Bonnie Raitt - Classic or Dud?

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So I didn't like Eric Clapton's Tears In Heaven so much, and I wasn't all that excited about the unplugged version of Layla that got flogged to death on the radio. It kind of bothered that Mum told me to turn down my Cream albums as a teen, yet she in turn cranked up EC's Unplugged album in later years. Sick of all that as I am, I can't pronounce him a dud for the simple fact that he's really not. Cheese that your mum likes doesn't cancel out damn fine guitar playing & a hefty back catalog of kickass songs.

(and I reach my point): Nor would I do Bonnie Raitt such a disservice. She has earned the right to be a classic. Bonnie rocks!!!!!

VegemiteGrrl (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 5 May 2005 02:22 (8 years ago) Permalink

"i can't make you love me" is pretty devastating.

Amateur(ist) (Amateur(ist)), Thursday, 5 May 2005 05:18 (8 years ago) Permalink

7 months pass...
so i guess she isn't working with the neptunes :(

Amateur(ist) (Amateur(ist)), Sunday, 1 January 2006 12:40 (8 years ago) Permalink

Man. That would have rocked.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn (Alfred Soto), Sunday, 1 January 2006 15:32 (8 years ago) Permalink

Give it Up is terrific, and can be found in dollar bins pretty easily.

Keith C (lync0), Sunday, 1 January 2006 17:52 (8 years ago) Permalink

"i can't make you love me" is pretty devastating.

otm - the song & the performance & the production all work together to make an incredibly sad, cutting, terribly real-feeling song

Mr Straight Toxic (ghostface), Sunday, 1 January 2006 19:02 (8 years ago) Permalink

10 months pass...
seriously, listen to 1972's Give It Up before you pass judgment on Bonnie, it's a stone-cold blues-rock classic.
-- Josh Love (heaveninrowboat...), June 30th, 2004.

Thanks so much for this recommendation Josh. Great album.

I guess it's fairly clear I vote "classic".

shorty (shorty), Saturday, 11 November 2006 12:29 (7 years ago) Permalink

9 months pass...

CLASSIC. put her on today and nothing could have felt more right

"i can't make you love me" is certainly devestating. her voice, the feel. even her cover of "burnin down the house" sounds good to me.

Surmounter, Friday, 17 August 2007 04:11 (6 years ago) Permalink

So's her cover of "You Got It."

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Friday, 17 August 2007 05:50 (6 years ago) Permalink

she is awesome! My fave 'discovery' of the last year. Every album up through The Glow is solid. I wish I liked Green Light a little better, since it has my main man Ian MacLagan all over it (!!), but that record is sort of where i get off the bus.

Stormy Davis, Friday, 17 August 2007 05:56 (6 years ago) Permalink

she is one of my mom's all time absolute favorites. if only for the simple fact that she's been a badass chick with a guitar and a killer voice for so long, i must say classic.

Emily Bjurnhjam, Friday, 17 August 2007 05:58 (6 years ago) Permalink

3 months pass...

finally got Luck of the Draw. It sounds like the end of an era --the last of the expensive L.A. studio-rock productions -- but also sounds like the very best that the era could produce.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Tuesday, 4 December 2007 03:20 (6 years ago) Permalink

http://ie.youtube.com/watch?v=O2Kf-BZw1eI Been Too Long At The Fair on The Old Grey Whistle Test 1976. A gorgeous performance.

ecuador_with_a_c, Wednesday, 5 December 2007 21:01 (6 years ago) Permalink

thats so hot

Surmounter, Wednesday, 5 December 2007 21:06 (6 years ago) Permalink

4 months pass...

her first s/t album is pretty sick, huh?

Jordan, Monday, 7 April 2008 14:49 (6 years ago) Permalink

10 months pass...

it kind of makes me sad that anyone could call bonnie's music a dud. even if it's not always the most original, the dedication and simplicity that she brings to her work is comforting, beautiful and timeless.

Surmounter, Friday, 27 February 2009 14:07 (5 years ago) Permalink

the last of the expensive L.A. studio-rock productions

i really like this description, alfred

Surmounter, Friday, 27 February 2009 14:08 (5 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

Stormy Davis, Saturday, 24 April 2010 07:04 (3 years ago) Permalink

Stormy Davis, Saturday, 24 April 2010 07:06 (3 years ago) Permalink

(whole show available on YouTube, onv. so good)

Stormy Davis, Saturday, 24 April 2010 07:10 (3 years ago) Permalink

never heard her 'angel from montgomery" before. kinda hits it good.

underwater, please (bear, bear, bear), Saturday, 24 April 2010 07:21 (3 years ago) Permalink

oh yeah, it does. I like it better than Prine's, actually

Stormy Davis, Saturday, 24 April 2010 07:26 (3 years ago) Permalink

I mean, it kinda needs a female voice! i think even JP probably feels great that she embraced the song

Stormy Davis, Saturday, 24 April 2010 07:27 (3 years ago) Permalink

the other youtube one is even better ... is it 'Old Grey Whistle Test'?

Stormy Davis, Saturday, 24 April 2010 07:28 (3 years ago) Permalink

yeah, it was on the 'Old Grey Whistle Test', but it looks like the You Tube bastards deleted it. the version on there rules so hard, if I had the DVD, i'd just go ahead and re-up right now. oh well, here is Bonnie from the same segment doing Joni

Stormy Davis, Saturday, 24 April 2010 07:33 (3 years ago) Permalink

yeah, between that and hearing megan mullaly's 'far from me' it's been a good week of finding great fem-fronted Prine versions

underwater, please (bear, bear, bear), Saturday, 24 April 2010 07:36 (3 years ago) Permalink

actually ... I'm totally off base .. "Too Long at the Fair" ain't a Joni song at all, it's by some guy i never heard of .. not sure why I thought it was JM (kinda sounds like her!)

