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Delaney Bramlett - Sessions

In addition to his main body of work with Delaney & Bonnie and as a solo artist, Delaney left a smattering of other recordings that bore his mark, sometimes heavy, sometimes light.

The pick of these are:

  • the sessions where Bonnie's name is also mentioned (except for the Zoo album, which seems like a big opportunity missed)
  • King Curtis' instrumental, "Teasin"
  • a great song with Jerry Lee Lewis in 2007 and
  • Delaney's work with his 'student', David Ralston

Not included below are sessions for The Crickets, John Hammond and others, where Delaney worked as a producer, rather than as a performing artist.

 

 

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DELANEY'S CONTRIBUTION
Anthology Vol. II

DUANE ALLMAN

Anthology Vol. II

1974

 

"Come On In My Kitchen" - a classic live performance by Delaney & Bonnie and Friends, with Duane Allman on acoustic slide guitar. Short but, oh, so sweet.

 

Sample the album here.

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If You Get Close You Can Hear

 

JIM BARILE

If You Get Close You Can Hear

2004

 

 

 

Gentle lead guitar on "Penny" and shared vocals and omnichord on "Helpless".

 

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Becca

BECCA

Becca

2005

 

 

Bluesy duet on "Blue Note".

 

YouTube (audio)

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(picture awaited)

ALL BENNET

Mentally Gone

1989

 

 

Recorded in 1980.

 

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Rock My Soul

ELVIN BISHOP

Rock My Soul

1972

 

 

Rhythm guitar and background vocals. Delaney and Bonnie are both credited but are not distinguishable on this upbeat album.

 

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Wine Into Water

T.GRAHAM BROWN

Wine Into Water

1998

 

 

Dobro and back up vocals on a Southern Gospel style song that Delaney penned with Gary Nicholson, "How Do You Know".

 

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First Fruit

COCO CARMEL

First Fruit

2010

Delaney contributes lead vocals, guitar and a strong influence over the arrangement and performance of the songs selected for this album. He spent many years recording in the tiny studio at the back of his ranch and it's great to see some of this work finally emerge... in this case with main lead vocals from CoCo Carmel.

The evocative artwork is by Delaney's eldest daughter, Michele.

Track details and samples

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Eric Clapton

ERIC CLAPTON

Eric Clapton

1970

Delaney & Bonnie and Friends, along with members of the The Crickets, provided the backing for the whole of Eric's first solo outing. Much criticised at the time, especially by those hankering after guitar heroics, the album stands up very well today. Delaney's influence on Eric's singing and the horn arrangements is a big plus. A strong set, performed with energy and enthusiasm.

The deluxe 2CD edition released in 2006 features alternative versions of the original songs (including "I've Told You For the Last Time" with Delaney on lead vocals) plus other bonus tracks (including "Teasin'", with Delaney and King Curtis - see below).

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Blue Marble Symphony

CHRIS COOKE

Blue Marble Symphony

20007

 

 

Duet vocals on the rock guitar driven number, "Set Me Free" - available at cdbaby. There's a nice written intro about Delaney at the start of the YouTube slide show.

 

YouTube (audio)

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Flying Dreams

COMMANDER CODY

Flying Dreams

1978

 

 

Vocals.

 

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Rockin' 50's Rock 'n' Roll

THE CRICKETS

Rockin' 50's
Rock 'n' Roll

1970

 

Delaney shares production duties as well as guitar and vocals on this short album of Buddy Holly covers. Delaney & Bonnie's whole band including Eric Clapton was also involved, having just provided the backing for Eric's first solo LP, in Los Angeles.

 

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PHIL DRISCOLL

Picture Changes

1992

Backing vocals, not prominent.

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Stories We Can Tell

THE EVERLY BROTHERS

Stories We Can Tell

1972

 

Guitar and backing vocals, not prominent. The album was reissued in 2003 as "Stories We Could Tell:The RCA Years", with additional tracks.

Recorded at John Sebastian's house.

 

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Darlin' Understand

JEWLY HIGHT

Darlin' Understand

2007

 

 

Backing vocals on "Pure Honey", a track which the author (and drummer) describes as melding "minimal, hypnotic lyrics, modal vocal and bottleneck guitar melodies and the ragged dignity of a field drum march."

