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Delaney & Bonnie and Friends

Albums

Like shooting stars, Delaney & Bonnie burned bright, lived fast and then their fire went out. After Gram Parsons discovered them at a small club in LA and brought them to the attention of George Harrison, the ripples began to spread. Members of the Rolling Stones drooled. George told Eric Clapton. Before long, the family-like entourage of exceptionally talented musicians, many of whom would become household names in their own right, became Eric’s preferred company during Blind Faith’s US tour of 1969. The “supergroup” just wasn’t clicking, while the support act, Delaney & Bonnie and Friends, definitely was.

The rest of the story can be found elsewhere. What we are left with is a clutch of albums from the late sixties to early seventies that retain a bright, warm glow. They proclaim fresh, exuberant and often joyous outpourings of human emotion. Their musical integrity comes from the talent of those involved and from having genuine roots in a range of American musical genres, including a healthy dose more gospel than most contemporaries were adding to the mix at the time.

Until the re-issue of "Home" in 2006, the lack of unreleased material appearing over the previous 35 years was a big disappointment. A few such tracks were slated to appear with the remastered “Together” CD but after familiar deliberations with lawyers and marketing folk, these were replaced with an odd sample of tracks from Delaney and Bonnie’s solo albums that had already been fully released on CD. At least the packaging of "Together" was more informative than the minimalist approach of the other Western CD releases. The Japanese releases, as often the case, came with transcriptions of all the songs, in both languages.

Then along came Rhino, with an elabourately packaged and greatly expanded version of the live "On Tour" album that finally did justice to at least that particular slice of Delaney & Bonnie's musical legacy.

ADDITIONAL PAGES - DELANEY BRAMLETT

Given the importance of their work together, here in a slightly awkwardly placed manner within this site, are a couple of pages on the late, great Delaney's solo albums and Delaney's session work.

 

ALBUM
TRACKS / MUSICIANS / COMMENT
Genesis

GENESIS

1971


  1. What The World Needs Now
  2. You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling
  3. Heartbreak Hotel (*)
  4. Tomorrow Never Comes (*)
  5. I Can't Take It Much Longer
  6. I've Got A Woman (*)
  7. Lonely Me (*)
  8. Without Your Love (*)
  9. Better Man Than Me (*)
  10. Liverpool Lou (*)
  11. You Never Looked Sweeter (*)
  12. You Have No Choice (*)

(*) Delaney Bramlett solo.

Recorded in the sixties but only released in 1971 after the success of "Accept No Substitute", this sounds by far the most dated D&B album and includes songs where the duo aren't actually singing together. There's a noticeable whiff of English sixties music, which thankfully disappeared soon afterwards, in preference to more local influences.

P.S. No, that's not Bonnie on the cover.

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Home

HOME

1969

 

  1. It's Been A Long Time Coming
  2. A Right Now Love
  3. We Can Love
  4. My Baby Specializes
  5. Everybody Loves A Winner
  6. Things Get Better
  7. Just Plain Beautiful
  8. Hard To Say Goodbye
  9. Pour Your Love On Me
  10. Piece Of My Heart

Released in December 1969, again after the acclaim of "Accept No Substitute".

Backed by Booker T's band with additional support from Isaac Hayes, Eddie Floyd and William Bell (background vocals) plus teenager Bobby Whitlock on keyboards and vocals. A Memphis mixing of the races as well as musical roots, all to good effect.

Stacks of singing to make the hairs on your neck stand up and dance. Only half an hour of music but just feel the quality... then in May 2006 they kindly re-released the CD with the following extra songs, some of which appear in revised form on albums that were recorded later:

  • Long Road Ahead
  • All We Really Want To Do
  • Look What We Have Found
  • I've Just Been Feeling Bad
  • Dirty Old Man
  • Get Ourselves Together

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Accept No Substitute

ACCEPT NO SUBSTITUTE

1969

 

  1. Get Ourselves Together
  2. Someday
  3. Ghetto
  4. When The Battle Is Over
  5. Dirty Old Man
  6. Love Me A Little Bit Longer
  7. I Can't Take It Much Longer
  8. Do Right Woman, Do Right Man
  9. Soldiers Of The Cross
  10. Gift Of Love

Released in May 1969 by Elektra, this was D&B's breakthrough album and showed some creative development from the more familiar sounds that were heard on the Stax recording of "Home". This was in part due to the rhythmic gospel drive from Leon Russell's piano that so impressed Joe Cocker amongst others and led to Leon's briefly successful involvment with Joe a couple of years later.

