denying Kinda digging One More Chance

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Mon Jun 07 2021
2

"Layla" the most known and best song on the album. Bluesy/Eric Clapton type music. 5/10.

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Tue Mar 15 2022
2

The blues numbers are great, but I can't ignore his many flaws as a human being (a racist anti-vaxxer) so won't listen to his music any more.

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Fri Apr 16 2021
5

Absolute classic

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Mon May 03 2021
5

That was really really good. I’m surprised. I mean, Layla is a banger but there was so much good stuff on this album!

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Sat May 22 2021
5

Un 5.

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Mon May 17 2021
5

love it

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Thu May 27 2021
5

An incredible blues rock album with Clapton at his best

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Tue Jun 29 2021
5

One of the best albums ever recorded. A masterpiece.

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Fri May 07 2021
5

I would like to find a source for reading about the history of the albums meaking.

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Fri May 21 2021
5

It was nice...I was tempted to give it 4 stars, but its about as good if not better than Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

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Tue Aug 03 2021
5

Masterpiece! Great Melodies. A shame I didn’t know it.

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Wed Sep 15 2021
5

De Clapton no conocía más que ya su onda de adulto contemporáneo, con el Unplugged y el disco con B.B. King. Lamento que haya sido así porque disfruté muchísimo este disco que nunca había oído. En mi perspectiva es un perfecto disco de Rock de los setenta: con un toquecito de Folk y Psicodelia, mucho de Blues y algo de Hard Rock, muy buena batería y bajo, arreglos vocales rasposos y por supuesto guitarras… muchas guitarras. Incluso para lo largo que es, y considerando que las canciones más blueseras de pronto se parecen entre sí, me gustó todo y me alegra agregarlo a mi librería.

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Sun Oct 03 2021
5

Great album some classic blues covers and originals

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Wed Nov 03 2021
5

Classic, and quite bold considerings it's largely a love album to George Harrison's then-wife...

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Fri Nov 05 2021
5

Excellent album.

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Sat Nov 13 2021
5

Fantastic Clapton work

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Sun Nov 28 2021
5

Bruh

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Tue Nov 30 2021
5

Ah look, this is an absolute classic album for so many reasons. Can I deduct a star because Eric Clapton? Nah. Are there better tracks than Layla on this? Yup.

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Mon Dec 06 2021
5

Brilliant

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Tue Dec 21 2021
5

Big fat Blues jam. Loved it all, especially Key to the Highway. Great omen to get this album right before baby Layla is due to enter the world.

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Tue Jan 04 2022
5

An all time classic, would give a 4.5 if possible. It does lag a bit 2/3 in but there's nothing higher than the highs.

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Sun Jan 09 2022
5

I've been really looking forward to this one since I first saw it on the History list a week ago (I'm a bit behind, OK?). Layla is a guitar classic masterpiece and I've had other songs off this album popping up on my Spotify playlists now and then. Eric Clapton's guitar-playing is at its absolute best on this album, with the backing band providing a great framework for it. Clapton's vocals could certainly be improved on, but that's not what we came here for. In the end it's all about the impeccable guitars. Admittedly, the album is on the long side and there is certainly some filler on here. It would be tighter and better as a whole by dropping the snoozers I Am Yours and It's Not Too Late and maybe 1 or 2 more as well as by shortening Key To The Highway, which seems to ramble. Nonetheless, most of the album is of such high quality, that its length and the few sleepy parts can be forgiven. Highlights: Layla, Little Wing

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Fri Jan 21 2022
5

Великолепно

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Thu Feb 03 2022
5

Blues, rock, Clapton... ¡Vinilo!

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Fri Feb 04 2022
5

Muito bom! Álbum repleto de bons solos de guitarra e com tons de serestas em algumas faixas. Só depois descobri que Eric Clapton havia fundado a banda. Tudo a ver o lance das incríveis guitarras em quase todas as canções.

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Fri Feb 25 2022
5

Very “The Band” and “Beatles” esque.

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Sun Feb 27 2022
5

I liked it right from the beginning. Didn't realize it was Clapton until Layla started and i read the Wikipedia entry.

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Wed Mar 09 2022
5

Eric Clapton that’s it

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Thu Mar 31 2022
5

One of the greatest albums ever created, Eric Clapton at his absolute best. Leaving behind the psychedelia of Cream and the 60’s, Clapton puts together a blues rock masterpiece. The guitar playing on this album is mind blowing, with Clapton’s legendary guitar playing aided by the signature slide licks of Duane Allman. Everyone knows about Layla, one of the greatest rock and roll masterpieces ever composed, but every song on the album is a classic. “It’s too late” may be my favorite song of all time, and this may be my favorite album of all time. It’s that good.

