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  posted on 4/26/2011 at 11:55 AM
Layla’s 40th: The Where’s Eric! Interview With Bobby Whitlock

http://www.whereseric.com/eric-clapton-news/303-layla’s-40th-where’s-eric-i nterview-bobby-whitlock


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  posted on 4/26/2011 at 01:24 PM
Ouch ! Duane playing in the box ? That's interesting.
 

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  posted on 4/26/2011 at 01:36 PM
Yeah ... I posted this before I read it, thinking the topic might be of interest here. Now that I have read it, I can see that it won't be very well-received. <LOL> Anyway ... don't shoot the messenger! I do know the interviewer ... but she should not be held responsible for what BW said, either. :p
 

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  posted on 4/26/2011 at 03:13 PM
I just never really thought of Duane playing inside the box. But after palying music myself for nearly 40 years there is no right or wrong. It's how YOU percieve it. Like Duke Ellington said," There's good music and the other kind". I thought the interview was good. I didn't see things eye to eye with Mr. Whitlock on some of his opinions but interesting nonetheless.
 

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  posted on 4/26/2011 at 04:01 PM
I found the [Duane] comments ridiculous!. Duane NEVER repeated himself, when he played at that point in his career. "inside the box"??? I dont think so. I wonder if whitlock thinks "Layla" would have been better without Duane Allman on it?.

 

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  posted on 4/26/2011 at 04:57 PM
I can see how people would take umbrage to his comments about Duane, but there was some fascinating stuff in there. This story was mind-blowing:

"The third song was about to go down, so we did our usual jam and it was astounding! It had a groove like never before. Then suddenly Eric said, "Let me put another guitar on it!" He did as I was standing in the doorway of the control room and looking at him through the glass about eight feet away from me. The song ended and he said again, "Let me put another one on." He played the second over-dub without listening to the first one. When that was finished he said, "Let's do another." He put the third guitar part on without listening to the other two over-dubs while he was recording. When that one was finished he said, "Just one more." Eric heard only the original guitar while he was doing the over-dubs. He could hear what he had already done in his head. When he was finished he got up and walked in and said, "Let's hear what they all sound like together." It was amazing what we heard back. All of the guitars blended together as if they had been worked out long before the session. It was incredible standing there watching and listening to Eric the master at work. I felt like a fly on the wall. I thought that was a-kin to watching Rembrandt at work. What a very special moment for me. And now you all! When we had finished listening to it Tom said that it was going to the can because we didn't have room on this record for an instrumental. I said to them, "Give me twenty minutes!" I took a yellow note pad and a pencil out into the foyer of Criteria and my relatively short life fell out of me, words and melody and all, so fast that I could hardly get them down on the paper. When I was finished I went back into the studio where Eric and Tom had been waiting in the control room for me to finish. The mike was there waiting for me, so I walked up to it and started to sing the song. I got half way through the first verse when I stopped it and said to Eric, "Hey man come on out here and let's do our Sam and Dave thing to it." Eric came out and we did it first run through. First take! That was it! And the song "Keep On Growing" had been born."

 

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  posted on 4/26/2011 at 08:23 PM
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I can see how people would take umbrage to his comments about Duane, but there was some fascinating stuff in there. This story was mind-blowing:

"The third song was about to go down, so we did our usual jam and it was astounding! It had a groove like never before. Then suddenly Eric said, "Let me put another guitar on it!" He did as I was standing in the doorway of the control room and looking at him through the glass about eight feet away from me. The song ended and he said again, "Let me put another one on." He played the second over-dub without listening to the first one. When that was finished he said, "Let's do another." He put the third guitar part on without listening to the other two over-dubs while he was recording. When that one was finished he said, "Just one more." Eric heard only the original guitar while he was doing the over-dubs. He could hear what he had already done in his head. When he was finished he got up and walked in and said, "Let's hear what they all sound like together." It was amazing what we heard back. All of the guitars blended together as if they had been worked out long before the session. It was incredible standing there watching and listening to Eric the master at work. I felt like a fly on the wall. I thought that was a-kin to watching Rembrandt at work. What a very special moment for me. And now you all! When we had finished listening to it Tom said that it was going to the can because we didn't have room on this record for an instrumental. I said to them, "Give me twenty minutes!" I took a yellow note pad and a pencil out into the foyer of Criteria and my relatively short life fell out of me, words and melody and all, so fast that I could hardly get them down on the paper. When I was finished I went back into the studio where Eric and Tom had been waiting in the control room for me to finish. The mike was there waiting for me, so I walked up to it and started to sing the song. I got half way through the first verse when I stopped it and said to Eric, "Hey man come on out here and let's do our Sam and Dave thing to it." Eric came out and we did it first run through. First take! That was it! And the song "Keep On Growing" had been born."


Yeah, that story was great! I'm just finishing up his bio, pretty good book. BW is a great storyteller and has lived an extraordinary life.

 
 


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