WHERE IS ERIC?

April 8, 2010 – 11:27 am

For at least a year, a love-struck Eric Clapton hid under the name Derek. When the band split in early 1971, he went into rehab.

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DEREK & THE DOMINOS
Live At Santa Monica: COMPLETE SHOWS [no label, 3CD]

Live at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, CA, November 20, 1970. Taken from 2nd generation copies of master audience tape. “Remastered with noises, level changes and cuts smoothed out “seamlessly”.” With guest Delaney Bramlett [the second guitarist] on all except evening show encore. VG+ AUD stereo.

Derek and the Dominos’ first official onstage appearance was at the Lyceum in London on June 14. This show is five months later in California. Much of the time in between was spent in Miami, Florida at Criteria Studios recording Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs from late August to early October, 1970.

How they managed to record an album and tour, even briefly, is a modern miracle, considering the drugs and vice that swirled around the band. At the time, they were doing hard drugs. Years later, the Dominos’ Bobby Whitlock was quoted in the Layla Sessions liner notes that “We didn’t have little bits of anything. There were no grams around, let’s just put it like that. Tom (Dowd) couldn’t believe it, the way we had these big bags laying out everywhere. I’m almost ashamed to tell it, but it’s the truth. It was scary, what we were doing, but we were just young and dumb and didn’t know. Cocaine and heroin, that’s all and Johnny Walker.”

When you listen to this show, the band is steamin’ with Clapton singing authoritatively, while throwing licks with quicksilver speed. Did the drugs do the trick? This audience recording is fantastic, up close capturing a stereo image with nice bass, and also the atmosphere of a pre-Heavy Metal show. This was blues rock with the emphasis on the blues as heavy music, soon to be upended by the brute force of metal. This pre-Heavy Metal show is distinguished by the flair of Clapton’s soloing, his musicality and variety.

The downer hit while the band was back in London recording their second album. It was never completed. Eric Clapton said the second album “broke down halfway through because of the paranoia and tension. And the band just… dissolved.” Too much drugs and a band relationship that didn’t have enough time to cement was to blame. Clapton and Whitlock did not speak for years. Carl Radle was the only Domino to continue working with Clapton. And according to Wikipedia Jim Gordon, “who was an undiagnosed schizophrenic, killed his mother with a hammer in 1983 during a psychotic episode. He was confined to a mental institution in 1984, where he remains today”.

This was among the earliest Derek and the Dominos show to emerge on bootleg. This version has the benefit of being cleaned by grner1 and is also from a low-generation source tape. It has been “meticulously remastered to eliminate most of the quality issues that were introduced in this source over time. This version is not going to fool anyone into thinking it was mastered on a 24-bit R-09, but it is now a pleasant listen that has clearly audible vocals, good dynamics, and limited hiss” says sharer ademotte.

The bonus of this show is the appearance of Delaney Bramlett on second guitar on both the afternoon and evening shows.

Once again, thanks to grner1 and ademotte for sharing this show on the Dime.
- The Little Chicken

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CD1
Afternoon set (71:47):

Track 101. Got To Get Better In A Little While (start cut) (10:14) + (the sound drops at 6.51-6.53m and again at 7.22-7.24m) (14.4MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 102. Key To The Highway (7:21) (10.1MB)
Track 103. Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad? (9:07) (12.5MB)
Track 104. Blues Power (6:26) + (8.8MB)
Track 105. Have You Ever Loved A Woman (9:30) (the sound drops slightly from 4.13 to 4.30m) (13.0MB)
Track 106. Tell The Truth (13:58) (19.6MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 107. All Night Long (5:01) * + (6.9MB)
Track 108. Let It Rain (start cut) (4:54) => + (6.7MB)
Track 109. Drum Solo (2:22) => (3.2MB)
Track 110. Let It Rain (conc.) (2:40) (3.6MB)
Track 111. Thank you’s (0:09) (218k)

* a.k.a. “Derek’s Boogie” - Delaney Bramlett, vocals

CD2 (34:56):
Evening set:

Track 201. Tune-up (1:03) (1.4MB)
Track 202. Got To Get Better In A Little While (13:14) + (18.6MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 203. Key To The Highway (9:19) (12.8MB)
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Track 204. Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad? (11:18) (15.5MB)
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CD3 (49:23):
Evening set continued:

