Wednesday, 30 March 2011
Delaney & Bonnie - Home (Classic Soul-Rock Album US 1969)
Size: 98 MB
Ripped by: ChrisGoesRock
Source: Japan 24-Bit Remaster
Home is the first album by husband-and-wife singers Delaney & Bonnie, released on the Stax label (catalog no. STS-2026). Most of the album was recorded in 1969 at Stax Studios in Memphis, Tennessee, and features many of Stax's house musicians, including Donald "Duck" Dunn, Steve Cropper, Booker T. Jones, and Isaac Hayes.
The album's cover photo shows Delaney and Bonnie with Delaney's grandfather, John Bramlett, in front of the log cabin in Pontotoc, Mississippi where Delaney grew up.
Stax released two singles from the album in the U.S., "It's Been a Long Time Coming" (1969) and "Hard to Say Goodbye" (1970). (The latter was issued to capitalize on the success of Delaney and Bonnie's later recordings for Atco/Atlantic, which once had a partnership with Stax.) "Just Plain Beautiful" b/w "Hard to Say Goodbye" was also issued as a single in the UK in 1969.
Home was re-released by Stax on CD, including several bonus tracks, in 2006. The album's two US single A-sides are also included in the Stax compilation box set The Complete Stax/Volt Soul Singles, Vol. 2 - 1968-71.
Delaney & Bonnie's brand of soul-rock was firmly in place by the time of this 1969 album, the only one they recorded for Stax. Their following albums would gain greater exposure, but there's not much difference between this record and those subsequent efforts, except perhaps that this is more soul-oriented and less rock-oriented. That's not too surprising considering that members of Booker T. & the MG's are playing on most of the cuts, though a few were done in Hollywood with Leon Russell on keyboards and Carl Radle on bass.
The material was a mixture of original songs and compositions from top Stax writers such as Steve Cropper, Isaac Hayes, and David Porter, though generally the songs weren't as grittily powerful or memorably hook-laden at the best stuff to come out of Stax in the late '60s. The cover of "Piece of My Heart" was bound to pass relatively unnoticed in the wake of Janis Joplin's wrenching hit cover of the song (with Big Brother & the Holding Company), and "Hard to Say Goodbye" seems like an attempt to push their sound in a slightly poppier direction, though not at all a bad one.
01. It's Been a Long Time Coming Bramlett, Bramlett 2:22
02. A Right Now Love Banks, Bramlett 2:23
03. We Can Love Cropper, Floyd 2:25
04. My Baby Specializes Hayes, Porter 3:18
05. Everybody Loves a Winner Jones 4:49
06. Things Get Better Cropper, Floyd 2:27
07. Just Plain Beautiful Cropper, Crutcher 2:12
08. Hard To Say Goodbye Bramlett, Cropper, Floyd, Radle 2:33
09. Pour Your Love On Me Banks, Bramlett 2:45
10. Piece of My Heart Berns, Ragovoy 4:38
11. A Right Now Love 2:21
12. I've Just Been Feeling Bad 2:52
13. Dirty Old Man 2:38
14. Get Ourselves Together 2:28
15. Pour Your Love On Me 2:46
16. Hard To Say Goodbye 2:35
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