One of [lastfm]Eric Clapton[/lastfm]‘s defining albums marks its 40th anniversary with a deluxe, multi-format release featuring new and long-unavailable music. The [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Derek and the Dominos [/lastfm] package also includes a collection of never-before-seen photos.
Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs: The 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition release combines a remastered single CD, a 2-CD deluxe edition, a 2-CD super deluxe version, a double LP remastered vinyl, and a live CD/DVD of the band’s Fillmore East performance into various packages to cater to the casual fan or die-hard zealot.
Here’s a list of all the fantastic features tied to this release:
- Six exciting performances from what was to be [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Derek and the Dominos[/lastfm]‘ second album, all remixed by the original session engineer, Andy Johns. The highlight of the six tracks is “Got To Get Better In A Little While” – the group’s last recording – presented in this collection both as a mesmerizing jam version and as the ﬁrst-ever release of the fully produced studio version, finally completed by founding member Bobby Whitlock on keyboards and vocals.
- All four audio performances from Derek and the Dominos’ sole, historic television appearance on The Johnny Cash Show, November 9, 1970 – including Clapton’s famous jam on “Matchbox Blues” with Cash and rockabilly legend [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Carl Perkins[/lastfm].
- The two tracks produced by [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Phil Spector[/lastfm] in early summer 1970 that amounted to the first release by Derek and the Dominos: “Tell the Truth” and “Roll It Over,” the A- and B-side of a single that was quickly pulled from circulation by the group.>/li>
- The Layla session out-take “Mean Old World”: the legendary acoustic duet performed by Eric Clapton and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Duane Allman[/lastfm].
- Newly remastered and expanded 2-CD set of Derek and the Dominos: In Concert, recorded at the Fillmore East and remastered from the original master tapes.
- Audio only DVD featuring DTS 5.1 and Dolby Surround 5.1 versions of Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, mixed by legendary engineer Elliot Scheiner.
- High-fidelity, 180-gram reproduction of the original vinyl double album, remastered directly from the original UK album masters, featuring slightly alternate mixes of some songs.
- A hardcover book, artfully designed with rare and never-seen photographs, and featuring four meticulously researched essays by noted music historian and author Ashley Kahn fashioned from new interviews with Bobby Whitlock, Allman Brothers drummer Butch Trucks, engineer Andy Johns, producer Albhy Galuten, guitarist Derek Trucks; plus historic interviews with Eric Clapton, Duane Allman, and producer Tom Dowd.
- Facsimiles of Derek and the Dominos concert tickets and various promotional items, including the famous “Derek is Eric” button created to assure fans of the identity of the group’s lead singer and guitarist.
- Pop-up 3-D artwork and a high quality Layla art print based on the oil painting that graced the original album cover – “La Fille Au Bouquet” by Emile Theodore Frandsen de Schomberg – which has achieved cultural significance in its own right.
[lastfm]Derek and the Dominos[/lastfm] – Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs
Street Date: April 26th