The Band on this album became the backbone of Joe's Mad Dogs & Englishmen tour of the USA. Bobby Whitlock and Carl Radle helped Eric Clapton form Derek & The Dominos and Jim Keltner nearly did too. Rita Coolidge successfully struck out on her own, Bobby Keys and Jim Price have since played horns for everyone and Jerry McGee's guitar deservedly got around as well. Other incarnations of Delaney & Bonnie's "Friends" were often similarly impressive. Happily, the music here still sounds that way too.

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On Tour With Eric Clapton

ON TOUR WITH ERIC CLAPTON

1970


  1. Things Get Better
  2. Poor Elijah - Tribute To Johnson
  3. Only You Know And I Know
  4. I Don't Want To Discuss It
  5. That's What My Man Is For
  6. Where There's A Will There's A Way
  7. Coming Home
  8. Little Richard Medley

Recorded at least for the most part at Fairfield Hall, Croyden, London in 1969, during the band's tour of Germany, England and Scandanavia. George Harrison (credited as Mysterioso) joined in a few shows, including this one.

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On Tour With Eric Clapton (Deluxe Edition)

ON TOUR WITH ERIC CLAPTON
(DELUXE EDITION)

2010

Forty years on from the release of the original forty minute live album, Rhino Handmade has done a fine job in releasing a wealth of previously uncirculated music from Delaney & Bonnie's visit to England, after Eric Clapton invited them over on successful completion of their support duties for Blind Faith's infamous US tour.

The English tour kicked off at London's prestigious Royal Albert Hall, where back stage after the show, Delaney invited George Harrison to join the entourage. The bus picked George up the next day and he added an extra shade to proceedings (though not on stage in Bristol or Newcastle). The Albert Hall show is presented in full, as are the early and late shows from the final night in Croyden, alongside a disc of songs from the two shows in Bristol. Several songs naturally reappear but there are also some surprises, including one or two that the couple never recorded in the studio. Bobby Whitlock (on "Gimme Some Lovin'") and Eric Clapton (on "I Don't Know Why") each take their to turn to lead at the mike.

All in all this a belated chance to really soak up what all the fuss was about at the time. The super charged music sounds fresh as ever. Delaney, George and bass player Carl Radle would have been proud, as can all the surviving contributors well afford to be.

Full details and samples ... musicangle review,,, and listen to three full tracks.

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To Bonnie From Delaney

TO BONNIE FROM DELANEY

1970


  1. Hard Luck And Troubles
  2. God Knows I Love You
  3. Lay Down My Burden
  4. Medley: Come On In My Kitchen / Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean / Going Down The Road Feeling Bad
  5. The Love Of My Man
  6. They Call It Rock & Roll Music
  7. Soul Shake
  8. Miss Ann
  9. Alone Together
  10. Living On The Open Road
  11. Let Me Be Your Man
  12. Free The People

Little Richard volunteered for a rare appearance on someone else's album and put in a rollicking trademark piano performance of his composition, "Miss Ann" that ended up greatly edited in length for the likes of you and me. On other tracks, Duane Allman adds some equally inspirational accompaniment on slide guitar. Top class performances all round, drawing on the full range of musical styles for which Delaney & Bonnie became renowned.

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Motel Shot

MOTEL SHOT

1971

 

  1. Come On In My Kitchen
  2. Never Ending Love Song
  3. Sing My Home
  4. Going Down The Road
  5. Lonesome And A Long Way From Home
  6. Where The Soul Never Dies
  7. Will The Circle Be Unbroken
  8. Rock Of Ages
  9. Long Road Ahead
  10. Faded Love
  11. Talkin' About Jesus
  12. Don't Deceive Me

Unplugged before MTV. Features Gram Parsons, Duane Allman, Bobby Whitlock and Dave Mason. An uncredited Joe Cocker can also be heard wailing away. Loose, ragged at times, exuberant always. Spontaneuos, infectious, committed music making, souding almost as if it were done for the sheer fun of it, with the album released as an after thought.

