Spotlight Album of the Week: Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs

I think that if you call yourself a fan of rock ‘n’ roll, you had better have a copy of Derek and the Dominos’ Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs.  Although I’m, first and foremost, a fan of live music, this studio album is one that seems to capture that live feeling in the studio.

There are plenty of resources out there to fill you in on the ‘whats’, ‘whos’, and ‘whens’ of this album, but what words fail to do for this album are explain what kind of unbridled musical passion will be unleashed on your ears once you start this one spinning and crank it up.  This one is a sonic powerhouse that picks you up and lets you back down at all the right points, and leaves everything out on the field so to speak.

Again, you can read all about this album, but I’ll say that the keys to this album are that Eric Clapton’s love of his friend George Harrison’s wife put him in an  emotional state that readied him for the creation of the material, and the mutual admiration that he and Duane Allman had for each other focused and elevated this album into a technical masterpiece. 

Somehow the album acheives this all without sounding over-produced which I think is the genius of Tom Dowd, and probably one of the reasons, as a live music fan, I really love this album and consider it one of my favorites.  The tones in this album are full, rich and true, and I can’t help but feel that I am listening to a late-night jam session when I listen to this one.  This is one of those ‘you are stranded on a deserted island and you can only have one album’ albums, so check it out and let me know what you think.

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