Album: Derek and the Dominos, Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (Universal)

In the aftermath of Cream's bombastic sonic maelstrom, Eric Clapton sought gentler refuge in the gospelly R&B of Delaney & Bonnie, from whose ranks he eventually acquired the rhythm section for Derek and the Dominos.

But it was the addition of slide-guitarist Duane Allman that would ensure the epochal status of the Layla album. Jousting through a set of blues standards and sensitive originals, the two guitarists found a fiery affinity that sparked repeatedly throughout the sessions. This expanded edition incorporates two further CDs of the band in concert (sadly minus Allman) and a bonus disc of outtakes and oddities, notably an acoustic duet of Eric and Duane on "Mean Old World".

DOWNLOAD THIS Layla; Key to the Highway; Mean Old World; Little Wing; Tell the Truth