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.Wikipedia
music sucks but he fucked george harrison's wife. 4 stars
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.
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.
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.
My two year old son died in the same way Eric Clapton's son died. For inspiration.
Oh the irony of someone that is openly racist building a career on piss poor blues rip-offs. Fuck racist, rapist, anti-vax Clapton.
“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
I get the feeling that the only reason this is on this list is because of the hit song Layla.
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
What a great sound, fast paced songs and howling guitars, every song has class - what's not to like?
A few decent songs. Plenty of bland twaddle. And Clapton is a racist piece of shit, so I won't listen again
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
Slow hand does not disappoint. I had forgotten how much more than Layla they were. Great stuff
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
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.
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
"Layla" the most known and best song on the album. Bluesy/Eric Clapton type music. 5/10.
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.
That was really really good. I’m surprised. I mean, Layla is a banger but there was so much good stuff on this album!
An incredible blues rock album with Clapton at his best
One of the best albums ever recorded. A masterpiece.
I would like to find a source for reading about the history of the albums meaking.
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
Masterpiece! Great Melodies. A shame I didn’t know it.
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.
Great album some classic blues covers and originals
Classic, and quite bold considerings it's largely a love album to George Harrison's then-wife...
Fantastic Clapton work
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.
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.
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.
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
Blues, rock, Clapton... ¡Vinilo!
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.
Very “The Band” and “Beatles” esque.
I liked it right from the beginning. Didn't realize it was Clapton until Layla started and i read the Wikipedia entry.
Eric Clapton that’s it
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.
Awesome album. I love seeing the evolution of Clapton career. Layla is such a fantastic song
Un classiqe et un de mes albums preferées 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!
And then it all goes downhill from here
Great blues album, enjoyed this quite a bit.
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
6/3 down goes the dominos
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
Clapton is only good when someone else writes his songs. Consider this his all-time masterpiece.
5/5. A great collection of songs that I can choose from any and be satisfied. Just great songwriting and musicianship.
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
One of the truly great albums
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
yes, THAT Layla; songs are heavy on instrumentals
Nice classic rock! Layla is killer song!
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…
Clapton is such a legend. His touch, as well as Allman’s, creates so much on this album. Very enjoyable!
Eric “the kindred moose” Clapton at it again with a very catchy album soaring great guitar rhythm and solos.
One of best double records in rock history. A well deserved status of classic
Classic 70's rock. BT: Bell Bottom Blues, Have You Ever Loved a Woman?, Layla
It's a solid album, but most of the tracks get overshadowed by the epic title track.
Eric clapton is a guitar god but also a racist + fucked george harrisons wife so 4 stars. layla is very banger type shit
bell bottom blues
First time listening to Layla in full. What I have missed for all these years. Album really grew on me.
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!
Nice Eric Clapton. 7.5/10
Good and chill
Really awesome album, was cool to hear Clapton in a different light
Super bluesove solicka, standardny stary blues - Eric Clapton.
Clapton and the boys with their finest blues-rock.
Virtuoso guitar solos. Some blues numbers that shine more with guitar solos than with vocal performance. (7/10) Favourite Tracks: Layla, Bell Bottom Blues
Eric Clapton is a guitar god.
Absolute classic. The guitar playing is otherworldy!
Why so long though
It's a classic album no doubt. Eric Clapton at his peak I would say. 4 stars.
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.
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.
Pretty uncool to make a bunch of songs about loving your best friend's wife. They sound decent though! 8/10
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.
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.
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
Comfortable guitar music
Didn't expect to enjoy this album as much as I did. Entertaining guitar from Eric Clapton throughout.
Love that warm electric guitar sound.
sygt at clapton er bedre alene
God blues med det helt dyre orgel.
I dig it
probably one of the most real and honest looks at the subject of love, ever
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.
Bon album the rock / Blues mais certains morceaux tire en longueur avec des solo de guitare
Very solid from front to back, really enjoyed this
Nice and bluesy, enjoyable listen
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.
I have such ambivalence about Eric Clapton. It's a mostly fun album, though. Except that last song. Wow.
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.
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!
Never listened to any D&TD. Glad I have now. What a classic. Noteworthy: Have You Ever Loved A Woman
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"
surprised at how much I liked this album. bell bottom blues is such an under-rated song.
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
Hate that this was Eric Clapton but liked the music!
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
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.
Love the sound of the overall album culminating of course in the epic Layla.
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.
Outside of the single it’s an interesting album. Very good. Shines and light on what Clapton does well.
gorgeous album art funkier than expected
hi for kool cova and nice music
1970 - Blues Rock
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
Really good album with everything from blues to rock and some tracks that share lots of common ground with Pink Floyd.
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.
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
Decent, some nice hits
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
Worth to tell
Great album, but I still don't like clapton.
Super goed blues/rock album, kan ik elke dag wel luisteren
It's a great album, but some of the songs run too long, which causes me to zone out a lot while listening.
Nice mellow classic rock
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.
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.
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.
Too long, but some pretty great bluesy rock.
Great Clapton Blues Guitar!