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Tue Apr 05 2022
5

Awesome album. I love seeing the evolution of Clapton career. Layla is such a fantastic song

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Sun May 01 2022
5

Un classiqe et un de mes albums preferées 5

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Mon May 16 2022
5

love it..

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Tue Jun 28 2022
5

Wow! This is one great guitar album! I thought “Layla” was the only song I knew from this. When “Bell Bottom Blues” came on I had a shock of recognition… I loved this song once long, long ago in a forgotten past… Hearing it now was quite startling. “Layla” is a masterpiece and it is not surprising this song is embedded into the vernacular of rock. But the rest is very, very strong and worthy of accompanying such a legendary song. I almost feel embarrassed that I have never listened to this before. Eric Clapton as a person provokes mixed emotions in me today. Still, I find it difficult to imagine how one might dismiss the quality of the playing on this album if listened to with any objectivity at all. This album is packed with incredible guitar work. Phenomenal!

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Fri Aug 12 2022
5

And then it all goes downhill from here

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Sun Aug 28 2022
5

Great blues album, enjoyed this quite a bit.

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Tue Sep 06 2022
5

How've I only listened to the title track for going on 15 years and am just now listening through in its entirety? Clapton's masterpiece - he works best in this ensemble format (which, holy shit, this is the same band that recorded "All Things Must Past"?!?) Perfect coked-out, bluesy, romantic anguish. Fav Tracks: Keep On Growing, I Am Yours, Why Does Love Got to Be So Sad?, Little Wing, Layla (obv), Thorn Tree in the Garden, Nobody Knows You

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Thu Sep 08 2022
5

awesome

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Fri Sep 09 2022
5

6/3 down goes the dominos

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Tue Sep 20 2022
5

Just good old school rock, the only problem I found is the duration of the album it is just too long, however it never gets boring

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Sat Sep 24 2022
5

Clapton is only good when someone else writes his songs. Consider this his all-time masterpiece.

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Sat Sep 24 2022
5

5/5. A great collection of songs that I can choose from any and be satisfied. Just great songwriting and musicianship.

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Sat Oct 01 2022
5

cool

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Sat Oct 15 2022
5

itse asiassa aika vitun hyvä albumi... lyriikka... muistuttaa dustyä... tulee miinuspisteitä.. mutta melkeimpätukkoo jokainen biisinnyrikkä aivan vitun hyvä. tiiät että se espoon blues (meni konkkaan btw) ottaa sieluun mukavasti paras biisi noh tietenkin mainstream paskavittu layla mutta onhan se aika kova

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Mon Oct 17 2022
5

Almost perfect

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Mon Oct 17 2022
5

One of the truly great albums

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Thu Nov 03 2022
5

I hate myself for giving this one 5 stars… Clapton is a huge wanker but man this is a good record… anything Duane Allman touched was gold I guess

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Tue Jun 08 2021
4

yes, THAT Layla; songs are heavy on instrumentals

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Mon May 24 2021
4

Nice classic rock! Layla is killer song!

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Thu Apr 22 2021
4

Layla hab ich gestern zufällig gehört. Mit Clapton hatte ich es ja auch nie so. Versöhnt mich dieses Album mit seinem Schaffen? Joa, na ja…

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Sat Jun 05 2021
4

Clapton is such a legend. His touch, as well as Allman’s, creates so much on this album. Very enjoyable!

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Mon Jul 05 2021
4

Eric “the kindred moose” Clapton at it again with a very catchy album soaring great guitar rhythm and solos.

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Fri Jul 02 2021
4

One of best double records in rock history. A well deserved status of classic

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Tue Jun 15 2021
4

4/5

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Wed May 12 2021
4

Classic 70's rock. BT: Bell Bottom Blues, Have You Ever Loved a Woman?, Layla

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Fri Jul 16 2021
4

It's a solid album, but most of the tracks get overshadowed by the epic title track.

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Tue Apr 20 2021
4

Eric clapton is a guitar god but also a racist + fucked george harrisons wife so 4 stars. layla is very banger type shit

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Sun Apr 18 2021
4

bell bottom blues

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Fri May 07 2021
4

First time listening to Layla in full. What I have missed for all these years. Album really grew on me.

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Tue Jun 01 2021
4

First listen wanted to write this off... Didn't realize they did Layla! Classic song. Second listen and playlist for Layla, Little Wing, Anyday and Bell Bottom Blues!

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Wed May 12 2021
4

Nice Eric Clapton. 7.5/10

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Thu May 27 2021
4

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Thu May 06 2021
4

Good and chill

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Thu May 06 2021
4

Really awesome album, was cool to hear Clapton in a different light

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Sun Jun 13 2021
4

Super bluesove solicka, standardny stary blues - Eric Clapton.

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Sat May 22 2021
4

Clapton and the boys with their finest blues-rock.

