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Monday, February 16, 2004

Derek And The Dominoes

Only one album, but, man, what a doozy.

Great blues covers, but some of the originals ("Bell Bottom Blues") are even better. Of course, "Layla" is the cut everyone knows, but there's so much more, with memorable riffs by the truckload, and some absolutely blistering solos from Eric Clapton and Duane Allman.

Somehow this crew conjured up a version of the Jimi Hendrix tune "Little Wing" that sounds nothing at all like the original (despite the same melody, lyrics, and even tempo) but still works.

Whereas Hendrix' original was the perfect tune to listen to in a field on a warm summer day with eyes pointed straight at the sky, this rendition seems more appropriate as a soundtrack for an angry mob storming a government building.

Plus the album, as a longtime favorite of my Dad's, brings back childhood memories.


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