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Bill Walker

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Id actually forgotten about this album, not the big song obviously, but Clappers was in quite a few bands, John Mayalls Bluesbreakers, Yardbirds, Cream, Blind Faith, Delany & Bonnie, Derek & The Dominoes, Roger Waters...have I missed any ?
No doubting this is a fine album, maybe one too many covers but Im being picky.
Of course Layla is the standout, Its not my favourite Clapton album, that would be 90210 Ocean Boulevard. :) But its a fine offering.
It flows very nicely from song to song, and from side to side, building towards the title track. It is a very comfortable melding of traditional blues and rock music circa 1970. There are well written tunes, classic blues, great guitar work from Eric and Duane, passionate vocals from Eric and Bobby Whitlock, and a great, anchoring rhythm section in Jim Gordon and Carl Radle. I've had it on one form or another since about 1972, and it is one I welcome going back too.
Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad may be my favorite track, the one track that approaches the passion of Layla, and much less played.
I always felt Layla needed a better singer than Eric though, I cant help but feel that whenever I hear it.
Eric did a lot of very good and some great work after Layla. As time passes I appreciate his solo work more and more. It battled against an expectation based on Cream or Derek and the Dominoes over the years. That wasn't what he was doing anymore, for the most, so people (me) were disappointed. But I have found a LOT more appreciation what he did from 461Ocean Boulevard through From the Cradle. I'm a fan of Eric's career as a whole.

Id give this album a 7/10, only let down by a poor/flat cover of Little Wing, and one too many covers in general.
 

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