Clapton's 'Layla Sessions' tone appreciation

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  1. HurricaneJesus

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    Yeah, that's the good stuff.:agree
     
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    Evidence that some good can come from some bad.

    Drug years.
     
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    The solo in "Nobody Knows You..." is simply incredible.
     
  4. SGNick

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    Indeed it is, but am I the only one who feels it's WAY to loud in the mix?
     
  5. GCDEF

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    Some of the worst guitar tone ever recorded IMHO. Always puzzles me how they could have been happy with that.
     
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    I might be in the minority but, I do not like the guitar tones on this album but the playing is stellar. There is something that has always bothered me about this album. I do not especially like the mix on it.... Duane and Clapton are 2 of my favorites and this album was monumental but I just do not like it that much.....
     
  7. GuitarsFromMars

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    some just fail to get it...
     
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    one of my top 5 recordings ever!
     
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    The guitar tones on the Layla album are rich in variation. Huge range of color.

    -RAH3
     
  10. drgonzoguitar

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    "I Looked Away" has some of my favorite tones. Seriously....one of my top five favorite albums!
     
  11. GCDEF

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    Most of it sounds like really cheesy solid state distortion to me. Great songs and playing. Horrible tone. Layla itself isn't bad, but something like Key To the Highway sounds like guitar - fuzz - board. Close to unlistenable IMHO.
     
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    That instrumental following Layla sux.
     
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    Wasnt that Clapton's Fender Champ era? I agree that they were great songs and not great tone.It was almost the anti-cream sound.No bollocks as they say over here.When he played those tunes on his recent tour he sounded much better IMO.
     
  14. SGNick

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    Not a Zeppelin fan I take it?
     
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    There's a cool article about Allman's Goldtop used for these sessions in the November 2008 Vintage Guitar magazine.
     
  16. GCDEF

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    Most of Page's tone is really good. Doesn't sound like the Derek stuff to me at all.
     
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    I can see where people might complain about the guitar tone of this album, but the way in which it was recorded definitely fit its vibe IMO. The recording seems really intimate to me; in your face and immediate. I can almost imagine being in the room. I can't think of a recording that conveys more emotion. Nothing about it seems contrived at all. Definitely in my top 10.
     
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    Tone Schmone. Feel the passion, that is what it is all about

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  19. SGNick

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    Jimmy used the fuzz-board technique a few times...

    ROger McGuinns 12 string was often recorded direct to the board

    The into to Revolution by the Beatles... same thing.


    I'm not a huge fan of the overall sound on the album, but it sounds far from cheesy
     
  20. johnhenry

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    I think rog951 got it exactly right-- intimate. I know this isn't a "well recorded" album by some standards, but far too often intimacy is sacrificed in a pristine recording. If you need more proof, listen to some old Chess recordings of Wolf's band. If you want to hear crappy tone, listen to Eric the last 25 years.
     

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