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#1971 #1972

Wasn't ever sure what Eric Clapton was trying to achieve with 'Derek and the Dominos' - he'd already released some fine material under his solo name after 'Cream' split, and that seemed quite a successful way to get his work across (his self-titled 1970 album springs to mind).

He was said to have wanted to blend back into a group line-up once again, but I suspect it may also have been the old chestnut of wanting to record some very different songs, but not wishing to be directly associated with something outside his usual genre. (Clapton fans expected a certain type of music, and this would not have been it exactly.)

The article from the magazine "Uncut" below seems to confirm that:


By the time "Layla" eventually became a hit in December 1972, two years [?] after its first release, Eric Clapton was past caring. He'd formed 'Derek and the Dominos' with Carl Radle (bass), Jim Gordon (drums) and Bobby Whitlock (keyboards), from 'Delaney & Bonnie & Friends', the band he joined after 'Blind Faith' split, in early 1970. But the 'Dominos' imploded in spectacular fashion in 1971, and Clapton all but retreated from the world for three years, doing nothing much beyond sitting around at home, taking heroin and building model airplanes.

Truth is, the fans didn't 'get' "Layla". For those who'd revered Clapton as 'God' with 'John Mayall's Bluesbreakers' and 'Cream', his desire to be "one of the boys" with the 'Dominos', and his preference for tightly structured songs rather than long 'blues-rock' jams, just didn't compute. In America, [their] only studio album, "Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs", stalled at No. 16. In Britain, the record didn't even make the charts first time round.

"Layla", of course, was Clapton's declaration of love for Pattie Boyd, the wife of his friend, neighbour and former 'Beatle' George Harrison. In fact, the album is littered with songs about Boyd - "I Am Yours", "Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad" and a cover of "Have You Ever Loved A Woman?" - but it's "Layla" itself that is by far Clapton's most eloquent and inspired statement of his love.

[ Read on: http://www.uncut.co.uk/features/the-making-of-derek-and-the-dominos-layla-24633 ]


A dull thud was heard upon its initial release in 1971 (it made the US Billboard Hot 100 No. 51 position only), but the record company gave it another push the following year, at which point it achieved a UK Singles chart No. 7 slot and a No. 10 peak in the Hot 100.
1971 - Polydor Records - United Kingdom - Quickly re-promoted as a single in 1972. From the album "Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs".
Posted: 2nd October 2019
Born in 1954, leaving education by 1972, 'glam' was my thing, "Ziggy" Bowie my hero. I was even the only guy in my town with the haircut (though not the carrot red colouring!). Therefore every seventh selection is a Bowie track.
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