The Best of Delaney & Bonnie

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All Music Guide - Joe Viglione
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Joe Viglione
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."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/27/1990
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227077723
  • Catalog Number: 70777
  • Sales rank: 13,027

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
The 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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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    It's amazing how many bands were influenced by Delaney and Bonnie

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Old-fashioned Southern R&B and Soul

    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.

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