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Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs: 40th Anniversary Editions Due This Month

Published // 17.Mar.11

Check out a preview video animation for the Super-Deluxe Box Set at the end of this article! In late August 1970, Derek and The Dominos - Eric Clapton, Jim Gordon, Carl Radle and Bobby Whitlock - convened in Criteria Studios in Miami, Florida with producer Tom Dowd to record "Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs." Following an invitation from EC, Duane Allman of the Allman Brothers Band joined in on the now-historic sessions. Universal Music Group is set to release several versions, in digital and physical formats, to celebrate the classic album's 40th Anniversary. All of the music is newly remastered. The U.S. will see staggered release dates starting 29 March. On that date, all digital versions, the single CD remaster, and the two LP vinyl will be available at all music retailers. Additionally, Best Buy will have the double CD deluxe edition as an exclusive available online and in their stores from that date. Four weeks later, on 26 April, the the super-deluxe box set hits the streets and all U.S. retailers will then have the double CD set available as well. The rest of the world gets all of the digital and physical editions between 21 and 23 March.

Don't forget to stay tuned to whereseric.com in the coming weeks as we'll be bringing you exclusive coverage to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs!

Many of the elements within the Deluxe and Super Deluxe Editions will be available separately, and in various formats – including a single-disc edition of the remastered Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs; a 2-LP remastered vinyl edition of Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs; a 2-CD edition of Derek and the Dominos: In Concert; and downloadable editions of all configurations on iTunes. A full list of each configuration with respective release numbers follows:

THE 2 CD DELUXE EDITION features:

• Six exciting performances from what was to be Derek and the Dominos’ second album, all remixed by the original session engineer, Andy Johns. The highlight of the six tracks is “Got To Get Better In A Little While” – the group’s last recording – presented in this collection both as a mesmerizing jam version and as the first-ever release of the fully produced studio version, finally completed by founding member Bobby Whitlock on keyboards and vocals.

• All four audio performances from Derek and the Domino’s sole, historic television appearance on The Johnny Cash Show, November 9, 1970 – including Clapton’s famous jam on “Matchbox Blues” with Cash and rockabilly legend Carl Perkins.

• The two tracks produced by Phil Spector in early summer 1970 that amounted to the first release by Derek and the Dominos: “Tell the Truth” and “Roll It Over,” the A- and B-side of a single that was quickly pulled from circulation by the group.

• The Layla session out-take “Mean Old World”: the legendary acoustic duet performed by Eric Clapton and Duane Allman..

The SUPER DELUXE EDITION additionally includes:

• Newly remastered and expanded 2-CD set of Derek and the Dominos: In Concert, recorded at the Fillmore East and remastered from the original master tapes.

• Audio only DVD featuring DTS 5.1 and Dolby Surround 5.1 versions of Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, mixed by legendary engineer Elliot Scheiner.

• High-fidelity, 180-gram reproduction of the original vinyl double album, remastered directly from the original UK album masters, featuring slightly alternate mixes of some songs.

• A hardcover book, artfully designed with rare and never-seen photographs, and featuring four meticulously researched essays by noted music historian and author Ashley Kahn fashioned from new interviews with Bobby Whitlock, Allman Brothers drummer Butch Trucks, engineer Andy Johns, producer Albhy Galuten, guitarist Derek Trucks; plus historic interviews with Eric Clapton, Duane Allman, and producer Tom Dowd.

• Facsimiles of Derek and the Dominos concert tickets and various promotional items, including the famous “Derek is Eric” button created to assure fans of the identity of the group’s lead singer and guitarist.

• Pop-up 3-D artwork and a high quality Layla art print based on the oil painting that graced the original album cover – “La Fille Au Bouquet” by Emile Theodore Frandsen de Schomberg – which has achieved cultural significance in its own right.

TRACK LISTINGS OF ALL FORMATS

DISC ONE: LAYLA AND OTHER ASSORTED LOVE SONGS (ALL NEWLY REMASTERED)
1. I LOOKED AWAY (3:06)
2. BELL BOTTOM BLUES (5:05)
3. KEEP ON GROWING (6:23)
4. NOBODY KNOWS YOU WHEN YOU’RE DOWN AND OUT (4:58)
5. I AM YOURS (3:35)
6. ANYDAY (6:36)
7. KEY TO THE HIGHWAY (9:38)
8. TELL THE TRUTH (6:40)
9. WHY DOES LOVE GOT TO BE SO SAD? (4:43)
10. HAVE YOU EVER LOVED A WOMAN (6:54)
11. LITTLE WING (5:33)
12. IT’S TOO LATE (3:51)
13. LAYLA (7:05)
14. THORN TREE IN THE GARDEN (2:51)

