October 9, 2012 – 4:28 am

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Into The Mystic [Mid Valley 706/711, CD6 and 7 of 7CD]

Sessions and more. Excellent soundboard.

While Derek And The Dominos’ Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs album was released in 1970, it was only in 1990 that other Layla session tracks were officially released on the 20th Anniversary Edition.

Even then, not all the session tracks were released. In 2006, Paddington put out Layla And Other Assorted Love Sessions - Complete Studio Sessions for Layla & UnreleasedĀ 2nd Album, a five-CD/1DVD set. And, in August this year, a seven-disc set from Mid Valley, Into The Mystic - Layla Sessions And More, surfaced on torrent sites.

Thanks to keiji for sharing the tracks.

Note: A longtime music fan, Philip Cohen was a contributor to the now-defunct ICE Magazine and compiled the boxsets for The Yardbirds, The Small Faces, Humble Pie and Nice.

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 or they are out of print.

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Disc 6 (Supplementary Disc) - notes by Philip Cohen
Clapton fans may recall, that prior to the sessions for the “Layla” album, Derek & The Dominos released a Phil Spector-produced single “Tell The Truth” b/w “Roll It Over”. These versions were recorded during sessions for George Harrison’s “All Things Must Pass” album, but the single was almost immediately withdrawn (at Clapton’s request because he thought that it wasn’t representative of the group’s sound). The only CD release of these performances (on the “Eric Clapton-Crossroads” box set) is via 1987 remixes. The first three tracks only appeared on original 1971 vinyl singles (but not on CD).

Track 601. Tell The Truth (original Phil Spector stereo mix) (5.4MB)
Track 602. Tell The Truth (original Phil Spector mono mix) (5.4MB)
Track 603. Roll It Over (original Phil Spector mono mix) (7.4MB)
Track 604. It’s Too Late (6.8MB)
Track 605. Got To Get Better In A Little While (11.2MB)
Track 606. Matchbox #1 (6.6MB)
Track 607. Matchbox #2 (7.0MB)
Track 608. Matchbox #3 (4.6MB)
Track 609. Blues Power (10.1MB)
Track 610. Altar Rock (7.8MB)
Track 611. Time (6.7MB)
Track 612. It’s So Hard #1 (12.3MB)
Track 613. It’s So Hard #2 (15.5MB)

Disc 7 (Bonus Disc)
The Last Sessions - These are all backing tracks

Track 701. Sick At The Heart Without Piano (678k)
Track 702. Sick At Heart (5.6MB)
Track 703. Is My Love (3.2MB)
Track 704. Mean Old Frisco (6.6MB)
Track 705. Evil (7.5MB)
Track 706. Snake Leg Blues Minor (5.7MB)
Track 707. Snake Leg Blues Major (5.6MB)
Track 708. One More Chance (5.4MB)
Track 709. Got To Get Better In A Little While (6.9MB)
Track 710. High (5.3MB)
Track 711. Untitled Instrumental #1 (22.3MB)
Track 712. Untitled Instrumental #2 (10.9MB)
Track 713. Gold Devil Road (21.1MB)

Eric Clapton - guitar, vocals
Howard Duane Allman - guitar
Carl Radle - bass
Jim Gordon - drums
Bobby Whitlock - organ, piano, vocals

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  2. Great stuff.
    One question, though: why “Into the Mystic”?
    Is there a Van Morrison cover hidden somewhere in here?

    By YogaforCynics on Oct 9, 2012

  3. The tracks from Vol. 7 don’t appear to be playable or downloadable…

    By Jonathan King on Oct 9, 2012

  4. Whoops … didn’t see your note about it being available on Oct. 10. Sorry…

    By Jonathan King on Oct 9, 2012

  5. Included with the release are some inserts featuring photos by the late Carl Radle. One of them is of EC walking down a path away from Stonehenge. As some people credit Stonehenge as having mystical properties I assume that’s why MVR entitled the release as they did. However, given EC is walking away and not towards it, perhaps they should have called it, ‘Out of the Mystic

    By Sam on Oct 10, 2012

  6. is there anything more boring than a clapton untitled instrumental ?
    yes, his entire output since Blind Faith.

    By stumpthedollars on Oct 10, 2012

  7. yes, your inane comments, stumpy the stump

    By Anony Moose on Oct 10, 2012

  8. Track 604 is from “The Johnny Cash Show.” You can see the video on You Tube:

    The same show features an amazing version of “Matchbox” (track 606) with Derek and the Dominoes, Carl Perkins (who wrote the song, also covered by the early Beatles) and Johnny Cash. Carl, Johnny and Eric trade off vocals and guitar solos.

    The Johnny Cash Show is available on video. It is a true dose of Americana and shows that Cash had wide open musical tastes. Besides featuring many country music greats (including his wife, June Carter Cash), the show included Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor and many other greats not usually associated with country music. The show also “features” some of the corniest comedy this side of “Hee Haw.”

    By Jania on Oct 10, 2012

  9. From the sound of it, track 607 is an alternate take from the Johnny Cash show, again with Johnny and Carl Perkins.

    608 is yet another version from the show, but I think it may be the same music as 606, without the lengthy intro/conversation between Johnny and Eric.

    By Jania on Oct 10, 2012

  10. they did rehearsals that werent filmed but were recorded earlier in the day. thats what the other songs are. theres even more to it than what is represented here. theres approx an hour or so of material from this event on an audio cd.

