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The Bobby Whitlock Story: Where There's a Will, There's a Way
 
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The Bobby Whitlock Story: Where There's a Will, There's a Way

18 Jun. 2013 | Format: MP3

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Calling. Calling. This is Vitalina calling all fans of Derek and the Dominos.

Buy this beautiful record. Actually, two records in one: Bobby Whitlock and Raw Velvet, both from the early 70s. God only knows why they've taken so long to get them out on CD. Astonishing: 21 songs - from a gifted artist/session man - locked away in a vault somewhere for 40 years! It's ridiculous. Someone's been playing silly buggers.

A few basic things, though. First, the albums were fine recordings right from the start. Second, the re-mastering process has subtly tweaked them sonically. (Very simply, the music coming through my speakers sounds just great.) Third, the songs range from good to outstanding. Fourth, the songs are superbly performed. (The list of supporting musicians reads like a Who's Who of the era.) Fifth, Bobby's singing is fantabulous. Sixth, he's very handsome, and still is. (Okay, the last point's shallow, but true anyway. I just had to get it in.)

Two personal highlights (on a par with Thorn Tree in the Garden): The Dreams of a Hobo, You Came Along. (Tracks worth the price of the CD alone.)

No messing, these little-known originals really do deserve wider appreciation.

Where There's a Will There's a Way is a sort of offshoot of Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs. This time it's a man doing his thing, his way. And what a way it was.

Genuinely, truly, on my life - highly recommended. (Thank you ABC-Dunhill Recordings and FDR. Better late than never.)

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These two albums used to fill out the racks of used record stores and just sit there. And even though the self-titled debut contained heavy hitters - like George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Klaus Voormann (of "Revolver" fame), Delaney & Bonnie Bramlett, Chris Wood of Traffic, Rick Vito (Bonnie Raitt's band, Bob Seger's band and Fleetwood Mac) and even The Edwin Hawkins Singers - both were largely ignored by the buying public. Now at last top US reissue label Light In The Attic (using their Future Days Recordings imprint) has given them a newfound respect with a world-class CD reissue.

Released June 2013 on Light In The Attic/Future Days Recordings FDR 602 (Barcode 82626853060226) - it breaks down as follows (70:29 minutes):

1. Where There's A Will
2. Song For Paula
3. A Game Called Life
4. Country Life
5. A Day Without Jesus
6. Back In My Life Again
7. The Scenery Has Slowly Changed
8. I'd Rather Live The Straight Life
9. The Dreams Of A Hobo
10. Back Home In England
Tracks 1 to 10 is his debut album "Bobby Whitlock" issued March 1972 in the USA on ABC-Dunhill DSX 50121 and on CBS Records S 65109 in the UK.

11. Tell The Truth
12. Bustin' My Ass
13. Write You A Letter
14. Ease Your Pain
15. If You Ever
16. Hello L.A., Bye Bye Birmingham
17. You Came Along
18. Think About It
19. Satisfied
20. Dearest I Wonder
21. Start All Over
Tracks 11 to 21 is his 2nd album "Raw Velvet" issued November 1972 in the USA on ABC-Dunhill DSX-50131 and in the UK in early 1973 on CBS Records S
65301.

Produced by Andy Johns and Bobby Whitlock - the debut was recorded in London's Olympic Studios and featured an impressive array of British based Rock musicians.
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I brought this CD unheard on the basis of the reputation it has. It has most of Derek & The Dominos playing on 1/2 of the album and people like George Harrison, members of Traffic etc. With people like this involved and the fact it was recorded in the early 1970s when music was going through a very creative period made it easy for me to decide to buy this.
Now for the music, after just 1 play I am instantly impressed with the music and the very soulful sound that Bobby Whitlock is known for. The songs are all very strong with some great vocals from Bobby and on a few tracks Eric Claptons wailing guitar.
There is a vast range of influences here, blues, soul, rock, country music and folk. This is a collection of great songs that have a happy vibe and feel. I am very glad I took the plunge to get this CD.
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By moonbeam on 13 Sept. 2013
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i don't know what i expected from this album i suppose with his cv of artist from clapton to allman i bought this record if i had heard it first probably would not have but if buy it and judge for yourself
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Bobby Whitlock usually a sideman to the good and the great finally gets to step out of the shadows and show his talents. A first rate collection covering his earliest solo works . Well worth a listen
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Fans of Eric Clapton and Delaney & Bonnie have been waiting forever to see the first two Bobby Whitlock albums on CD. It would be great to have all of his earlier albums released but these two are a great place to start and here they are in perfect sound on one CD! If you liked "On Tour with Delaney & Bonnie with Eric Clapton and George Harrison, this will not disappoint. In fact those they help out on more than a few tracks. Some cuts sound as though they could have been outtakes from Derek & The Dominoes, a well known act that Bobby was a member of. There are one or two that might not just reach out and grab you but just a few.
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