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Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs

Derek & The Dominos

1970

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Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Absolute classic

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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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Un 5.

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love it

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An incredible blues rock album with Clapton at his best

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One of the best albums ever recorded. A masterpiece.

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

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

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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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Great album some classic blues covers and originals

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

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Excellent album.

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Fantastic Clapton work

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Bruh

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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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Brilliant

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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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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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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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Великолепно

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Blues, rock, Clapton... ¡Vinilo!

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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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Very “The Band” and “Beatles” esque.

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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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Eric Clapton that’s it

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

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Un classiqe et un de mes albums preferées 5

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love it..

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yes, THAT Layla; songs are heavy on instrumentals

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Nice classic rock! Layla is killer song!

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

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

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

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4/5

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

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

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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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bell bottom blues

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

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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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Nice Eric Clapton. 7.5/10

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Good and chill

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

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Super bluesove solicka, standardny stary blues - Eric Clapton.

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Clapton and the boys with their finest blues-rock.

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Fun listen

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22/06/2021

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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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Eric Clapton is a guitar god.

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Absolute classic. The guitar playing is otherworldy!

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Why so long though

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

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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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Blues rock

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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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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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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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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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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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Comfortable guitar music

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

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Love that warm electric guitar sound.

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sygt at clapton er bedre alene

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God blues med det helt dyre orgel.

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I dig it

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

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

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Very solid from front to back, really enjoyed this

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Nice and bluesy, enjoyable listen

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

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

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

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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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Hate that this was Eric Clapton but liked the music!

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

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Good stuff

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

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gorgeous album art funkier than expected

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hi for kool cova and nice music

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1970 - Blues Rock

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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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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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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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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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Decent, some nice hits

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Dope

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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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Worth to tell

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

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

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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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Learned alot.

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Nice mellow classic rock

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Quite Enjoyable

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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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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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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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Too long, but some pretty great bluesy rock.

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Great Clapton Blues Guitar!

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Really good Clapton

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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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Solid classic rock

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I like it

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I like it.

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"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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Between a 2-5 and a 3 for me

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

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

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eh. 3

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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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All familiar songs. Lacking impact as an album.

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Pretty boring

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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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Eric Clapton at the beginning

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muy chulooo!!

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Cool

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BT: Bell Bottom Blues (2), Anyday (6), Layla (13) Rock clásico a más no poder, perfecto para música de ambiente en un bar de cuarentones, el álbum se hace algo largo y tiene más relleno que Naruto, pero las guitarras suenan genial y Layla es BRUTAL, un buen disco de Rock blues pero más estirado que un chicle. Key to de Highway (7) son casi 10 minutos de solos de Rock/blues, que si te mola está de puta madre pero pero en 10 minutos me hago unos macarrones y me sobra tiempo. Thorn Tree In The Garden es una canción muy soft y perfecta para tu playlist de relax o de acústico. Si tienes un barucho en medio de la carretera, este disco es para ti, sino, escucha solo las BT.

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Bello anche se non me lo ricordo gia' piu'

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Eka biisi huolestutti vahvalla kantrivivahteella, mut levyhän alko nopeesti kasvaa raikkaaks rallatteluks.

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Tuli kuunneltua osissa niin kokonaiskuva pääsi hajoamaan, mutta ihan lepposaa ja kulkevaa rockia.

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Not my favorite but not bad for what it was.

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"Layla" is enough classical for the whole album, but some other songs are also very good songs. This is not an exceptional album, it stills sounds like a "clean" 70/80's rock n' roll (this is not really a bad thing, but it's hasn't any real highlight besides "Layla").

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Alittle too long of an album

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Too old time-y for my liking.

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Layla is the stand out the rest is just ok

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pretty good blues

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Very 70s, fine not bad or anything.

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Being generous with the 3. I’m mostly indifferent, though “I Looked Away,” “Bell Bottom Blues” and “Anyday” were nice. Shame what they did to Little Wing.

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Feels like this was the precursor to a lot of 1970s studio-based albums. More like a 2.5

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Questo è il classico disco che s'è voluto spingere troppo oltre, un po' come i giochi AAA che vogliono massimizzare $/h di gioco. La band è forte, il blues è di qualità e c'è anche un tentativo apprezzabile di varietà, però 75 minuti so difficili da reggere pure quando sei un genio artistico, non li puoi reggere facendo rock blues, anche se di buona fattura. Comunque non li penalizzerò per il fatto che li ho dovuti sentire in due giri perché mediamente mi hanno intrattenuto. Io direi un 2.75 che promuovo a 3 perché l'ho trovato comunque di qualità superiore della maggior parte dei rock bluesettari ascoltati finora.

