DEREK AND THE DOMINOS The Last Sessions (1971)

The Last Sessions (1971)
Studio Quality Outtakes

Recorded in May, 1971, at Olympic Sound Studios in London, these tracks are outtakes from the second album sessions for Eric Clapton’s Derek & The Dominos (w/Bobby Whitlock, Carl Radle and Jim Gordon). Many, myself included, believe Eric’s Dominos to be his finest band configuration – and while these tapes are no competition for the greatness of Layla, there’s some unusual and interesting material here. Some of this is strictly work-in-progress stuff and extended jams, while “High” sounds like a completed backing track just waiting for vocals and overdubs. There’s even a laid back re-working of the Dominos’ concert staple, “Got To Get Better In A Little While,” which sounded so good it appeared on Clapton’s Crossroads box set (along with this collection’s “Evil,” “Mean Old Frisco,” “One More Chance” and one of the “Snake Lake Blues”). Everything is instrumental, save for the totally out-of-character slow blues workout, “Devil Road” (with Rene Armando on vocals). The Last Sessions is not cut from the same cloth as the sizzling, heroin fueled blues improvisations that characterized both the original and reissued Layla albums, but the quality is great and the chance to hear the process behind one of EC’s best inventions should be of interest to all archaeologists.


Sick At Heart (3:54)
Is My Love (2:04)
Mean Old Frisco (4:10)
Evil (4:44)
Snake Lake Blues (Minor Key) (3:35)
Snake Lake Blues (Major Key) (3:32)
One More Chance (3:23)
Got To Get Better In A Little While (4:21)
High (3:19)
Untitled Instrumental #1 (13:56)
Untitled Instrumental #2 (6:51)
Devil Road (13:13)

 

13 Comments

  • 1
    Art Ducko
    August 29, 2009 - 09:42 | Permalink

    Oh yeah, this is my favorite Slowhand time period. He was just tortured enough by his hots for Patti & his "am I a junkie or not?" phase to create some good fucking music.

  • 2
    MoreLove
    August 29, 2009 - 17:33 | Permalink

    Has anyone thanked you yet today? This is great stuff. You da man, W. Thanks!

  • 3
    Anonymous
    November 17, 2009 - 04:30 | Permalink

    Johnny Kinkdom sez:
    Outtakes from one of the greatest groups of all time? I'm way in on this! Thanks for all your hard work on this essential blog! DATD fans should also search out a Live In Cleveland audience recording featuring blistering guitar and a duet with BB King.

  • 4
    Capt. Willard
    November 17, 2009 - 05:02 | Permalink

    I actually caught the Dominos at a theater gig in St. Louis. Had about 10th row seats. First… I couldn't believe I was seeing post-Cream/Blind Faith Clapton in a tiny theater. Second, I REALLY couldn't believe how lackadaisical the audience was. I was on my feet after the first song and I looked around and almost no one else was. They were politely applauding. I thought I was in the Twilight Zone. If memory serves, they opened with Layla (though, I could be wrong… I left my memory under the seat), but I DO remember that they did NOT play the extended ending. Only the tune. The other thing that amazed me was how drunk Clapton was. He played great and was smiling and having a hell of a time, but he looked drunk out of his mind. Of course… as we all learned later, he was strung out on smack in those days. I didn't know junk from Jake in those days and was probably as clueless as most in the room. It's still the only time I've seen Clapton live and was worth every penny of the $5.50 ticket price. Toe Fat opened the show.

  • 5
    Capt. Willard
    April 8, 2010 - 13:32 | Permalink

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  • 6
    ElementaryPenguin
    April 29, 2010 - 05:12 | Permalink

    I downloaded this one around the same time I found your blog (I found it looking for Revolution 20), and never stopped to thank you. I was actually just looking for something instrumental. I just wanted some background music, but instead I got something really dynamic that often demands my attention. It's also a great album to jam along to. Thanks again.

  • 7
    Capt. Willard
    April 29, 2010 - 05:21 | Permalink

    Cool, thanks.

  • 8
    Clive
    May 5, 2010 - 20:31 | Permalink

    Thanks a lot, vital post!

    I have this archived in a lossless format from a bootleg trading site but can't find it in all my mess – this copy will stay right on the hdd for easy access ;-)

  • 9
    bd
    May 30, 2011 - 02:46 | Permalink

    I am happy to find your new home, and appreciate all the work you do to have this wonderful site. And wow, such a cool set of session tracks as this. Superb quality! Like one of the comments above, Dominos was Eric Clapton’s best period, at least for me. Thank you, Willard.

    • 10
      Willard
      May 30, 2011 - 06:57 | Permalink

      Thanks for commenting, bd.

  • 11
    Scott
    October 27, 2011 - 10:16 | Permalink

    Sorry, but I don’t agree about this being Eric Clapton’s “finest band configuration”. That honor will forever belong to Cream and also John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers! Just a tad too much country for my taste. But even with all that, Eric still had some decent moments in DATD. Not saying they’re bad by any means, just wanted to get my two cents in.

    • 12
      Willard
      October 27, 2011 - 10:33 | Permalink

      Didn’t say it was… just said it’s what “many, myself included, believe.” Thanks for the 2¢.

  • 13
    Lou Bear
    October 28, 2011 - 18:34 | Permalink

    and again my thanks…..and that Cleveland show was BLISTERING [ as what i can recall being under the influence] lou

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