Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs by Derek And the Dominoes (Rock of Ages) (英語) ハードカバー – 2006/11/28
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Rocksbackpages.com calls "Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs" "unquestionably one of the great compositions of the entire rock era." Amazon.com says "Layla stands as one of a handful of pillars of classic rock." Eric Clapton's rendition of the title song packs such a raw emotional wallop that Dave Marsh wrote in the Rolling Stone illustrated "History of Rock and Roll": "There are few moments in the repertoire of recorded rock where a singer or writer has reached so deeply into himself that the effect of hearing him is akin to witnessing a murder, or a suicide...To me, Layla is the greatest of them." The music may be timeless, but the lives of the tortured souls who produced this great album clearly were not; most were cut short by accident or substance abuse, while those who remain bear deep scars. And lead player Eric Clapton, despite a hugely successful career, has been shadowed by this album, which he knew at the time would be the defining high point of his career. Both casual and committed rock fans will be compelled by the heartbreaking and often lurid details surrounding the saga of Layla and Derek and the Dominos - which has never been completely disclosed until now.
JAN REID is the author or coauthor of eight books, including The Improbable Rise of Redneck Rock and The Bullet Meant for Me. He is a founding contributor and writer-at-large for Texas Monthly and has also written for Esquire, the New York Times, GQ, and Men's Journal. He lives in Austin, Texas.
Reid relies heavily on Bobby Whitlock's recollections. As with any storyteller who is involved in a story, the narrative is shaped by their recollection and how they want to appear in the story. Yet the story is extremely valuable for showing the path each of the other members of the band took on their journey to Criteria Studios in the Fall of 1970. Of special interest to me was some of the story about Duane Allman's father that I had not known and the stories about Delaney and Bonnie Bramlett. Of interest is the way he speaks extensively about the relationship between Eric and Delaney, but he avoids mention of Bonnie as much as possible. In addition he-like everyone else has been unable or unwilling to untangle the reasons the friendship came apart.
The book is great on the interpersonal angles, but weak on any kind of analysis of the recordings themselves and the process. This is an especially tragic omission since Tom Dowd has passed and can no longer fill in the details. In addition, the aborted sessions for the second record are given a quick brush and put away.
I recommend the book as a great read. I wish Whitlock would write his book
I don't doubt that there are minor errors in a book of this type. In spite of that, I found it extremely interesting and a valuable tool in helping to understand why the music of that era was so incredibly good.
It also was a great, concise guide to available recordings that feature these performers - for example, the epic Hip-O-Select "Mad Dogs and Englishmen" box set.
In addition, this book has led me on a quest for recordings featuring the now unmistakeable talents of Jim Gordon.
I highly recommend this book as a starting point for expanding your appreciation of music.
There's a lot of emphasis on the tabloid friendly tale of stealing a friend's wife. But it doesn't really talk alot about the music in anything other than passing. The music is always the punch line to the motivation for creating it. Fair enough, as this is a result of life in the world of a musician.
There ae several small gaffs (Duane Allman is credited with using a plastic medicine bottle for slide when it was a glass bottle. Plastic is not a good choice.) But none of these are really too bad.
The one thing missing is any kind of pure critical analysis of the music itself. Also missing is any real telling of how the record was technically made. So don't look for a scholarly look at the record itself. This you'll have to find elsewhere.
Don't let these misgivings stop you from buying the book. It's a quick and enjoyable read, if somewhat superficial in places.