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Bonnie Bramlett

Solo Albums

Following the sudden demise of Delaney & Bonnie and Friends, Bonnie was quick out of the blocks in 1973 with her first solo album on CBS, followed by three more on Capricorn Records over the next five years.

This more obvious second label was home for nearly all the Southern Rock bands of the seventies, Lynyrd Skynyrd being the most notable exception. Kick started by the prodigious talent, drive and varied musical influences of the Allman Brothers Band, the new musical genre enjoyed its heyday as the South emerged from its past with renewed confidence and self esteem. This was in part due to the election of Jimmy Carter, former Governor of Georgia and both friend and beneficiary of Phil Walden at Capricorn Records and some the label’s major artists.

Bonnie enjoyed many contributions from the Capricorn “family” of musicians, both in the studio and out on the road. The music produced here finds Bonnie well at ease with her material.

After “Step By Step” it would be more than 20 years until Bonnie retuned to make an album. Time out, a fair smattering of session work, a variety of acting roles and a stint with The Bandaloo Doctors (who toured with Ringo Starr’s band and appeared at Farm Aid but didn’t release any recordings) took up those years. With something of a point to prove, Bonnie eventually returned to focus on singing… which has been good news for us. We look forward to more!

 

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TRACKS / MUSICIANS / COMMENT
Sweet Bonnie Bramlett

SWEET BONNIE BRAMLETT

1973

 

  1. Able, Qualified And Ready
  2. Singer Man
  3. Crazy 'Bout My Baby
  4. Got To Get Down
  5. Good Vibrations
  6. Rollin'
  7. Celebrate Life
  8. The Sorrow Of Love
  9. (You Don't Know) How Glad I Am
  10. Don't Wanna Go Down There

The backing musicians weren't credited on this album but included the unlikely choice of The Average White Band from Scotland, supplemented at times by Lowell George of Little Feat.

Onnie McIntyre, guitarist and vocalist with the AWB, describes how the collaboration came about in an interview with Gary James at www.classicbands.com/AWBInterview.html

Producer: David Anderle.

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It's Time

IT'S TIME

1974

 

  1. Your Kind Of Kindness
  2. Atlanta, Georgia
  3. It's Time
  4. Cover Me
  5. Higher And Higher
  6. Where You Come From
  7. Cowboys And Indians
  8. (Your Love Has Brought Me From A) Mighty Long Way
  9. Since I Met You Baby
  10. Oncoming Traffic

Bonnie Bramlett, Vocals, Tambourine

Gregg Allman, Organ
Scott Boyer, Eddie Hinton and Tommy Talton, Guitar
Chuck Leavell, Piano
Paul Hornsby, Keyboards
Tom Ridgeway, Synthesiser
Randall Bramlett, Dave Brown and Harold Williams,Saxophone
Earl Ford, Trombone
Leo Labranche, Trumpet
Clydie King and Shirley Matthews, Vocals
Johnny Sandlin, Guitar, Percussion
Bill Stewart, Drums
Jerry Thompson, Drums, Percussion
Kenny Tibbetts, Bass, Percussion
Butch Trucks, Congas

Producer: Johnny Sandlin

Maybe the pick of the crop, with telling help from numerous terrific players. Bonnie tackles Gregg Allman's "Oncoming Traffic" with paticular aplomb but there are many highlights on this album.

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Lady's Choice

LADY'S CHOICE

1976

 

  1. Think (About It)
  2. Hold On I'm Coming
  3. You Send Me
  4. Never Gonna Give You Up
  5. Let's Go Get Stoned
  6. Two Steps From The Blues
  7. If I Were Your Woman
  8. Ain't That Lovin' You Baby
  9. You've Really Got A Hold On Me
  10. Thrill On The Hill (Let's Go, Let's Go, Let's Go)
  11. Forever Young

