ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JULY 8, 1994
By Steve Newton
This two-hour-long double CD is basically a digitally remixed and remastered version of the 1973 Derek and the Dominos double-album In Concert, which is a good thing in itself, but the bonus is that it includes five previously unreleased performances, all culled from the October 23 and 24, 1970, shows at the Fillmore East in New York City.
The recovered material includes a searing 15-minute version of “Why Does Love Got to be So Sad?”, one of the finest songs from the then just-completed Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs sessions.
Hearing a 25-year-old Clapton wail away on that primo number in the stalwart company of keyboardist Bobby Whitlock, bassist Carl Radle, and drummer Jim Gordon is alone worth the price of admission, and the other previously unreleased gems–including a heavenly rendition of Hendrix’s “Little Wing” and an 18-minute “Let It Rain”–are gravy.