Derek & the Dominos’ ‘Layla’ Gets 50th Anniversary Release

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Derek and the Dominos (l-r): Eric Clapton, Bobby Whitlock, Jim Gordon and Carl Radle

Derek & the Dominos’ legendary 2-LP set, Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, is being released as a 4-LP vinyl box set and 2-CD edition for its 50th anniversary. The title, originally released on November 9, 1970, has been expanded to include bonus material not previously available on vinyl. The new editions arrive Nov. 13 via UMe/Polydor. The original has been given the “Half-Speed Mastered” treatment by Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios.

The new CD edition is available in the U.K. here. The new vinyl edition can be ordered in the U.K. here. (The U.S. links will be available shortly.)

From the September 22 announcement: The album is notably known for its title track, a classic rock evergreen, which features the dual wailing guitars of Eric Clapton and Duane Allman. Alongside this are a further two LPs of bonus material some of which has not previously been released on vinyl. All the bonus material across all of LP3 and LP4 is mastered normally (so is not half-speed mastered). The LP set also includes a 12×12 book of sleeve notes taken from the 40th Anniversary Edition.

In 1970, following the break-up of Blind Faith and Clapton’s departure from Delaney & Bonnie, Derek & the Dominos initially formed in the spring of that year. The group comprised Clapton on guitar and vocals alongside three other former members of Delaney & Bonnie & Friends: Bobby Whitlock on keyboards, Carl Radle on bass and Jim Gordon on drums. Derek & the Dominos played their first concert at London’s Lyceum Ballroom on June 14, 1970 as part of a U.K. summer tour. During late August to early October they recorded Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, with the Allman Brothers’ guitarist Duane Allman sitting in, before returning to a tour of the U.K. and the U.S. until the end of the year. Shortly thereafter the group disbanded but their short time together offered up one of the rock canon’s most enduring albums of all time.

Related: When the Dominos performed on The Johnny Cash Show

Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs 4-LP Track Listing

LP1/ LP2

Side A

I Looked Away
Bell Bottom Blues
Keep On Growing
Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out

Side B

I Am Yours
Anyday
Key To The Highway

Side A

Tell The Truth
Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad?
Have You Ever Loved A Woman

Side B

Little Wing
It’s Too Late
Layla
Thorn Tree In The Garden

LP3 / LP4 – Bonus Material (*denotes previously unreleased on vinyl)

Side A

Mean Old World – Layla Session Out-take
Roll It Over – Phil Spector Produced Single B-Side
Tell The Truth – Phil Spector Produced Single A-Side

Side B

It’s Too Late* – Live on The Johnny Cash Show, November 5, 1970
Got To Get Better In A Little While* – Live on The Johnny Cash Show, November 5, 1970
Matchbox with Johnny Cash & Carl Perkins* – Live on The Johnny Cash Show, November 5, 1970
Blues Power* – Live on The Johnny Cash Show, November 5, 1970

Side A

Snake Lake Blues* – From April/May 1971 Sessions for the Dominos’ Second Album
Evil* – From April/May 1971 Sessions for the Dominos’ Second Album
Mean Old Frisco* – From April/May 1971 Sessions for the Dominos’ Second Album
One More Chance* – From April/May 1971 Sessions for the Dominos’ Second Album

Side B

High – From April/May 1971 Sessions for the Dominos’ Second Album
Got To Get Better In A Little While Jam* – From April/May 1971 Sessions for the Dominos’ Second Album
Got To Get Better In A Little While* – From April/May 1971 Sessions for the Dominos’ Second Album

Related: Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival 2019 is also being released

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  1. Gagdad Bob
    #1 Gagdad Bob 22 September, 2020, 12:51

    Word on the street is that the 50th Anniversary Release sounds identical to the 25th, 75th & 100th Anniversary Releases.

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  2. Slowhand98
    #2 Slowhand98 24 September, 2020, 02:28

    I have the 20th anniversary CD the 2004 SACD and the Blu Ray audio.

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