Best of Delaney & Bonnie

The Best of Delaney & Bonnie

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Bonnie Bramlett released "Groupie," the song she co-wrote with Leon Russell, as an Atlantic single in December of 1969. Almost two years later in September of 1971, Karen Carpenter took it to the top of the pop and adult contemporary charts under the name "Superstar." It may not have been Bramlett's

Overview

Bonnie Bramlett released "Groupie," the song she co-wrote with Leon Russell, as an Atlantic single in December of 1969. Almost two years later in September of 1971, Karen Carpenter took it to the top of the pop and adult contemporary charts under the name "Superstar." It may not have been Bramlett's favorite rendition of one of her songs, but it was phenomenal and deserved success for the talented singer/songwriter beyond her appearances on the TV show Roseanne. "Groupie (Superstar)" is the highlight of a simply great collection of musical expression by the underrated and abundantly talented duo known simply as Delaney & Bonnie. Goldmine/Discoveries magazine contributor Joe Tortelli is very detailed in his six-page liner notes/track listing to this 18-song compilation. It includes their two Top 20 hits from 1971, "Never Ending Song of Love" and "Only You Know and I Know"; the excellent double-sided minor hits "Free the People" and "Soul Shake"; three tracks from their Jimmy Miller-produced legendary live Delaney & Bonnie & Friends on Tour With Eric Clapton (and George Harrison); a thrilling rendition of "Piece of My Heart" tracked two years after Janis Joplin but tipping the hat, no doubt, to Aretha's sister, Emma Franklin, who did it before both these gals -- this best-of basically concentrates on the Elektra, Stax, and Atlantic recordings. The pity here is that this isn't a double CD containing the Leon Russell and Jackie DeShannon tapes released on GNP Crescendo as Genesis, some material from their final album on CBS and maybe a version of "Let It Rain," the magnificent song Bonnie Bramlett co-wrote with Eric Clapton for his 1970 solo album produced by Delaney. There are great photographs of the "friends" -- saxophone player Bobby Keyes, horn player Jim Price, bassist Carl Radle, drummer Jim Keltner, and Bobby Whitlock, as well as the singers. This album contains musicianship by all of the above, plus Dave Mason, Gram Parsons, Duane Allman, Alan Estes, and so many others, especially Rita Coolidge, who performed "Superstar" on Mad Dogs & Englishman -- the world's first taste of lovely Coolidge before she became a hit artist herself a half-dozen or so years later. Hearing "Free the People" and its revolutionary sound for rock & roll radio, along with Bonnie Bramlett's extraordinarily passionate "The Love of My Man," one wonders what it takes to get the world to recognize a diamond this polished. The plethora of name musicians aren't here for show, they are all working their tails off, and the result is a true masterpiece of rock/R&B/pop and blues clocking in at 69:39. The downside is that it really should be twice as long, and they have enough legitimate music -- as stated -- to fill a double CD. For now this is a unique time capsule which lives up to the title "Best Of."

Product Details

Release Date:
11/27/1990
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227077723
catalogNumber:
70777
Rank:
12006

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Delaney & Bonnie   Primary Artist
Rita Coolidge   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Dave Mason   Guitar
Leon Russell   Guitar,Piano
Bonnie Bramlett   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Delaney Bramlett   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Memphis Horns   Group
Jim Price   Trombone,Trumpet
Jim Keltner   Percussion,Drums
Jim Gordon   Drums
Duane Allman   Slide Guitar
Eric Clapton   Guitar
Sam Clayton   Conga
Sammy Creason   Drums
James Luther Dickinson   Piano
Alan Estes   Percussion
Freeman   Guitar,Slide Guitar
Charlie Freeman   Guitar
Jack Hale   Trombone
Wayne Jackson   Trumpet
Tex Johnson   Bongos,Conga
Bobby Keys   Saxophone
Ed Logan   Tenor Saxophone
Andrew Love   Horn,Tenor Saxophone
Bob Mason   Guitar
Tommy McClure   Bass
Jerry McGee   Guitar
Floyd Newman   Baritone Saxophone
Carl Radle   Bass,Bass Guitar
Jerry Scheff   Bass
Ron Tutt   Drums
Bobby Whitlock   Organ,Vocals,Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

John Hartford   Contributor
Rita Coolidge   Contributor
Steve Cropper   Contributor
Dave Mason   Contributor
Gram Parsons   Contributor
Leon Russell   Contributor
Delaney Bramlett   Producer,Horn Arrangements
Jim Price   Horn Arrangements
Jim Keltner   Contributor
Jimmy Miller   Producer
Duane Allman   Contributor
David Anderle   Producer
Ben Benay   Contributor
Eric Clapton   Contributor
Tom Dowd   Producer
Kenny Gradney   Contributor
Jimmie Haskell   Arranger
Bill Inglot   Producer
Bobby Keys   Contributor
Sanford Konikoff   Contributor
Jerry Wexler   Producer
Jay York   Contributor
Geoff Gans   Art Direction
Joe Tortelli   Liner Notes

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The Best of Delaney & Bonnie 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Delaney and Bonnie Bramlett were a short-lived husband and wife duo. They mixed blues, soul, and gospel into a unique big band sound. They also recruited many crack musicians such as Leon Russell, Duane Allman and Dave Mason to play backup. They were a big influence on Eric Clapton when he toured with them in 1969. Clapton plays one of his best solos on I Don’t Want to Discuss It from that tour album. Had they stayed together they might have been groundbreaking. As it is this CD has 69 minutes of an interesting musical stew. It’s a bargain at this price.
JohnQ More than 1 year ago
There is some wonderful music here and it is indeed amazing how many bands were not only influenced by Delaney and Bonnie but also how many bands grew out of the Delaney and Bonnie lineups. It is a literal who's who of Rock and Roll that played for and with this couple. The editorial reviewer is absolutely right in saying that Delaney and Bonnie deserve at least a double CD retrospective but this is a very good CD until a larger retrospective is made.