Singer/songwriter/guitarist/keyboardist Bobby Whitlock was at the nexus of the fruitful creative union of Delaney And Bonnie & Friends and Eric Clapton’s Derek & The Dominoes. After putting in years as a session player for Stax Records (as well as being the first honky signed to the label), Whitlock was possibly the most influential member of both bands, fusing his Stax experience with Delaney & Bonnie’s southern gospel rock before being pinched by Derek for his blues-based Dominoes – where Whitlock’s personal style was nearly as dominate as Clapton’s. His first solo album was this self-titled release from 1972, and fans of both D&B and D&TD should appreciate the common ground. You can clearly hear the Stax DNA in Whitlock’s horn-heavy “Back In My Life Again,” while this LP’s rootsy, gospel-based balladeering reflects his upbringing as the son of preacher man. Andy Johns produces. Admittedly, Bobby Whitlock‘s success rate is scattershot. I had this LP back in the day, but largely forgot about it over the years, typically opting for his work within the more dynamic LPs of his mates. But, I enjoy revisiting the previous century’s music sometimes just to see what’s changed more… me or the music. Many of the pals Whitlock supported over the years show up to support him, including Clapton, D&B and George Harrison (BW’s work went uncredited on All Things Must Pass). This is a serviceable vinyl rip, but Bobby Whitlock (along with his follow-up, Raw Velvet, from 1972), will finally get refurbished and re-released on CD June 25th, as Where There’s A Will There’s A Way. Pre-order at Amazon, HERE. Find some D&B (HERE) and EC (HERE) in the archives.
Where There’s A Will There’s A Way (3:42)
Song For Paula (4:14)
A Game Called Life (4:12)
Country Life (3:06)
A Day Without Jesus (3:22)
Back In My Life Again (3:27)
The Scenery Has Slowly Changed (3:49)
I’d Rather Live The Straight Life (2:27)
The Dreams Of A Hobo (3:20)
Back Home In England (2:47)
Here’s a pdf of Whitlock’s 2010 autobiography. Haven’t read it yet myself, but am looking forward to it. You can get it at Amazon, where there are tons of 5-star reviews, HERE.