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Tue Jun 29 2021
4

Fun listen

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Wed Jun 23 2021
4

22/06/2021

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Tue Aug 03 2021
4

Virtuoso guitar solos. Some blues numbers that shine more with guitar solos than with vocal performance. (7/10) Favourite Tracks: Layla, Bell Bottom Blues

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Tue Aug 03 2021
4

Eric Clapton is a guitar god.

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Fri Aug 20 2021
4

Absolute classic. The guitar playing is otherworldy!

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Sat Aug 28 2021
4

Why so long though

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Sun Aug 29 2021
4

It's a classic album no doubt. Eric Clapton at his peak I would say. 4 stars.

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Wed Sep 15 2021
4

3.5 | Quizá suene extraña esta opinión pero igual la daré... Los británicos no tocan bien blues. Suena casi racista pero siento que hay algo que simplemente no termina de sonar bien cuando algun inglés toca blues puro. Aquí en mi opinión hay un ejemplo claro de eso, el disco tiene la mitad de covers de canciones clásicas de blues, que suenan... bien. Sí, están adornadas muy bonito con esos solos virtuosos y largos de Clapton, pero es quizá justamente esos solos y esa sensación la que para mí hace que sean versiones medio descuadradas... el blues no suena así. Ahora, en cuanto a las canciones originales que son la otra mitad es patente la calidad de músicos que hay aquí. No es lo mismo blues puro que blues rock y de verdad que son excelentes y suenan interesantes. Tienen una producción particularmente de sonido suave que las hace sonar hasta casi "refinadas." Bell Bottom Blues y Anyday muy buenas pero obviamente la canción que se lleva el disco es Layla, sin necesidad mayor de discutir mucho sobre ella una canción clásica, emblemática y muy posiblemente en fuerte contienda si se hace un top de canciones de rock de toda la historia. No pudo haber mejor decisión en la carrera de Clapton que aceptar que se pusiera esa coda de Allman después de su parte, es una canción con un híbrido de sonidos espectacularmente cuadrados y dificilmente superable. A pesar de unas canciones originales excelentes y una obra maestra de sencillo, el disco sí termina perdiendo un poco de puntos por esos covers de blues que suenan... bien.

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Thu Sep 23 2021
4

Blues rock

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Fri Oct 01 2021
4

There were a lot of songs on this album where I liked the music much better than the lyrics. I really liked the music though.

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Sat Oct 02 2021
4

Pretty uncool to make a bunch of songs about loving your best friend's wife. They sound decent though! 8/10

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Mon Oct 04 2021
4

There are some great songs on here - it's obviously a classic record. I'm not a huge fan of the production of this record. It always sounds kind of muddy to me. I feel the production combined with their take on it kind of ruins Hendrix's Little Wing (on of my favorite songs) I used to be a bigger fan of Clapton but these days I find him a bit... not sure the right word... stodgy? He's a bit too traditional in his adherence to the blues. And he's not the greatest singer. But still, some great stuff on here. Hard to dislike it.

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Mon Oct 18 2021
4

I had a great time with this one! Knowing the background of Eric Clapton (+George Harrison), I had very complex feelings going into this listen. That being said, the blues rock eventually worked on me. At first I did feel like I wasn't "absorbing" anything, though.

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Fri Oct 22 2021
4

What'll you do when you go crazy? And your listeners are no longer by your side? You've been racist and anti-vax much too long You know it's just your foolish pride Eric, you've got me on my knees Eric, I'm begging, dude please Eric, you're talented but you're out of your mind

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Fri Oct 22 2021
4

Comfortable guitar music

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Fri Oct 22 2021
4

Didn't expect to enjoy this album as much as I did. Entertaining guitar from Eric Clapton throughout.

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Mon Oct 25 2021
4

Love that warm electric guitar sound.

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Tue Nov 02 2021
4

sygt at clapton er bedre alene

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Tue Nov 02 2021
4

God blues med det helt dyre orgel.

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Wed Nov 03 2021
4

I dig it

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Wed Nov 03 2021
4

probably one of the most real and honest looks at the subject of love, ever

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Tue Nov 09 2021
4

Side project of Eric Clapton after Cream disbanded, Derek & The Dominos never did any other albums. And perhaps this is a damn shame, because this high points on this album are amazingly high. Bell Bottom Blues is a prime example of an amazing hard-hitting chorus that I wish never ended. Everyone is in their prime on this record, and it shows. Songs flow naturally from one to the next, making for a well-paced album that explores different moods. The overall strengths lie in the absolute beast that is Eric Clapton rocking his guitar, keeping a strong pace with the rest of the band as he carries a rocking momentum into the solo. It's a must-listen for any classic rock fans, because it rocks so hard. Great record, even if it is a little long.

