Layla is often regarded as Eric Clapton’s greatest musical achievement.
The album is notably known for its title track, an evergreen rock
classic, which had top ten single chart success in the UK and features
the dual wailing guitars of Clapton and Duane Allman. Alongside this are
a further 2LPs of bonus material some of which has not previously been
released on vinyl. All the bonus material across all of LP3 and LP4 is
mastered normally (so is not half-speed mastered). The LP set includes a
12×12 book of sleeve notes taken from the 40th-Anniversary Edition.
In 1970, following the break-up of Blind Faith and his departure from Delaney & Bonnie,
Derek & The Dominos initially formed in the spring of that year. The
group comprised Eric Clapton on guitar and vocals alongside three other
former member of Delaney & Bonnie & Friends: Bobby Whitlock on
keyboards, Carl Radle on Bass and Jim Gordon on drums. Derek & The
Dominos played their first concert at London’s Lyceum Ballroom on 14th
June 1970 as part of a UK summer tour. During late August to early
October they recorded Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, with the
Allman Brothers’ guitarist Duane Allman sitting in, before returning to a
tour of the UK and the U.S. until the end of the year. Shortly
thereafter the group disbanded but their short time together offered up
one of the rock canon’s most enduring albums of all time.
From his early days as a guitar icon to a songwriter of great
sensitivity, as well as an interpreter of everything from blues and jazz
to rock and country music, Eric Clapton needs little by way of an
introduction. As a renowned solo artist in his own right as well as a
member of the Yardbirds, Cream and Derek and the Dominos, he is the only
three time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame and is one of the
most important and influential guitarists of all time. He has been the
recipient of 17 Grammy Awards, 1 Brit Award and 1 Bafta.