1971 was a big year for the Allman Brothers in many ways. Not only did they finally achieve huge success after the release of their live album At Fillmore East which was released in July, but the year also saw the first chapter in their career come to a sudden and tragic halt. Founding member Duane Allman’s death on the 29th October 1971 would change the band forever, leaving behind (for the time being at least) the dual lead guitar format that had forged their musical sound from day one.
As 2015 comes to a close I want to say a big thank you to everyone I have spoken to this year. Since the start of the year I have spoken to hundreds and hundreds of people who saw Derek and the Dominos live and it’s been a thrill hearing all the stories from shows in the UK and the USA.
The book is coming together very nicely indeed, I am very excited for everyone to read it. But there is still work to be done which will continue into 2016 as I make this book the most in-depth biography on Derek and the Dominos ever written with the most detailed and extensive live history ever put together.
A big thanks goes to Bobby Whitlock for his continuing support and enthusiasm as I write the book, but also to everyone I have spoken to so far. It’s going to be great, bring on 2016!
Happy New Year!
When the 20th Anniversary Edition of Layla was released in 1990, not everything was included from the Layla sessions. This alternative version and mix of Layla is something that didn’t make the cut even though it’s found it’s way onto certain bootlegs since. The most notable differences are Eric’s lead vocal at the beginning and the lead guitar parts by Duane, plus the lack of an acoustic guitar in the coda. Take a listen: