Accept No Substitute

Accept No Substitute

Infobox Album |
Name = Accept No Substitute
Type = Album
Artist = Delaney & Bonnie

Released = 1969
Recorded = 1969, Elektra Studios, Los Angeles, California
Genre = Rock
Length = 34:22
Label = Elektra
Producer = Delaney Bramlett, assisted by David Anderle
Reviews =
* Allmusic Rating|3.5|5 [ link]
Last album = "Home"
This album = "Accept No Substitute"
Next album = "On Tour with Eric Clapton"

"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 [Holzman, Jac and Gavan Daws (1998). "Follow the Music - The Life and High Times of Elektra Records in the Great Years of American Pop Culture", FirstMedia, ISBN 0-9661221-1-9, p. 273.] , 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-drunken Delaney Bramlett 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 [Ibid, p. 275.] .

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.

Track listing

# "Get Ourselves Together" (Bonnie Bramlett/Carl Radle) – 2:25
# "Someday" (Jerry Allison/Bonnie Bramlett/Doug Gilmore) – 3:29
# "Ghetto" (Bettye Crutcher/Homer Banks/Bonnie Bramlett) – 4:55
# "When the Battle is Over" (Mac Rebennack/J. Hill) – 3:32
# "Dirty Old Man" (Delaney Bramlett/Mac Davis) – 2:31
# "Love Me a Little Longer" (Bonnie Bramlett) – 2:57
# "I Can't Take It Much Longer" (Delaney Bramlett/J. Cooper) – 3:07
# "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man" (Dan Penn/Chips Moman) – 5:23
# "Soldiers of the Cross" (Traditional) – 3:10
# "Gift of Love" (Delaney Bramlett/Mac Davis) – 2:53


*Bonnie Bramlett: Vocals.
*Delaney Bramlett: Guitars, vocals.
*Leon Russell: Guitars, piano.
*Jerry McGee: Guitars.
*Carl Radle: Bass guitar.
*Bobby Whitlock: Organ, Keyboards, Vocals.
*Bobby Keys: Saxophones
*Jim Price: Trombone, Trumpet, Horns.
*Rita Coolidge: Backing vocals.
*Jim Keltner: Drums, percussion.


*Delaney Bramlett: Producer, arrangements.
*David Anderle: Supervising producer.
*Leon Russell: Arrangements.
*Jimmie Haskell: String arrangements ("Do Right Woman," "Ghetto").
*John Haeny: Engineer.
*Barry Feinstein: Photography.


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