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Editors’ Notes

Singer Bonnie Bramlett might be the blackest-sounding white soul singer to ever draw breath, and that’s saying something. Here, along with her husband—the gifted multi-instrumentalist Delaney Bramlett—the duo’s second album (released in July 1969) oozes the American South. It doesn’t hurt that the musicians backing them all have heightened senses of musical empathy (Leon Russell, Bobby Whitlock, Rita Coolidge, Bobby Keys, Jim Keltner, and others). It’s a hip-grinding masterpiece that’s part back-porch gospel (“Get Ourselves Together,” “The Gift of Love”), city slang (“Someday,” “The Ghetto”), and oily R&B (“When the Battle Is Over”). The slinky “I Can’t Take It Much Longer” is all Memphis in the nighttime, while the strangely profound “Dirty Old Man” (cowritten by Mac Davis) hits hard with its swampy swing, punchy horn section, and key changes—it sounds like a great Tony Joe White song. A slow-burning take of Penn/Morman’s canonical “Do Right Woman—Do Right Man” makes it the definitive version, and that’s saying something too. It’s no wonder that George Harrison signed Delaney & Bonnie to The Beatles' Apple Records after hearing this.

Customer Reviews

THE American Band

Absolutely the greatest and most influential American band of its era, Delaney and Bonnie brought together in one band all of the musicians that were to back up Joe Cocker, Leon Russell, Rita Coolidge, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and everyone else you can think of. Delaney taught Eric how to sing and fused American rhythym and blues with rock and roll that left room for the English sound. The proof? Everyone ran away with their band and sound. If you want to know what the 60's produced, listen to D&B and you will find the source. They were dismissed as hillbillies by the jealous while every "A" player learned how from them. The most neglected musicians in the history of American music while being more influential than any American artists of their time. The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, everyone, ended up with members of their band and elements of their sound. Delaney even recorded the greatest take of Little Richard ever doing Miss Annie in a later album. The Original Delaney and Bonnie, Accept No Substitute, really.

Yeah, What He Said

Dr. Coyote's review is 100% on target. I'm only adding this review for emphasis, so that browsing folks coming in can understand that this is not just the opinion of one person. It is a little unbelievable just how fantastic Delaney and Bonnie were, how influential they were and how under-rated they were (are). Goes to show I guess.

oh to "endless.."

If you read the good Doctor's review, he said D&B were the most influential AMERICAN band of the era. I highly agree & this album is a wonderful display of that fact. I am completely grateful for the likes of D&B for influencing numerous other artists that followed. An excellent album for the fan of the 60s.


Formed: 1966 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s

The husband-and-wife duo of Delaney & Bonnie Bramlett created some of the most distinctive and unique music of the early '70s, but their alchemical sound -- equal parts blue-eyed soul, blues, country, and gospel -- was often marginalized by the attention instead paid to the contributions of their famous "friends," including rock icons like Eric Clapton, Duane Allman and George Harrison. Delaney Bramlett was born July 1, 1939 in Pontotoc County, Mississippi, later befriending fellow aspiring musicians...
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