May 19, 2012 – 4:33 am

The Blues tradition continues.

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Fillmore West 1970 [no label, 2CD]

Live at Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA, Feb 21, 1970. Reel master to DAT (KRW_CO transfer). Very good audience stereo.

This is before “collective” became in vogue. Back then, these collaborations were called “revues” as in a rock ‘n’ roll revue. Americans Delaney and Bonnie collected some friends including Carl Radle (bass), Jim Gordon (drums) and Bobby Whitlock (organ and vocals) to go on tour. The idea of a “non-pop” outing so intrigued Englishmen Eric Clapton, Dave Mason and George Harrison that they added their star power to the revue and became the “heavy friends”.

Later, Clapton would take along Radle, Gordon and Whitlock to form Derek & The Dominos.

The enthusiasm of Delaney was in contrast to his pop background, Delaney was a session musician at Shindig! But in the revue, all could play the blues at a volume as loud as they wanted. This was the intersection of blues and rock.

Listen to Delaney duelling with Clapton on Crossroads. Listen to Clapton sing Don’t Know Why. Guitars can be heard clearly as are the vocals. Bass and drums are a bit of a mess in the sound.

At the end of the ’60s, Britpop ruled but fascination with rural American music was growing especially after Dylan’s Great White Wonder bootleg appeared, the Band had released their debut album and the appearance of a non-pop outfit like Delaney and Bonnie with their aptly named second album, Accept No Substitute.

Clapton took Delaney and Bonnie as his opening act when Blind Faith toured. That friendship led Clapton to tour with Delaney and Bonnie. It opened the door to look at popular music as more than the three-minute pop single. Shared on DIME by KRW_CO who did this fresh transfer from the master tape. Your effort will be enjoyed by music fans. Thank you.
- Professor Red

Audience Reel Master to DAT to CDR.

Thanks also to myshadow for the artwork.

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Disc 1 (Set 1)
Track 101. Things Get Better (6.1MB)
Track 102. They Call It Rock & Roll Music (9.9MB)
Track 103. Poor Elijah (9.5MB)
Track 104. Don’t Know Why (12.2MB)
Track 105. Only You Know And I Know (11.1MB)
Track 106. Pour Your Love Over Me/Just Plain Beautiful (16.0MB)
Track 107. Where There’s A Will, There’s A Way (cut at the end due to tape flip) (8.1MB)
Track 108. Coming Home (12.1MB)
Track 109. Little Richard Medley (Tutti Frutti/The Girl Can’t Help It/Long Tall Sally/Jenny Jenny) (10.5MB)

Disc 2 (Set 2)
Track 201. My Baby Specializes (10.3MB)
Track 202. Crossroads (11.0MB)
Track 203. Pygmy (16.1MB)
Track 204. When The Battle Is Over (12.1MB)
Track 205. They Call It Rock & Roll Music (9.9MB)
Track 206. Everybody Is A Winner (10.3MB)
Track 207. Gimme Some Lovin’ (9.1MB)
Track 208. Where There’s A Will, There’s A Way (12.5MB)
Track 209. I Don’t Want To Discuss It (11.1MB)

Delaney Bramlet - rhythm guitar & vocals
Bonnie Bramlett - vocals
Eric Clapton - guitar & vocals
Carl Radle - bass
Jim Gordon - drums
Bobby Whitlock - organ & vocals
Jim Price - trumpet & trombone
Bobby Keys - saxophone
Tex Johnson - congas & bongos
Rita Coolidge - vocals

On Tour With Eric Clapton was released in 1970. It features a Delaney and Bonnie concert recorded in December 1969 at Fairfield Halls, Croydon, England. You can either buy the single CD or go for Rhino’s 2010 Deluxe Edition of four discs which includes more shows from their UK tour. Buy it here.

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  1. 16 Responses to “SING THE BLUES”

  2. In the film, “Festival Express,” about a rock tour across Canada by train in 1970, it was Delaney Bramlet who was teaching Americana songs to the other great artists on board the train. His knowledge of music was amazing. Rest in peace, Delaney.

    Thanks, BigO.

    By aking on May 19, 2012

  3. Bobby Whitlock has a bio out now that apparently is pretty good I haven`t read it yet but I have a good friend whose judgement I believe in tell me so….goes to great lengths re:Derek and the Dominoes and their inevitable demise.
    Thanks for this Big O

    By sluggo on May 19, 2012

  4. I also recall reading somewhere that Bonnie Bramlett did some tenure as an “Ikette” with Ike and Tina Turner. Anyone know for sure?

    By sluggo on May 19, 2012

  5. The tenure as an Ikette was mentioned in the liner notes of the D&B greatest hits album, YMMV on how reliable a cite that is. She also did a stint on the popular U.S. sitcom “Roseanne” as the title character’s waitress colleague and recorded and toured with the Allman Brothers for about a year in the late ’70’s. While on that tour, she decked Elvis Costello in a hotel bar after he called Ray Charles “a blind, ignorant n****r.” Quite a career.