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Teasin' (single)

KING CURTIS

Get Ready

1970

 

"Teasin'" is a captivating instrumental groove from King Curtis with Delaney, Eric Clapton and further backing from two future Dominos - Carl Radle (bass) and Jim Gordon (drums). The track was released as a single from the King Curtis' album, "Get Ready". It also appeared on the double LP, "The History Of Eric Clapton" and, more recently, as an additional track on the 2CD deluxe edition of EC's first solo album.

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Walk Through The Fire

MARK KARAN

Walk Through Fire

2009

 

Delaney joins Bill Payne (Little Feat), Mike Finnigan (CSN, Hendrix), Hutch Hutchinson (Bonnie Raitt) and others guests on this first, Americana style solo album from Mark Karan (lead guitar player for Bob Weir & Ratdog). Delaney contributes trademark vocals and dobro to a tortured rendition of "Love In Vain", a slow blues song written by his musical hero, Robert Johnson.

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Sometimes A Memory Ain't Enough

JERRY LEE LEWIS

Sometimes A Memory Ain't Enough

1973

 

Guitar, vocals.

 

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The Sessions

JERRY LEE LEWIS

The Session

1973

During his stint on the Mercury label, around a time when American artists such as BB King, Chuck Berry, George Benson and Howlin' Wolf came to record with British artists in London, Jerry Lee brought along Delaney and his bottleneck guitar to join the the wild sessions that produced a double LP, with further help from Rory Gallagher and Albert Lee. An aumented 2CD "complete" version of the album has been released, with extra tracks.

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Last Man Standing

JERRY LEWIS

Last Man Standing

2007

 

Delaney takes some great lead lines on "Lost Highway". Jerry Lee may be slowing down these days but this is fresh and raw blues on a stripped down version of the old country standard, complete with dirty slide, acoustic picking and Jerry Lee's honkey tonk. The other 20 guest-star-studded tracks ain't half bad either!

 

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Sometime In New York City

JOHN LENNON

Sometime In New York City

1969

Delaney and Bonnie are completely lost in the background on two live tracks.

The album was released with a "free" bonus disc containing a live medley of Lennon's "Cold Turkey" and Ono's "Don't Worry Kyoko," from an anti-war rally at the Lyceum in London with George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Delaney & Bonnie and other friends.

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Alone Together

DAVE MASON

Alone Together

1970

 

 

Guitar and backing vocals, not prominent.

 

Samples

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Built Myself A Greenhouse

ROBERT MORGAN FISHER

Built Myself A Greenhouse

2005

 

Delaney makes a low key contribution on electric sitar and vocals on "Small Change" and on the cautionary whiskey song, "That's Why They Call It A Shot". Guitarists Albert Lee and Chris Spedding add further colour on some tracks of this collection of original, modern folk songs.

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Nai lIt Down

DAVE RALSTON

Nail It Down

1999

 

Delaney took David Ralston under his wing, showed him the ropes and set him on his way. Delaney wrote or co-wrote most of the songs here, provided the players and home studio and his singing and guitar work is all over the album. Not surprisingly then, it almost sounds like one of his own, which is no bad thing.

Tracks include ' "Bottle Of Red Wine" (recorded by Derek & The Dominos), "Hard Luck & Trouble" (recorded by Delaney & Bonnie) and "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" (recorded by everyone).

An Indianna boy based in Japan, David Ralston has continued to develop his talent and career with reference to the same musical roots as delightfully displayed on this album.

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Blue Sky

DAVE RALSTON

Blue Sky

2003

Guitars and vocals on "Some Things Go Without Saying" and "When He Calls". Both were recorded at Delaney's home Rock 'n' Roll Studio. Delaney wrote the latter and co-wrote the former with David Ralston.

"When He Calls" is classic Delaney in gospel/blues mode.

Delaney contributed backing vocals on other tracks.

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Hearts Under Fire

DAN ROGERS

Hearts Under Fire

1978

 

Backing vocals.

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Leon Russell

LEON RUSSELL

Leon Russell

1970

 

 

Spontaneous sounding rendition of "Give Peace A Chance", with Bonnie.