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Thu Nov 11 2021
4

Bon album the rock / Blues mais certains morceaux tire en longueur avec des solo de guitare

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Wed Nov 24 2021
4

Very solid from front to back, really enjoyed this

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Wed Nov 24 2021
4

Nice and bluesy, enjoyable listen

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Sun Nov 28 2021
4

The recording session for this album was the inaugural meeting of Eric and Duane's Mutual Admiration Society. Having Duane in the studio probably made it more of a "just jammin" atmosphere and this album feels like a live recording. Also, I expect Clapton wasn't the type of guy who liked to spend weeks on overdubs and making chords sound just right. The D & D version of Key to the Highway is the best version. Duane and Eric trading solos is as good as it gets. They even solo over each other after the 5 min mark. and again after the 7 min mark. This rarely works but it sure did on this song. The guitar playing on this album is second to none. The best guitar work is on the covers (Nobody knows you . . . Key to . . ., When a Man Loves . . . and Little Wing) which I guess makes sense since Duane and Eric would both know these songs inside out so Take 1 would be amazing solos rather than feeling things out.

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Tue Nov 30 2021
4

I have such ambivalence about Eric Clapton. It's a mostly fun album, though. Except that last song. Wow.

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Tue Nov 30 2021
4

I wasn't expecting to like this one. Didn't realize who it was! After looking them up, I felt silly but understood why the guitar had me hooked.

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Mon Dec 13 2021
4

Such a shame Clapton has revealed himself as a racist anti-vaxxer, as this album is proof that the 'Clapton is God' stuff at the time was true. Duane Allman also once again displaying his mastery of the guitar. If there's to be a 'greatest songs ever written' list then surely Layla is towards the top-the piano outro will never not floor me. My favs on this album were Key To The Highway and Anyday. Little Wing sucked though!

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Mon Dec 13 2021
4

Never listened to any D&TD. Glad I have now. What a classic. Noteworthy: Have You Ever Loved A Woman

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Thu Dec 16 2021
4

An odds n' ends record that somehow comes together and feels cohesive. The personnel list on this record is insane, and the record itself runs the gambit of the various incarnations of the blues, even including a Hendrix cover in the mix. That being said, the project runs a little long and some fat could've been trimmed here. Oh, also, Clapton is still a massive dickhead. Favorite tracks: "Bell Bottom Blues", "Layla", "Key to the Highway"

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Tue Dec 28 2021
4

surprised at how much I liked this album. bell bottom blues is such an under-rated song.

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Tue Dec 28 2021
4

Hadn't listened to the full album before...so much more than Layla. Really well crafted songs that are a joy to listen to. 4/5

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Wed Dec 29 2021
4

Hate that this was Eric Clapton but liked the music!

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Fri Dec 31 2021
4

Didn't even realize this was an Eric Clapton joint until near the end! A great bluesy album. Love Layla (Look, I didn't know it was THAT Layla). The one-two-punch of Layla and then Thorn Tree in the Garden is the best

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Mon Jan 03 2022
4

Clapton may be a terrible person, but his best qualities are on display in this album as he pines for another man's wife. This album has all of the hallmarks that would become synonymous with Clapton's sound - blues, sweeping guitar solos, and beautiful harmonies. It is a strong candidate for his strongest work as an artist and the production story behind it is fascinating.

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Mon Jan 10 2022
4

Love the sound of the overall album culminating of course in the epic Layla.

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Tue Jan 11 2022
4

Good stuff

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Fri Jan 21 2022
4

Ah Derek and the Dominoes. I've listened to this album many times over the years. The guitar work on this is superb and something I love yet over the years I just don't get into it as much as I used to. Saying that, this entire album is worth it just for the song Layla. I've been listening to that song for almost 2 decades now and hearing that opening riff always makes me want to crack up the volume.

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Thu Jan 27 2022
4

Outside of the single it’s an interesting album. Very good. Shines and light on what Clapton does well.

