Eric Clapton Wows Audience With Even Slower Version Of ‘Layla’

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DULUTH, GA—Debuting yet another arrangement of the classic song Wednesday night, singer-guitarist Eric Clapton reportedly treated a sold-out crowd at the Gwinnett Center to an even slower, somehow mellower acoustic version of his original 1971 hit “Layla.” “When he played those first 45-second-long notes of the opening riff, that was when everyone recognized it as ‘Layla’ and just went nuts,” concertgoer Leslie Friedrich said of the 87-minute rendition, which according to listeners featured three eight-minute choruses and a half-hour jazzy piano interlude before concluding with a lengthy fadeout. “I heard those brushed drums and glacial tempo and my jaw dropped. I was like, ‘Wow, he actually managed to come up with a more lethargic and neutered acoustic jazz-blues version of “Layla” than ever before! How did he pull it off?’” Sources confirmed Clapton followed “Layla” up with a vigorous, electric double-time version of “Tears In Heaven.”
 

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Well said. I never understood the appeal of the unplugged version of Layla. If you listen to the words, the guy is in complete despair having his liver ripped out by this woman, and all he can muster is a lame, lounge lizard expression? C'mon man!
 

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I would imagine that the juice went out of that tune for him sometime in the 80's when Patti left.
 

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Coming next to a TGP thread near you: more anonymous critics ragging on Bob Dylan for also not playing his songs the way the anonymous critics remember them from his early albums.
 

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Well said. I never understood the appeal of the unplugged version of Layla. If you listen to the words, the guy is in complete despair having his liver ripped out by this woman, and all he can muster is a lame, lounge lizard expression? C'mon man!

This was more or less my take when it was introduced in the early '90s. I appreciated the desire to change it up, and even the creativity involved. It just never felt to me like that version suited the material.
 




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