In the world of rock there are icons, and then there are icons: recordings that truly tower in historical importance and continue to cast an enduring shadow of influence. Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs sits atop that category, one of the most steadfastly revered musical treasures of its era. Its famous title track still hailed as an essential rock guitar anthem, the signature tune of rock's leading guitar hero Eric Clapton.
Recorded in 1970 by Derek and the Dominos, the short-lived group led by Clapton that also featured guitar legend Duane Allman and top American rhythm musicians of the day, Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs music offers a timeless blend of rock, electric blues and Southern gospel influences that has shaped generations of roots-oriented musicians. It achieved gold album status within months of its release in late 1970, was entered into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2000, and today remains a ubiquitous entry in various Top 100 and All-Time Greatest polls, and Must Hear bucket lists.
Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs: The 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition is a multi format collection offering an appropriately comprehensive salute of this iconic album and the band that created it. To be released in March 2011, the set will feature the original double-disc album in both digital and vinyl formats, expanded to include newly remastered tracks, and a treasure trove of music and video performances. Highlights of the Deluxe Edition include new performances, Phil Spectre produced tracks and high-fidelity, 180-gram reproduction of the original vinyl. The Super Deluxe Edition additionally includes 2-CD set of Derek and the Dominos: In Concert, recorded at the Fillmore East, a hardcover book containing never-seen photographs and a 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. A downloadable edition of both formats will be available on iTunes.