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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

3.41

Votes

12844

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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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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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
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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Thu Oct 07 2021
1

I need a slowed-down, soul-free version of Little Wing like I need another hole in my head. Diet blues.

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Sat Dec 03 2022
1

My first ever one star for this overrated, racist old bore. Pedestrian songs and one hour 16 minutes. He can shove his dominos up his arse.

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Thu Dec 15 2022
1

I deeply hate Eric Clapton, both as a person and as a musician. I did not want to listen to this album. However, l decided that I should at least give it a go considering that I still hold a lot of Kanye West's music very close to my heart and I should probably extend the same courtesy that I expect from some of the more Kanye-averse users on this site giving his music a fair shot to Clapton. That being said, this album was pretty dull, but of course Layla is an unimpeachable track.

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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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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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Tue Jan 17 2023
1

The cover of Little Wing is unlistenable, especially the grating refrain they added. I never want to hear this album again.

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Fri Oct 06 2023
1

Eric Clapton absolutely sucks

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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Tue Jun 06 2023
3

Goes on too long. First concert I went to was Clapton in the Albert Hall, as my dad is a fan back from the Yardbirds’s day. I might’ve only been 10, and was impressed as I was meant to be, but I remember feeling impatient for the big riffs, which seemed rare. My favourite song was “Sunshine of Your Love”, and I probably wondered why he didn’t play more of stuff that sounded like that, rather than the plod plod woo-hoo-yeah material that I let my legs dangle back and forth to. Later, the album “Journeyman” came out, which my dad got on tape, and I remember him rushing into a bedroom we kids had congregated in to play a segment of the song “No Alibis”, specifically a two second segment of a solo, which he happily described as classic Clapton. Even then, I felt this was poignant. Two seconds out of a 57 minute album! On heroin addiction, William Burroughs wrote that the addict could spend a whole day staring at the corner of his shoe. He might have added “or inconclusively guitar solo to “Key To The Highway”. Everything is clear and glints, all the many elements painstakingly balanced against each other. The back and forth between guitarists is evident, even if the subject of the conversation is mundane. How many of these songs are about nicking George’s wife? “Layla etc” is “No Alibi”’s dad, a shiny artifact that’s more soft than rock, but the rock that’s there is worth a linger if you like truck stops. But it is so long that a second listen through almost took me to the office sick bay for a lie-down during “Tell the Truth”. It has been a long year. (I ended up just sitting on the couch outside it, writing some of this review.) “Layla” is often said to be Clapton’s best song, but the riff is Duane Allman’s invention and the piano part is, allegedly, Rita Coolidge’s, pinched by her abusive drummer boyfriend Jim Gordon (he’d later murder his mum and spend most of his life in jail before his death this year). What I am getting to is that back then Clapton still had some good compositional taste! Far too long. Just now, I took out a headphone bud with an audible gasp of Jesus Christ. I am giving this 3, as it is an archetype, the platonic ideal of a kind of music that I find irredeemably lame, but with which I am sentimentally entangled. Having not heard it in decades, the intro to their cover of “Little Wing” stilled me. I prefer it to the original. Super epic. Followed by the dishwater blues of “It’s too late”. Can’t believe I’ve listened to this twice today. Am betting my partner in this endeavour will remedy this review with two lines and a score perhaps half that number. What was that song you taught me back in labs? “My old man said be an Arsenal fan…”

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Fri Jul 14 2023
3

Look. You know why this album is on the list, I know why the album is on the list. Just give it a 3 and move on

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Fri Dec 01 2023
3

There's a lot of foreplay, some pleasurable some not, before Layla opens her legs for the good stuff. Oh, and Clapton is a cunt.

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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 Dec 12 2023
2

Not even the slide-god Duane Allman can rescue Eric Clapton from his native bland blues-dad territory. Layla is a good song I never need to hear again, but otherwise the best tracks on here are like filler on an 80s ABB album - big broad major-key southern rock chord progressions, mildly funky basslines, and mostly aimless noodle. The best bits are the harmonized gual guitar leads and Duane's slide solos/fills. Clapton's vocals are flat and soulless and, Cream aside, I've never understood the hype around him as a guitar legend - he's just a technically proficient but very mechanical Buddy Guy/BB King impersonator with nothing special about his phrasing, tone, or anything. There are so many licks on here some are bound to be good, so every couple songs there's something ear-catching like a cool descending run, a minor pentatonic->mixolydian transition, or a big melodic line. It's all very mid, but hey, there's a lot of it - real discount bin stuff...

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Sat Feb 17 2024
2

You know, when I first listened to this album I thought, "Guitar, guitar guitar guitarguitar, but guitar with guitar is guitartar." Then after a while, I found myself really soaking in and saying, "Guitarguitar on gui- guitar is guitar tar tar tar gui targuitar guitar!" And now after having heard it all the way through, I can confidently say, "Layla."

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Sun Mar 31 2024
2

In the spirit of “separating the art from the artist”, I’d just like to say that this is decent record by a talented band that happened to be fronted by a massive douchebag. (Seriously, do yourself a favor and google “Eric Clapton $11 Lawsuit”)

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Thu Mar 03 2022
1

Boring blues-rock that I've heard a million times by now. While Clapton is clearly talented, I can't stand this type of music. I understand he was a pioneer in his field, but even then, these songs were old by the time he stole them. 'Layla' has also aged terribly, dude's simping over someone else's wife. I guess Clapton could never be original in any facet in his life.

