In less than a month's, time during the summer of 1970, Eric Clapton and Duane Allman teamed up to create one of rock's most enduring albums: Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs. Released on two LPs, the recording captured the blistering intensity of two guitar greats inspiring each other to new heights. Included are their passionate performances of Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad?, Key to the Highway and Bell Bottom Blues.
The only studio album to emerge from the Dominos' brief union, Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs is considered by many to be Clapton's greatest achievement. With its release on Mobile Fidelity's Ultradisc -- on a single CD at a single-CD price -- the album gets a new lease on life. Although Clapton's reputation was well-established by his groundbreaking work with Cream and a brief fling as part of the supergroup Blind Faith, he refused to rest on his considerable laurels.
Determined to find a style that would more accurately portray his love for American roots and blues, he hooked up with keyboardist Bobby Whitlock, bassist Carl Radle and drummer Jim Gordon, whom he'd played with in Delaney & Bonnie. With Duane Allman on loan from the Allman Brothers Band, the stage was set for an intense musical outpouring and a reflection of the emotional turbulence of Clapton's personal life at the time.
Mobile Fidelity's Ultradisc II version of Layla features a newly written remembrance of the sessions by producer Tom Dowd. New photos of Clapton and Allman have been added to the deluxe foldout booklet.
1. I Looked Away
2. Bell Bottom Blues
3. Keep on Growing
4. Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out
5. I Am Yours
7. Key to the Highway
8. Tell the Truth
9. Why Does Love Got to Be So Sad?
10. Have You Ever Loved a Woman
11. Little Wing
12. It's Too Late
14. Thorn Tree in the Garden