Derek and the Dominos - the Majestic Stand Vol. 1
Philadelphia, Pa. - October 16, 1970 - Empress Valley - EVSD13 - Aud 3
1) Ramblin' On My Mind
2) Why Does Love Got to Be So Sad
3) Blues Power
4) Have You Ever Loved a Woman
5) Mean Old World
6) Motherless Children
7) Let it Rain
Performance Notes: Several sources refer to this as a soundboard - to my ears, it's clearly an audience recording, albeit with no audience noise per se. All instruments have room echo, none seem to be close-miked at all, as you would have with a board.
Luckily, an exceptional performance makes up for a marginal recording. "Ramblin" features some of EC's best slide playing. EC can at times play slide a little too precisely - but in this performance, he exhibits loopy, "out of the box" playing that clearly shows Duane Allman's influence as he dances around all the notes. Also features an incredible solo break on "Why does Love...", following an interesting intro in which EC teases the crowd with a few notes from "Eyesight to the Blind." This show also features the first-ever live performance of "Motherless Children", albeit in raw form.
Also see Electric Factory.
Visitor Comments: "I have this on Mid Valley with the same title though it's a 3 disk release also including the gig from Santa Monica on the 20th Nov. Sound quality isn't good which is a real shame as Why Does Love is a tour de force performance from EC and is easily the best version he ever played with the Dominos. I'd have to recommend this for that reason alone, but don't have high expectations due to the sound quality." - (DR)