Hello, today the 104th post of GoldyRhox, classic pop rock, in the darklight a UK band that was a short-lived collaboration which created todays mystery album, it grew out of Clapton's frustration with the hype associated with the supergroups Cream and the short-lived Blind Faith. After their dissolution, he joined Delaney and Bonnie and Friends, whom he had come to know while they were the opening act for Blind Faith on a British tour. After that band also split up, a Friends alumnus, Bobby Whitlock, joined up with Clapton; the two spent some months writing a number of songs "just to have something to play", as Whitlock put it. These songs would later make up the bulk of the material on todays mystery album.
Eric attempted to avoid the limelight under cover of an anonymous bandname, booking a British tour of small clubs. The group's name had reportedly resulted from a gaffe made by the announcer at their first concert, who mispronounced the band's provisional name, "Eric & The Dynamos." In fact, Clapton chose the name because he did not want his name and celebrity to get in the way of maintaining a "band" image. When the tour was over, they headed for Criteria Studios in Miami to record an album.
A serendipitous event put guitar greats Eric Clapton and Duane Allman in contact shortly after the band had begun to record at Criteria Studios in Miami, Florida, in August 1970. Veteran producer Tom Dowd was behind the mixing board for the Allman Brothers second album, Idlewild South. Allman indicated that he would love to drop by and watch if Clapton approved. Clapton invited him there directly: "Bring your guitar; you got to play!" Overnight, the two bonded; Dowd reported that they "were trading licks, they were swapping guitars, they were talking shop and information and having a ball — no holds barred, just admiration for each other's technique and facility.
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Todays mystery album is the only studio album by this blues rock band, released in November 1970. The album is often regarded as Eric Clapton's greatest musical achievement, in ensemble with a talented supporting cast of Bobby Whitlock on keyboards and vocals, Jim Gordon on drums, Carl Radle on bass, and special guest performer Duane Allman on lead and slide guitar on 11 of the 14 songs.
The double album's centerpiece "Layla" 's source was rooted in Clapton's personal life; he had fallen in love with Pattie Boyd, the wife of his friend George Harrison. Not even heroin, which Clapton had then begun to use, could dull the pain.
Although it did not chart in the United Kingdom (go figure), the album was successful in the US, where it reached number 16 on the Billboard Top LP's chart. It debuted at number 195 on November 21, 1970, and it subsequently spent 63 weeks on the chart. On August 26, 1971, the album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), for shipments of 500,000 copies in the US. The album again made the Billboard 200 in 1972, 1974 and in 1977.
In 2000, the album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. In 2003, Rolling Stone ranked it number 117 on its list of "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time". In 2012, the Super Deluxe Edition of the record (the one here) won a Grammy Award for Best Surround Sound Album. A fitting accolade for an album born out of love and pain.
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