Super Bad Sunday: Derek and the Dominos


Few albums of any genre possess the undying resonance of Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs. Captured during a tumultuous period in Eric Clapton's life where he was lusting after the wife of a good friend, descending into drug addiction and struggling with the pressures of mega-stardom, the album remains arguably his single strongest work outside of Cream and one of the finest amalgamations of blues rock ever captured. Clapton, Bobby Whitlock (keys, vocals), Jim Gordon (drums), Carl Radle (bass) and Duane Allman (guitar) play with such huge personality, indestructible musicianship and exposed feeling that the music has lost nothing in the intervening four decades since its release.

A plus-size Super Bad Sunday offers a few takes on this amazing music beginning with one of the only extant live clips of the band from 1970 and then dipping into some of the ways these songs have been explored over the years.

[Published on: 7/25/10]

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