Bonnie Raitt - Classic or Dud?

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Annoyingly dull MOR Grammy whore? Or legitimately great and unique blues-rocker goddess?

I lean towards the former.

My name is Kenny (My name is Kenny), Wednesday, 22 January 2003 21:05 (nineteen years ago) link


hstencil, Wednesday, 22 January 2003 21:10 (nineteen years ago) link

Classic. Gotta represent for the alma mater!

Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Wednesday, 22 January 2003 21:12 (nineteen years ago) link

I wish I had a copy of her song "Have A Heart" from the movie "Heart Condition." I wish I never heard her cover of "Burning Down The House".

I like her as a person, but I'll say dud because I'm realizing I'd rather not hear again the overwhelming majority of songs I've heard of hers.

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Wednesday, 22 January 2003 21:14 (nineteen years ago) link

Bonnie Raitt went to Harvard?

Kris (aqueduct), Wednesday, 22 January 2003 21:42 (nineteen years ago) link

It was Radcliffe at the time, but yup. She lived in my wife's dorm.

Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Wednesday, 22 January 2003 21:54 (nineteen years ago) link

My dad always liked her, has just about all of her album. Never stuck with me either way, though, I remember his Crystal Gayle records more.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Wednesday, 22 January 2003 22:51 (nineteen years ago) link

Lady can sing like no one's business, plays a mean slide guitar, and mostly has good taste. She got slicker as time went by, sure, but Nick of Time has a bunch of great songs on it, and even some of the subsequent ones are pretty good. Her version of "Angel From Montgomery" is the definitive one, and I say that as someone who actually likes John Prine's voice. Plus, bonus points for her efforts on behalf of blues and R&B elders -- both in getting them some recognition, and getting them some health insurance. Classy, class act, classic.

Jesse Fox (Jesse Fox), Thursday, 23 January 2003 06:26 (nineteen years ago) link

Fuckin' right on.

Nick Mirov (nick), Thursday, 23 January 2003 07:36 (nineteen years ago) link

I totally want to hear her do the Radcliffe fight song in concert.

Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Thursday, 23 January 2003 15:41 (nineteen years ago) link

The Neptunes apparently want to work with her for their next project.

Marcello Carlin, Thursday, 23 January 2003 15:50 (nineteen years ago) link

Yeah, I remember reading something about that. VH1 is the next frontier.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 23 January 2003 15:53 (nineteen years ago) link

Is there a point where "dadrock" becomes acceptable?


TMFTML (TMFTML), Thursday, 23 January 2003 16:56 (nineteen years ago) link

one year passes...
She does a great 'Too Long at the Fair' from the mid-70s on _The Old Grey Whistle Test_ DVD that just came out.

57 7th (calstars), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 17:35 (eighteen years ago) link

"I Can't Make You Love Me" is a pretty good ballad.

And I thought that before Pharrell called it "the illest song ever."

jaymc (jaymc), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 18:52 (eighteen years ago) link

JesseFox pretty otm. Her earthiness fuels rather than compromises her intelligence, but it's also responsible for her questionable taste - she doesn't care much about it.

gabbneb (gabbneb), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 19:07 (eighteen years ago) link

Her live version of "Angel from Montgomery" on the John Prine anthology is just about one of the most moving songs I have ever heard.

Scott CE (Scott CE), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 19:25 (eighteen years ago) link

She looks a bit like Jean Grey in that painting.

57 7th (calstars), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 19:49 (eighteen years ago) link

"Thing Called Love" is great. She ain't no queen of Sheba!

miloauckerman (miloauckerman), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 20:10 (eighteen years ago) link

I've got nothing against her. I'm kinda sick of her handful of biggies (like I'm sick of 85% of the meagre playlist of the radio station that plays here all day), but I'm sure I'd like her '70s stuff better, and one day I'll check some of it out. Plus she plays a mean slide, and redheads are always cool.

Myonga Von Bontee (Myonga Von Bontee), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 20:37 (eighteen years ago) link

I regret calling her a dud in my last post. She'd make nice at-home listening.

CeCe Peniston (Anthony Miccio), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 20:42 (eighteen years ago) link

Yeah, fuck listening to her on-the-go.

jaymc (jaymc), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 21:19 (eighteen years ago) link

I just mean my indifference to her was based on hearing her on radio/seeing her on TV. If I was just resting at my place reading her album might sound pretty good.