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Sono combattuto perché è un album di qualità, suonato con gusto. Ma allo stesso sto facendo fatica a digerirlo. Mi spiego, è pieno di schitarrate blues classiche ma fatte bene, roba che sembra facile ma che non riuscirei mai a suonare allo stesso modo. Alcuni pezzi non sono nemmeno troppo scontati, anzi! Aggiornamento in diretta: Sto a 11. Little Wing, e mentre sto scrivendo questa recensione sto cambiando idea, mi sa che è un bell'album dopo tutto! Praticamente ho scoperto solo all'ultimo di aver ascoltato Eric Clapton e, non solo, che questo album sia tipo un classicone. Giuro che non lo conoscevo.. Un 3 pieno pieno!

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6/10. Jeez, I'd never realized that Layla was 7 minutes long. I like Layla just fine, but this album is just 76 minutes that all sounds like Layla but a little worse. Not an unenjoyable experience by any means, but a little samey.

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Bit forgettable. 6

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damn this was long for how little variety it had. i'm not gonna say it was bad overall, there were a couple of really good songs, but it really got grating after hearing songs that sounded so similar over and over. 5/10

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It's a 2 without Layla. Too long without enough good stuff. That song is amazing though

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man...i just don't know about this one. i never actually cared for clapton all that much, is the thing. i do still love the ending of layla, but that's in part because it's NOTHING LIKE the rest of clapton's work. which, to me, has always kind of sounded like a white man ripping off the black bluesmen of the south - and that's unfortunate, because his talent is undeniable. i just...don't like him. and honestly, as of pandemic times, it's a lot harder to like him as a human than it ever has been. i guess maybe he actually did sell his soul to rock & roll.

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Just give me the title track (and Bell Bottom Blues, that's a good song). The world has moved past the need for Eric Clapton and his weird pining for George Harrison's wife.

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Good tracks, but fairly standard blues rock. Some tracks were a bit too drawn out for my taste, but over all fairly enjoyable.

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Blues and blues and rock. I enjoyed hearing the evolution of a great guitarist, as well as the softening of a voice. Whoever mic'd that drum kit needs a talking to. How many pillows were stuffed into that floor tom?

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Firstly, this is a blind review. I have zero up front knowledge of this band/album. Secondly, I will let you know when I do later in the review. This album reminds me of watching 80s television, Knight Rider, if you must know, with house bands singing generic sounding rock and roll that no one has ever heard, until it became cool to license songs directly from the popular culture and make it part of the show's track. Once I get over this, this album still does not make a big impression on me. The 70s were a confusing time, lots of peace and love leftover from the 60s, but also a lot of weirdness and flirtations with chaos showed up in this decade. While this album is from 1970, you can hear the precursor sounds that fully abandoned the more flowery aspects of the 60s, and the more grounded and gritty via a love letter kindly reminding us of the Blues particularly of note in "Key To The Highway". Until now, this album is not that exciting, but it is very familiar. Now we are at "Little Wing" and about halfway through that song, I mark it as my favorite. Not even one song later, a familiar riff hits me. "Layla", a song that is on constant rotation on my local classic rock station, but for some reason is always credited to Eric Clapton. At this point, I decided to see exactly who Derek & The Dominoes were and then it all starts to make sense. This album is basically a love child of several members of bands who would later rise to prominence and define the blues/rock of this particular decade. This album drops right in the middle of significant social change, to include an unpopular war, and perhaps the world wasn't quite ready for it. Granted, the contemporaries would find their footing and give us some of the best classic rock ever, songs that inform constantly what it is that people really love.

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Gode gamle Eric, solid rock, god guitar, Layla

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3.3 - Overly crowded with guitar showboating. Undeniably there are some jams here. The problem for me is the jams are too long and I get burnt out on 12-bar blues by the end. Also, I’ve never understood the fascination with “Layla” - the piano outro is boring and, again, it’s crowded with guitar noodling. Obviously Clapton is a skilled guitarist but to me he lacks subtlety, at best he’s able to hammer and bend on the strings.

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A good blues album

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Look. Layla. Just, perfection. Didn't have a ton of time for the rest of the album though, so it won't make my top lists.

