Although I heard a bit of Delaney and Bonnie in the early ’70s, I’m late to the party when it comes to really digging Bonnie Bramlett’s voice. I’m catching up, thanks to tonight’s album.
This copy of “Lady’s Choice,” a 1976 release drenched in Southern soul, made the rounds before making it into my collection on Saturday.
It started out as a promo LP from Capricorn Records.
It went to WLFM, the campus radio station at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. (Which is still around, albeit on the Web only.)
It wound up in a used record bin at the Book Cellar in Waupaca, Wisconsin.
And tonight, we have Side 2 of “Lady’s Choice” for you. It’s an album full of covers. It was Bramlett’s third solo album — her second for Capricorn — after Delaney and Bonnie split up in 1972.
“If I Were Your Woman,” “Ain’t That Lovin’ You Baby,” “You Really Got a Hold On Me,” “Let’s Go, Let’s Go, Let’s Go” and “Forever Young,” Bonnie Bramlett, from “Lady’s Choice,” 1976. It runs 16:31.
Those, of course, are covers of tunes by Gladys Knight and the Pips, Jimmy Reed, the Miracles, Hank Ballard and the Midnighters and Bob Dylan.