When I first heard the song Layla, I was stunned by its beauty and power. Layla and Jimi’s All Along the Watchtower still give me chills, three decades after they were released. Note: Guitar genius Duane Allman, who was killed in a motorcycle accident soon after Layla was recorded, teamed with Eric Clapton and his band to produce this masterpiece.
Layla, recorded by Derek and the Dominos, written by Eric Clapton and Jim Gordon, was originally released in 1970.
Herb Bowie’s summation:
The effect is majestic, and unmatched in all of rock. The intensity of the singer’s emotions is not resolved lyrically, but musically. It is as if the storm suddenly ends and gives way to a wet, green world overarched by a luminous rainbow. The singer’s desperate situation seems to give way to a beautiful vision of a union with his loved one, the pair walking hand-in-hand through the forest alone, freed from other entangling relationships. The raw intensity of the song’s first half is almost a mirror image of the haunting, gentle lyricism of it’s second half.