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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
For fans of classic rock, Bobby Whitlock's name, keyboards, and songs appear on some legendary records. Among them are four albums by Delaney & Bonnie Bramlett, including On Tour with Eric Clapton; George Harrison's All Things Must Pass; Derek & the Dominos' Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs; and Clapton's first self-titled solo album. The recordings compiled here, Bobby Whitlock and Raw Velvet, were both issued in 1972. The musicians assisting him are a who's who from those years: Harrison, Clapton, Delaney & Bonnie, Bobby Keys, Jim Gordon, Carl Radle, Klaus Voormann, Jim Keltner, and the Edwin Hawkins Singers. Handsomely assembled, the collection was produced...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
For fans of classic rock, Bobby Whitlock's name, keyboards, and songs appear on some legendary records. Among them are four albums by Delaney & Bonnie Bramlett, including On Tour with Eric Clapton; George Harrison's All Things Must Pass; Derek & the Dominos' Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs; and Clapton's first self-titled solo album. The recordings compiled here, Bobby Whitlock and Raw Velvet, were both issued in 1972. The musicians assisting him are a who's who from those years: Harrison, Clapton, Delaney & Bonnie, Bobby Keys, Jim Gordon, Carl Radle, Klaus Voormann, Jim Keltner, and the Edwin Hawkins Singers. Handsomely assembled, the collection was produced for reissue by drummer and author Pat Thomas. Musically, both of these records date beautifully. Their flaws are those of youth, and they lie mainly in Whitlock's singing. Though he obviously had something -- he was the first white artist signed to Stax -- he hadn't quite developed it. While the depth of his emotion is clear if anyone had a right to sing the blues it's him; just check the liner essay, he's also completely caught up in the rock tropes of the moment; he cops to it in his track annotations here. But the hell with it. On the Bobby Whitlock album the guitar interplay between Harrison and Clapton in "Where There's a Will There's a Way" would send any 24-year-old into a fit of exuberance. Clapton also helps out on that album's dynamic "The Scenery Has Slowly Changed." The Bramletts lend their iconic voices to the Southern-fried gospel of "A Day Without Jesus" and the country & Memphis "I'd Rather Live the Straight Life." On the latter album, Clapton, Delaney & Bonnie, and Gordon all reunite for "Hello, L.A., Bye Bye Birmingham." On "Bustin' My Ass" and "Ease Your Pain," the Edwin Hawkins Singers offer two distinct sides of their group persona: alternately gritty and soulful. Hoyt Axton penned the latter tune for him; it's the only song here not written by Whitlock. Also on Raw Velvet is Whitlock's own rugged version of "Tell the Truth." Apart from the all-star guest spots, Whitlock's bandmates on these records are gritty and relaxed, yet precise, flawless. The liner essay by Marc Roberty co-author of Whitlock's autobiography is authoritative and offers real perspective, but the songwriter's own comments in the photograph-filled booklet are priceless. For whatever shortcomings there are here, these records not only deserved to be remastered and reissued, but also to be heard by anyone--and everyone--interested in the music of that era. After all, there is a reason they call it "classic" rock.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/25/2013
  • Label: Future Days Recordin
  • UPC: 826853060226
  • Catalog Number: 602
  • Sales rank: 37,896

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bobby Whitlock Primary Artist, Organ, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Keyboards, 12-string Guitar
George Harrison Guitar
Bonnie Bramlett Vocals, Background Vocals
Delaney Bramlett Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Soloist
Jim Price Trombone, Trumpet
Rick Vito Guitar, Slide Guitar
Jim Keltner Drums
Jim Gordon Drums, Tabla
Eric Clapton Bass, Guitar
Keith Ellis Bass
Bobby Keys Saxophone
Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra Strings
Jerry McGee Electric Guitar
Don Poncher Drums
Carl Radle Bass
Klaus Voormann Bass
The Edwin Hawkins Singers Background Vocals
Chris Wood Flute
Technical Credits
Hoyt Axton Composer
Mac Davis Composer
Bonnie Bramlett Composer
Delaney Bramlett Composer
Don Nix Composer
Jimmy Miller Producer
Eric Clapton Composer
Andy Johns Producer
Bobby Whitlock Composer, Producer, Liner Notes, Photo Courtesy, Licensing
Joe Zagarino Producer
Pat Thomas Reissue Producer
Matt Sullivan Executive Producer
Josh Wright Executive Producer
Herb Kossover Cover Photo, Back Cover Photo
Marc Roberty Liner Notes
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