Sunday, March 30, 2008

Delaney & Bonnie

"Accept No Substitute" 1969





















Accept No Substitute - The Original Delaney & Bonnie is the second album by Delaney & Bonnie Bramlett, and their only release on the Elektra label (catalog no. EKS 74039). The album features many of the "friends" that would form the core of their best-known 1969-70 touring band, including Leon Russell, Bobby Whitlock, Carl Radle and Rita Coolidge.

The album's release created no small amount of behind-the-scenes controversy. Upon hearing pre-release mixes of the album, George Harrison offered Delaney and Bonnie a contract with the Beatles' Apple Records label, which they signed despite their prior contractual commitment to Elektra. According to Elektra founder Jac Holzman's book on that label's early history[1] , Apple went so far as to make test pressings of Accept No Substitute based on this contract, which was subsequently voided. After the album's release, frustrated that no copies of Accept No Substitute were available in his father's home town record store, an apparently-drunk Delaney phoned Holzman (who was in the UK at the time) saying that he would "come to England and kill" Holzman if the situation was not immediately corrected. Holzman responded by releasing Delaney and Bonnie from their Elektra contract[2].

One song from this album, "Ghetto," would become a regular feature of Delaney and Bonnie's live shows. The song, co-authored by Bonnie during Delaney and Bonnie's tenure at Stax
Records, was also covered by Stax stars The Staple Singers.

2 Comments:

Blogger Hal Jalikeakick said...

thanks a lot for this one!!

31 August, 2008 11:29  
Anonymous Bill Coleman said...

Great album. Had it on 8-Track.

27 July, 2009 10:29  

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