Stormy Davis, Saturday, 24 April 2010 07:40 (3 years ago) Permalink

Luck of the Draw is almost a great album; it might have been if she hadn't encased L.A. blooze approximations in amber. The more songs she writes herself, the better the results. "All At Once" brings tears to my eyes.

oh -- Nick of Time's title song really nails middle-age.

Throwing Muses are reuniting for my next orgasm! (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 24 April 2010 17:54 (3 years ago) Permalink

"nick of time" is an all-time jam in my opinion & "have a heart" is underrated - that "hey! don't lie to me" opening is great and her "or don't you have a heart?" delivery in the chorus is A+

brad whitford's guitar explorations (underrated aerosmith albums I have loved), Saturday, 24 April 2010 18:07 (3 years ago) Permalink

My problem with "Have a Heart" is the stranded synthesizer.

Throwing Muses are reuniting for my next orgasm! (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 24 April 2010 20:16 (3 years ago) Permalink

Homeplate was one of my top ten in the 70s alternative poll thingy earlier this year. She's one of my favorite singers.

that's not my post, Sunday, 25 April 2010 04:48 (3 years ago) Permalink

8 months pass...

She's doing right by me this evening. Not gonna lie.

Sauvignon Blanc Mange (B.L.A.M.), Sunday, 23 January 2011 01:00 (3 years ago) Permalink

THIS IS WEIRD. I was going to revive this because I heard "Not the Only One" this morning and remembered, again, what a good example of geezer-rock Luck of the Draw is.

Rich Lolwry (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 23 January 2011 01:07 (3 years ago) Permalink

4 months pass...

damn she rules

by another name (amateurist), Saturday, 18 June 2011 01:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

suck it, hipsters!

by another name (amateurist), Saturday, 18 June 2011 01:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

One more vote for Give It Up, one of my personal 10 best from the '70s. Rootsy, bluesy, folky, emotive, and chock full of great songs (some her own, and some covers, including the definitive version of "Love Has No Pride", the album closer).

Later-period hits were good too. I still like it whenever "Something to Talk About" comes on the radio.

Lee626, Saturday, 18 June 2011 04:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

"Not the Only One" is a beautiful song.

Clarke B., Saturday, 18 June 2011 15:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

^yes

bentelec, Saturday, 18 June 2011 15:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

thirded

by another name (amateurist), Sunday, 19 June 2011 00:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

I love Luck of the Draw - an almost perfect studio-rock album.

The Edge of Gloryhole (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 19 June 2011 01:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

9 months pass...

The mighty fine Jonathan Bogart killing it with this overview here:

http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2012/04/bonnie-raitts-amazing-omnivorous-adult-contemporary-career/255684/

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 10 April 2012 19:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah good read

some dude, Tuesday, 10 April 2012 20:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

Indeed, He's OTM about Froom and "Spit of Love." Raitt's one of those artists whose two albums I own I love passionately but always forget to investigate further.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 10 April 2012 20:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

really great job from Jonathan.

EZ Snappin, Tuesday, 10 April 2012 20:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

A chunk of her catalog bores me tbh. Not her singing and playing, which are often forceful and declarative in the way Jonathan argues, but the choice of material. But when she's coaxed by the right song she's like a cool aunt. She was by far the highlight at this year's Grammys.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 10 April 2012 20:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

That's a good list above, but no "Pride" no credibility.

Hey Jude, don't make it BAD MENTAL HEALTH (Dan Peterson), Tuesday, 10 April 2012 21:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

cool article!

this is quite sly i must say: "Modern adult-contemporary musicians like Faith Hill or Neko Case..."

goole, Tuesday, 10 April 2012 21:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

Always forget it's Bruce Hornsby playing the majestic organ line in "I Can't Make You Love Me." It even reduces Phil Collins to tears:

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 10 April 2012 23:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

So far digging the new album. Here's what I posted on Rolling Country (because we'd been talking about Joe Henry and because I'd just listened to Slipstream twice straight through)
True that xpost Joe Henry can stuff some boredom into tracks, but he does great w with the ones he produces and writes and co-writes on Bonnia Raitt's new Slipstream. The co-write's with Loudon Wainwright, melds with the real good Dylan-written track before it, which he also produced, so Raitt's playing with Bill Frisell and Greg Leiz, no ambient 'llowed, not in the usual elevator sense anyway, just some eloquent picking. She and ex NRBQ/long-time Nashville cat Al Anderson play great elsewhere (she produced most of the set, sounds like she and Al may have co-written some too)They even squeeze and slap some juice out of "On Down The Line," basically a boring-ass yacht rock barnacle. The only other song choice I'd quarrel with so far is one about a Hollywood marriage as run through the evil media blah blah, but some musical diversion there too. So far seems like if you jumped from her 70s peaks to this, you'd be on the same level, or close enough to keep your balance--streaming here for nownhttp://www.bonnieraitt.com/slipstream

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dow, Wednesday, 11 April 2012 15:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

Oops, sorry here's the activated link, and w much better sound than the NPR stream, at least on my machine (with ILX headphones star Koss Proplus, available at v non-audiophile prices, be good to your ears and music, brothers and sisters)
http://www.bonnieraitt.com/slipstream

dow, Wednesday, 11 April 2012 15:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

what hit?

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Thursday, 26 April 2012 01:10 (1 year ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

goddamn I love the way the chorus hits on this

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 9 May 2013 05:43 (11 months ago) Permalink


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