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20 May 2017

Bonnie Bramlett "Lady’s Choice" 1976 US Southen Rock,Rhythm n` Blues,Soul







Bonnie Bramlett  "Lady’s Choice"  1976  US Southen Rock,Rhythm n` Blues,Soul Folk Rock
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Although Bonnie Bramlett is a good blue-eyed soul singer, and gets backing by top Muscle Shoals session musicians on this 1976 album, you need more than a good singer and a good band to make a good record. You also need interesting material, and while most of the songs presented here are good, they're mostly well-traveled soul and R&B covers. It seemed to be a holding pattern album of sorts, Bramlett opting to record half of the album with guest vocalists, including Gregg Allman, Dobie Gray, Bobby Whitlock, and Mickey Thomas (the last of whom sang lead on Elvin Bishop's huge hit "Fooled Around and Fell in Love" around this time). Any one or two of these songs would have been okay as album filler, but they in fact fill up almost the entire album, and they don't match the originals or come at them from noteworthy angles. An exception, perhaps, is Bob Dylan's "Forever Young," given a full mid-'70s rock-with-horns arrangement; at least it wasn't a composition that was overly familiar or often interpreted. Lady's Choice was combined with Bramlett's previous album, 1974's It's Time, on a single-CD reissue by Raven Records.......... by Richie Unterberger .................

Bonnie Bramlett is an R&B/rock singer. She moved to Memphis in the early '60s and became a session and backup singer for R&B and blues performers such as Fontella Bass and Albert King. She then became a member of the Ikettes, the backup singers for Ike & Tina Turner. That brought her to Los Angeles in 1967, where she met Delaney Bramlett, who had been a member of the Shindogs, the resident group on the TV show Shindig; they married within five days and formed a musical act, Delaney and Bonnie. Delaney and Bonnie cut an album for Stax Records in Memphis, backed by Booker T. and the MG's, but it was not released at first. They then formed a group called Delaney and Bonnie and Friends, who featured Leon Russell among others, and cut Accept No Substitute (1969). After Delaney and Bonnie and Friends toured opening for Blind Faith, Eric Clapton left that group and joined them along with such notables as George Harrison and Dave Mason. This resulted in the On Tour album, after which members of the Friends band worked with Clapton and Harrison, and on Joe Cocker's Mad Dogs and Englishmen. Delaney and Bonnie made several more albums before divorcing. Bramlett then formed the Bonnie Bramlett Band and released her debut solo album, Sweet Bonnie Bramlett, backed by the Average White Band, in 1973. She then signed to Capricorn Records and made It's Time (1975), Lady's Choice (1976), and Memories (1978). She later became a born-again Christian and began singing gospel music. She turned to acting in 1987, under the name Bonnie Sheridan, and has since appeared in the film The Doors and the TV series Rosanne. In 2002 Bramlett returned to the music world with the release of her first album in over twenty years, I'm Still the Same on Audium. The record features Bramlett singing a variety of styles like jazz, blues, and adult contemporary in a voice that has lost little of its power. ~ William Ruhlmann.............

Bonnie Bramlett was one of the greatest r&b vocalists of the '60s and '70s. This album catches her in top form singing from the heart (did she ever sing any other way?). Today's female vocalists could learn from Bonnie's heartfelt interpretations that there's more to singing then octave leaps and the same old melismas. Until then, here's the real thing..................

Bonnie Bramlett is an R&B/rock singer. She moved to Memphis in the early '60s and became a session and backup singer for R&B and blues performers such as Fontella Bass and Albert King. She then became a member of the Ikettes, the backup singers for Ike & Tina Turner. That brought her to Los Angeles in 1967, where she met Delaney Bramlett, who had been a member of the Shindogs, the resident group on the TV show Shindig; they married within five days and formed a musical act, Delaney and Bonnie. Delaney and Bonnie cut an album for Stax Records in Memphis, backed by Booker T. and the MG's, but it was not released at first. They then formed a group called Delaney and Bonnie and Friends, who featured Leon Russell among others, and cut Accept No Substitute (1969). After Delaney and Bonnie and Friends toured opening for Blind Faith, Eric Clapton left that group and joined them along with such notables as George Harrison and Dave Mason. This resulted in the On Tour album, after which members of the Friends band worked with Clapton and Harrison, and on Joe Cocker's Mad Dogs and Englishmen. Delaney and Bonnie made several more albums before divorcing. Bramlett then formed the Bonnie Bramlett Band and released her debut solo album, Sweet Bonnie Bramlett, backed by the Average White Band, in 1973. She then signed to Capricorn Records and made It's Time (1975), Lady's Choice (1976), and Memories (1978). She later became a born-again Christian and began singing gospel music. She turned to acting in 1987, under the name Bonnie Sheridan, and has since appeared in the film The Doors and the TV series Rosanne. In 2002 Bramlett returned to the music world with the release of her first album in over twenty years, I'm Still the Same on Audium. The record features Bramlett singing a variety of styles like jazz, blues, and adult contemporary in a voice that has lost little of its power. ~ William Ruhlmann, Rovi....................

Bonnie Bramlett - Vocals on tracks 1, 3, 5, 7 & 11

Bonnie Bramlett & Mickey Thomas - Vocals on track 2
Bonnie Bramlett & Dobie Gray - Vocals on track 4
Bonnie Bramlett & Gregg Allman - Vocals on track 6

Bonnie Bramlett & Jimmy Hall - Vocals on track 8

Bonnie Bramlett, Jimmy Hall & Mickey Thomas - Vocals on track 9

Bonnie Bramlett & Bobby Whitlock - Vocals on track 10

Musicians:
Barry Beckett - Piano, Electric Piano, Organ, Clavinet

David Hood - Bass

Johnny Sandlin - Guitar

Roger Hawkins - Drums

Tommy Talton - Guitar

Muscle Shoals Horn Section:
Charles Rose, Ronald Eades, Harvey Thompson, Harrison Calloway

Guest Musicians:
Chuck Leavell - Piano on track 8
Richard Betts - Guitar on track 8
Ricky Hirsch - Guitar on track 5
Gregg Allman - Organ on track 1
Randall Bramblett - Soprano Sax on track 3
Dianne Davidson - Background Vocals on tracks 1 & 11
Anita Ball - Background Vocals on tracks 1 & 11
Paul Hornsby - Organ on track 11

1. Think (About It)
2. Hold On I'm Comin'
3. You Send Me
4. Never Gonna Give You Up
5. Let's Go Get Stoned
6. Two Steps From The Blues
7. If I Were Your Woman
8. Ain't That Lovin' You Baby
9. You've Really Got A Hold On Me
10. Thrill On The Hill
11. Forever Young

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