ARTIST: Delaney & Bonnie
YEAR RELEASED: 1969
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: It’s Been a Long Time Coming, Hard to Say Goodbye
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Nah
LINEUP: Delaney Bramlett, Bonnie Bramlett, Booker T & the MGs, Isaac Hayes, Carl Radle, Leon Russell, Stax’ studio horn section.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: First album by the blues-rock duo who is more legendary for their friends than their recorded output.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Read any history of rock that focuses on the 1969-1972 period and Delaney and Bonnie come up many times. They’re definitely talented musicians, and attracted a great amount of press for their friends like Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Leon Russell, et. al. But it didn’t really translate into record sales or long lasting success.
This first album developed some of those friendships, as it was recorded in Memphis at the Stax studio and used a lot of Memphis’ best musicians, including Russell. Delaney is a good blues guitarist, and Bonnie can sing some blues. The backing band is good (how can it not be).
What’s missing is a real spark here. I’m kind of on the fence of keeping it or exiling it. For now, it’s in the collection, since there’s nothing bad or wrong, and sometime I may be in a mood for this blues / soul amalgamation.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: When this was reissued in 2006, they mixed in the bonus cuts amongst the regular album and re-did the sequencing. I’m not really a fan of that kind of re-sequencing. Keep the original album as is (for the most part).
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: See above.
GRADE: B-: Nothing special – great musicianship but the songs fall short. I got rid of all of the bonus tracks but one – and the whole thing is on the fence for exile.