CeCe Peniston (Anthony Miccio), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 21:21 (eighteen years ago) link

no way...she's "jeep beats" all the way! pump in the hummer for the summer.

M@tt He1geson (Matt Helgeson), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 21:22 (eighteen years ago) link


amateur!st (amateurist), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 21:38 (eighteen years ago) link

Of course she is. She can still kick some serious ass.

jim wentworth (wench), Wednesday, 30 June 2004 01:28 (eighteen years ago) link

As someone else said, "I Can't Make You Love Me" is a pretty good ballad. It sounds rater dated and of it's time, but the emotion is (here goes) heartfelt and soulful.

mentalist (mentalist), Wednesday, 30 June 2004 03:44 (eighteen years ago) link

I have mixed feelings about Bonnie Raitt. Is being the female Eric Clapton a good thing? Her version of "Love Has No Pride" is pretty devastating.

Sara Sherr, Wednesday, 30 June 2004 04:21 (eighteen years ago) link

I just got a collection of her 70s stuff and was put-off by how Jackson Browne-So California 70's it sounded. The blues are fine but a lot of it just felt very played to me. Maybe it sounded better back then?

57 7th (calstars), Wednesday, 30 June 2004 14:29 (eighteen years ago) link

seriously, listen to 1972's Give It Up before you pass judgment on Bonnie, it's a stone-cold blues-rock classic.

Josh Love (screamapillar), Wednesday, 30 June 2004 14:33 (eighteen years ago) link

"too soon to tell" is another great ballad. that El Lay studio style is sort of neutral, IMO: it can be used in an exciting or a desultory manner.

amateur!st (amateurist), Wednesday, 30 June 2004 14:58 (eighteen years ago) link

Is there a point where "dadrock" becomes acceptable?

if you're shallow enough to cut out large swaths of the musical landscape for being "dadrock," then i don't know. probably better just to keep the blinders on.

amateur!st (amateurist), Wednesday, 30 June 2004 15:00 (eighteen years ago) link

big ol redheaded dud. blues and roots as freedried terrier attrocity.

i wish i could make a video with dennis quaid.

jack cole (jackcole), Wednesday, 30 June 2004 15:01 (eighteen years ago) link

i'm sort of tempted to draw a line in the sand here. i'm not raitt's biggest fan, but i feel like someone who claims to appreciate rock/pop music and finds NOTHING of value in her music has got, as noted above, some serious blinders on.

i mean, yeah, she's white, she went to radcliffe, she sings the bloze, her recent records are slick, she records with El Lay studio dudes, she has boring videos, she's a vh1 staple, all of your friends' parents have her records alongside nanci griffith and those putamayo comps. none of that matters though!

amateur!st (amateurist), Wednesday, 30 June 2004 15:05 (eighteen years ago) link


amateur!st (amateurist), Wednesday, 30 June 2004 15:05 (eighteen years ago) link

"Give It Up or Let Me Go" completely invalidates the need to have this discussion.

Josh Love (screamapillar), Wednesday, 30 June 2004 15:06 (eighteen years ago) link

ha, just about the only music my mom listens to is nanci griffith

Josh Love (screamapillar), Wednesday, 30 June 2004 15:06 (eighteen years ago) link

raitt et al:our generation::"classic pop":baby boomers
(see "old world"--modern lovers for ref.)

amateur!st (amateurist), Wednesday, 30 June 2004 15:07 (eighteen years ago) link

*listening to Bonnie when I go home for lunch*

Josh Love (screamapillar), Wednesday, 30 June 2004 15:08 (eighteen years ago) link

I like her playing, but tend to appreciate her music more than I actually dig it. It's something about her singing -- a lazy edge to it that seems like subsitute soul.

briania (briania), Wednesday, 30 June 2004 15:13 (eighteen years ago) link

eight months pass...
woah, her version of Del Shannon's "Runaway" is pretty hot! big props!! I totally need to buy all her records.

Stormy Davis (diamond), Sunday, 13 March 2005 10:43 (seventeen years ago) link

love 'Nick of Time'(the song) and 'I can't make you love me', and haven't been privy to/subjected to anything else that would ruin my Raitt vibe, so classic by default

tremendoid (tremendoid), Sunday, 13 March 2005 10:52 (seventeen years ago) link

one month passes...
again, so classic

Amateur(ist) (Amateur(ist)), Wednesday, 4 May 2005 18:39 (seventeen years ago) link

"love has no pride"!!

