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Your Sister’s (Record) Rack: Delaney & Bonnie & Friends

Posted in Rock Classics! with tags , , , , , , , on February 26, 2010 by 30daysout

Today we have a great album to share:  D&B Together, from Delaney & Bonnie & Friends.  The husband-and-wife team of Delaney and Bonnie Bramlett put out some great records in the late 1960s and early 1970s.  They started out on Stax Records, and you can get an idea of what these two funky white folks had to sound like to record for the likes of Stax (home to Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, etc.).

Delaney Bramlett is one of the great rock bandleaders, perhaps underrated today but certainly not when he was in his prime.  Bramlett not only had his fiercely soulful singin’ wife, but he recruited some of the greatest musicians to play backup on those Delaney & Bonnie albums.  D&B Together, from 1972, is the duo’s sixth album and man, they don’t cut records like this any more.

First, the band: Delaney, on guitar and vocals; Bonnie, vocals; drums, Jim Gordon (Derek & the Dominos); bass, Kenny Gradney (Little Feat); keyboards, Billy Preston!; keyboards and vocals, Leon Friggin’ Russell!; more bass, Carl Radle (Derek & the Dominos); more drums, Jaimoe (Allman Brothers); more keyboards, Bobby Whitlock (Derek & the Dominos); and even more bass, James Jamerson (Motown)!  Now the guitar players – Eric Clapton, Steve “The Colonel” Cropper, Dave Mason and Duane Friggin’ Allman!  Nice, eh?

The album kicks off with Mason’s “Only You Know and I Know,” which was a hit for Delaney & Bonnie.  Led by Bonnie’s soulful vocals (with backing vocals – oh I forgot those – by Merry Clayton, Rita Coolidge, Clydie King, Tina Turner and Eddie Kendricks, among others) the song establishes the easy rockin’ and intoxicating mash of soul, rock, blues and country that seemed to be so easy and unforced back in the early 1970s.  “Wade In The River of Jordan” could have been a tambourine-shaker from any white or black country church, and Delaney’s “Well Well” is another tasty slab of rockin’ soul.

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Delaney Bramlett, R.I.P.

Posted in News with tags , , , on December 29, 2008 by 30daysout

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Delaney Bramlett, who put together one of the best bands of the late 1960s and early 1970s, has died at the age of 69.  Teamed with his wife Bonnie, Bramlett assembled a Southern-rock outfit that included the likes of Eric Clapton, Duane Allman and Leon Russell.  Some of the other players – including Bobby Whitlock, Jim Gordon and Carl Radle – would go on to play on other blockbuster albums of the 1970s, like George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass and of course, Clapton’s Layla.

Some of the wire stories about Bramlett’s death mistakenly attribute him as the co-writer of such Clapton hits as “Let It Rain” but it was really wife Bonnie who was the writer on those songs.  He did co-write songs for Clapton’s eponymous solo debut album, in 1970.  Anyway, Delaney Bramlett – a rock and roll classic.

MP3: “They Call It Rock and Roll Music” (from To Bonnie, From Delaney, 1970)

MP3: “Soul Shake” (1970)

MP3: “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” (from Motel Shot, 1971)

MP3: “Never Ending Song Of Love” (1971)

MP3: “Groupie (Superstar)” (1970)

MP3: “Bottle Of Red Wine” (from Eric Clapton, 1970)