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Derek and The Dominos Layla on Numbered Limited Edition 180g 2LP from Mobile Fidelity!
Mastered From original Master Tapes & Pressed at RTI!
The reputation of Derek and the Dominos' Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs,
their lone record, precedes it. Eric Clapton performing in the studio with Duane
Allman, Bobby Whitlock, Carl Radle, and more for the only time. A batch of
fire-pot blues, poignant gospel, and searing rock – all birthed from the
leader's insatiable lust for his friend George Harrison's wife. Now, experience
it all, and one of the most famous guitar solos and codas in history, in
unsurpassed sound courtesy of this quintessential Mobile Fidelity reissue.
Mastered from the original master tapes and pressed at RTI, Mobile Fidelity's
180g 2LP set exposes the brilliance of Tom Dowd's original production and the
scope of the virtuoso musicians' playing. You've never been closer to the aching
vocals, stinging leads, tormented emotions, or wowing intensity that grace every
track. Clapton's tones emerge with unprecedented soulfulness. Afforded its own
space in the mix, Allman's slide guitar passages crackle with urgency.
All-important sonic components such as soundstaging, imaging, and dynamics
transport you to the actual event.
Then, of course, there's the title track – crowned the 27th greatest song of all
time by Rolling Stone. What to say about the outro – arguably the most famous,
passionately penetrating, visceral, double-edged guitar solo in history.
Clapton's strings weeping with longing, hope, regret, unrequited love. It
deserves the best-possible sonic platform, and receives it here, on a pressing
that brings Slowhand's every finger moment into great relief. Get inside
Clapton's head, burrow into the conflicted emotions fluttering in his heart as
he pines for another man's wife, and in the process, produces an album that
forever lives in the souls of anyone who's ever loved and lost.
Clapton's pained yearning permeates everything here. Works such as the swampy
"Tell the Truth," the pleading "Why Does Love Got to Be So Sad?," and
blues-drenched "Have You Ever Loved a Woman?" attest to his raw-nerve
discomfort, guilt, and desire. He leaves teardrops on the microphone stand and
blood on the floor, singing and playing as if his life depends on it and if, by
some miracle, the music will serve as both a confessional and apology to
Harrison. It's all magnified by Clapton achieving a spiritual and sonic oneness
with his band, which matches his high-stakes precision with a rolling, tumbling
Allman adds firepower and achieves a still-unrivaled simpatico bond with
Clapton, but each participant soars. Consider: The call-and-response, Sam and
Dave-derived vocal exchanges between Whitlock and Clapton. Rich, creamy,
Southern-stoked blends of R&B, blues, and soul. Vibrant tapestries in which the
pianos, bass, guitars, and voices explode with ravishing fervor, naturalism, and
desperation. Indeed, maybe a combo this great was only intended one shot in the
studio. Perhaps the paralyzing degree of potency on display here, and the
musicianship that remains the standard by which any blues-rock is judged, is
meant to be preserved as one standalone record. Whatever the case, this is the
analog version to own.
• Numbered, Limited Edition
• Double LP
• Mastering by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab
• Specially Plated and Pressed on 180 grams of High Definition Vinyl
• Special Static Free - Dust Free Inner Sleeve
• Heavy Duty Protective Packaging
• Mastered from the Original Master Tapes
• Pressed at RTI
1. I Looked Away
2. Bell Bottom Blues
3. Keep On Growing
4. Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out
1. I Am Yours
3. Key To The Highway
1. Tell The Truth
2. Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad?
3. Have You Ever Loved A Woman
1. Little Wing
2. It's Too Late
4. Thorn Tree In The Garden