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Layla is the best song on the album but is also long. The other songs are alright but a bit of a jam session which makes the song longer than necessary.

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Nice calming intro, looks like it's going to be a good 70s good time. I think if they can manage to introduce some variety into these jams at some point it could be pretty good. Some tempo changes, that sort of thing.

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Is Layla the rock version of “and I fucked your bitch you fat motherfucker”, obviously George and Eric weren’t feuding like that though. Have you ever loved a woman is also pretty cold too. Anyways it’s alright, and was deservedly called so before people figured out it was Clapton’s newest outing.

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Enjoyed this!

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I tend to push back against Classic rock hits that have become over played monster hits, eg Layla, Stairway to Heaven, Freebird. But when I think about it, this isn’t the fault of the band, it’s the radio stations that are to blame for over playing a great song so much that it becomes a cliche. When I heard these songs for the first time I was blown away at their epicness. But decades later they’re considered washed up Dad Rock has beens, again it isn’t the fault of the songwriter, they did their job which was to craft a giant hit. This album seems disconnected from Layla, it’s mostly Blues Rock (as interpreted by some English blokes again) and then the aforementioned 800 lb gorilla. I found most of the Blues to be uninspired, Hendrix or even Blue Cheer did it way better IMO. So this gets 3 stars simply from the gorilla song

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7/10

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Tänään opin että Layla ei ole Eric Claptonin biisi. Hieman myöhemmin opin että Eric Clapton on Derek & The Dominosin laulaja ja biisintekijä. Oikein miellyttävää rallatteluahan tämä levy on, vaikka suuri osa biisestä ei herätä erityisen suuria tunteita. Uusista tuttavuuksista ehkä Bell Bottom Blues nousi muiden yläpuolelle. Vaikkei levyssä mitään vikaa olekaan, ei tämä genre kuitenkaan ole ihan oma juttuni. Lähempänä nelosta kuin kakkosta, mutta kolmosella mennään.

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Vähän tämmöistä nyyhkymusaa, ei kai nyt ihan blues-rockia, mutta sellaista kaipailevan alakuloista kevytrokkia kuitenkin. Välillä oli ihan mukavaakin fiilistelyä, mutta enimmäkseen ei niin innostanut. Ekan kierroksen aikana mietin jo kakkostakin, mutta tokalla kuuntelukerralla nousi kolmosen puolelle.

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Classic.

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southern boogie rock. its fine if thats your thing. Layla is a perennial hit.

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As stated in the title this album has ‘Layla’ and other songs

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3.5/5 a pretty great album when it hits its strides. Starts strong and ends strong, the middle section had a few good tunes but mostly forgettable to me. Nice cover of Little Wing!

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Lots of classics on this album. I used to love this album. My appreciation has waned some as I learned more about Eric Clapton stealing George Harrison's wife - not cool. Still, Layla is a wonderful song. But Eric Clapton just kind of sucks as a person.

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Bueno

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mEh. Layla is the only song that's worth it. The others aren't bad, just kind of boring. First two songs were also good.

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Not bad, interesting to listen to Clapton’s blues of the 70’s

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Þrjú góð lög. Problematic gaur að svo mörgu leyti.

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This was great... but left me kind of uninterested. Clapton's guitar playing is incredible at times on this album, everything works together so brilliantly. It just didn't grab me as something that I would regularly seek out to put on the speakers. I am fully aware however, that this kind of thing isn't really a judgement at all and is dependent on mood time of day and all kinds of factors... so who knows. Maybe I'll come back to this one day and fall more in love with it.

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Not to say this album is bad but it’s very much a relic of its time, which is fine but I think the weaker parts of this project have shown more as its aged. Often I feel as if I’m just waiting through a simple song to see how Clapton going to save it with his guitar solo. Speaking of, Eric Clapton’s guitar work is fucking timeless! Layla For instance feature both of these qualities. I swear to god this song has the most drab introduction with the most epic payoff. Clapton’s guitar sings one of the most iconic ballads of its time but you have to wait through the obligatory, bland 2 minute intro that comes before every song and that summarizes a lot of the music on the album. Album’s aight though

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This album has some great songs...some classic songs, bit as stated previously; blues rock don't do it for me. I do luv Bell Bottom Blues though. 3.5 🌟

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decent blues rock album

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Classic songs

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In high school my friends and I poured over this encyclopedia of Beatles history. In it, there was a full page photo of Patti Boyd and we were obsessed. So I get it Eric Clapton. Shame this guy has some bad options on COVID and wrote a protest song about having to wear a mask. The 2020s has really done a number on older pop culture icons lol.

