Saturday afternoon while I was do a little genealogy this played on the Classic Vinyl station. I am very familiar with this song, it is a George Harrison original after all, but not this version. A quick look at the channel guide showed me it was George and his best pal Eric Clapton. I immediately brought up YouTube to see if I could find a video. I did find a video for the two guitar gods playing together, but it didn’t sound quite right.
On the cover I heard, the vocals were really nicely balanced. George’s lead vocal had more presence than both the original by The Beatles and this live video I had found. It took a few changes to my search terms, and some scrolling to find at least the proper vocal mix. If you go to the YouTube page for this song it says it is a 2004 remix of a 1991 concert from Japan. The bootleg concert video (here) is interesting in seeing the interplay of George with the audience at the beginning, and of course to see Eric play in his usual laid-back style. They didn’t call him slow hand for nothing.
The album Live In Japan features this track, and Eric also preformed it at the Concert For George tribute concert to Harrison in 2002.
The video I’m using is boring, true. But I used it because of the superior audio quality. I hope you enjoy it as much as I!
P.S. I’ve got a new genealogy blog now. The link is down below!
Today is one of those days when I have a medley of songs stuck in my head. It was a difficult choice to pick just one of the songs bouncing around inside my noggin, but I picked this one. Not really sure why. Ringo Starr’s Act Naturally (with Buck Owens) was also a major contender.
If I had to come up with a single reason for this song over Ringo’s it would have to be the husband and wife duo of singer-songwriters. I guess this post could fit under that theme as well.
What a list of backing band members! In Eric Clapton’s autobiography, he credits the late Delaney Bramlett with scaring him to broaden his music. Eric really only wanted to be a guitar player, but Delaney thought he should go solo and sing as well. “If you don’t use all your talents, God will take them away” was Delaney’s warning (paraphrased as I no longer have the book to get an exact quote).
All this happened while D&B were touring with Eric’s band Blind Faith.
On the strength of Accept No Substitute, and at his friend Harrison’s suggestion, Eric Clapton took Delaney & Bonnie and Friends on the road in mid-1969 as the opening act for his band Blind Faith. Clapton quickly became friends with Delaney, Bonnie and their band, preferring their music to Blind Faith’s. Impressed by their live performances, he would often appear on stage with Delaney & Bonnie and Friends during this period, and he continued to record and tour with them following Blind Faith’s August 1969 breakup. Clapton helped broker a new record deal for Delaney and Bonnie with his then-US label, Atco (Atlantic) Records, and performed (with Harrison, Dave Mason, and others) on Delaney and Bonnie’s third album, the live On Tour with Eric Clapton (Atco; recorded in the UK, 7 December 1969, and released in North America in March 1970). This album would be their most successful, reaching #29 on the Billboard 200, and achieving RIAAgold record status. Clapton also recruited Delaney and Bonnie and their band to back him on his debut solo album, recorded in late 1969 and early 1970 and produced by Delaney.
So, what song did I pick you may be asking yourself.
“Never Ending Song of Love” is a song written by Delaney Bramlett, and, according to some sources, by his wife Bonnie Bramlett. It was originally recorded with his band, Delaney & Bonnie & Friends, in 1971 on the album Motel Shot. Released as a single by Atco Records the same year, “Never Ending Song of Love” became Delaney & Bonnie’s greatest hit on the pop charts, reaching a peak of #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number eight Easy Listening. It reached #16 in Australia.