Amateur(ist) (Amateur(ist)), Wednesday, 4 May 2005 18:39 (seventeen years ago) link

Not a huge fan, but "Stayed Too Long at the Fair" is a fucking classic. One of these days I'll get some of her '70s stuff. Glad she made her money, don't care about her '80s and '90s music at all.

edd s hurt (ddduncan), Wednesday, 4 May 2005 22:53 (seventeen years ago) link

I love her version of the Roy Orbison song "You Got It." And for some reason I've never gotten tired of "Something To Talk About"; it's both classic and dud. She takes this generic song, sings the hell out of it, adds some unexpectedly gritty guitar, and the thing was more subversive than anything on Top 40 radio at the time.

Alfred Soto (Alfred Soto), Thursday, 5 May 2005 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Classic for "Angel From Montgomery" alone. Anything else worthwhile is gravy, anything less than worthwhile is pardoned.

rogermexico (rogermexico), Thursday, 5 May 2005 00:04 (seventeen years ago) link

Alfred Soto otm, as is frequently the case

gabbneb (gabbneb), Thursday, 5 May 2005 01:14 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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

Amateur(ist) (Amateur(ist)), Thursday, 5 May 2005 05:18 (seventeen years ago) link

I love the progress of this thread. Starts out all "eh" and "meh" and develops into almost unanimous "PRAISE BONNIE" by the end.

For the record, PRAISE BONNIE.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Sunday, 10 December 2017 00:51 (four years ago) link

Nick of Time is one of the best songs ever by anyone

voodoo chili, Sunday, 10 December 2017 01:06 (four years ago) link

one year passes...

The first post here is so gross. "Nick of Time" is a great song, though, isn't it?

the F word, the N word, raunchy sex, your name it (thewufs), Monday, 14 January 2019 07:16 (three years ago) link

two weeks pass...

"Not the Only One" is a beautiful song.

― Clarke B., Saturday, June 18, 2011 10:33 AM (seven years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Just heard this for the first time in awhile, and it's possibly the best fake Christine McVie EVAH--and with Richard Thompson on guitar!

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 29 January 2019 23:37 (three years ago) link

Adore this lady

surm, Wednesday, 30 January 2019 06:26 (three years ago) link

one year passes...

mandatory listening
Can't Find My Way Home - Bonnie Raitt & Lowell George & John Hammond Jr & Freebo

budo jeru, Sunday, 2 February 2020 05:06 (two years ago) link


Johnny Fever, Sunday, 2 February 2020 05:46 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

Just stumbled upon this - I remember when her videos were a regular staple on VH1, but I didn't know she had one on to MTV when she was much younger and far less popular. What you'd expect from an early '80s video, it even has a random twist at the end. And I believe that's Ian McLagan of Small Faces/Faces on piano.

From Green Light - a pretty good album, the highlight is "River of Tears," her duet with Richard Manuel. (This past Thursday was actually the anniversary of his death.)

birdistheword, Saturday, 6 March 2021 06:11 (one year ago) link

eight months pass...

This video, seriously

actually, it's "in which we're livin'." (Ye Mad Puffin), Monday, 8 November 2021 03:07 (seven months ago) link

Yas yall!
David Wild asked for our fave BRalbums on Twitter tonight:
Mine is GIVE IT UP since the Summer ov '72.
The track that comes into my head most often, and demanded to be in my lifetime Top 50 on
is "I Feel The Same"--another one w Lowell George; she was said to be currently harsh on her own playing

Frequently in my head, it very eventually turns into "The Thrill is Gone":

dow, Monday, 8 November 2021 04:15 (seven months ago) link

"I Feel The Same" is of course from her '73 Takin' My Time, also excellent, despite one Eric Justin Kaz trudge (yes, he co-wrote all-time "Love Has No Pride," killer finale ofGIU, and shoulda worked even more w Libby Titus--what's up with her, anyway? Married to Levon, right? Some other good songs here and there, never saw a whole LT record, incl. single).

dow, Monday, 8 November 2021 04:27 (seven months ago) link

Sweet and Shiny Eyes FTW

that's not my post, Monday, 8 November 2021 05:28 (seven months ago) link

^^This. I just spent a little bit on Spotify trying to find that wonderful boozy sing-along final track on an album of hers which I'd forgotten the important stuff about, and yup, that was it.