    By drkrick on May 19, 2012

  6. That’s right aking, it was Delaney Bramlett who taught the Grateful Dead “Going Down The Road Feeling Bad” while on Festival Express.

    By Mike Cummings on May 19, 2012

  7. it might be interesting to fans of ec to note that there is a delaney produced version of ec’s first album. this was never released til many years later as a bonus cd alongside the reissue of the original album. i dont know if it was remastered or not but i am sure its out of print now. the mixing on this bonus cd of delaneys version is so drastically different that it absolutely needs to be heard.

    on two occassions bonnie sang on the roseanne show. the more important of these two appearances was the backyard bbq where she belts out an acapella song. its early 90s but wow 20 yrs ago she sure still had it. delaney died 2 days after xmas 3.5 yrs ago. he was 69. bonnie is now 67. check out her life & career -

    By darth on May 19, 2012

  8. The Delaney mix of the first Eric clapton solo album can be found as part of the bonus material on:

    By Evil dr.Louie on May 20, 2012

  9. The big differences between the Delaney Mix and the official release is Clapton’s guitar is more prominent in the mix and Delaney has added horns to a number of songs, including After Midnight. It has been around as a bootleg entitled “The Unsurpassed Eric Clapton” 0n the Yellow Dog Label, released in 1992.

    By Mike Cummings on May 20, 2012

  10. Hello,
    Always something great on your blog. many thanks for sharing and congratulations for all you do. Thanks for all the comments.
    Best regards,

    By Robert on May 21, 2012

  11. Bonnie Bramlett (née Bonnie Lynn O’Farrell, born November 8, 1944, Alton, Illinois, United States) was an accomplished singer at an early age, performing with blues guitarist Albert King at age 14 and in the Ike & Tina Turner Revue at 15- the first-ever white Ikette “for three days in a black wig and Man Tan skin darkener.”

    By JB on May 21, 2012

  12. Interesting that producer and keyboardist John Simon (Big Pink, Cheap Thrills, Blood, Sweat & Tears first — and only good — album) is mentioned by Delaney as sitting in on set two. Another illustrious “Friend”! I saw D&B with Duane Allman a few times, with King Curtis a couple, and once with Allman AND Curtis! I also saw them when jazz flautist Herbie Mann sat in with them when they played the Schaefer Music Festival in Central Park in NYC in 1971 or so. Bonnie told me years later that Herbie lived near the park, heard the music, grabbed his flute, ran over and joined in. I also saw Richie Havens fill in mid-set for Delaney at Carnegie Hall when the latter had a wicked flu.

    By Michael Simmons on May 22, 2012

  13. I`ll take you up on the B,S,&T comment.
    I like the first lp as well but to say it is the only good one is wrong.
    There were a few good songs on the first lp, mainly “More than you`ll ever know “,but Al Kooper was/is a very weak singer and no match for David Clayton Thomas and his pipes. The second lp offered a wider variety of music from classical ,Erik Satie, to stone cold blues, God Bless the child and everything in between. Sure the music got shmaltzier as time went by but this second lp track by track is a much stronger effort and far better sung.

    By sluggo on May 23, 2012

  14. If you can find an old Bonnie Bramlett LP called “Ladies Choice” (circa 1977) don’t pass it up. She smoked on it. She sang a bunch of classic R&B soul tunes and half of the tracks were duets with great male vocalists. Nice to see all the D&B interest here. The one time I saw D&B in concert, Bonnie’s voice and Bobby Key’s sax were the highlights of the night. Billy Preston and Logins and Messina were opening acts.

    By Chis on May 23, 2012

  15. michael - ive never seen any recordings of d&b with duane. if i had i would have certainly jumped on those. what a shame theyve never made it into circulation. there is a video from copenhagen i believe in b/w of them with clapton and harrison. theres very little footage of them as most know. certainly no duane footage other than the 2 allman bros videos that anyone who knows about duane is already familiar with. but in so far as audio it would be a thrill to find those recordings u speak of. wow.

    By darth on May 27, 2012

  16. darth - Sorry it took me 5 years to respond, but I just saw this. I was referencing D&B live — not recordings. But Duane plays on the albums “To Bonnie From Delaney,” “Motel Shot” and — I think — “D&B Together.” I’m not sure exactly how much he plays on ‘em, but he’s audible and credited. Duane’s also with D&B on the Duane box set that was released after you posted. I imagine you’ve heard it by now.

    If you can get ahold of the May 2017 issue of MOJO, I wrote a feature about D&B.

    By Michael Simmons on Apr 8, 2017

  17. Sorry it took me 5 years to respond,

    Not very fast, hey ?

    By Dean Martinez on Apr 8, 2017

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