Speakers Corner (Atco)
180 Gram Vinyl Record
The married couple and musical duo Delaney & Bonnie ignited critics, fans and famous musical colleagues to veritable bursts of exultation. Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones talked matter-of-factly of "convincing white gospel song," while Eric Clapton regarded the duo as the "best pop band in the world." Clapton's enthusiasm went so far that he invited the pair to accompany him on a peaceful tour of Europe and was booed by German fans because he stood in the background as a mere accompanist and did not play any solos.
The master of the guitar may have had good reasons for staying out of the limelight, if one is to believe the Chicago Daily News, who declared that Delaney & Bonnie were better than Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles together.
Indeed the combined voices in the arrangements are so closely knit that there is not a millimeter of space between the singer and backing. In "Hard Luck And Troubles," a dry cantankerous groove, the vocals cling to a sinewy bass line, criss-crossed by short chords on the organ. Gospel is celebrated spiritually, yet not too much so, in a rocking, rhythmic and dense interplay between the soloist and chorus. And what is more: the great ballad, hovering above a vibrating carpet of sound on the organ ("The Love Of My Man") and crisp, firm winds ("Alone Together") are included in this exquisite collection of great and even great songs.
Recording: 1970 at Decca Studios, New York, by Don Casale, and Atlantic South-Criteria Studios, Miami Fl., by Ron Albert & Chuck Kirkpatrick
Production: Delaney Bramlett, Jerry Wexler and Tom Dowd
This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the master tapes through to the cutting head. All royalties and mechanical rights have been paid.
|Hard Luck And Troubles|
|God Knows I Love You|
|Lay Down My Burden|
|- Come On In My Kitchen|
|- Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean|
|- Going Down The Road Feeling Bad|
|The Love Of My Man|
|They Call It Rock & Roll Music|
|Living On The Open Road|
|Let Me Be Your Man|
|Free The People|