When Derek and the Dominos first released "Layla" back in 1971, it was 2:43 and didn't include Jim Gordon's piano coda. Don't get me wrong, Eric Clapton and Duane Allman had a classic rock gem with that version of "Layla", but it really was missing the best part.
Personally, I don't care for the first half of "Layla". I'm all about that second half, the piano coda. That's the piano piece you hear over the credits of Goodfellas. I'd like to rip it out of "Layla" and play it by its lonesome. I never get tired of hearing it.
Which half of "Layla" do you prefer? In my humble opinion, it's no contest.