Gregg Allman, Organ (track 1), Vocals (track 6)
Anita Ball, Backing Vocals (track 1)
Barry Beckett, Keyboards
Dickey Betts, Guitar (track 8)
Bonnie Bramlett, Vocals
Randall Bramlett, Soprano Saxophone (track 3)
Harrison Calloway, Trumpet
Dianne Davidson, Backing Vocals (track 1)
Ronnie Eades, Saxophone
Dobie Gray, Vocals (track 4)
Jimmy Hall, Vocals (track 9)
Roger Hawkins, Drums
Ricky Hirsch, Guitar, Horn (track 5)
David Hood, Bass
Paul Hornsby, Keyboards
Chuck Leavell, Piano (tracks 8 & 9)
Charles Rose, Horn
Johnny Sandlin and Tommy Talton,Guitar
Mickey Thomas, Vocals (tracks 2 & 9)
Harvey Thompson, Tenor Saxophone
Bobby Whitlock, Vocals (track 10)

Producer: Johnny Sandlin

Songs by Issac Hayes, Smokey Robinson, James Brown and Sam Cooke indicate a slight shift towards different territory. But with a backbone from Muscle Shoals and contributions from Gregg, Dickie and Chuck from the ABB, amongst other fine southern musicians, the depature isn't so great after all. The result is though, with a clutch of inspired duets, rounded out by an uplifting rendition of Bob Dylan's classic anthem, "Forever Young".

Ironicaly, the LP cover definitely isn't one you could describe as the lady's choice.

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It's Time & Ladies Choice

IT'S TIME /

LADY'S CHOICE

2004

 

Tracks and contributors as shown on the above two albums.

Well done Raven Records in Australia for this (and many other) well chosen re-releases! An illustrated 12 page colour booklet is included.

Eric Beerwald has written a well deserved appreciation of the album for Amazon, titled Bonnie at Her Best.

 

 

 

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Memories

MEMORIES

1978

 

  1. Holdin' On To You
  2. Writing On The Wall
  3. Except For Real
  4. Lies
  5. I've Just Seen A Face
  6. Can't Find My Way Home
  7. The Flame Blinds The Moth
  8. Can't Stay
  9. Memories

Jay Armentrout, Drums
Fred Beckmeier, Bass
Steve Beckmeier, Guitar
Bonnie Bramlett, Vocals
Joe EnglishDrums (tracks 3 and 8)
Joel Ferguson, Banjo (track 6)
Venetta Fields, Backing Vocals
Jack Gold, Percussion (track 9)
Ricky Hirsch, Guitar
Clydie King, Backing Vocals
Robert A Martin, Piano, Organ, Saxophone
Shirley Matthews, Backing Vocals
Jim NallsGuitar (tracks 5 and 9)
David Pinkston, Steel Guitar (track 3)
Deke Richards Guitar, Electric Piano (tracks 2,6 and 8)

Producer: Deke Richards

Broadly speaking, more of the same kind of (good) thing, with Ricky Hirsh stepping forward on guitar this time round. Inexplicably still not released on CD… even by the assiduous and often so discerning Japanese!

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Piece Of My Heart

PIECE OF MY HEART -
THE BEST OF 1969-1978

2008

 

  1. Piece Of My Heart
  2. When The Battle Is Over
  3. The Love Of My Man
  4. Come On In My Kitchen
  5. Groupie (Superstar)
  6. Only You Know And I Know
  7. Able, Qualified And Ready
  8. Crazy 'Bout My Baby
  9. Rollin'
  10. The Sorrow Of Love
  11. (You Don't Know) How Glad I Am
  12. Your Kind Of Kindness
  13. (Your Love Has Brought Me From A) Mighty Long Way
  14. Oncoming Traffic
  15. Two Steps From The Blues
  16. Forever Young
  17. Can't Find My Way Home
  18. The Flame Blinds The Moth
  19. Memories

A decade of prime cuts from Bonnie's years with Delaney (on the first six tracks) and each of her first four solo albums. The last four songs come from "Memories", which has yet to be released in full on CD.

As usual, Raven Records include a detailed illustrated booklet of background information.

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Step By Step

STEP BY STEP

1981

 

  1. Givin' It Up
  2. Back Out On The Street
  3. For The Love Of It
  4. Let It Flow
  5. Whispering Hope
  6. Step By Step (We're Moving Closer To Jesus)
  7. White Dove
  8. Sweet Rose Of Sharon
  9. Joy

Bonnie Bramlett, Vocals
Joe English, Drums
Jon Goin, Guitar
Vicki Hampton, Backing Vocals
Mitch Humphries, Keyboards
Bobby Jones & The New Life Singers, Backing Vocals
Gary Moreno, Backing, Vocals
Donna McElroy, Backing, Vocals
Terry McMillan, Percussion
Kenny Mims, Guitar
Larry Paxton, Bass
John Rosasco, Keyboards
Donnie Sanders, Saxophone
Alan Steinberger, Synthesiser
Bob Wray, Bass

Producer: Greg Nelson

“Step By Step” (the other album not yet out on CD) finds Bonnie wanting to express and share her Christian faith. Acceptance was hard to come by, however, with the album perhaps too rocky for most Christians and too “religious” for most rockers. The singing, as ever, is exemplorary, though the arrangements seem more dated than Bonnie’s recordings from the sevenies.

