Clash of the Titans: ‘Blind Faith’ vs. ‘Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs’
Eric Clapton was on a hot streak during the late '60s and early '70s, and for proof, you need look no further than 1969's Blind Faith and 1970's Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs. In this installment of Clash of the Titans, we're pitting these two classics against each other.
As most fans are already aware, Clapton himself cast his own vote of sorts years ago, walking out on Blind Faith in order to play with their tourmates, Delaney and Bonnie and Friends. That collective soon split up, freeing various members of the band — along with special guest Duane Allman — to join Clapton in preparation for his next project, the run of low-key songwriting and recording sessions that would eventually birth Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs.
Credited to Derek and the Dominos, Layla served as a willful repudiation of the massive hype and egos that often threatened to overshadow Clapton's work with the superstar members of Blind Faith and their predecessor, Cream. The album itself almost seemed like an afterthought, sneaking out in the shadow of Clapton's 1970 solo debut, which was written and recorded with some of the same personnel — which made it somewhat ironic that the "Layla" single not only overshadowed that record, but ended up becoming one of the defining songs of his career.
All of which is not to demean Blind Faith, which has the advantage of being a No. 1 hit as well as featuring the inestimable talents of Steve Winwood, Ginger Baker and Ric Grech, who combined to create an ambitious set that included the future classic-rock standard "Can't Find My Way Home." Perhaps they weren't meant to last, but they boasted plenty of power while they were still together.
So which of these albums deserves to win this Clash of the Titans? As always, it’s all up to you, but if you’re having a hard time making your pick, don’t worry: You can keep coming back and casting your ballot once an hour between now and April 13 at 11:59PM ET. Check out both albums below.
Listen to Blind Faith's Blind Faith
Listen to Derek and the Dominos' Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs
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