Offered for sale is a long out of print, limited edition, half speed mastered pressing of Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs by Derek and the Dominoes, released in the early 1980s by Direct Disk Labs.
Derek and the Dominoes was actually a studio creation of Eric Clapton, Duane Allman and friends. They only cut one album, but it was a memorable one, featuring the title track, Why Does Love Got to Be So Sad?, and a cover of Jimi Hendrix’ Little Wing. After the album was released, they did a quick tour, released a live album and then the individual members moved on to other things.
The copy of the album offered for sale is a limited edition, half speed mastered pressing issued by Direct Disk Labs under their Super Disk series in the early 1980s. Direct Disk Labs was a company, like Mobile Fidelity, that tried to release high quality, audiophile-grade pressings of popular and important albums. They didn’t release many titles and didn’t receive a lot of distribution. As such, most of their records are quite hard to find today, and Layla may be the rarest of the bunch.
The copy offered for sale is in beautiful condition, with one record a strong M- and one VG++, having just one or two minor sleeve abrasions. They look as if they’ve only been played a couple of times. The gatefold cover is VG++, with just a hint of wear at the corners.
This is a beautiful copy of a record that is quite hard to find today.
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