DEREK AND THE DOMINOS - PHILLY 1970

April 23, 2010 – 11:01 am

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DEREK AND THE DOMINOS
PHILADELPHIA 1970 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Electric Factory Theatre, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 16, 1970 (early show). From 1st Gen Audience Source.

While this show has been circulating for a while, this source has just surfaced, thanks to Geetarz who shared the lossless tracks at the Dime site.

This is what Geetarz noted:

This is a legendary Dominos show… Some older reference guides inexplicably refer to this as a soundboard, but it’s clearly a marginal to average recording. Luckily a fantastic performance makes up for any drawbacks of the source material.

“Ramblin” features some of EC’s best ever slide playing. EC can at times play slide a little too precisely - but in this performance, he exhibits loopy, “out of the box” playing that clearly shows Duane Allman’s influence as he dances around all the notes. I don’t recall EC performing “Ramblin’” in this arrangement again, which alone makes it unique.

This performance is also notable for an incredible, mind bending, tour-de-force performance of “Why does Love…” And it’s not just EC here. If you listen to some of the very early gigs, the band were a little loose, but here they play as a single organism, rising and falling, playing off each other for all they are worth. “Why Does…” has always had a demanding and unusual bass line, and Gordon holds it down, driving the song in the same way that Entwhistle would actually drive the rhythm of The Who as Moon, or in this case Jim Gordon, lays out some 15+ minutes of drum madness, and Bobby Whitlock holding it all together with a shimmering B3 and his incredible vocals. This performance of this song is indeed “epic”, and unforgettable.

This show also features the first-ever live performance of “Motherless Children”, albeit in raw form, which in a way adds to its charm.

The disc and the accompanying notes I received read “1st Generation Audience Source”. One way to identify this source, is that it clocks in at 72:54, whereas the inferior source clocks in at 73:08, with the additonal time on the inferior source being extra space on the tape where it was copied along the way.

Sonically, this is a vast improvement over the 73:08 version, I’d say at least 2, perhaps as many as 4 generations’ improvement.

It goes without saying that this is also a real improvement over the commercial ROIO “Electric Factory” CD (Deep-6, Deep6-5).

In the years since 2000, this low gen recording has been traded a bit, first among a circle of the pretty serious collectors and then likely used as the source for some of the tweaked and remastered versions later released on various ROIO labels. Here’s your chance to get that original source, not to say that the “remastered” versions may not suit your fancy more than this untampered recording, but if you’d like the original, here you go in the best quality available.

As always, all proper thanks to the anonymous taper, and my long lost friend Tony, who burned brightly in this hobby and then disappeared to pursue other interests, likely with the same vim and vigor he exhibited with D & D.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Ramblin’ on My Mind (slide guitar) (11.0MB)
Track 02. Why Does Love Got to Be So Sad? (29.4MB)
Track 03. Blues Power (17.8MB)
Track 04. Have You Ever Loved a Woman (13.4MB)
Track 05. Mean Old World (11.0MB)
Track 06. Motherless Children (13.0MB)
Track 07. Let it Rain (28.6MB)
74 mins

Lineup:
Eric Clapton - guitar, vocals
Bobby Whitlock - piano, organ, vocals
Carl Radle - bass
Jim Gordon - drums

From their short U.S. tour in 1970, Derek And The Dominos released In Concert, an album featuring their show at Fillmore East on October 23 and 24, 1970. It was released in January 1973, long after the band’s demise to cash in on the sales revival the Layla album received. Click on the link to order the album.

  1. 17 Responses to “DEREK AND THE DOMINOS - PHILLY 1970”

  2. hey bigo, thanks! i’ll play this walking later.

    best,
    ed

    By Ed Saad on Apr 23, 2010

  3. hey bigo, this is pretty good. i listened to it walking earlier. i still need to play lou reed, though.

    best,
    ed

    By Ed Saad on Apr 23, 2010

  4. Really love That Dominoes sound
    Thanks for the next one too :)

    By lemonaddict on Apr 23, 2010

  5. I was there at this concert 40 years ago, one of several I did at the Electric Factory. The place was an old warehouse that held maybe 1000-1200 people. They had benches arranged auditoorium style with aisles. I sat about half way back from the stage. Toe Fat (pre-Uriah Heep) opened Ballinjack (concurrent Columbia Records multi-racial soul-jazz horn band was next and ripped the roof off the sucker…their one LP never really did them justice. They were awesome! I’ve always heard that there were gigs that were not so hot because of the amount and intensity of the drugs Derek & Dominoes were using, Well, it sure wasn’t apparent THAT night! I’ll always cherish the memory of this night. I had tried to see Cream in Rochester on a double bill with Vanilla Fudge, but for some reason they never showed (and the Fudge did THREE hours to compensate!)so this was my first time of many to see Eric in action. Looking forward to hearing it again after FORTY YEARS! THanks!