Whilst not typical of the rest of the album, “Whispering Hope” is one of Bonnie’s best ever recorded songs. The album is dedicated to Bonnie’s mother and this traditional hymn, her favourite song, is sung in a captivatingly warm and powerful way, with fitting gospel piano and organ accompaniment.

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I'm Still The Same

I'M STILL THE SAME

2002

 

  1. Hurt
  2. What If
  3. No Man's Land
  4. Made A Believer Out Of Me
  5. Superstar
  6. Give It Time
  7. Closer To You
  8. You Belong To Me
  9. Sure Sign Of Something
  10. Cry Me A River
  11. I'm Still The Same

Bonnie Bramlett, Vocals
Reggie Young, Guitar
Mickey Raphael, Harmonica
Sam Levine, Soprano saxophone
Dennis Solee, Saxophone
John Jonethis, Piano
John Jarvis, Jason Webb, Clayton Ivey, Keyboards
Kevin Mark Grantt, Doug Cahan, Bass
Randy Hardison, Eddie Bayers, Elijah D. Holt, Vince Baranco, Drums
Eric Darken, Percussion
Carolyn Corlew, Background vocals
The Nashville String Machine
Nashville Horns

Bonnie returns determined to prove her capabilities are more than just intact, with a mature set that oozes class as well as a lot of pain. Some soft jazz arrangements allowed the microscope to come in really close and highlights the conrol and expressive power Bonnie has with her natural instrument. Not rocking the blues this time, rather reflecting, as part of a process to gather strength and move on.

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Roots, Blues And Jazz

ROOTS, BLUES & JAZZ

2006

 

Renamed European release:
I Can Laugh About It Now

I CAN LAUGH ABOUT IT NOW

2006

 

  1. Love the One You're With
  2. I Can Laugh About It Now
  3. No Particular Place to Go
  4. I'm Confessin'
  5. Gotcha!
  6. That Lucky Old Sun
  7. Mercy Mercy Mercy
  8. Change is Gonna Come
  9. Carefree
  10. Work Song
  11. Love Hurts
  12. Harlem Nocturne

Bonnie Bramlett, lead & background vocals

Robbie Montgomery and Jessie Lucas (formerly with The Ikettes), background vocals

Bekka Bramlett, Chip Davis, Margie Cates, Steve Willets, Callaway, background vocals

Mr. Groove is:

Tim Smith, bass
Roddy Smith, guitar
Steve Willets, piano
Mark Stallings, Hammond organ
Tim Gordon, saxes and flute
Donnie Marshall, drums and percussion

Special guests:

Bobby Ogdin, keyboards
Dann Sherrill, percussion

Originally shaping up as more of a straight jazz album, we're now also looking at a Chuck Berry number and other styles too, as the revised title indicates.

Bonnie's delighted to be joined by a couple of old friends from the Ikettes. Phew, that was well over 40 years ago and still going stong!

Check out more details at: http://zohomusic.com/cds_detail.php?cds_id=33

For a fine album review and four extended audio clips, see: http://cdbaby.com/cd/bramlett. More lo-fi samples here.

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Beautiful

BEAUTIFUL

2008

 

  1. Sure Got A Way With My Heart
  2. Witness For Love
  3. Strongest Weakness
  4. Beautiful
  5. For What It’s Worth
  6. Some Of My Best Friends
  7. I Do Believe
  8. Shake Something Loose
  9. Bless ‘Em All
  10. It’s Gonna Rain
  11. He’ll Take Care Of You

Produced by Johnny Sandlin, with some of the musicians who played on Bonnie's fine 1970's Capricorn albums.

Initially released for digital download on Valentine's Day 2008 and subsequently on CD too.

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