Happy 66th Birthday Eric Clapton; Layla Gets 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition Treatment
Posted by Michael Mueller on March 30, 2011 at 7:10 AM
One of the faces of the Mt. Rushmore of rock guitar, Eric Clapton turns 66 today. Can you believe it? Slowhand, along with Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, and Jimi Hendrix, is one of the defining voices of blues-based rock guitar. From such legendary riffs as "Layla," "Crossroads," and "Sunshine of Your Love" to the holy grail of blues-rock guitar tone heard on John Mayall's Blues Breakers Featuring Eric Clapton ("Beano" album), Clapton's influence on the instrument knows no bounds. Happy birthday, Slowhand.
In other Clapton news, on April 26, Polydor will release the 2-CD Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs: The 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition and the 4-CD/2-LP/DVD Super Deluxe Box Set, representing the most thoroughly comprehensive survey of the album yet released. For a complete rundown of the set contents, track lists, and some great background on the album, including how Eric Clapton and Duane Allman first met, check out this piece by our friends at Fender.com.
The two-disc Deluxe Edition of Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs contains six tracks from what would have been the second Derek and the Dominos album, remixed by original session engineer Andy Johns. It also includes:
- The group's last recording, "Got to Get Better in a Little While," in studio jam version and ?rst-ever release of fully produced studio version.
- All four audio performances from the Nov. 9, 1970, telecast of The Johnny Cash Show, including their performance of "Matchbox Blues" with Cash and Carl Perkins.
- Two Phil Spector-produced tracks from early summer 1970 that constituted the first Derek and the Dominos release—single "Tell the Truth" backed with "Roll It Over" (quickly pulled from circulation by the group).
- Famous acoustic duet by Eric Clapton and Duane Allman on Layla session outtake "Mean Old World."
The Super Deluxe Edition also includes:
- Newly re-mastered and expanded two-CD Derek and the Dominos In Concert set.
- Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs audio-only DVD with DTS 5.1 and Dolby Surround 5.1 versions mixed by Elliot Scheiner.
- 180-gram high-fidelity reproduction of original vinyl double album, re-mastered from the original tracks with slightly different mixes of several songs.
- Hardcover book with rare and previously unreleased photographs includes four essays by music historian and author Ashley Kahn.
- Facsimiles of Derek and the Dominos concert tickets and promotional items, including the "Derek is Eric" button.
- Pop-up 3-D artwork and high-quality Layla art print based on the oil painting used for the original album cover, "La Fille Au Bouquet" by Emile Theodore Frandsen de Schomberg.