Not gonna lie, this would definitely be a 3 without "Layla".
I knew a couple of songs off of this album, including Layla, but ultimately I know more solo Clapton stuff, and wasn't too familiar going into this. I will say, I was pleasantly surprised. While nothing is ever going to be Layla, this album was chock full of excellent tracks. The guitar was out of this world on each song, as would be expected from a Clapton album; he and Duane Allman are on full-force display here. Nearly every song makes room to show off their combined guitar prowess and I was here for it. This was heavy on the blues, which can often get a bit boring for me, but the band navigated that incredibly well with what I felt was some good variety and incredibly catchy rhythms. Clapton's singing also establishes some variety here, ranging from gravely bluesy to loud cries meant to support the heaviest guitar moments. As far as the album's claim to being a love song album, that is the part that fell short for me. I wasn't particularly wowed with this album looking at it through that specific lens. But what this album lacks in truly heartfelt love songs, it makes up for in good old fashioned fiery guitar playing.
Guitar going crazy the whole time. Nobody knows you when you're down is an awesome song.
Not a particular Clapton fan, but this is good.
Pure nostalgic joy listening to this.
Never heard of the band before, but Layla is a song I'm familiar with. Some pretty good songs on the album, enjoyable, not my fav, but will play it again.
Bluesy jam album Lots of cool stuff to pick through You can lose yourself in the guitars and/or the lyrics ^^^ very slow pace if that's not your vibe Key to the Highway is one of my favorite long jams of all time Cool mix of standards, covers, and originals Amazing album art Layla is a tragically beautiful centerpiece to the album
Classic Clapton rock/blues.
I used to work with a woman named Shayla, who was MAYBE 4 foot 9 inches in heels. And that's if we're being generous. Whenever she'd walk by, one of my cubicle mates would sing "Shayla, I can talk to you on my knees, Shayla." Again, this was in an office, not grade school. Good times. My cubicle mate justified it by saying, "I'm allowed to sing that. I'm not very tall either." Shayla was married to a jovial and quite tall fella who I really came to like. It turns out they divorced years later. I wish I could say it was due to the fact that Shayla carried on a wild affair with Billy Barty, but the time lines don't match. Shayla did have a suitor who she eventually left her tall husband for. But guess what? That jilted fucker remained jovial and tall. So in a fun, ironic twist, Shayla's husband reacted the same way that George Harrison did when he heard about Clapton having the hots for his wife. He didn't give a shit.
Good stuff. I liked it. Bell bottom blues is one of my favorites
I have never heard of this band before, but I enjoyed this album thoroughly.
This record was made by a bunch of very seasoned and talented dudes who really, really, loved playing together, and that's exactly what it sounds like. 70s guitar rock doesn't get much better than this, and I don't think anyone can deny that Layla is one of the very best all-time rock songs. I'm not much of a Clapton fan, but his guitar work is undeniably great on this album. That said, I like Duane Allman's playing so much more, and I think he's probably the reason Clapton is so good here, as they're so clearly playing off of each other and pushing each other to go further. It's so much fun to listen to, especially on Key To the Highway, Tell the Truth (goddamn that's some beautiful slide playing!) and Have You Ever Loved a Woman. We were talking about jazz and how watching the musicians compete with each other usually kind of leaves me cold... well I guess this is my jazz, because listening to this guys trade solos is just so exciting to me.
Oh Clapton.. not a huge fan of him as a person but I can’t deny his ability. This album was an enjoyable listen. No obvious highs and no obvious lows, maybe almost to a fault.
I was familiar with the story surrounding this album but never listened to the full album before. The album starts off with a song with a rather country like sound. But with the start of the 2nd song the albums shifts gears into a full blues rock album. My favorite song is the 3rd song, Keep On Growing. From the first few seconds of the start of the song I could already tell i was gonna like this song. Its 2 minute outro is finger licking good! 2nd place is for Key To The Highway, such a great sound, absolutely love the guitarplay! Really like the vibe of the album, weeping guitars and that typical, almost classical 60's sound. This was really a awesome starter!
Qué grata sorpresa. Primero, no sabía de la existencia de esta agrupación. Mi conocimiento de la carrera de Eric Clapton llegaba a Cream y el otro grupo con Jeff Beck. Bell Bottom Blues ahora es una de mis canciones favoritas
Frantic blues. Sweet!
Very good rock bless album. Though Clapton doesn't hit the same as he used to...
Nice band, I think with Eric Clapton.
Great record with Layla and other well assorted love songs.