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Mon Jan 31 2022
4

gorgeous album art funkier than expected

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Mon Jan 31 2022
4

hi for kool cova and nice music

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Tue Feb 08 2022
4

1970 - Blues Rock

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Sun Feb 13 2022
4

Kolejny potezny voljumowo krazek, bo bite 76 minut materialu, jak nazwa wskazuje roznorakich milosnych kawalkow, to sie nazywa tytul spojlerujacy plyte, bo nie tylko juz wiesz o czym bedzie, ale takze gdzie znajduje sie gem nagrania, czyli w tym wypadku tytulowa Layla, czyli pani z okladki, z ktora jest zwiazana przepiekna historia ruchania zony kolegi, tak bardzo ponadczasowa, banda Derek & The Dominos, to projekt pana Claptona, ktory wymeczony graniem w super bandach jak cream postanowil stworzyc cos swierzego, wiec zwerbowal kogo chcial i mial i nagral ten ekskluzywny krazek, jedyny projekt tego skladu, ktorego glownymi czlonkami poza Claptonem byli Bobby Whitlock na klawiszach i wokalu, Carl Radle na basie i drugiej perkusji, bo pierwsza gral Jim Gordon, znany takze z pianika na Layli, sam Clapton dzielil gitarowe partie z Duanem Allmanem, a to gitara jak dla mnie stanowi o brzmienie bluesowego rocka, bo o ile pan Eric jest niekwestionowana legenda jesli chodzi o skillsy gitarowe, to Duan z pewnoscia nalezy do czesci tej legendy, bo sporo wytrejdowali info podczas nagran do tej plyty, co slychac potem na nagraniach Allmanowych braci, ale posluchac tego duetu mozna jedynie tutaj gdzie jeden wyciaga z drugiego coraz to bardziej wymyslne power chordy przesterowane do granic mozliwosci technicznych, ktore niekiedy wrecz zawodza i slychac trzaski na tasmach, w ogole cala plyta brzmi jak wystep na zywca, wiec raczej zbyt duzego overdubowania tu nie bylo, tylko czyste jamowanie, jamowane sa zarowno klasyki bluesa jak Key to the Highway, Have You Ever Loved a Woman, czy tributowy cover Hendrixa, ktory wydyndkowal podczas prac nad krazkiem, Little Wing, na 14 trakow 5 to covery, reszta to kompozycje autorstwa duetu Clapton-Whitlock, poza Layla do ktorej sporo swojego dolozyl Gordon, na nieoczekiwanym pianinie, ktore razem z trakiem zostalo hajlajtem plyty, kolejny raz sprawdza sie, ze bardziej tragiczna historia jest tlem albumu tym lepszy on jest muzycznie, ale czy historia pozadania i rozczarowania jest naprawde az tak tragiczna jak mozna wnioskowac z kontentu plyty, w szczegolnosci wrecz maniakalnych wokalow Claptona z tytulowego traka, ktorym towarzyszy gitara, ktora progresuje napiecie w miare tego jak rozwijaja sie wokale, tylko po to zeby zostac opanowana przez pianinowe outro, ktore stanowi druga polowe traku, elektryczne ujadanie jest opanowane i teraz stanowi raczej tlo dla akustyka ktory wysuwa sie na pierwszy plan, wiec 7 minutowa calosc stanowi swojego rodzaju opowiesc z happy endem, od szlenstwa pozadania do blogosci posiadania, z plejkowych pickow to layle juz mialem dawniej dodana, ale z coverowych trakow najbardziej siadl mi nobody knows you when you are down and out z tak uniwersalnymi madrosciami zyciowymi, plyta nie odniosla komercyjnego sukcesu na premiere i jedynie tytulowy kawalek jest strimowany na spotifaju, ale jak dla mnie jest to jeden z najlepszych przykladow bluesowego rocka, laczacy w sobie klasyczne covery z orginalnymi kompozycjami bedacymi owocami pragnienia i pogoni za czyms co wydaje sie byc poza zasiegiem czleka, wiec idealnie tworzy bluesowy klimat

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Wed Feb 23 2022
4

Really good album with everything from blues to rock and some tracks that share lots of common ground with Pink Floyd.

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Wed Feb 23 2022
4

A few duds but overall pretty darn good including some real scorchers. "Key to the Highway" is my favorite, they play it on Jazz88's Bridge to the Blues show about once a month and it always knocks my socks off.

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Tue Mar 01 2022
4

Layla is an obvious classic, but I can't shake the feeling that I just listened to a guy masturbate for 75 minutes. The fact that it's Clapton makes it even more gross. A little more restraint in all areas of your life, please. Best track: Layla

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Tue Mar 08 2022
4

Decent, some nice hits

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Tue Mar 08 2022
4

Dope

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Tue Mar 08 2022
4

This is a great mixup of a supergroup. Clapton and some solid blues players make this a really good album. Layla is so great and known from goodfellas. The album has some classic rock staples and some nice blues rock songs that make it a little genre bending. Pretty cool album. 7.8/10

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Fri Mar 25 2022
4

Worth to tell

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Tue Mar 29 2022
4

Great album, but I still don't like clapton.

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Wed Mar 30 2022
4

Super goed blues/rock album, kan ik elke dag wel luisteren

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Sat Apr 02 2022
4

It's a great album, but some of the songs run too long, which causes me to zone out a lot while listening.

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Sat Apr 02 2022
4

Learned alot.

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Sat Apr 02 2022
4

Nice mellow classic rock

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Mon Apr 11 2022
4

Quite Enjoyable

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Tue Apr 26 2022
4

Obviously there are some classic rock classics here. There is also a fair bit of typical Clapton lazy blues filler. Mostly redeemed by virtuoso guitar... Getting an assist from Duane Allman never hurts I guess.

