1971 Delaney & Bonnie and Friends – Motel Shot

Motel Shot is the fourth studio album by Motel Shot is the fourth studio album by Delaney & Bonnie and Friends, released in 1971. The album, their third for Atco/Atlantic (catalog no. SD 33-358) and fifth overall, is a mostly acoustic set. The album’s title refers to the impromptu, sometimes late-night, jam sessions pursued by touring musicians when on the road.

In the liner notes, Delaney Bramlett dedicates the album to “My mom who sang alto.” Bonnie Bramlett wrote “If this album can make one person feel half of what I felt on this session, then I am happy. It is to all of you with love.”

The album reached #65 on the Billboard album chart, and includes Delaney and Bonnie’s biggest chart single, “Never Ending Song of Love”, which peaked at #13. “Never Ending Song of Love” would immediately become a popular tune to cover, with hit versions being recorded by The New Seekers and Dickey Lee at the same time as Delaney & Bonnie’s version (each becoming a hit in different markets) and the Osmond Brothers having a minor hit with it a decade later.

Tracks

1  Where The Soul Never Dies (Traditional) 3:25
2  Will the Circle Be Unbroken (AP Carter) 2:46
3  Rock Of Ages (Traditional) 2:17
4  Long Road Ahead (Delaney Bramlett, Bonnie Bramlett, Carl Radle) 3:25
5  Faded Love ((Bob Wills, Johnnie Wills) 4:02
6  Talkin’ About Jesus (Traditional) 6:51
7  Come On In My Kitchen (Robert Johnson) 3:38
8  Don’t Decieve Me (Please Don’t Go) (Chuck Willis) 3:54
Never Ending Song of Love (Delaney Bramlett) 2:43
10  Sing My Way Home (Delaney Bramlett) 4:03
11  Going Down The Road Feeling Bad (Traditional) 5:12
12  Lonesome And A Long Way From Home (Delaney Bramlett, Bonnie Bramlett, Leon Russell) 3:56

Musicians

BassCarl Radle
BassKenny Gradney
DrumsJim Keltner
GuitarBen Benay
GuitarDave Mason
GuitarDuane Allman
GuitarDelaney Bramlett
OrganBobby Whitlock
PianoGram Parsons
PianoLeon Russell
FiddleJohn Hartford
PercussionSandy Konikoff
Background VocalsBonnie Bramlett
VocalsDelaney Bramlett
MusicianIva Bramlett
MusicianJay York

Liner Notes

Producer – Delaney Bramlett
Engineer – Bruce Botnick, Lewis Peters, Richard Moore
Mastered By – George Piros

Photography By, Design – Barry Feinstein, Tom Wilkes

Manufactured By – Atlantic Recording Corporation
Pressed By – PRC Recording Company, Richmond, IN
Produced For – DelBon Productions
Mastered At – Atlantic Studios
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Atlantic Recording Corporation