    By darth on Oct 10, 2012

  11. nothing like watching derek snoozing from too much heroin

    By stumpthedollars on Oct 10, 2012

  12. beats watching “unplugged”

    By barth on Oct 10, 2012

  13. Yeah, Unplugged, while selling more than any other Clapton record, is a real low-point. Derek & The Dominoes, I would argue, is Clapton at his best, despite (or maybe because of) the drugging and boozing and insanity of the band……

    By Rick on Oct 10, 2012

  14. i personally prefer the mayall era and dominos era. then early cream. not that there was much of that to have an early or late. really only 2 yrs. the worst was those bbc trax.
    for me yardbirds is my least favorite era. the 76-86 period was also a fave period for me tho. i desperately wanted to like the 94/5 era but merely covering blues tracks wasnt enough for me. the songs were too short with the extended solos held to a bare minimum and that is what i love most about ec.

    By darth on Oct 10, 2012

  15. Help: the last three tracks on disc 7 sound identical to tracks 5-7 on disc 1. Are they? Anyone?

    By Rick on Oct 10, 2012

  16. rick this just goes to show you that 99% of the people just download and never listen. It`s an acquisition sickness more than anything.

    By stumpthedollars on Oct 10, 2012

  17. eric makes a good case against sobriety. jams and extended solos bore me.

    By barth on Oct 10, 2012

  18. Ok OK, but ARE they the same?

    By Rick on Oct 10, 2012

  19. yeah they are the same ,there. move on..

    By stumpthedollars on Oct 10, 2012

  20. Rick, it is also like saying tracks 5-7 on disk one without the harpsichord, accordian or gazoo. We don’t have to bother d/l them again so I didn’t. The CD’s include them again because they equate backing tracks equal to instrumentals. It also looks more impressive if you throw in 3 tracks twice. I bet if he didn’t include them, people would bug him for the “missing tracks”!

    By 4yrsnojob on Oct 11, 2012

  21. Thank you. Situation all cleared up in my mind.

    By Rick on Oct 11, 2012

  22. Who needs another uninspired Clapton concert.
    He has been resting on his laurels for so long it isn`t even remotely funny any longer.
    how about a moratorium on Clapton shows until at least the new year .

    By stumpthedollars on Oct 11, 2012

  23. Something I missed or, why isn’t the 7th disc cd-titles included on the back-artwork.

    By bluesdeluxe on Oct 12, 2012

  24. blues - probably cuz its a bonus disc and not really part of the set.

    By darth on Oct 14, 2012

  25. btw.. yes the 20th anniv set is oop so i hope those who i shared it with enjoy it. it fills in the items omitted here. u know who u are. that 2nd cd is killer eh?
    there was some nice items on crossroads box 1 i believe for completists.
    what im looking for is the other live performance with duane. 12-1-70 is the one that everyone has. there was a 2nd show where duane showed up as well. i know its existence. i have heard it. but its been over 30 years. id like to find this. ive been looking for it forever. i dont recall the quality being better than tampa tho.

    By darth on Oct 14, 2012

  26. btw.. yes the 20th anniv set is oop so i hope those who i shared it with enjoy it. it fills in the items omitted here. u know who u are.

    c`mon boys and girls give him the much needed pat on the back he`s looking for.

    By uncle remus on Oct 14, 2012

  27. Thank you Philip Cohen. Derek And The Dominoes is my favorite Clapton period, as it is I suspect for a lot of fans. And to have all this extra material in EXCELLENT PLUS Soundboard Quality makes it a must have!

    By Daniel Kershner on Oct 15, 2012

  28. c`mon boys and girls give him the much needed pat on the back he`s looking for.

    …god hes so jealous. poor pathetic piece of shit. gotta feel sorry for him. wait. scratch that. no we dont. none of us does. we just shake our heads and sigh and figure his mother did drugs and drank while pregnant.

    By darth on Oct 15, 2012

  29. welcome back cursing darth

    By barth on Oct 15, 2012

  30. Fine music from his absolute bEST period, and Duane don’t hurt either…who is the female vocalist on some of the cuts?

    By Rich Sigberman on Oct 25, 2012

  31. Does Big-O or ANYONE out there have the Holy Grail of Dominos shows, “Soul Mates - Twin Flames” the MidValley set featuring the Dec. 1, 1970 Tampa gig? It’s the only show out there where Duane Allman performed live with Eric Clapton and the other Dominos. If you have it Big-O…PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE post it!!!

    By RollingStoner on Oct 28, 2012

  32. rolling - i was sure they had the show up on this site at one point. i checked the archives and i dont see it. guess i was wrong. d&d did 2 shows with duane btw. the day after tampa they played upstate ny in syracuse at the war memorial. the tape of that show isnt as good as the tampa show but it isnt bad. its just not as common.
    here are 3 links for u to dl the show u wanted however. they all work and u should enjoy the quality immensely. its the best version available.
    ill try to post the links here if i can. but i have tried a few times and its not allowing me.

    By darth on Oct 29, 2012


    put .rar on the ends of each line

    By darth on Oct 29, 2012

  34. btw for the syracuse show.. toe fat opened then elton john played.

    By darth on Oct 29, 2012

  35. i checked my shows and i found that i have a d&d show from the cap th portchester ny 2 days after the syracuse show that also claims to have duane on it. its 8 songs the last song goes on the 2nd cd. 86mins. its audience recorded. quality isnt bad at all considering its 42 yrs old. if its not duane on there then its someone trying quite hard to sound like him on slide. in my opinion he shines. i decided to give it another listen tonite to be sure since its normally accepted as fact that there are 2 known recordings of duane with d&d live performances.. and usually only one circulates. the tampa one.

    By darth on Oct 29, 2012

  36. How do i downloand those tunes?

    By daniel on Feb 27, 2015

  37. song 611 time? whi is this and the next 2 songs? sound like traffic

    By michael on Feb 7, 2016

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