 

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Songwriter

 

SHARON SHEELEY

Songwriter

2000

 

 

Delaney sings "Love Is A Stranger" and "She'll Be There" in this collection of pop demos from around the early sixities, all co-wrtten by Sharon Sheeley (hence the album title).

 

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John Simon's Album

JOHN SIMON

John Simon's Album

1971

 

 

Delaney joins members of The Band and other musical collleagues such as Leon Russell, Rita Coolidge and Bobby Whitlock to play tambourine on this rootsy offering.

 

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Real Thing

HANK THOMPSON

Real Thing

1997

 

 

"Dry Bread" - a fine duet with Bonnie. Surprising little fuss was made over this musical reunion and rare reminder of how well the duo musically combine. 

 

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Doris Troy

DORIS TROY

Doris Troy

1970

 

 

Backing includes Delaney, Bonnie and Eric Clapton, who plays some nice lines on this gospel tinged Apple release.

 

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Ussery

John Ussery

Ussery

1973

 

 

Percussion, producer, slide guitar.

 

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La Piscine

VARIOUS ARTISTS

La Piscine (soundtrack)

1969

 

 

"Run Brother Rabbit Run", sung by Delaney. The soundtrack CD of this 1969 film was released in 2008.

See first 1.5 minutes of the film clip on Youtube and the sound clip at AMG.

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Music From Free Creek

VARIOUS ARTISTS

Music From Free Creek

1970

 

 

Guitar on "Road Song", not prominent.

 

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Medicine Ball Caravan

VARIOUS ARTISTS

Medicine Ball Caravan (soundtrack)

1971

 

 

"Free The People" (Delaney & Bonnie).

 

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Vanishing Point

VARIOUS ARTISTS

Vanishing Point (soundtrack)

1971

"You Got To Believe" (Delaney & Bonnie).

Loose, enthusiastic, acoustic rendition with Bonnie and Rita Coolidge backing Delaney's lead vocal. Percussion from Sam Clayton (subsequently of Little Feat) and piano from David Gates (of Bread). The film shows baby daughter Bekka also in attendance - now an established singer in her own right.

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Catch My Soul

VARIOUS ARTISTS

Catch My Soul (soundtrack)

1974

 

High octane gospel on "That's What God Said / I Found Jesus".

The album also includes tracks by Bonnie Bramlett, Tony Joe White, Richie Havens, Susan Tyrell and Lance le Gault.

 

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Great Cola Commercials 2

VARIOUS ARTISTS

Great Cola Commercials 2

1998

 

 

"Pepsi's Got A Lot To Give" one minute jingle from Delaney & Bonnie.

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Great Cola Commercials 2

VARIOUS ARTISTS

A Heaping Hand

2012

 

Delaney plays guitar on "My Sweet Jesus", a previously unreleased song recorded with his friend Tommy Miles. This generous collection of 25 songs from a variety of contributing artists in aid of breast cancer research includes songs from Delaney's daughter Bekka, Spooner Oldham, Donnie Fritts and The Oak Ridge Boys to name just a few. A delightful southern stew.

Listen to clips

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You Turn Me On: The Very Best of Ian Whitcomb

IAN WHITCOMB

You Turn Me On: The Very Best of Ian Whitcomb

1998

 

 

Delaney contributes bass guitar lines somewhere amongst the tracks of this career restrospective of the English singer and pianist Ian Whitcomb, who enjoyed a brief flash of success in the U.S. in the mid sixties.

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Dreams Of The Heart

RHONDA WOOD

Dreams From The Heart

2013

 

Delaney shares some lead lines with Rhonda Wood in an unusual, affected style for a gentle, sentimental take of "End Of The World".

 

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Shakin' The Cage

ZOO

Shakin' The Cage

1992

 

Delaney and Bonnie joined Mick Fleetwood's side band for the song "In Your Hands"... but sadly, you can't really tell. Daughter Bekka was Zoo's lead singer, supported by Billy Burnette (who would later play with Bekka in Fleetwood Mac and on their own album, "Bekka And Billy"). Further support and continuity from Kenny Gradney, Little Feat bassist and one time member of Delaney & Bonnie and Friends.

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