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Tue Mar 15 2022
1

This is so boring. This album has no right being over an hour long. There's so much pointless noodling it makes me want to bash my head against a wall. The vocals are bad too. Why Does Love Gotta Be So Sad is a pretty good song though. I think if the songs ended sooner it would be a much better album.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
1

Clapton is such an emotionally expressive soloist, but often the songs that are bolted onto them just aren't entertaining or original enough all the way through. It was only during the course of listening to this album that I discovered he was a racist and an Enoch Powell supporter. So fuck this guy. I can't listen to a double album through twice without that in the back of my mind all the time.

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Tue Nov 22 2022
1

Christ, this was shit. Any hope I had faded when I saw the running time of 1 hour and 16 minutes. How many Atlantic soul singles could I fit into this timeframe? ALL winners, unlike the crap from the silly old racist doing his guitar shite on this album. I know, I'll wait until Layla, I thought. I could probably just about stomach this in a non-ironic Partridge strumming style. But it was the penultimate track. Even the Spotify ads for CEX were better than this shit. Bailed three songs in. Ahh - here comes Wilson Pickett. That's better.

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Wed May 31 2023
1

The racist wanker ruins this for me. No thank you.

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Mon Jun 05 2023
1

Fuck Eric "Keep Britain white" Clapton.

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Mon Jul 10 2023
1

A great accompaniment to this hot weather. Really wore me out

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Tue Mar 05 2024
1

Uggghhhh, starting my morning by rolling Clapton on this one is not how I want to enter the day. Let's try to stay unbiased, despite my long running opinion of "fuck that guy". Jesus, this album is over an hour long? Cocaine really does make folks think ALL of their ideas are great ones, doesn't it? OK OK, hitting play... I feel like there has to be a correlation between the popularity of this album and the amount of lead paint in homes in America at the time. What an absolutely boring turd of a record. If this is one of the 1001 records I need to hear before I die, now that I've slogged through this I welcome the cold embrace of death. (Fine, credit where due, the song "Layla" is a ripper, albeit one that could've been edited down by like a full two minutes)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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

One of the truly great albums

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Mon Jan 09 2023
5

So many of these are great and were totally new to me! Particularly enjoyed Tell The Truth as a new-to-me tune.

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Fri Jan 13 2023
5

my man was down bad lmao whole album is just Eric Clapton wanting to fuck George Harrison’s wife still, despite the subject matter, this is a shockingly beautiful album actually, I guess it isn’t too surprising Clapton is Clapton; he’s a complete asshole irl, but he’s a damn talented one 10/10

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Thu Jan 19 2023
5

This, objectively, a great album by a talented group of musicians. It’s also worthy of the list given they were one-and-done. Still, my gut tells me it’s still a 4. That might be because Clapton’s style is so familiar at this point that it’s hard to give this the appreciation that a fresh set of ears might have. Also, he kinda turned in to a crazy old man and I can’t get that part out of my head. Still, the album. The album is a 5.

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Fri Jan 20 2023
5

Yeah, I mean, it's a banger. Even the Little Wing cover manages to justify its existence

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Sat Jan 21 2023
5

I wasn't really awake when I put this album on this morning before hopping in the shower. As the hot water hit me and I started to finally wake up, I thought, "Dang. That sounds like Clapton. I thought it was Derek somebody..." Look, I said I wasn't awake yet. Yeah, it's Clapton. It's Clapton trying to be less of a cult icon which means it's largely missing the ego and it's just a guy wailing on his guitar like his life depends on it. He's clearly just enjoying making really good music and it's tasty as hell. Later in his career, as a solo artist, Clapton would become pretty cringey but here, at this point in the game, he's just fantastic. Maybe the top of his game. There's a reason he's a legend. And this album is a big part of it. On top of ALL that, I just enjoyed the hell out of it. No reservations. Full marks.

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Wed Jan 25 2023
5

This was even better than I remember it being.

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Thu Feb 02 2023
5

Been probably my fave album all time for a while. Love when Clapton gets into bluesier side. Also finally starts embracing himself as a vocalist here.

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Thu Feb 09 2023
5

If you like rock and blues influenced guitar playing, I have the album for you. Here two of the GOATs united for one glorious celebration of the instruments and the songs are not bad either. Favorites: bell bottom Blues, keep on growing, why does love got to be so sad, and of course Layla. Clapton’s second best work (after Blind Faith).

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Thu Feb 09 2023
5

I hadn’t listened to this all the way through for a long time. Was thinking I’d probably give it a 4. After listening again today, that would have been absolutely wrong. Definitely a 5. My favorite is the cover of Little Wing. Hard to imagine that this was panned when it came out.

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Thu Feb 09 2023
5

This one is awesome and belongs on the list. It is a masterpiece that provides Clapton with a perfect showcase for his tremendous talents. Clapton was not in a great space, but that inspires incredible (and incredibly personal) music. The rest of the "group" is also up to the task - especially Bobby Whitlock. There may be some filler (the issue with most double albums), but the highlights give it the five stars.

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Thu Feb 09 2023
5

The song writing on this album is just so good. Add the blues guitar shredding and you’ve got a fantastic album. Easy 5

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Tue Feb 21 2023
5

Classic already heard it a million times

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Thu Mar 02 2023
5

“Just when I think you couldn’t possibly be any dumber, you go and do something like this, and totally redeem yourself!” – Harry Dunne

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Thu Mar 02 2023
5

Songs I grew up with that I didn't know were all from one album

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Tue Mar 14 2023
5

What a excellent discovery! Loved it...

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