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Fri Apr 29 2022
4

When the best song on the album is over 7 minutes long you know they can create some good music. Enjoyed this and would listen again.

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Fri Apr 29 2022
4

This guy knows how to play guitar! Obviously Layla is out of this world and the sound of the whole album is quality. Just felt it dragged a bit at times. Perhaps it was one of those where you know the one song is coming so you’re listening with bated breath and everything else just drags until that point.

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Fri Apr 29 2022
4

Too long, but some pretty great bluesy rock.

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Tue Jun 14 2022
4

Great Clapton Blues Guitar!

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Thu Jun 16 2022
4

great album

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Mon Jun 27 2022
4

Not gonna lie, this would definitely be a 3 without "Layla".

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Tue Jun 28 2022
4

Very bluesy.

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Mon Jul 18 2022
4

I knew a couple of songs off of this album, including Layla, but ultimately I know more solo Clapton stuff, and wasn't too familiar going into this. I will say, I was pleasantly surprised. While nothing is ever going to be Layla, this album was chock full of excellent tracks. The guitar was out of this world on each song, as would be expected from a Clapton album; he and Duane Allman are on full-force display here. Nearly every song makes room to show off their combined guitar prowess and I was here for it. This was heavy on the blues, which can often get a bit boring for me, but the band navigated that incredibly well with what I felt was some good variety and incredibly catchy rhythms. Clapton's singing also establishes some variety here, ranging from gravely bluesy to loud cries meant to support the heaviest guitar moments. As far as the album's claim to being a love song album, that is the part that fell short for me. I wasn't particularly wowed with this album looking at it through that specific lens. But what this album lacks in truly heartfelt love songs, it makes up for in good old fashioned fiery guitar playing.

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Tue Jul 19 2022
4

Guitar going crazy the whole time. Nobody knows you when you're down is an awesome song.

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Tue Jul 26 2022
4

Not a particular Clapton fan, but this is good.

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Thu Jul 28 2022
4

Pure nostalgic joy listening to this.

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Fri Jul 29 2022
4

Never heard of the band before, but Layla is a song I'm familiar with. Some pretty good songs on the album, enjoyable, not my fav, but will play it again.

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Mon Jul 18 2022
4

Bluesy jam album Lots of cool stuff to pick through You can lose yourself in the guitars and/or the lyrics ^^^ very slow pace if that's not your vibe Key to the Highway is one of my favorite long jams of all time Cool mix of standards, covers, and originals Amazing album art Layla is a tragically beautiful centerpiece to the album

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Fri Aug 12 2022
4

Classic Clapton rock/blues.

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Sat Aug 13 2022
4

I used to work with a woman named Shayla, who was MAYBE 4 foot 9 inches in heels. And that's if we're being generous. Whenever she'd walk by, one of my cubicle mates would sing "Shayla, I can talk to you on my knees, Shayla." Again, this was in an office, not grade school. Good times. My cubicle mate justified it by saying, "I'm allowed to sing that. I'm not very tall either." Shayla was married to a jovial and quite tall fella who I really came to like. It turns out they divorced years later. I wish I could say it was due to the fact that Shayla carried on a wild affair with Billy Barty, but the time lines don't match. Shayla did have a suitor who she eventually left her tall husband for. But guess what? That jilted fucker remained jovial and tall. So in a fun, ironic twist, Shayla's husband reacted the same way that George Harrison did when he heard about Clapton having the hots for his wife. He didn't give a shit.

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Mon Aug 15 2022
4

Good stuff. I liked it. Bell bottom blues is one of my favorites

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Sun Aug 21 2022
4

I have never heard of this band before, but I enjoyed this album thoroughly.

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Mon Aug 22 2022
4

This record was made by a bunch of very seasoned and talented dudes who really, really, loved playing together, and that's exactly what it sounds like. 70s guitar rock doesn't get much better than this, and I don't think anyone can deny that Layla is one of the very best all-time rock songs. I'm not much of a Clapton fan, but his guitar work is undeniably great on this album. That said, I like Duane Allman's playing so much more, and I think he's probably the reason Clapton is so good here, as they're so clearly playing off of each other and pushing each other to go further. It's so much fun to listen to, especially on Key To the Highway, Tell the Truth (goddamn that's some beautiful slide playing!) and Have You Ever Loved a Woman. We were talking about jazz and how watching the musicians compete with each other usually kind of leaves me cold... well I guess this is my jazz, because listening to this guys trade solos is just so exciting to me.

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Mon Aug 22 2022
4

Oh Clapton.. not a huge fan of him as a person but I can’t deny his ability. This album was an enjoyable listen. No obvious highs and no obvious lows, maybe almost to a fault.