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 8 November 2021 06:04 (seven months ago) link

Yeah Give It Up is my favorite too. Those first three LP's in general are still my favorites.

Good call on "Sweet and Shiny Eyes" too, one of my favorites off of that one.

A lot of her interviews from the mid-'90s to the '00s mention a box set she was hoping to put together - like the classic three or four-disc career retrospective with choice rarities, etc. Given where the market's at now, I guess that's never gonna happen.

birdistheword, Monday, 8 November 2021 17:41 (seven months ago) link

Maybe on vinyl? Meanwhile, we'll just have to grow our own. Mine might start with "I Know," end with "I Knew." She certainly had me for the first 11 years, right through '82's Green Light, wnich as xgau observed, was her most rocking and worst selling of that era, maybe ever. Why? Just a more consistently emphatic beat than before, even a Stonesy riff for Eric Freakin Justin Kaz's "River of Tears"! It all worked in sufficiently Raittesque terms, I htought. Wiki quotes her plausible thinking on this:

What I wanted this time out was a combination of the music I've been listening to recently," Raitt said in 1982, "Billy Burnette, the Blasters, Rockpile, and the rock-a-billy New Wave scene. I knew I had to get away from the slick sound I had with the Peter Asher record...I was a little stung by the lack of response to The Glow. And I was disappointed by not being able to make a record that sounded the way I wanted it to sound. Moving to Shangri-la, I wanted to get back to the roots and to the funkiness I had on earlier records, even though I'm not crazy about how they sound. They sound like I was having a lot more fun than I really was. Green Light is the first album I actually had fun doing."
Was covering NRBQ a bridge too far?
"Well, a lot of my friends thought I had moved to the beach and turned into Gidget. But it's not like I suddenly became an airhead. I needed to lighten up a bit, that's all. I was laughing all the time, having a lot of fun, hanging out at this funky old studio that had hippie blankets hanging from the ceiling. Now I'm getting some feedback from people who feel the same way that I do about rock and roll. Then there are other, more conservative friends whom I've known for years who still wish I was sitting in a chair playing acoustic guitar."
So she tried some other things---duet w Bryan Adams, covered "Burning Down The House," Irishy sounds---I wasn't following by then, but did love "In The Nick of Time" and some Grammy-Platinum Years album tracks I heard at friends' houses. Heard Fundamental at the mall: trended monotonous, but I only heard it that once---yadda yadda Slipstream brought me back, seemed strong as and songfully compatible to the first 11 years. Need to listen more to Dig In Deep and earlier ones I missed almost entirely.

dow, Monday, 8 November 2021 18:29 (seven months ago) link

I saw her do a few online performances in the first week of lockdown--a fundraiser for Austin musicians, a tribute to John Prine. Nice house!

... (Eazy), Monday, 8 November 2021 18:36 (seven months ago) link

Oh yeah!
Somebody mentioned Ian McLagen upthread: he was in her Bump Band, and def. on The Green Light, though she's also shading the rowdiness with guests incl. Jackson Browne, Richard Manuel---Vince Gill, even (never heard a solo track of his I liked, but he's good w the harmonies, also in Emmylou Harris's line-ups of that era. Have not heard him with the Eagles).

dow, Monday, 8 November 2021 18:41 (seven months ago) link

xxp I like Green Light, and it's a shame that for a while it was her career-killer, or rather the lack of commercial success was.

The Grammy-era Raitt was the first one I knew. I just remember "Something to Talk About" et al being all over adult contemporary anything, romantic comedy movie trailers, etc. I actually thought it was pleasant stuff, but I wasn't really diving into music past top 40 radio. It was a nice surprise to find out she had almost 20 years of stuff that no one played.

I remember Fundamental when it came out. IIRC she was on Oprah promoting it and gave a guitar away to a girl in the audience (maybe middle school age or jr. high?). She played something that I mistook for a Babyface song and I thought the rest would be the same. Then years later, on xgau's old recommendation, I checked it out again. I don't rate it as highly as he does, but there's surprisingly some good stuff on there, a few of which wouldn't sound out of place on a Los Lobos or Latin Playboys album, specifically the J.B. Lenoir tune (which is basically Raitt with Los Lobos) and "Cure for Love." I like "Spit of Love" too.

birdistheword, Monday, 8 November 2021 18:42 (seven months ago) link

Luck of the Draw is my favorite Raitt.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 8 November 2021 18:55 (seven months ago) link

expert mom-rock

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 8 November 2021 18:55 (seven months ago) link

Yeah, it's really good. If you think of mom-rock not as a derogatory term but the pop music equivalent of, say, what used to be called (somewhat derogatorily) "women's films," you can't do much better. Getting older, family (parents passing away, raising children or grandchildren), they're universal topics, and she does them right and honestly.

