Though they never achieved the popular success enjoyed by some of their peers, Delaney & Bonnie Bramlett spearheaded the roots-rock revolution of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s along with The Allman Brothers and The Band, turning away from the exoticism of psychedelia towards music "rooted" in blues, country, and soul. Witness the fact that the "And Friends" that played with the pair included Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Leon Russell, Dave Mason and Bobby Whitlock...out of Delaney and Bonnie's various aggregations arose Derek and the Dominoes and Joe Cocker's band for the legendary Mad Dogs and Englishmen tour.
And for 1971's Motel Shot, the duo's fourth studio album and their third for Atco/Atlantic, the circle of "friends" included Cocker, Whitlock, and Mason, plus appearances by Duane Allman, Gram Parsons, and John Hartford among others. But for the most part, this is a largely acoustic, charmingly informal affair dipped in gospel and dominated by the Bramletts and Whitlock; the Motel Shot title refers to informal, after hours jam sessions on the road. But there's a whole lot more to the story (and to this release). The project began not in a hotel room but in the living room of engineer Bruce Botnick, with November 1970 sessions as a prospective release for Elektra Records.
After Delaney had a falling out with label head Jac Holzman, the project moved to Atco, who put the "band" into a proper studio to re-record much of the material. Those later sessions comprise the original album, but after hours of tape research, the "living room" sessions were uncovered which yielded the eight unreleased tracks included on this deluxe 180g 2LP ROG edition - available on wax for the first time. The ROG pressing also comes with unique and alternate cover art originally only issued in France.
• First time reissued on vinyl in the US since its original release on Atco Records in 1971
• Pressed as 180g 2LP-set at Record Industry in the Netherlands with gatefold tip-on Stoughton sleeve
• Lacquers cut at Sam Phillips Recording Service in Memphis
• This expanded ROG edition will include an additional LP of acoustic outtakes from the sessions, recorded in hotel rooms while the band was on tour. This bonus material has never been issued on vinyl
• The ROG edition comes with unique and alternate cover art originally only issued in France
• Each 2LP set will be individually numbered