Monday, November 10, 2008



This is probably the best know song off Derek and the Dominos only album from 1970 called Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs. The short lived group consisted of the one and only Eric Clapton on guitar and vocals , Duane Allman from The Allman Brothers Band (who only played two gigs with the bad, then soon after splitting from the group dying in a motorcycle accident), Bobby Whitlock, Carl Radle and Jim Gordon.

The story behind the song itself is (according to wiki) a love triangle between Clapton, George Harrison and his wife at the time Pattie Boyd Harrison. The groups short life span was mostly due to Clapton´s problems with cocaine and heroin, and he went into rehab in 1971 also carrying the depression of bad reviews of the album which he blamed himself for.

The album stood the test of time however and was recently on Rolling Stone´s top 500 albums list (the song was on the top 500 song list as well).

MP3 Derek And The Dominos - Layla

1 comment:

ib said...

I have had this album on vinyl for some 30 odd years, despite the fact the only two songs on it I ever truly connected with were this one and his version of Jimi's "Little Wing".

The photograph you sourced to illustrate the 'triad' behind "Layla" is stunning. I don't recall ever having seen it previously. Well played.