DISC TWO: LAYLA AND OTHER ASSORTED LOVE SONGS (BONUS CD)
1. MEAN OLD WORLD (3:52) Layla session out-take
2. ROLL IT OVER (4.31) Phil Spector produced single b-side
3. TELL THE TRUTH (3.23) Phil Spector produced single a-side
4. IT’S TOO LATE (4.11) Live on The Johnny Cash Show, 5 November, 1970 * PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED
5. GOT TO GET BETTER IN A LITTLE WHILE (6.34) Live on The Johnny Cash Show, 5 November, 1970 * PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED
6. MATCHBOX (with Johnny Cash & Carl Perkins) (3:56) Live on The Johnny Cash Show, 5 November, 1970 * PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED
7. BLUES POWER (6.31) Live on The Johnny Cash Show, 5 November, 1970 ** PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED
8. SNAKE LAKE BLUES (3.34) From April/May 1971 sessions for the Dominos second album ** PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED NEW MIX
9. EVIL (4.34) From April/May 1971 sessions for the Dominos second album ** PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED NEW MIX
10. MEAN OLD FRISCO (4.04) From April/May 1971 sessions for the Dominos second album ** PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED NEW MIX
11. ONE MORE CHANCE (3.15) From April/May 1971 sessions for the Dominos second album ** PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED NEW MIX
12. GOT TO GET BETTER IN A LITTLE WHILE JAM (3.45) From April/May 1971 sessions for the Dominos second album * PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED
13. GOT TO GET BETTER IN A LITTLE WHILE (6:05) From April/May 1971 sessions for the Dominos second album ** PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED NEW MIX
* previously unreleased recording ** newly remixed recording

DISC THREE (AUDIO ONLY DVD): LAYLA AND OTHER ASSORTED LOVE SONGS
5.1 SURROUND SOUND DVD (DTS 5.1 and DOLBY SURROUND 5.1) by Elliot Scheiner (PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED 5.1 MIXES)
1. I LOOKED AWAY (3:06)
2. BELL BOTTOM BLUES (5:05)
3. KEEP ON GROWING (6:23)
4. NOBODY KNOWS YOU WHEN YOU’RE DOWN AND OUT (4:58)
5. I AM YOURS (3:35)
6. ANYDAY (6:36)
7. KEY TO THE HIGHWAY (9:38)
8. TELL THE TRUTH (6:40)
9. WHY DOES LOVE GOT TO BE SO SAD? (4:43)
10. HAVE YOU EVER LOVED A WOMAN (6:54)
11. LITTLE WING (5:33)
12. IT’S TOO LATE (3:51)
13. LAYLA (7:05)
14. THORN TREE IN THE GARDEN (2:51)
Bonus Track:
15. MEAN OLD WORLD (3.50)

DISC FOUR: IN CONCERT (CD 1) - ALL NEWLY REMASTERED
1. WHY DOES LOVE GOT TO BE SO SAD? (9:30)
2. GOT TO GET BETTER IN A LITTLE WHILE (13:50)
3. LET IT RAIN (17.47)
4. PRESENCE OF THE LORD (6:10)
Bonus Material:
5. KEY TO THE HIGHWAY (6:26)
6. NOBODY KNOWS YOU WHEN YOU’RE DOWN AND OUT (5:51)

DISC FIVE: IN CONCERT (CD 2) - ALL NEWLY REMASTERED
1. TELL THE TRUTH (11:21)
2. BOTTLE OF RED WINE (5:35)
3. ROLL IT OVER (6:44)
4. BLUES POWER (10:30)
5. HAVE YOU EVER LOVED A WOMAN (8:14)
Bonus Material:
6. LITTLE WING (6:11)
7. CROSSROADS (8:17)

2-LP SET (ALL NEWLY REMASTERED FROM ORIGINAL ANALOGUE 1970 U.K. MASTERS)
SIDE 1
1. I LOOKED AWAY (3:06)
2. BELL BOTTOM BLUES (5:05)
3. KEEP ON GROWING (6:23)
4. NOBODY KNOWS YOU WHEN YOU’RE DOWN AND OUT (4:58)
SIDE 2
1. I AM YOURS (3:35)
2. ANYDAY (6:36)
3. KEY TO THE HIGHWAY (9:38)
SIDE 3
1. TELL THE TRUTH (6:40)
2. WHY DOES LOVE GOT TO BE SO SAD? (4:43)
3. HAVE YOU EVER LOVED A WOMAN (6:54)
SIDE 4
1. LITTLE WING (5:33)
2. IT’S TOO LATE (3.51)
3. LAYLA (7:05)
4. THORN TREE IN THE GARDEN (2.51)

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