Publisher's note: I have initiated this new segment on BCN, where I determine the Best Music Ever. I do this from my opinion, for what that is worth, where I will measure the best music that I am familiar with.
I do this for two reasons: 1) I want to expose the best music that I know to the rest of us. 2) Popular Music today may be the very worst it has ever been, and that is saying much, since I lived through Disco.
For a list of the contributions to this series, please click here.
Derek and the Dominoes, a one album wonder, made that one album for the ages - "Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs".
Georgia Cracker Duane Allman, the great Soul Music session player that was the backbone of the Allman Brothers, who still play together today.
But, I digress: What is so special about that one album version of Derek and the Dominoes's "Why Does Love Got to be so Sad?" Simply stated, "Why Does Love Got to be so Sad?" will always be among my favorite rock 'n' roll songs, but only one version of it - the version that appears of "Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs". It was the moment in that studio at that one one moment in time, where, these 5 disparate musicians, of Derek and his Dominoes, where they caught the proverbial "Lightning in a Bottle". It was a fabulous moment where two of the great guitar pickers of all time - Eric Clapton and Duane Allman - traded licks in this super fast version of a song full of passion of love, and the love of that passion told through rock'n'roll. I loved it then, and now, 44 years later, I love it now.
Below I offer three versions of this classic song "Why Does Love Got to be so Sad", and will explain this "Lightning in a Bottle" concept, and why I show a video that only offers the studio version, without video of the artists performing, and why I then show this song played many decades later, where an aging Eric Clapton, still quite capable, making his licks as best he knows, with the accompaniment of Derek Trucks (Allman Brothers's drummer, Butch Truck's nephew) handling Duane's consummate licks. The third version is of this classic tune is from the song's co-creator Bobby Whitlock just this year.
And now the reason why there is one timeless, irreplaceable, irrepressible version, and then many other outstanding versions of this remarkable song: Duane Allman died from a motorcycle crash just months after this song's release in 1971. Lamentable to the extreme, the Allman Brothers continued and Greg Allman, Duane's Brother, keeps a formidable ensemble, featuring Derek Trucks, in force today. Eric Clapton went on to become one of the greatest musicians of the 20th Century, but still recognizes Duane as: 'my artistic alter-ego'.