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Country Life

COUNTRY LIFE

1972

 

  1. Country Life
  2. Big Change Comin'
  3. Only You Know And I Know
  4. Sound Of The City
  5. A Good Thing (I'm On Fire)
  6. Groupie (Superstar)
  7. Move 'Em Out
  8. Wade In The River Jordan
  9. Try A Little Harder
  10. Well, Well
  11. I Know Something Good About You
  12. Coming Home

Same tracks as "Together", apart from having "Try A Little Harder" instead of "I Know How It Feels To Be Lonely". Released in a different song order in France.

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Together

TOGETHER

1972

 

  1. Only You Know And I Know
  2. Wade In The River Of Jordan
  3. Sound Of The City
  4. Well, Well
  5. I Know How It Feels To Be Lonely
  6. Comin' Home
  7. Move 'Em Out
  8. Big Change Comin'
  9. Good Thing, A (I'm On Fire)
  10. Groupie (Superstar)
  11. I Know Something Good About You
  12. Country Life
  13. Over And Over
  14. I'm Not Your Lover, Just Your Lovee
  15. Good Vibrations
  16. Are You A Beatle Or A Rolling Stone
  17. How Glad I Am, (You Don't Know)
  18. California Rain

Recorded between 1971 and 1973 and first issued on CD in Japan. A remastered version then appeared, with interesting liner notes by Greg Martin (Kentucky Headhunters) and selection of non D&B "bonus" tracks (13 - 18) from the couple's individual solo albums. Disappointingly, this included no new material.

This was Delaney & Bonnie's last album together, with varying levels of assistance from Tina Turner (not creditited but easily recognisable), Eddie Kendricks (vocals), Eric Clapton (guitar), King Curtis (sax), James Jamerson (bass), Dave Mason, Billy Preston, Duane Allman, Leon Russell and Steve Cropper.

Produced by Delaney, David Anderle and Doug Gilmore.

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The Best Of Delaney & Bonnie (LP)

THE BEST OF

DELANEY & BONNIE (LP)

1973

  1. When TheBattle Is Over
  2. Dirty Old Man
  3. Only You Know And I Know
  4. We've Got To Get Ourselves Together
  5. Where There's A Will, There's A Way
  6. Never Ending Song Of Love
  7. Coming Home
  8. The Love Of My Man
  9. Soul Shake
  10. Come On In My Kitchen
  11. Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean
  12. Going Down The Road Feelin' Bad
  13. Free The People

A predicatable compilation, this was the first Delaney & Bonnie album I stumbled across. I soon traded it in, which was the way to get around more music back then. Not because I didn't like it but because it was just obvious I needed all the individual albums represented here. Sort of wish I'd kept it now, for sentimental reasons.

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The Best Of Delaney & Bonnie (CD)

THE BEST OF

DELANEY & BONNIE (CD)

1990

 

  1. Get Ourselves Together
  2. When The Battle Is Over
  3. Ghetto (*)
  4. Piece Of My Heart (*)
  5. Comin' Home
  6. Groupie (Superstar)
  7. Things Get Better
  8. Where There's A Will, There's A Way
  9. That's What My Man Is For (*)
  10. I Don't Want To Discuss It
  11. Soul Shake
  12. Free The People
  13. The Love Of My Man (*)
  14. Will The Circle Be Unbroken
  15. Never Ending Song Of Love
  16. Going Down The Road Feeling Bad
  17. Only You Know And I Know
  18. Move 'Em Out

(*) CD bonus track

A generous compilation with interesting sleeve notes but sadly lacking even a sniff of previously unreleased material. Misses four tracks from the 1973 'Best Of' album but adds a lot more. A good place to start... but be warned, it won't be enough!


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