It’s hot and gross out so while I still have full intention to head out for a walk later on, I’m bunkering down in my basement with the air conditioning, the last stage of the tour and my book project in the meantime. I also want to work my way through some of my Goodwill Hunting finds from yesterday, beginning with this ‘Best of…‘ album by Delaney & Bonnie.
I typically shy away from “Greatest Hits” and “Best of” compilations in favor of the actual catalog of releases, but when you see something like this for just ¢0.50, well, how can you say no?
Reportedly unhappy with Delaney and Bonnie’s planned 6th album (tentatively entitled ‘Country Life‘) and concerned about the pair’s deteriorating personal lives (they’d get divorced in another year), in 1972 longtime label ATCO signed the pair’s contract over to Columbia. Unfortunately the new label seemingly had no real idea what to do with the duo. As a result, Delaney and Bonnie were quickly commercially has-beens.
In the meantime, interested in squeezing out whatever profit remained from their rapidly diminishing fan base, ATCO released a quicky “Best of” set – the cleverly-titled ‘The Best of Delaney & Bonnie‘. I’m sure they had a team of hamsters working around the clock to come up with that title.
Housed in one of the coolest “Best of” album covers you’ll ever see (imo), the compilation pulled together 11 tracks spanning their 1969-71 Elektra and ATCO catalogs. Far from exhaustive, the set still managed to pull together an interesting mixture of singles and album tracks (including several live efforts) and more than a few covers including a few by Dr. John, Eric Clapton and Dave Mason. Likewise, a few songs also feature guests Duane Allman and Leon Russell.
Again, how do you say ‘No’ to all that for ¢0.50?