Delaney & Bonnie and Friends - Accept No Substitute (1969)

Delaney & Bonnie Bramlett were a husband and wife soul duo known for the ‘friends’, a large non-permanent group of famous musician associates who played with them both in the studio and on tour.

After their first album, they moved to Elektra Records and released Accept On Substitute. On hearing the pre-release mixes, George Harrison offered them a contract on the Beatles' Apple Records, which they signed whilst still with Elektra. The Apple contract was subsequently voided, but the Bramletts fell out with Elektra, leading to them being dropped after this one album with them.
Like Home, Accept No Substitute had an upbeat horn-driven soul sound. The friends supporting the Bramletts included the rhythm section of bassist Carl Radle and drummer Jim Keltner, horns from Jim Price and Bobby Keys, plus guitarist Jerry McGee, organist Bobby Whitlock (who with Radle would later join Eric Clapton in Derek & The Dominos), singer Rita Coolidge and multi-instrumentalist bandleader Leon Russell. The ten songs were mostly written by Delaney or Bonnie in collaboration with other songwriters and band members, alongside one by Jessie Hill and Mac Rebennack (ie Dr John), one traditional number and a great version of the Dan Penn/Chips Moman classic “Do Right Woman”.

Home (1969) <|> On Tour With Eric Clapton (1970)
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