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Wed Aug 24 2022
4

I was familiar with the story surrounding this album but never listened to the full album before. The album starts off with a song with a rather country like sound. But with the start of the 2nd song the albums shifts gears into a full blues rock album. My favorite song is the 3rd song, Keep On Growing. From the first few seconds of the start of the song I could already tell i was gonna like this song. Its 2 minute outro is finger licking good! 2nd place is for Key To The Highway, such a great sound, absolutely love the guitarplay! Really like the vibe of the album, weeping guitars and that typical, almost classical 60's sound. This was really a awesome starter!

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Fri Aug 26 2022
4

Qué grata sorpresa. Primero, no sabía de la existencia de esta agrupación. Mi conocimiento de la carrera de Eric Clapton llegaba a Cream y el otro grupo con Jeff Beck. Bell Bottom Blues ahora es una de mis canciones favoritas

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Thu Sep 01 2022
4

Frantic blues. Sweet!

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Sat Sep 03 2022
4

Very good rock bless album. Though Clapton doesn't hit the same as he used to...

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Tue Sep 06 2022
4

6/14, 43%

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Tue Sep 13 2022
4

Nice band, I think with Eric Clapton.

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Wed Sep 21 2022
4

Great record with Layla and other well assorted love songs.

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Thu Sep 29 2022
4

Good shit man 4 Buncha people rating it 1 and 2 just because Clapton is a piece of shit. Y'all probably unironically love Yeezy ya hypocrites

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Tue Oct 04 2022
4

Ma note : 4 Waouh ! Un vrai disque de gratteux ! Deux légendes : Clapton d'Angleterre et Duane Allman des États-Unis (il participe à 11 titres sur 14).... La Gibson d'Eric et la Slide de Duane ! Les autres musiciens sont issus du groupe Delanney & Bonnie & friends... Publié fin 1970, il reste un standart du rock et apparaît régulièrement dans les classements... Il faut acheter le coffret avec toutes les "chutes" de studio et les jams entre les deux guitares hero... Il est sorti aussi en version 3 CD pour le 20 anniversaire du disque... Tout le monde (ou presque) sait que Layla (la chanson titre) etait secrètement dédiée à Pattie Boyd, dont Clapton était secrètement fou amoureux... Le problème c'est que Patti était la compagne de Georges Harrison, le silent Beatles, qui s'avérait être aussi le meilleur ami d'Eric... Un triangle amoureux et d'amitié terrible dont les tortures génèreront une grande partie des plus belles chansons de cet album... L'histoire se finira bien puisque Clapton epousera Patti en 79 (et en divorcera en 88 !... C'était bien la peine !!!) Il existe un live, très moyen quand on sort du disque studio présenté aujourd'hui.... De ce live, hélas, Duane Allman est absent... C'est le groupe Delanney & Bonnie qui accompagne Clapton... Et sans la slide de Duane, cela n'a plus du tout le meme goût... C'est d'ailleurs cette version de Derek & Dominoes qui sera le backing band de Georges Harrison sur l'ensemble de son triple album "All things Must Pass"... "Little Wing", une reprise d'Hendrix figure aussi sur l'album... Pour ma part, je préfère et de loin les versions d'Hendrix... Celles de Clapton seront toujours lourdes et verbeuses, loin de l'émotion du titre phare d'Hendrix... C'est pour moi la seule faute de goût du disque...

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Fri Oct 07 2022
4

Amazing album by an amazing guitarist that rose to fame on the back of American blues artists.

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Sat Oct 08 2022
4

Banger banger

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Mon Oct 17 2022
4

Really enjoyed

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Tue Oct 18 2022
4

Listened to on 10/24/22 4.5/5 Favorite song: Layla, have you ever loved a woman, any day I loved this rock album and listened to it all morning

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Tue Oct 18 2022
4

Pretty solid album from a short-lived band with a stupid name. 4/5

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Wed Oct 19 2022
4

Good album

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Thu Oct 20 2022
4

19th October 2022 Listened during the day while working from home. Chilled week, watched Liverpool West Ham. What a combo Clapton and Allman are, duelling lead guitars riffing on blues rock.

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Mon Oct 24 2022
4

This is probably Clapton’s best and most cohesive work. This album more or less is a concept album about Eric Clapton’s infatuation with George Harrison’s then wife which culminates in the penultimate track, the title track, where he expresses his love directly to her. The music itself is a tight country infused blues rock. Some of Clapton’s best guitar playing is found here as well.