Good shit man 4 Buncha people rating it 1 and 2 just because Clapton is a piece of shit. Y'all probably unironically love Yeezy ya hypocrites
Ma note : 4 Waouh ! Un vrai disque de gratteux ! Deux légendes : Clapton d'Angleterre et Duane Allman des États-Unis (il participe à 11 titres sur 14).... La Gibson d'Eric et la Slide de Duane ! Les autres musiciens sont issus du groupe Delanney & Bonnie & friends... Publié fin 1970, il reste un standart du rock et apparaît régulièrement dans les classements... Il faut acheter le coffret avec toutes les "chutes" de studio et les jams entre les deux guitares hero... Il est sorti aussi en version 3 CD pour le 20 anniversaire du disque... Tout le monde (ou presque) sait que Layla (la chanson titre) etait secrètement dédiée à Pattie Boyd, dont Clapton était secrètement fou amoureux... Le problème c'est que Patti était la compagne de Georges Harrison, le silent Beatles, qui s'avérait être aussi le meilleur ami d'Eric... Un triangle amoureux et d'amitié terrible dont les tortures génèreront une grande partie des plus belles chansons de cet album... L'histoire se finira bien puisque Clapton epousera Patti en 79 (et en divorcera en 88 !... C'était bien la peine !!!) Il existe un live, très moyen quand on sort du disque studio présenté aujourd'hui.... De ce live, hélas, Duane Allman est absent... C'est le groupe Delanney & Bonnie qui accompagne Clapton... Et sans la slide de Duane, cela n'a plus du tout le meme goût... C'est d'ailleurs cette version de Derek & Dominoes qui sera le backing band de Georges Harrison sur l'ensemble de son triple album "All things Must Pass"... "Little Wing", une reprise d'Hendrix figure aussi sur l'album... Pour ma part, je préfère et de loin les versions d'Hendrix... Celles de Clapton seront toujours lourdes et verbeuses, loin de l'émotion du titre phare d'Hendrix... C'est pour moi la seule faute de goût du disque...
Amazing album by an amazing guitarist that rose to fame on the back of American blues artists.
Listened to on 10/24/22 4.5/5 Favorite song: Layla, have you ever loved a woman, any day I loved this rock album and listened to it all morning
Pretty solid album from a short-lived band with a stupid name. 4/5
19th October 2022 Listened during the day while working from home. Chilled week, watched Liverpool West Ham. What a combo Clapton and Allman are, duelling lead guitars riffing on blues rock.
This is probably Clapton’s best and most cohesive work. This album more or less is a concept album about Eric Clapton’s infatuation with George Harrison’s then wife which culminates in the penultimate track, the title track, where he expresses his love directly to her. The music itself is a tight country infused blues rock. Some of Clapton’s best guitar playing is found here as well.
It's tempting to give this album 5 stars reflexively, just based on one song, a song that happens to be one of the greatest songs ever recorded. But if I'm being honest, this is a solid 4 album with a couple of exceptional 5+ star tracks. That takes nothing away from the fact that Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs is a beautiful album that's always a pleasure to hear, one of the great albums of its era. This is laid back, bluesy stuff with an undercurrent of longing and sadness that brings a lot of depth to the sound. Yeah, there's a pronounced self-indulgence on some of these songs that gets to be a bit much. But when that self-indulgence results in "Layla," I'll listen to it gladly anytime. Fave Songs: Layla, Why Does Love Got to Be So Sad?, Little Wing, Anyday, Bell Bottom Blues, I Am Yours
I actually liked this and found it easy to listen to and fun. I've always liked blue rock and Eric Clapton.
I enjoyed the heck out of this! Only thing making it a 4 and not a 5 in my view is that some songs lasted about 1 to 2 to 4 minutes longer than was warranted. (But I also get that the band was jamming.)
Another round of love the art, hate the artist. Clapton is amazing, no other musician's fans acclaim god-like status like his and it's fairly evident on this album. There is a lot of filler, everything after track 2's Bell-Bottom Blues through track 10's Have You Ever Loved A Woman just drones. But the real gold is the bookends of the album. People love to drag Clapton through the mud and he deserves that, but Clapton found the inspiration for the album in Duane Allman who plays on many of the tracks and had these two met, Clapton's career might've been shorter. 4/5.
I will be in a minority here and say that Layla itself isn't that much of a hit for me. On the other hand I did enjoy the album as a whole. Nothing really stood out that much, but looking back at the length of it - never really felt like it dragged and that is a big compliment coming from me when it comes to records over 1 hour.
Прослушано! Отличный альбом, можно и нужно слушать ещё.
Yup, good album
Oh look, there's that racist again! Why are we allowing the openly racist here, anyway? Did Elon Musk buy this website, too? I thought this place was about creating an open community. As to the music (insert painful segue): It's of the very bluesy rock I used to like a lot, and actually still like a lot (especially in the longer songs, such as Key to the Highway or Have You Ever Loved a Woman). However, one could successfully argue, though, that this album is rather old in the tooth. And then there's Layla, a timeless classic.
Its kinda weird how into his friends wife he is.. Favourite songs: Bell bottom blues, Keep on growing, I am yours,why does love got to be so sad, little wing, layla
Rating: 8/10 Best songs: I looked away, Bell bottom blues, It’s too late, Layla
Really good Clapton
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.
Solid classic rock
I like it
I like it.
"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.
Between a 2-5 and a 3 for me
Pretty cool, but again, I've had enough of 70s rock. Layla is a jam though.
3.5/5 it had some interesting songs, i'll have to relisten
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 😂
All familiar songs. Lacking impact as an album.
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
Eric Clapton at the beginning