Track 301. Blues Power (8:39) => + (11.8MB)
Track 302. Stormy Monday (8:47) + (12.0MB)
Track 303. Tell The Truth (12:20) (17.3MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 304. Let It Rain (5:59) => + (8.2MB)
Track 305. Drum Solo (3:24) => (4.6MB)
Track 306. Let It Rain (4:12) (5.7MB)
Track 307. Every Day I Have The Blues (5:42) ** + (7.8MB)
Track 308. Thank you’s (0:17) (408k)

** w/Toe Fat (opening band)
+ songs not found on the Layla album.

The band:
Eric Clapton - gtr
Delaney Bramlett - second gtr
Bobby Whitlock - keyboards
Carl Radle - bass
Jim Gordon - drums

Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs was released in the U.S. in December 1970, the month after this performance. It remains a high point in Eric Clapton’s repertoire. Its release was notable for its poor sales. It wasn’t until 1972, after Layla was released as a single did the public realise that this was an Eric Clapton album. Click on the link to order the album.

From this short U.S. tour, 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. 8 Responses to “WHERE IS ERIC?”

  2. hey bigo, thanks! after i fix the tags, i’ll play it.

    i was playing wilco-the metropolis 05 show yesterday. it’s a good one so is the riviera theatre.

    be nice if bigo put up an aerosmith show from rocks era or anything up till night in the ruts. i liked done with mirrors too just nothing after it. philip, check your archives.

    best,
    ed

    By Ed Saad on Apr 8, 2010

  3. what a joy to hear what clapton was able to play as
    a thrill real melodic blues,not mechanical patterns
    as he use to play now.
    Thanks a lot!
    more dereck & dominoes,please:)

    By lemonaddict on Apr 8, 2010

  4. ECh as still great tunes, esp. while he was playing with late Duane Allman´s band or Duane´s successor Derek (sic!) Trucks.

    But a fault did appear (quote: When the band split in early 1971, he went into rehab.) EC did not go into rehab but secluded into his wonderful Surrey home Hurtwood Edge with loads of drugs and another girl than Petty Boyd. He was shortly reappearing with the help of his friends Pete Townsend e.a. at the Rainbow concerts, then after some times he finally went into drug rehab, to replace them with booze for a decade!
    After an ulcer nightmare (which forced him into a surgery in St.Paul) he had to quit the US tour and quit booze then, too.
    EC is by far the real rock survivor!

    By Fred Frome on Apr 10, 2010

  5. Yer good men you bigo boys! thanks for this..

    By sluggo on Apr 10, 2010

  6. Awesome post. Inspired performances that are very interesting to compare to other D&D recordings.

    By elmore on Apr 12, 2010

  7. Eric with the best section (bass,drums) from all the times..a higlight in his career…
    beatiful..thnk you

    By alejandro on Apr 23, 2010

  8. @Fred Frome:

    Just curious, when you referenced Derek Trucks, you had (sic!) — that usually means “spelling incorrect”… if that is what you meant, no it’s not incorrect. Eric’s group was Derek and The Dominos, and Derek was named (with the same spelling) after that — and his brother is named Duane…

    Now, if you meant “sick,” as some of the younger crowd says in reference to something so amazing you can’t believe it… then you’re right. Trucks is killer — first saw him when he was 13, was already fantastic then, but just keeps on getting better…

    By Jerry Dunaway on Apr 11, 2012

  9. fred - i happened upon your quote here and was a tiny bit confused. perhaps a little homework needs to be done. i dont know. u said —
    ‘ECh as still great tunes, esp. while he was playing with late Duane Allman´s band or Duane´s successor Derek (sic!) Trucks.’

    ill assume u meant that clapton played with the allmans either while duane was with them or after he passed. im assuming u mean as a guest for a nite or two since this certainly didnt happen on any regular basis and it absolutely never happened in the studio. the only time i know of it happening live was very very recently at the beacon theatre in nyc when they did some of their runs a couple of yrs ago. a few songs only in fact.
    eric never played with derek trucks that im aware of. however trucks did play with eric in erics band. im figuring thats probably what u meant there. right?

    By darth on Apr 11, 2012

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