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Wed Oct 26 2022
4

It's tempting to give this album 5 stars reflexively, just based on one song, a song that happens to be one of the greatest songs ever recorded. But if I'm being honest, this is a solid 4 album with a couple of exceptional 5+ star tracks. That takes nothing away from the fact that Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs is a beautiful album that's always a pleasure to hear, one of the great albums of its era. This is laid back, bluesy stuff with an undercurrent of longing and sadness that brings a lot of depth to the sound. Yeah, there's a pronounced self-indulgence on some of these songs that gets to be a bit much. But when that self-indulgence results in "Layla," I'll listen to it gladly anytime. Fave Songs: Layla, Why Does Love Got to Be So Sad?, Little Wing, Anyday, Bell Bottom Blues, I Am Yours

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Fri Nov 04 2022
4

I actually liked this and found it easy to listen to and fun. I've always liked blue rock and Eric Clapton.

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Fri Nov 04 2022
4

I enjoyed the heck out of this! Only thing making it a 4 and not a 5 in my view is that some songs lasted about 1 to 2 to 4 minutes longer than was warranted. (But I also get that the band was jamming.)

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Mon Nov 07 2022
4

Another round of love the art, hate the artist. Clapton is amazing, no other musician's fans acclaim god-like status like his and it's fairly evident on this album. There is a lot of filler, everything after track 2's Bell-Bottom Blues through track 10's Have You Ever Loved A Woman just drones. But the real gold is the bookends of the album. People love to drag Clapton through the mud and he deserves that, but Clapton found the inspiration for the album in Duane Allman who plays on many of the tracks and had these two met, Clapton's career might've been shorter. 4/5.

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Wed Nov 09 2022
4

I will be in a minority here and say that Layla itself isn't that much of a hit for me. On the other hand I did enjoy the album as a whole. Nothing really stood out that much, but looking back at the length of it - never really felt like it dragged and that is a big compliment coming from me when it comes to records over 1 hour.

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Thu Nov 10 2022
4

Прослушано! Отличный альбом, можно и нужно слушать ещё.

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Tue Nov 15 2022
4

Yup, good album

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Sat Dec 03 2022
4

Oh look, there's that racist again! Why are we allowing the openly racist here, anyway? Did Elon Musk buy this website, too? I thought this place was about creating an open community. As to the music (insert painful segue): It's of the very bluesy rock I used to like a lot, and actually still like a lot (especially in the longer songs, such as Key to the Highway or Have You Ever Loved a Woman). However, one could successfully argue, though, that this album is rather old in the tooth. And then there's Layla, a timeless classic.

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Mon Dec 05 2022
4

Its kinda weird how into his friends wife he is.. Favourite songs: Bell bottom blues, Keep on growing, I am yours,why does love got to be so sad, little wing, layla

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Fri Dec 09 2022
4

Rating: 8/10 Best songs: I looked away, Bell bottom blues, It’s too late, Layla

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Fri May 21 2021
3

Really good Clapton

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Wed Apr 07 2021
3

Ok sure. Not my cup of tea, but the guitar work is great (of course). The eponymous "Layla" is really the only thing that jumped out at me.

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Mon Jun 21 2021
3

Solid classic rock

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Wed Apr 07 2021
3

I like it

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Wed Apr 07 2021
3

I like it.

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Wed May 05 2021
3

"I was standing, Looking in the face of one who loved me, Feeling so ashamed. Hoping," (Keep on growing) "Please, leave me alone Nothing in this world can make me stay I'd rather go back, I'd rather go back home" (Anyday) Un poco decepcionada con este disco, porque "Layla" me parece un temazo pero todo lo demás un poco meh.

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Thu May 20 2021
3

Between a 2-5 and a 3 for me

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Fri Jun 18 2021
3

Pretty cool, but again, I've had enough of 70s rock. Layla is a jam though.

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Fri Jun 04 2021
3

3.5/5 it had some interesting songs, i'll have to relisten

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Mon Jul 19 2021
3

eh. 3

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Mon Apr 26 2021
3

Some pretty cool Blues Rock sounding tracks, almost a little bit Eric Clapton style. Can even hear how QOTSA Villains album had some similar sounds. Layla is an absolute classic, but this isnt generally my thing, so, 3/5. Edit: just googled it and it's Eric Clapton's band hahhaha 😂

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Sun May 09 2021
3

All familiar songs. Lacking impact as an album.

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Tue May 11 2021
3

Pretty boring

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Tue Jun 29 2021
3

The record starts off extremely strong, with Looked Away having everything, touching lyrics that are sung emotionally by Clapton's on the edge of breaking, lovely guitar solos and the epic ascending chorus of Bell Bottom Blues. I do not love the sharp guitar riffs on Keep On Growing and Key To The Highway, and I feel both tracks overstay their welcome by a minute or 2/3, Nobody Knows is way too much blues and not enough rock and the mastering is mediocre at times (base only in left ear). Layla is also worth a mention for obvious reasons. All in all, a fine record. 3/5

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Mon May 24 2021
3

Eric Clapton at the beginning

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