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Dec092016

Delaney & Bonnie and Friends: Motel Shot (Expanded Edition)

  • Delaney & Bonnie Bramlett Were , Along with Groups Like The Band and The Allman Brothers, at the Center of the Late-‘60s Roots-Rock Revival

  • Motel Shot Was Their Fourth Studio Album and Third for Atco/Atlantic

  • The“And Friends” on Motel Shot Included Bobby Whitlock, Dave Mason, Joe Cocker, Gram Parsons, Duane Allman, and John Hartford

  • The Sessions for This Album Began in the Living Room of Doors Engineer Bruce Botnick as a Prospective Release for the Elektra Label

  • After Delaney & Bonnie Had a Falling Out with Elektra, Atlantic Had Them Record the Material in a Proper Studio

  • Those Later Sessions Became the Commercially Released Motel Shot, Which Was Only Available on CD Briefly in Japan

  • Real Gone Music’s Expanded Edition Includes the Original Album Plus the "Living Room" Sessions

  • Eight Unreleased Tracks

  • Pat Thomas’ Liner Notes Include Candid Quotes from Bonnie Bramlett, Bobby Whitlock, Bruce Botnick and Elektra Label Founder Jac Holzman

  • Mastered by Bill Inglot

  • A Roots-Rock Classic Revealed in Its Full Glory 

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    Delaney & Bonnie and Friends: Motel Shot (Expanded Edition). CD

    Though they never achieved the popular success enjoyed by some of their peers, Delaney & Bonnie Bramlett spearheaded the roots-rock revolution of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s along with The Allman Brothers and The Band, turning away from the exoticism of psychedelia towards music “rooted” in blues, country, and soul. Witness the fact that the “And Friends” that played with the pair included Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Leon Russell, Dave Mason and Bobby Whitlock….out of Delaney and Bonnie’s various aggregations arose Derek and the Dominoes and Joe Cocker’s band for the legendary Mad Dogs and Englishmen tour. And for Motel Shot, the duo’s fourth studio album and their third for Atco/Atlantic, the circle of “friends” included Cocker, Whitlock, and Mason, plus appearances by Duane Allman, Gram Parsons, and John Hartford among others! But for the most part, this is a largely acoustic, charmingly informal affair dipped in gospel and dominated by the Bramletts and Whitlock; the Motel Shot title refers to informal, after hours jam sessions on the road. But there’s a whole lot more to the story (and to this release!). The project began not in a hotel room but in the living room of engineer Bruce Botnick, with November 1970 sessions as a prospective release for Elektra Records. But, after Delaney had a falling out with label head Jac Holzman, the project moved to Atco, who put the “band” into a proper studio to re-record much of the material. Those later sessions comprise the original album, which has heretofore only appeared briefly on CD in Japan; but, after hours of tape research, co-producers Bill Inglot and Pat Thomas uncovered the original “living room” sessions that yielded the eight unreleased tracks on this Expanded Edition CD release – and notably is the first American CD release of the original Motel Shot album as well. Remastered by Inglot, with an essay by Thomas that includes exclusive (and extremely candid) quotes from Bonnie Bramlett, Bobby Whitlock, Bruce Botnick, and Jac Holzman, Motel Shot finally is presented here the way it was originally conceived, and takes its rightful place as one of the great albums of the classic era of the roots rock movement.

    1. Where the Soul Never Dies
    2. Will the Circle Be Unbroken
    3. Rock of Ages
    4. Long Road Ahead
    5. Faded Love
    6. Talkin' About Jesus
    7. Come On in My Kitchen
    8. Don't Deceive Me (Please Don't Go)
    9. Never Ending Song of Love
    10. Sing My Way Home
    11. Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad
    12. Lonesome and a Long Way from Home
    13. I've Told You for the Last Time
    14. Long Road Ahead 
    15. Gift of Love
    16. Come On in My Kitchen
    17. Blues
    18. Lonesome and a Long Way from Home
    19. What a Friend We Have in Jesus
    20. Farther Along

     

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