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Oh, wat een lekker relaxte muziek. Leuk album! Klinkt een beetje Bon Jovi, of in ieder geval lekker poppie en bluezy. Dit soort blues vind ik wel leuk. ***

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coisa do eric clapton

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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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Really good pieces in here, even though they all kinda feel the same. I had to restart the album a couple of times bc of its unnecessary noises. It would have been better if it wasn't too much...

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02/11/2022 Some very looooonnnngggggg songs, that began to feel like a chore to get through. Layla is, of course, a classic. I also really dug the opening track, too.

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Very talented musicians, but honestly it gets a bit old for me. Didn't know this was something Clapton was in as well. Interestingly not the version of Layla I know as well, so that's kinda neat.

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One really good song but the rest were just average

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Normal

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Several great songs, a lot of bloat.

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Good guitar and well orchestrated songs, nothing really stands out though. Nice background music.

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Not bad.

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Shame that Clapton is such a shitbird, otherwise this album is fine.

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It bridges the gap between Rock (Good) and White Man's Blues (Not Good). Clearly lot of ability here but contains a lot of blues indulgence

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A decent, if overlong, classic rock LP. Definitely wears thin by the end, but the guitar tone is so good and the solos so bread-and-butter blues rock that I was able to find myself nodding along most of the time.

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Not a fan of Clapton. To my mind this is average album with 2 great songs; one, Layla I really wouldn't care if I never heard it again, the other Bell Bottom Blues, gives the album a full star for its excellence. Overall 3.5 🌟

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Mostly just bb king sounding blues

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Solid

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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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Look yeah this album isn't exactly the peak of excitement, it goes too long tbh. But if you give it a 1 or 2 because of whatever Eric Clapton said in 2020, you're the problem in the world today. Not him. 3/5.

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Good singing, good playing - and, truly, a couple of moments of transcendence. Of course, the entirety of 'Layla' - but also the gliding 'Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad', and let's throw 'Bell Bottom Blues' into the mix - it's like a superior David Gates number. The rest can be hard work - do we really need over nine minutes of blues workout 'Key to the Highway', especially this rather pedestrian version? 'It's Too Late' is a real fucking snoozer, so I guess it's good that 'Layla' wakes you up directly afterwards. No, too much of this album reeks of the smug satisfaction of a bunch of musos 'getting in together', yet, with a few notable exceptions, failing to do anything fun, original or affecting. Where's the passion, the madness, the lifeforce that powers the very best music? It's barely hinted at here. The pipe and slippers, however, were surely not too far away...

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I really like the overall sound of this album. You can hear the sweat in these tracks. Great energy. They're all strong performances, but you can see why Layla is far and away the most popular one. I would probably put this on in the background if I could get some of those Eric Clapton quotes out of my head.

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In theory ‘Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs’ is right up my alley, but in reality, it just doesn’t do it for me. It’s not bad…it just falls flat. The production is tinny, and its 70-minute run time feels like 3 hours when you actually sit down and listen to the whole album in a single sitting. Frankly, it drags. As a prime example, in what universe do we need the last 4 and half minutes of ‘Layla’? Why was it ever padded out to 7 minutes to begin with?

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Some good tunes but Eric Clapton is a dick so only 3 stars

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Good stuff most of the way through. Can't go wrong with Layla or Bell Bottom Blues. But it does linger on a bit much, as a whole.

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Not great. Just what you’d expect.

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Some good songs but not my style.

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A mellow album of love songs. 1RS

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I’ve never been a big Clapton fan, and this album didn’t really change that, but if there’s one song I do like it’s “Layla”. “Key to the Highway” was pretty good too, but the whole thing is just too long.

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A mi esto en 2021 me atufa un poco a dadrock y sinceramente pa ser de 1970 con hendrix ya comiendo suelo y los beatles separaos no le veo mucho el fuste

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Disappointed in this. General upbeat light blues songs but no great discoveries.

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Layla sounds familiar... the others didn’t really stick out to me

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Album title says it all, right?

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Alright. Layla obvs the highlight.

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Layla. Classic. Clapton was a bit of a shit to George Harrison though wasn’t he?

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Honestly, too long. Some nice blues rock but there is better.

