KBAM Radio: Eric and Pattie, a Valentine's Special
In 1970, Eric Clapton was emerging from the supergroup cocoon of Cream and Blind Faith and looking for a more intimate expression – a way subverting his fame as guitarist and songwriter, into a new and unexpected direction.
The result, Derek and the Dominos’ one and only album - Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, was a mix of kismet and confession – an emotionally raw mix of covers and originals which would meet with lukewarm response upon release, only to eventually become the stuff of rocknroll legend.
Now considered some of Clapton’s great work, the album features the great Bobby Whitlock as co-writer on many of the tracks and band of renown session pros. The record also includes an appearance by Duane Allman, a moment, which kicked off an enduring friendship between these two guitar greats.
But it’s Clapton’s obsession with Pattie Boyd, (then wife of his good friend George Harrrison) that truly fuels the music here. There might be no better mix of love songs in existence, with Clapton’s longing almost tangible on each and every track.
Ultimately (nine years later) he win Boyd’s hand, but in 1970 - Clapton unrequited yearning, guilt and heartsickness – are what underscore and elevate songs and the sound of this now classic album.