DELANEY and BONNIE BRAMLETT – ” Motel Shot “

Posted: December 23, 2016 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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Musical duo Delaney and Bonnie Bramlett got their first recording contract for Stax in 1969. They then moved to Elektra before coming to Atco in 1970 for their longest sustained recording contract. While they never achieved much success as some others, they are best remembered for the “Friends” they had with them for their albums. And when your friends include Leon Russell, Isaac Hayes, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Joe Cocker, and Duane & Gregg Allman, among others, it is easy to see why. Motel Shot, released in 1971, was the duo’s fourth studio album and third overall album on Atco. It had its genesis a year earlier as a prospective album for Elektra and sessions were recorded with engineer Bruce Botnick.

However, tensions grew with Elektra and the pair moved to Atco, recording a studio and a live album before circling back to the earlier material. The songs were re-recorded for Atco and the eventual LP gave Delaney and Bonnie their biggest chart success with “Never Ending Song of Love.” Guests on the album include  Leon Russell, Cocker, Duane Allman, Gram Parsons and Bobby Whitlock among others. The LP itself has never appeared on CD outside of Japan and this new edition is expanded with 8 recently discovered tracks from the original 1970 sessions. It has been remastered by Bill Inglot and features liner notes by Pat Thomas with quotes from Bonnie Bramlett, Bruce Botnick, Jac Holzman and Bobby Whitlock.

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