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The Layla Sessions The Layla Sessions: 20th Anniversary Edition  

20th Anniversary Edition

1970 (1990)
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Layla Sessions: 20th Anniversary Edition - Review Book on Dominos

The Layla Sessions: 20th Anniversary Edition set is a three-disc release that includes the original album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, alternative versions, and the jams.  We know what to expect from the original album, a classic. The alternative versions range from good to great and is worth playing from time to time; it includes some extending jamming during the two versions of "Tell the Truth," and “Have You Ever Loved a Woman.”  The real treat is the jams. Here we get to listen Eric Clapton open up and let loose on his guitar at the prime of his career. I think these jams capture the improvisational side of him better than most of his live albums - perhaps it is the sound quality, his back up band, his playing, or a combination of these characteristics. 

The Layla Sessions” 20th Anniversary Edition is something that we highly recommend for hard core fans, whereas casual fans can opt for the original single disc release Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs~ by Barry Small © 
Grade  B +

The Layla Sessions: 20th Anniversary Edition - Track List
Track List

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Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs

1. I Looked Away (Clapton / Whitlock) - 3:03
2. Bell Bottom Blues (Clapton) - 5:01
3. Keep on Growing (Clapton / Whitlock) - 6:20
4. Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out (Cox) - 4:56
5. I Am Yours (Clapton / Nizami) - 3:34
6. Anyday (Clapton / Whitlock) - 6:34
7. Key to the Highway (Broonzy / Segar) - 9:37
8. Tell the Truth (Clapton / Whitlock) - 6:37
9. Why Does Love Got to Be So Sad? (Clapton / Whitlock) - 4:41
10. Have You Ever Loved a Woman (Myles) - 6:51
11. Little Wing (Hendrix) - 5:32
12. It's Too Late (Willis) - 3:48
13. Layla (Clapton / Gordon) - 7:02
14. Thorn Tree in the Garden (Whitlock) - 2:49

Layla Sessions - The Jams

1. Jam I (Clapton / Gordon / Radle / Whitlock) - 19:59
2. Jam II (Clapton / Gordon / Radle / Whitlock) - 12:24
3. Jam III (Clapton / Gordon / Radle / Whitlock) - 13:22
4. Jam IV (Allman / Allman / Betts / Clapton / Oakley / Whitlock) - 12:21
5. Jam V (Allman / Clapton / Gordon / Radle / Whitlock) - 18:24

Layla Sessions - Alternative Masters, Jams, Outtakes

1. Have You Ever Loved a Woman [Alternate Master #1] (Myles) - 5:54
2. Have You Ever Loved a Woman [Alternate Master #2] (Myles) - 4:59
3. Tell the Truth [Jam #1] (Clapton/Whitlock) - 9:38
4. Tell the Truth [Jam #2] (Clapton/Whitlock) - 13:47
5. Mean Old World [Rehearsal] (Little Walter) - 14:55
6. Mean Old World [Band Version, Master Take] (Little Walter) - 3:36
7. Mean Old World [Duet Version, Master Take] (Little Walter) - 3:50
8. (When Things Go Wrong) It Hurts Me Too [Jam] (London) - 1:56
9. Tender Love [Incomplete Master] (Clapton/Whitlock) - 2:42
10. It's Too Late [Alternate Master] (Willis) - 4:05

The Layla Sessions: 20th Anniversary Edition - Musicians
Musicians:       

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Eric Clapton - Guitar, Vocals
Carl Radle - Bass
Bobby Whitlock - Organ, Vocals
Jim Gordon - Drums
Duane Allman - Guitar

The Jams include some members of the Allman Brothers Band on tracks 4 and 5 that are noted above, Dickey Betts, Gregg Allman, and Berry Oakley

Alternative Masters, Jams, Outtakes
Duane Allman performs on tracks 5, 6, 7, 8, and 10  

The Layla Sessions: 20th Anniversary Edition - Notes
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Label - Polydor
Booklet- The great book that comes with the disc includes detailed information about the sessions, pictures, and more.
Duane Allman is on all but the first three songs on the original album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs.  He was not a member of the band, but a guest.   

The Layla Sessions: 20th Anniversary Edition album review

 

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