November 14, 2009 – 4:11 am

Well, it wouldn’t have sounded modest as Delaney, Bonnie & God. So “friends” will do.

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Bristol 1969 [no label, 1CD]

Live at Colston Hall, Bristol, UK, December 2, 1969, first set. Very good soundboard, previously uncirculated.

In his autobiography, Eric Clapton said: “For me, going on [with Blind Faith] after Delaney and Bonnie was really, really tough, because I thought they were miles better than us.” Even Jerry Wexler of Atlantic Records said that the group’s studio album, To Bonnie from Delaney, “didn’t quite catch the fire of their live performances.”

Being signed up to Stax Records for your debut album might not have been such a big deal then but live, Delaney, Bonnie & Friends performed as if they had all the Stax musicians to back them up. It may not be the Muscle Shoals sound or the Memphis Horns but this is still a very impressive lineup for this gig. White man’s rhythm and blues? More like white man’s soul, possibly by way of The Rolling Stones. Yet Bonnie Bramlett’s vocals were closer to Tina Turner and James Brown’s shout-and-holler R&B than the chocolatey smooth delivery of Isaac Hayes’ Hot Buttered Soul, Stax’s runaway bestseller in the late ’60s.

While the brass and the keyboards provide a cushioning backdrop, it is Eric Clapton who adds some exciting (musical) muscles, once again proving that he really needs to be (musically) challenged to deliver some feisty playing.

While longer shows allow the musicians to display their virtuosity, it is short and sharp ones such as these that kind of leave you drained - you go in, work your magic and have your fans hanging on for more.

Despite some audio flaws, this previously uncirculated show has won many appreciative fans and listeners since it surfaced and one needs to thank carville and the unnamed benefactor for sharing this on the Dime site and to chaoramon for the artwork. Even with the audio flaws, it is a worthy companion to the official Delaney & Bonnie On Tour With Eric Clapton.

carville notes: “There are sometime problems early on (squeaks etc…). The last song must be from the late show. It’s the same instrumental as the opener on the early show. This lineup is lifted from the official CD release from Fairfield Halls Croyden 12 December 1969 (minus Leon Russell who I can’t hear on this tape). Not sure if L’Angelo Misterioso is present or not, but I left him in the lineup for now.”

These tracks are no longer available for download as they have been officially released on the On Tour With Eric Clapton: Deluxe Edition 4-Disc Set.

Track 01. Intro Dave Mason
Track 02. Instrumental
Track 03. Only You Know and I Know
Track 04. Things Get Better
Track 05. I Don’t Know Why
Track 06. Where There’s a Will There’s a Way
Track 07. Comin’ Home
Track 08. I Don’t Want to Discuss It
Track 09. Finish and threats from promoter
Track 10. Instrumental (must be from next set)

Bonnie Bramlett - vocals
Delaney Bramlett - guitar, vocals
Eric Clapton - guitar, vocals
Dave Mason - guitar
Carl Radle - bass guitar
Bobby Whitlock - organ, keyboards, vocals
Rita Coolidge - backing vocals
Jim Gordon - drums, percussion
Tex Johnson - percussion
Bobby Keys - saxophones
Jim Price - trombone, trumpet, horns

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  1. 18 Responses to “IN GOD’S NAME”

  2. Thanks for another great download guys. Fantastic to hear and compare with the official release

    By Rob on Nov 15, 2009

  3. It’s funny because none of these musiciens are known
    but it’s a very good gem :)Thanks

    By greenland on Nov 15, 2009

  4. it is very possible that george harrison is present on this recording as l’angelo mysterioso but who knows for sure. he definitely played copenhagen just a few days or weeks earlier.
    thank u so much for this item.

    By darth on Nov 16, 2009

  5. Once again a great recording from you all! This is one band who never got the recognition it deserved.

    Thanks a bunch!

    By Diane on Nov 24, 2009

  6. Greenland must be new to the music game. “None of these musiciens [sic] are known.” EVERY SINGLE ONE of these guys is a first-class performer! Radle & Whitlock played w/ Derek & the Dominoes, & Gordon, Price, & Keys are some of the best sidemen on more albums than I’d care to try to guess. Thanks for the music, BigO.

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