    Still looking for the Pink Floyd from the same year as this one. Now THAT was a KILLER concert. I’ve seen it listed here and there but never run across a working link to that one. According to some reviews it ranks up there with the best recordings and shows from that era….and THEY were the opening band that night (wish I could remember the headliners…but we were rude and screamed for more Flkoyd all through theior set and THEY CAME BACK aafter the headliners set and did one more! I do remember they had the Azimuth Coordinator…the four speaker setup which got used to great effect during Alan’s Psychedelic Breakfast!

    By Duncan Walls on Apr 24, 2010

  6. oops…forgot to say that Pink Floyd show was an Electric Factory show also…I believ that two or three weeks later they had all their equipment stolen (like that van on the back of UmmaGumma) while here in the states and didn’t return until after dARK sIDE OF tHE mOON WAS RELEASED…ANYONE CONFIRM THAT?
    sorry to get off topic!

    By Duncan Walls on Apr 24, 2010

  7. Links are working just fine now. The rest of this show is very interesting. Despite the lowish-fidelity, I’ve not heard Clapton play like this on any of the shows that I have from the late 60-s though mid-70s. After that time, he’s still great live, but he doesn’t have the je ne sais quoi.

    By Muddy on Apr 24, 2010

  8. I saw only two shows at the Electric Factory, this one and Cream a year or so earlier. Can’t say I remember much about it - you know what they say about the 60’s and memory. I recall it was great, but that’s the limit.

    Duncan’s description of “the factory” is fairly good, but leaves out the fact that very little had been done to mask the fact that it was an old tire warehouse. It did have a liquid light show, strobe light tunnel, and all the other decorations of the 60’s.

    By David S on Apr 24, 2010

  9. Great Thanks for this Music by the Way!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    By udo on Apr 24, 2010

  10. More Derek and the Dominos please!! Thanks for all the music.

    By B R on Apr 25, 2010

  11. Thanks for this music… EC has never been so great as when he was Derek!!!

    By Freddie Paddy on Dec 11, 2010

  12. I’m off on a major Derek jag…thanks for the download…

    By steve on Apr 23, 2011

  13. I was also at this show in October 1970 and it remains one of the best concerts I ever saw.I was a huge Eric Clapton fan in those days and feel he was truly at the pinnacle of his career musically with this band. It is hard to describe the raw, unpretentious energy they had that night. Clapton’s blues playing was hitting the note on Have you Ever Loved a Woman and Ramblin. All the many time I saw EC play after that never quite came close to that night’s performance. I sat on the floor about 25 feet fromthe stage so I wouldnn’t miss anything and they were wailing! Clapton wore a black shirt with yellow pocka dots, bell bottom jeans, and Beatle boots. When he finished, he packed up both his guitars and carried them accross the room to the dressing rooms. I followed him and patted him on the back. A night I will never forget.

    By Tom Woodside on Jul 23, 2012

  14. The description is accurate. Audio quality isn’t great, but all the instruments and vocals come through clearly so it is easy to enjoy a great performance, with EC’s leading the way with some great slide guitar. “Mean Old World” is another fine example of his blues slide.

    By Jania on Oct 14, 2013

  15. CAN NOT GET THE LAST TRACK. The HTML page will not allow access to the file unless I allow a strange executable (.exe) to go off in my PC. I think this makes 4 albums with missing tracks. :(

    By Old Wet Cat on Mar 26, 2014

  16. Ramblin’ On My Mind, Mean Old World and Motherless Children. The only known recordings of these three songs played live by the Dominos. Unsure if they were ever played again.

    By Tom on Jun 13, 2014

  17. tube has an item currently available if anyone is interested. its layla and other assorted love sessions. much of if not all of this stuff has been offered here. but its 5 cds and a dvd. the dvd is the johnny cash show. its in zip form and will require winzip to extract. 6 of the files are z files. its easy to extract if anyone chooses to go there for this item. u just click on the zip file and the entire thing will extract normally. remember to name the folder u wish to put it in. theyre in flac format. the entire item is 400meg each part and the final part is 200meg. so it will take a while to dl if u have a slower connection.

    By darth on Jun 13, 2014

  18. Duncan Walls, David S & Tom Woodside - I’d love to talk to you about this show. I’m writing a book on Derek and the Dominos and to have your thoughts on this particular show would be great!

    [email protected]

    Thanks

    By Tom Caswell on Oct 25, 2014

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