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“Two guitar players with two completely different styles inside this subgenre of rock. Oddly, enough, even though Layla is the lynchpin, and it’s the title of the record, to me it’s the least-important song of the whole bunch. Everybody else focuses on that song, but there’s a lot to this record that doesn’t get talked about.
Eric Clapton’s playing is pretty remarkable here – incredibly lyrical but full of angst. And Duane Allman always had this cool sense of forward velocity. You can hear it on Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad?, where he’s not even playing slide but just regular old guitar.
“It’s that forward momentum I find pretty fascinating. It’s like if you were driving 120 miles per hour in a car: the more you can cover the distance between where you are and what you can see to make judgments, the faster and faster the turns keep coming. I get that sense from Duane’s playing.
“Clapton’s solo on Bell-Bottomed Blues is really beautiful, and I can hear the influence of Robbie Robertson in what he does. It’s one of the few solos I can play note for note. I was never much for learning other people’s solos, but I made an exception in this case.”