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Meh, appreciate the technicality, but wouldn't listen over and over again

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This blues rock double album is the sole album created by Eric Clapton's band - Derek & The Dominos - and as the title states, it's a collection of love songs. At release it was a commercial and critical failure, but over time it has been considered Eric's best work and is now certified gold. I wasn't really interested in any particular songs off the album, but it made great background music for work. Perhaps someone in love would enjoy listening to this album.

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couple of songs

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Клептон баянно-рокенрольный

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Layla is a great track & I remember getting excited every time it came on the radio in my pre-teen years. I Turned Away and a couple of the others songs I like (not to mention the guitar playing), but for me, the blues-rock isn't very inspired & weighs the album down. Cream was pushing the needle forward a few years early but this is a step back for EC. If you were to compare these tracks and the delivery to other LPs from that era, like The Allman Brothers or even blues-inflected songs by the Doors or The Stones, these are substandard.

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A ono oke je, lagano je za slusat, al nist sta nisam cuo vec 100 puta so its a no from me dawg

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Eric Clapton, more like Eric Crapton amirite?!?! Hehe Ugl, solidan blues rock, nije loš, Keep on Growing je baš dobra stvar, priznajem. Layla naravno isto. Predugo traje album, po men se odugovlači dosta, šamaranje. Možda još jer nisam neki raspoložen za ovakvu glazbu danas, moguće je sve. Odličan cover albuma, šteta sta nisu tako i pjesme.

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Eriče Klaptonče, definitivno si napravio blues album. Not great, no terrible. Dvojka za mene.

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Beige... saccharine... meh

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Maybe I've just heard some of these songs too many times to care anymore?

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Title track is obviously a classic but otherwise it's a fairly standard blues rock album with uninspired guitar noodling. Never really seen the appeal in Clapton.

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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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pleasant mix of rock folk and blues. just a shame Clapton is a total shit. colours my opinion whether i like it or not.

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1870. Layla

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Well they can play guitar, and do so a lot...

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Layla is a great song but the rest is pretty generic blues rock.

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Not as flabby as I remembered it - but the guitars do widdley-widdle on, without moving through the gears, and Eric is in full anguished mode throughout.

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This is one long album clocking in at 77 minutes one of the longer albums I've listened to so far throughout this journey. It's blues rock focus can at times feel a bit repetitive and a lot of the guitar solos could have neatened up the album a bit. Best: Bell Bottom Blues; Layla Worst: Key to the Highway

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Ripley is a village in Surrey, England, lying on the main road from London to Portsmouth. The village includes a coaching inn, the Talbot Inn, which dates back to 1453. The village church of St Mary Magdalen has a fine Norman chancel and is a Grade II* listed building. Eric Clapton was born there. He’s perfectly placed, therefore, to interpret the music of Chicago and the Mississippi Delta. When not content ripping off the music of black Americans, Clapton will happily steal the gorgeous piano riff from Layla (which is still an energetic, cinematic track) from his band mate’s girlfriend, Rita Coolidge.

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There was a lot to unpack here. I had somehow not heard of this band ever. Based on the name I thought it was going to be an early rock'n'roll type album. You know, the kind playing at the soda fountain/ sock hop/ whatever the hell kids did back then. It was not. It's a blues rock album. I typically hate blues rock. I also have ambivalence about Clapton. I think he can be pretty good at times (Cream, a couple solo tracks) or insufferable at others (most of his solo work, his personality) I was anticipating a 1 star album especially with that run time, but I was surprised, well a little anyway. The first few songs were not bad at all. I actually kinda dug em. Despite the title Bell Bottom Blues was probably my favorite track here. Then the downslide came. Key To The Highway and most of the album on was not for me. Long winded. Blues heavy. Uninteresting. God I hated Key To The Highway. Stick a car key in my ear drum level hate. Things got better with Little Wing but then went south again. The big hit and title track of this album kinda sucks. Somehow I never heard it in my 36 years prior and I didn't really need to. A bit wanky and not that interesting. Overall it wasn't THAT bad. It could've been pretty damn good if some tracks were cut or edited down a bit. Probably a 3 overall but loses a whole star for Clapton being a chode and more importantly for Key To The Highway being almost 10 minutes of blues rock bullshit. God.

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White people co-opting the blues, watering it down and calling it something different. I appreciate learning the source of a bunch of songs that I've always heard playing, but I don't think I need to listen to this again.

