DEREK AND THE DOMINOS - CD
LIVE AT SANTA MONICA

LABEL:
Watch Tower
SOURCE:
Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, California, November 20, 1970; Afternoon Show
FORMAT:
Single CD
RUNNING TIME:
SOUND/SOURCE:
Audience Recording
PACKAGING:
Clear Slimline Jewelcase art
 

DEREK AND THE DOMINOS

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SOUND 7 / PACKAGING 9 / PERFORMANCE 9

 

TRACK LIST:
1. Got To Get Better In A Little While, 2. Key To The Highway, 3. Why Does Love Got To Be So Bad, 4. Blues Power, 5. Have You Ever Loved A Woman, 6. Tell The Truth, 7. Derek's Boogie, 8. Let It Rain, 9. Why Does Love Got To Be So Bad (*Unreleased Mono Version from Original Test Press Acetate.)
 
REVIEW:

The short-lived project that was Derek & The Dominos is my favorite Clapton period.  He just relished the "anonymity" or being in this version of a band and it showed in his playing.

The cover states that this is from the "original" TMOQ tape...and Volume One no less!  When the recording is cruising along without blemishes such as the sixth track, "Tell The Truth", the sound is pretty good.  But this tape is full of flaws and drop-outs and the sound has been tinkered with, which frankly probably did help it out.  Performance-wise this is a fantastic show and we should just be thankful that it is documented.  For a label that likes to stick with more outstanding recordings, this is probably an exception to their rule at Watch Tower.  As I stated, this tape features some really good sound towards the end of the performance.  Fans of Clapton, or the band for that matter,will need to pick this up.

Watch Tower has tacked on the bonus track of "Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad", which is a previously unreleased Mono Version from acetate.  It sounds pretty good but noisy with the typical surface scratches that acetates are notorious for.  A nice addition though. (The back of the inserted cover art features a picture of this acetate as well.)

Let's hope Volume 2 is a little cleaner, that's not really a complaint about this one...just wishful thinking.


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