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May 13, 2014 / thackersam

May 12 – Monday – Delaney & Bonnie & Friends – On Tour With Eric Clapton

Delaney & BonnieMax has many of boxes of various sizes around my studio with alcove apartment, and he uses every one of them. Boot boxes, a vacuum box, the largest being the chair box that I have to move each night I exercise. As its usual spot is in front of a small shelf unit where it covers items that I don’t care if anyone sees, each time I move it, the small collection of tapes and 45s is exposed. I didn’t think anything of it as the tapes are of a different era than the albums, and there’s no way to stack the 45s on my turntable. I can’t keep stopping what I’m doing after each song to put the next one on.

And then a thought, which was quickly confirmed. With all my whining about my brother claiming two of my albums as his, I had forgotten that I did eventually buy the tape of the Delany & Bonnie with Eric Clapton record. No, it’s not an 8-track. It was already wound to start side two which began with the song I had so wanted to hear – Bonnie Bramlett singing “That’s What My Man is For.” I finally got to listen to it. I know, you’re probably thinking that I could just download it, but there’s a problem with that. I’m, let’s say, old-fashioned. Which is another way of saying backward, can’t keep up with technology, reluctant. Maybe this song will force me to breakdown and give it a try. I thought when I first heard it and the poor quality of the tape that I would just listen to the one song and move on to something else. But it’s as darn good a record – music, enjoyment and workout-wise as the other album, and would have been an addition to the Ram list, along with the other Delaney & Bonnie album, if it weren’t so fuzzy.

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