Derek and the Dominos

If I had to choose one album which represents unequivocal excellence of a rock bassist in the role of a supportive player, it’s Carl Radle - Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs (1970).

Tethering the collective genius of Bobby Whitlock, Eric Clapton, Duane Allman, and Jim Gordon; Carl’s work exemplifies harmonic, rhythmic, and tonal virtuosity. If you play these songs and you do not approximate Carl’s lines – you do disservice to the composition. And even if you render Radle’s passages as waxed on this iconic twofer, Carl’s fluidity and feel just cannot be replicated. Fact is, Carl was brilliant on every record he played on - and on Derek and the Dominos’ lone official studio release, he was perfect.