March 24, 2014 – 5:23 am

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London 1970 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Lyceum Ballroom, London, UK; October 11, 1970. Final UK live gig - still the only tape to surface from UK Sept/Oct tours). Good to fairly/very good audience recording. (Substantial upgrade)

Thanks to kneesfudd for the fine effort and for sharing the tracks at Dime. This one’s for the collectors.

kneesfudd’s notes:

- To my knowledge this upgrades most/all commonly circulating versions. Carefully remastered without EQ from very fine reel source.
- QUITE fine AUD for its vintage.
- Warts: Taper shut off deck ‘tween some trax. Mike bump still audible in #1 at end. Taper volume adjustments - mostly fixed - calm down after first two trax. Fixed dropouts and tape stretch jittery noises at end of #4 but ~2 seconds remain. 1 second bass/volume overload distortion in #5 & #10. #6 has a few split second (glass?) bumps (now reduced). #7 second late start and slight speed fluctuation in last minute (batteries?). #8 has some tapebleed overlay (on all circulating copies) & cuts right at end. #9 starts late from tapeflip. Surely missed some dullspots and dropouts but healed/lessened most all of them. Don’t let the warts scare you off - except for parts of #8 this is a real nice listen!
- Significant upgrade over these versions: Silver Horse, ECDR’Noiseless Lyceum’, PHR, my old cassette, unknown trade CDR, one or two others the reel was compared to.
- Too bad “Little Wing” is somewhat screwed up here as it’s the first live one around after Hendrix’s death on 1970-09-18.

Thanks to the original taper & traders! Mega thanks for The Florida Kid for the excellent reel source. Thanks to DIMER gv0000 for his research assist. Corrections welcome. This should change the game for what most everyone has ever heard of this recording (or heard about it). While it ain’t audiophile, it is, in my opinion, extremely enjoyable (FINALLY!). The distractions have been greatly reduced and it has punch and dynamic range seriously missing on other copies I compared it to. Clapton is in SUPERB form. Whitlock is, once again, tapped into the source - what an incredible talent. In parts of “Tell The Truth” he literally explodes out of the song into the forefront. The Dominos’ heavier jamming mode is starting to creep in hard. It’s obvious right from the opening that times have changed from the August performances. Too bad we don’t have other shows from the UK in September and October. More recordings MUST be out there. Listen, enjoy, show appreciation, share, give, spread peace.

Recording Information:
unknown mono recording equipment > master mono tape (reel?) > ? (analog only) > low generation reel.

Playback (20??):
low generation reel > unknown digital transfer method > 44.1kHz wavs

Remastering 2014-03-xx:
44.1kHz wavs > Audacity [normalisation to remove DC offset, channel/phase alignment, fades, manual one-at-a-time glitch, bump, pop, click, dropout & dullspot repairs, volume adjustments, further speed fix entire recording averaged at -1% single pass after spectral analysis & with pitchpipe verification, NO equalisation] > CD Wave (track splits) > flacs (Trader’s Little Helper)

Thanks also to ethiessen1 for the artwork.

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. Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad 9:57 (16.7MB)
Track 02. Tell The Truth 9:59 (16.8MB)
Track 03. Blues Power 7:58 (13.4MB)
Track 04. Have You Ever Loved A Woman 6:14 (10.5MB)
Track 05. Keep On Growing 6:36 (11.1MB)
Track 06. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out 5:19 (8.9MB)
Track 07. Bottle Of Red Wine 4:26 (7.4MB)
Track 08. Little Wing 5:39 (9.5MB)
Track 09. Roll It Over 3:39 (6.1MB)
Track 10. Bell Bottom Blues 4:59 (8.4MB)
Track 11. Let It Rain 9:29 (15.9MB)
75 mins

Eric Clapton - electric guitar, vocals
Bobby Whitlock - organ, vocals
Carl Radle - electric bass
Jim Gordon - drums

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  1. 14 Responses to “DEREK AND THE DOMINOS - LYCEUM, LONDON 1970”

  2. Thanks, bigO!

    By NAMoosedog on Mar 24, 2014

  3. Thanks! I recently acquired the compilation called Ballroom Blitz which has one disc from this show and a second disc with the August 18 Bournemouth show, but that disc is missing Keep On Growing and Let It Rain from this show, and Bell Bottom Blues is cut off halfway through, and the sound is inferior. This is a major step up. Interesting show. As noted, it is the only known recording from part two of the English tour, and the set list is much closer to the US shows than to the earlier English tour shows. Interestingly I think this is one of only two recorded shows where they did Bell Bottom Blues, the other being the Owings Mill show, with the great segue from Layla. This show is also one of only two or three known recordings of Keep On Growing and Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out (which at least made it onto the Fillmore tapes which sadly those other rare songs did not). Anyway, this is a great recording, thanks again for the clean-up effort! Please keep those rare Dominos shows coming! Any chance for a cleaned up St. Louis show? The Speed Freaks disc is barely listenable but it was a great show, with the only other known Layla besides the Owings Mill show and of course the Tampa show with brother Duane.

    By JW on Mar 24, 2014

  4. JW mentions correct title of track 6.

    By Job Hunter on Mar 24, 2014

  5. Hello JW and Job Hunter

    Thanks for your comments.

    By bigozine2 on Mar 25, 2014

  6. Thank YOU for the great music!

    By JW on Mar 25, 2014

  7. pretty intense!

    By dropkick sarge on Mar 25, 2014

  8. Thanks! Can’t get enough of D&TheDs.

    By Jeremy Shatan on Mar 28, 2014

  9. just had this info about a new d and d release come in my mail.

    Derek & The Dominoes - The X (?/?/1970 UK) Previously Unreleased Source from Unknown Date & Location - 1 CD Ltd & Numbered Edition - Mid Valley Label $40

    By dropkick sarge on Apr 30, 2014

  10. wow.. look at all that killer info. with all that information it should be easy to pin down.

    By darth on Apr 30, 2014

  11. take it easy darth this is all the info that was available . I`m just hoping maybe someone here knows about it and can let us in on the details.if this is an unknown or previously unreleased show it would be pretty cool, but then you wouldn`t admit that would you.

    By dropkick sarge on May 1, 2014

  12. Sarge, it’s an unknown venue and it’s already up on this site. Just search this site for Derek Dominos and Click on the link for “Eric Clapton Then” posted February 28, 2014. That’s the same show. I actually acquired a copy of it two years ago in a trade and it was labelled Isle of Wight which is, to my knowledge, impossible. The notes on the posting on this site make a similar Isle of Wight reference as being the label on the source tape. It is definitely a four song cut (with about 15 seconds of a fifth song) from the first leg of the English club tour in August, based on the song selection and arrangements, but it is not any of the three known shows (Malvern, Marquee or Bournemouth), and it isn’t this October Lyceum show either. I have all twenty or so known Dominos shows and it isn’t any of them, for a fact. It is also a very good performance. The song Bad Boy, which they only played in the August club shows, gets stretched out to ten minutes here and is IMHO better than in any of the three identifiable club shows. Definitely worth a download.

    By JW on May 7, 2014

  13. thanks jw, i didn`t realize it was the same show.

    By dropkick sarge on May 7, 2014

  14. Very good write-up. I definitely appreciate this website.

    Continue the good work!

    By different media sites on Jul 27, 2014

  15. If you saw Derek and the Dominos live please get in touch, I’m writing a book on the band and I’d love to talk to you. Thanks. - [email protected]

    By Tom Caswell on Oct 25, 2014

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