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I'm not a big fan of Eric Clapton or Duane Allman but I was gonna let this pass with a 3 after listening to the first few tracks. It's at least more engaging than Clapton's solo stuff. Then I noticed there's an hour and 15 minutes to this blues rock wankfest! And I've got not one, but two guitar heroes trying diddle my ears - sometimes from both directions at once! No thanks.

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Loved Thorn Tree in the Garden. Layla might've been overrated.

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An interminable album by an alcoholic racist – who stole a piano part from a bandmate's girlfriend – best known for a song about how he wanted to bone a good mate's wife. Big selection of "put this on so the DJ can take a shit" tracks.

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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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I've never been a big fan of Clapton, so I've never sought out his work. I've found his solo work boring and I never thought Cream lived up to the hype. Like, I seriously don't get why people thought he was the best rock guitarist. So, in listening to this in its entirety for the first time today I found it to be better than I was expecting. I got bored before it ended -- they probably could have trimmed 30 mins from the 75, but I didn't turn it off either. I doubt I'd voluntarily listening to it again, but if it was playing in the background somewhere I don't think I'd complain.

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Ok. I hear this once and go - ugh white man blues again - and oh did not know Eric Clapton’s Layla was a cover - and everything I liked a song - I was seeing it was 6 to 7 minutes. The the incredibly long and boring Key to the Highway comes on and a bad cover of little wing? Total run time 1 hour 14 mins? Ugh. Who is this Derek and who are the dominos? oh it’s Eric Clapton? I hate Eric Clapton - and now Layla makes sense. One of the Allman’s is playing the cool riffs I like - then the band is shitting on then with 4 hour long solos. Is this album really about Eric Clapton shitty pining about his best friend’s (George Harrison) wife Patty Boyd? Really? What a dick. Then I go look let me give it one more listen - and it’s better on second listen - but it’s still way to bloody long - too many solos but good musicianship. Could have easily been halved in length but Clapton is always oh so ever self absorbed he can’t take himself down a notch and see that his head is up his own arse.

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Not interesting

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Layla is a great song, though this is not my favourite version of it. All the rest of these songs were kinda dumb. But I guess that's love songs for ya. I'd say 2.5 only because of Layla, so I'll rate it a 2.

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In which Eric Clapton's (then) unrequited hard-on for George Harrison's wife results in a classic example of the double album that should have been a single album. Or maybe even just a single, the title track with the second half chopped off with one of the less tedious tracks on the B-side would've been more than enough... I've never had much use for "God", and on this revisit to this album (wasn't a fan first time round either) I still don't. And I may actually hate this version of "Little Wing", ludicrously overcooked and completely missing the point of the original.

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Starts well. Gets boring.

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Not as enjoyable as anticipated. Some highlights but overall not my thing.

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Little Wing and Layla are decent songs, which annoys me: After an hour I really wanted to hate this record purely. That's not dissimilar to my confusing vendetta against guitars generally. Part of it's just the narcissism of a bad violinist, but part is legitimate or at least grounded in reality: The reality of mediocre few-chord noodling on a cheap instruments. Far be it from me to accuse the musicians here of being technically inferior, but there are formal similarities: Cheap bluesy frameworks and totally underwhelming soloing. "Worse than the Eagles" was an early thought and still true: That band understands the occasional need for a gimmick, but they haven't convinced themselves that supposed guitar-godliness is sufficient.

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Boring. I liked the bit from Goodfellas but even that went on a bit.

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I really don't understand the hype with Eric clapton. Not an bad album but nothing that made me go like wow!

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no. sorry pattie, idgaf. five white guys playing shitty cringe blues rock . er*c kkklapton is racist af anyway so no.

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Eh

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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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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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No es lo mio, ok blues, entonces... Y Leyla...bueno ese riff repetido no parece ser muy brillante, quizas me pierdo de algo pero bueh.

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Disco che non mi ha detto e lasciato nulla. Rispecchia i canoni della musica anni settanta classici dei padri americani che fanno grigliate. Non mi é piaciuto e ho fatto fatica a finirlo

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I can't listen to this and enjoy Eric Clapton anymore. Same thing with the Smashing Pumpkins since Billy Corgan is a total d-bag now.

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nah.

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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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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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really bad

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1.5

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Neat collaboration of musicians who went on to create way more impressive music 🎶. I loved the album cover the most!

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Yo fuck Eric Clapton.

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I don't believe anything Clapton says

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I hate Blues Rock. Godawful album. "Ooh, look how well I play these riffs, aren't I cool". "No, off you fuck".

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