Listen To Eric Clapton And Duane Allman’s Isolated Guitar Parts On “Layla”
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It’s sad to note that Eric Clapton and Duane Allman only had one album between the two of them during their time with Derek and The Dominos. Clapton was fresh from the disbandment of Cream and had nothing better to do but make new music with a new group, which spawned the aforementioned band.
Allman wasn’t a full-time member of the group but contributed his magical blues slide prowess into the record like it was nobody’s business. Of course, one of these songs was “Layla”, which was written for Patti Boyd, then-wife of George Harrison. Clapton’s unrequited feelings turned into music and was aided by Allman to completion.
“I’m very proud of it. I love to hear it. It’s almost like it’s not me. It’s like I’m listening to someone that I really like. Derek and The Dominoes was a band I really liked — and it’s almost like I wasn’t in that band. It’s just a band that I’m a fan of. Sometimes, my own music can be like that. When it’s served its purpose to being good music, I don’t associate myself with it anymore. It’s like someone else. It’s easy to do those songs then,” Clapton said of the song.
Just like how he fell in love with Boyd, Clapton admired Allman’s playing when he and the band were sent to a show of The Allman Brothers by producer Tom Dowd. After seeing Allman perform live for the first time, Clapton was immediately hooked and the rest was history, even going as much as saying that he was “the musical brother that I never had but wished I did.”
Listen to the isolated guitar and vocal parts of “Layla” below.