Friday, October 16, 2009

Delaney & Friends - Class Reunion








Review by Joe Viglione

Produced by Ray Ruff and Jimmy Bowen on the Motown imprint Prodigal Records, Delaney Bramlett does a soulful-by-way-of-Macon cover of the Temptations' "I Wish It Would Rain," a good idea to try to break out of Motown with the label's own weaponry and a Top Five hit from 1968. It's an excellent re-working. Bramlett lists in his thank yous about a thousand friends -- no exaggeration -- on the back cover, from Ringo Starr, George Harrison, and Eric Clapton to ex-wife Bonnie Bramlett, but Class Reunion by Delaney Bramlett & Friends is a different clan: Fanny'sPatti Quatro, guitarist Spider Taylor, drummers Stu Perry and Jim Keltner, and a duet with ABC artist Susie Allanson on "For Old Times Sake." Make no mistake, this is more a Delaney Bramlett album like his 1973 CBS outing, Mobius Strip, than a class-reunion project, though it does have a classy sound. The only obvious holdovers from Mobius Strip are Clydie King on backing vocals, songwriter Doug Gilmore, and manager John Bramlett. That being said, this album is very, very strong. "Everyday's a Holiday," the one track written by Bramlett, Peter Spellman, and Doug Gilmore, is a standout among ten funky, thoughtful, engrossing essays of Southern pop. Sometimes changing labels can jump start a career, but Motown was an anomaly, not able to deliver album projects the way it did hit singles in the '60s. Had Delaney Bramlett stayed on CBS and gotten support, a pure pop tune like "You Can't Measure My Love," sounding so much like an earthy Mac Davis, might've been a huge adult contemporary hit. Bramlett goes from sounding like the voice of Eric Clapton by way of Terri Gibbs on "Locked up in Alabama" (keep in mind that Gibbs hit with "Somebody's Knocking" four years after this album) to Ronnie Milsap, who, no coincidence, had a number one country hit on RCA when this album, Class Reunion, was released. As evidenced by the Genesis album of early Delaney & Bonnie and solo Bramlett tracks, the singer can be a chameleon and possesses an uncanny ability to have his own style while copping other voices simultaneously. Songwriter Randy Sharp contributes the last three titles: "Who You Gonna Blame It On," "You Were the Light," and the exquisite duet with Susie Allanson, "For Old Times Sake." What it proves is that Delaney Bramlett has major talent; had he and Bonnie stayed together, had they grown together on their CBS deal, they would have had a clear chance to dominate the charts and become an overwhelming presence in pop music. Class Reunion is a tragedy in that it is so good and so forgotten.



1 Locked up in Alabama
2 Every Day's a Holiday
3 I Wish It Would Rain
4 It's a Touchy Situation
5 You Can't Measure My Love
6 I Think I Got It
7 Invitation to a Heartbreak
8 For Old Times' Sake
9 Who You Gonna Blame It On
10 You Were the Light


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Sunday, October 4, 2009

Vision (Billy Powell - Lynyrd Skynyrd) 1985

Vision


1985 - Heartland Records
HR-38659


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CREDITS:
George Atwell: Synthesizers
Andy deGanahl: Assistant Engineer
Mike Fuller: Mastered
Keith Holmes: Saxophone
Shawn Hurley: Assistant Engineer
David Jinright: Songwriter, Synthesizers
Leonard Jones: Songwriter, Guitars, Violin, Vocals
Chuck Kjergaard: Assistant Engineer
Mike Maple: Drums, Vocals
Rocco Marshall: Songwriter, Guitars, Vocals
Sandra Marshall: Songwriter
Greg McNeily: Producer, Engineer, Bass
Billy Powell: Piano
Martin Tomlinson: Bass

TRACKS:

1. Dynamos
2. Lord is My Joy
3. Old Man
4. Dedicated
5. Soldiers Song
6. Standing on the Rock
7. Don't Say It's Over
8. Psalm 23
9. You Are My Only Lord
10. You're the One

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Friday, October 2, 2009

Poster for the event

The Texas International Pop Festival was a music festival held at Lewisville, Texas, on Labor Day weekend, August 30-September 1, 1969. It occurred two weeks after Woodstock. The site for the event was the newly-opened Dallas International Motor Speedway, located on the east side of Interstate Highway 35 E, across from the Round Grove Road intersection.


This is the only recording from this event that I have for Delaney and Bonnie. I know they played at least 2 nights.

1. We got to get ourselves together.
2. The Ghetto
3. When this battle is over
4. Things get better.







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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Catfish and Crystal (ABB, Marshall Tucker influanced )

Catfish and Crystal
(very good bass and drums)

Catfish & Crystal
1973 xx-xx
Gabe & Walkers
Iowa City, Iowa
Genre: Southern Jam Rock
Audience Tape
Quality B

Lineage: SonyTC126 > Maxell Cassette > Spin It Again (Digitalization) > Goldwave (Volume Boost) Media Monkey (Flac Conversion)

Catfish & Crystal were a local band in Iowa and Illinois in the early 1970's, and a fixture in
Iowa City, Iowa playing long gone venues like Gabe & Walkers, Maxwells, The C.O.D., The Lamplighter
and The Mill. Comprised like a typical jam rock band of that era, it featured two drumers,
two guitarists, a keyboard player, a bass, and sometimes a guest slide guitarist. I forget
most of their names, except Mike Watts (R.I.P) on Drums. You'll hear a guest guitarist on a couple
of the last tracks, Craig DeWitt, who still plays in Cedar Rapids. He was a monster with a slide, Echoplex,
and a volume pedal.

The high point of evening was usually when the group played what I think was an original tune,
"Old Hawk" which often went on for 30 minutes or more.

If any guys from Iowa and Illinois could contact me, I'd love to get the names of the
musicians.

Set List:

1. Its Allright
2. Walking the Dog
3. Unknown
4. Goin' Down the Road
5. One Hell of a Woman
6. On a Monday
7. Old Hawk
8. Hideaway
9. How Sweet It Is
10. Time Changes Everything
11. Steppin' Stone
12. Roll With It
13.Me & My Uncle
14. Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone
15. Allright
16. 40 Days
17. Its Allright Ma
18. Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad
19. Reelin' and Rockin'
20. Not Fade Away

Craig DeWitt on Tracks 17-20 on Guitar.


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Gregg Allman and Cowboy - Live 1974

This is the second night from Gregg Allman on tour 1974.



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  • Gregg Allman - Lead Vocals, Organ
  • Tommy Talton - Lead Guitar, Slide Guitar
  • Scott Boyer - Rhytm Guitar
  • Bill Stewart - Drums
  • Johnny Lee Johnson - Drums & Percussion
  • Kenny Tibbetts - Electric Bass
  • Chuck Leavell - Piano & Electric Piano
  • Randall Bramblett - Soprano Sax, Alto Sax, C-Melody Sax (all horn solos)
  • David Brown - Tenor Sax
  • Harold (Bullets) Williams - Bari Sax
  • Todd Logan - Trumpet
  • Peter Eklund - Trumpet
  • Annie Sutton - Background Vocals
  • Erin Dickins - Background Vocals
  • Lynn Rubin - Background Vocals







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