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50th anniversary reissue of Derek & The Dominos’ ‘Layla’ album being released as four-LP vinyl set


The Eric Clapton-led group Derek & The Dominos’ classic double album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs was released 50 years ago this November. To mark the milestone anniversary, an expanded four-LP vinyl box set edition will hit stores on November 13.

The collection will feature a half-speed mastered version of the original album that was created at London’s Abbey Road Studios, as well as two LPs of bonus tracks.

The extra tracks include the outtake “Mean Old World,” the Phil Spector-produced single “Tell the Truth” and its B-side, performances from a November 1970 appearance on Johnny Cash’s TV variety show, and recordings from sessions for Derek & The Dominos’ never-completed second studio album. Most of the bonus cuts have never been available on vinyl before.

The four-LP set comes packaged with a book featuring the sleeve notes included in the 40th anniversary reissue of the album. You can pre-order it now at uDiscoverMusic.com. A two-LP version is available too.

Derek & the Dominos featured Clapton on lead vocals and guitar, keyboardist/singer Bobby Whitlock, bassist Carl Radle and drummer Jim Gordon, while Duane Allman of The Allman Brothers Band famously contributed slide guitar to most of the songs on Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs.

The album featured the enduring Clapton classic “Layla,” which reached #10 on the Billboard Hot 100, as well as classics like “Bell Bottom Blues” and “Why Does Love Have to Be So Sad?”