Delaney and Bonnie And Friends “Live At The Falkoner Theatre” (Jolly Joker Empressa Volumen Uno)
Falkoner Theatre, Copenhagen, Denmark – December 12, 1969
Poor Elijah + Robert Johnson tribute / I Don’t Know Why / Where There’s A Will There’s A Way / Special Life / I Don’t Want To Discuss It / That’s What My Man Is For / Comin’ Home / Little Richard Medley.
Bonus; When The Battle Is Over
One of George Harrison’s first gigs while the Beatles were quietly disbanding was due to Eric Clapton twisting his arm and inviting him along to tour a few dates with soul-rock duo Delaney and Bonnie.
The husband and wife team had been enlisted to tour on the road with Clapton and his supergroup, Blind Faith while they trekked through the U.S. So infatuated with the pair was Clapton and tiring of appearing as the front man, Eric wanted just to play wingman to the duos vocals and Delany’s guitar.
On this short tour, the band toured through a 4 date tour in Germany on to 7 nights in England (Beginning with a show at the Royal Albert Hall where George and Ringo had taken their wives) where Eric must have caught up with the ex-fab backstage and managed to talk him in to joining in on the remaining UK and Danish dates.
Following the appearance of this video as an internet torrent, this European pressing of the gig is the second release of the show at the Falkoner Theatre after the Japanese pressing that wgpsec reviewed.For it’s appearance it’s no better or worse than the Japanese release but the producers of the disk have added as a bonus the music video for the track “When The Battle Is Over”, the only professional video that the band recorded for promotion during their tenure for Elektra.
Like the main presentation, it’s not HD quality but not unwatchable either and a nice little bonus on DVD to add to the attraction of owning this show.
The packaging for this set is a HMC styled gazette booklet (albeit a little shorter in size and with a tri-fold cover at the front) and is full of some great photos, screenshots and informative liner notes. It’s a great little package, maybe not as handsome as the Japanese release but with more material. I think it would be my choice of the two.If you liked this review, buy me a cup of joe. (Suggested: $3 a shot or $7.5 for a double)