Derek & The Dominos – Fillmore Outtakes (1970)

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Derek and the Dominos were an English–American blues-rock band formed in the spring of 1970 by guitarist and singer Eric Clapton, keyboardist and singer Bobby Whitlock, bassist Carl Radle and drummer Jim Gordon. All four members had previously played together in Delaney & Bonnie and Friends, during and after Clapton’s brief tenure with Blind Faith. Dave Mason supplied additional lead guitar on early studio sessions and played at their first live gig. Another participant at their first session as a band was George Harrison, the recording for whose album All Things Must Pass marked the formation of Derek and the Dominos.

The band released only one studio album, Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, produced by Tom Dowd, which also featured extensive contributions on slide guitar from Duane Allman. A double album, Layla did not immediately enjoy strong sales or receive widespread radio airplay, but went on to earn critical acclaim. Although released in 1970 it was not until March 1972 that the album’s single “Layla” (a tale of unrequited love inspired by Clapton’s infatuation with his friend Harrison’s wife, Pattie Boyd) made the top ten in both the United States and the United Kingdom. The album is often considered to be the defining achievement of Clapton’s career. (by wikipedia)

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Live at the Fillmore is a live double album by Derek and the Dominos, recorded in two performances on October 23 and 24, 1970 at the Fillmore East and released in February 1994. It includes live material previously released on the In Concert album, live material previously released on Eric Clapton’s Crossroads box set, and several previously unreleased numbers.

This is a compilation of unreleased tracks from the shows, culled from a very high quality source. EVSD recently bootlegged the late shows from this same source, but with typically lousy “remastering” work done to it. So a friend asked me to pass along this nice little compilation of leftovers from three of the shows, in “non-remastered” audiophile quality. Clapton fans familiar with the Cream “Western Tour 1968″ bootleg will know what to expect here, as it is very much the same deal. (JWBusher)

Recorded live at Fillmore East, New York, NY; October 23-24, 1970
Very good soundboard

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Personnel:
Eric Clapton (guitar, vocals)
Jim Gordon (drums)
Carl Radle (bass)
Bobby Whitlock (keyboards, vocals)

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Tracklist:
01. Got To Get Better In A Little While (Clapton) 13.29
02. Key To The Highway (Segar) 7.38
03. Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad (Whitlock/Clapton) 7.41
04. Blues Power (Clapton/Russell) 5.57
05. Have You Ever Loved A Woman (Myles) 8.49
06. Bottle Of Red Wine (Clapton) 6.54
07. Presence Of The Lord (Clapton) 6,38
08. Little Wing (Hendrix) 6.43

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Thanks to JWBusher for sharing the tracks at Dime

Derek And The Dominos – Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs (1970)

FrontCover1Wishing to escape the superstar expectations that sank Blind Faith before it was launched, Eric Clapton retreated with several sidemen from Delaney & Bonnie to record the material that would form Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs. From these meager beginnings grew his greatest album. Duane Allman joined the band shortly after recording began, and his spectacular slide guitar pushed Clapton to new heights. Then again, Clapton may have gotten there without him, considering the emotional turmoil he was in during the recording. He was in hopeless, unrequited love with Patti Boyd, the wife of his best friend, George Harrison, and that pain surges throughout Layla, especially on its epic title track. But what really makes Layla such a powerful record is that Clapton, ignoring the traditions that occasionally painted him into a corner, simply tears through these songs with burning, intense emotion.

DerekAndTheDominosHe makes standards like “Have You Ever Loved a Woman” and “Nobody Knows You (When You’re Down and Out)” into his own, while his collaborations with Bobby Whitlock — including “Any Day” and “Why Does Love Got to Be So Sad?” — teem with passion. And, considering what a personal album Layla is, it’s somewhat ironic that the lovely coda “Thorn Tree in the Garden” is a solo performance by Whitlock, and that the song sums up the entire album as well as “Layla” itself. (by Stephen Thomas Erlewine)

BackCover1Personnel:
Duane Allman (guitar)
Eric Clapton (guitar, vocals)
Jim Gordon (drums, percussion, piano)
Carl Radle (bass, percussion)
Bobby Whitlock (keyboards, guitar, vocals)
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Albhy Galuten (piano)

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Tracklist:
01. I Looked Away (Clapton/Whitlock) 3.03
02. Bell Bottom Blues (Clapton) 5.01
03. Keep On Growing (Clapton/Whitlock) 6.20
04. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out (Cox) 4.56
05. I Am Yours (Clapton) 3.34
06. Anyday (Clapton/Whitlock) 6.34
07. Key To The Highway (Broonzy/Segar) 9.37
08. Tell The Truth (Clapton/Whitlock) 6.37
09. Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad? (Clapton/Whitlock) 4.41
10. Have You Ever Loved A Woman? (Myles) 6.51
11. Little Wing (Hendrix) 5.32
12. It’s Too Late (Willis) 3,48
13. Layla (Clapton/Gordon) 7.02
14. Thorn Tree In The Garden (Whitlock) 2.49

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