I saw her in 2017 and after "Nick of Time" she said "I wrote that when I was afraid of turning 40....HUH." LMAO

birdistheword, Monday, 8 November 2021 19:13 (seven months ago) link

“Love Letter” and “Thing Called Love” and “Something to Talk About” all kind of set her up as the female counterpart to John Hiatt. (I assumed until checking now that he wrote all of these!) I’d like to dig deeper into what she does beyond this era.

... (Eazy), Monday, 8 November 2021 19:34 (seven months ago) link

Warner Bros. should be your next stop then. That will cover her entire career before her unlikely "comeback" at Capitol. First three albums are probably her best. After that the albums get much more uneven, but nearly all of them have some good stuff on them.

In terms of the worst, that's easily the last WB album Nine Lives, completed under desultory conditions. (I like the Toots Hibbert cover though - it was a single.) The Glow isn't good either, but it does have a great Stax/Volt cover, "Your Good Thing (Is About To End)."

birdistheword, Monday, 8 November 2021 22:53 (seven months ago) link

"Something to Talk About" was such a unexpected phenomenon. A year and a half after her Grammys comeback, she earns a top fiver played alongside Karyn White and Jesus Jones and Marky Mark. Fully earned too -- she sings and plays the shit out of it.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 8 November 2021 22:55 (seven months ago) link

That's for sure. I didn't realize how miraculous Bonnie Raitt's popularity was until years later.

FWIW Billboard did an oral history on Nick of Time for its anniversary:

It's a good read for fans and really emphasizes how much she bottomed out and how low the expectations were, even by the people who signed her Capitol (and they liked her). NOBODY in their right mind would've bet on a hit.

I kind of wish she pulled off an album with Prince, but given his luck with everyone else on his label, it probably worked out for the best.

birdistheword, Monday, 8 November 2021 23:09 (seven months ago) link

XP ...and then a few years later it gave a name to a now largely-forgotten Julia Roberts/Dennis Quaid romcom!

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 9 November 2021 00:43 (seven months ago) link

It's even in the trailer!

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 9 November 2021 00:51 (seven months ago) link

nice to see all the love for Give It Up and Green Light, HBD rock legend

Communist Hockey Goblin (sleeve), Tuesday, 9 November 2021 01:07 (seven months ago) link

one of the all-time voices

surm, Tuesday, 9 November 2021 01:16 (seven months ago) link

And Home Plate is yet another 70s peak. The follow-up, Sweet Forgiveness is not quite as good, but she set the bar high, and, as xgau said of this un, Anyone who can induce me to dance to Eric Kaz has got to be doing some kind of job.

dow, Tuesday, 9 November 2021 01:22 (seven months ago) link

said of Sweet Forgiveness, that is.

dow, Tuesday, 9 November 2021 01:23 (seven months ago) link

three months pass...

Way too many pesky ads on this JamBase item, but here's gist:
Bonnie Raitt & Mavis Staples Announce Summer Tour 2022
The iconic musicians will team up for concerts in July, August and September.

By Scott Bernstein Feb 16, 2022 • 8:16 am PST

dow, Thursday, 17 February 2022 03:18 (four months ago) link

Only in the midwest and west. The east and southeast get Lucinda Williams, which is...fine, but it ain't Mavis.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Thursday, 17 February 2022 05:15 (four months ago) link

Also several with NRBQ, and at least one w Chris Smither, but mostly Mavis or Lucinda:

dow, Friday, 18 February 2022 01:45 (four months ago) link

two months pass...

Paywalled, but at the library just now, I read WSJ full-page rave for Just Like That, out Friday: Mark Richardson is not the most exciting writer, but we happen to agree on some stuff (like preferring Rust Bucket to Barn), and he's very conscientious, while going almost cut for cut through this one, which is apparently a colorful cohesion of originals and covers whose titles I don't recognize, nothing too obvious. Only thing that worries me: says the sound is "lean," foregrounding her vocals---damn, I always want the sparky details of her arrangements too---oh well, it's self-produced, no Boomer Wizards behind the throne, so maybe.

dow, Wednesday, 20 April 2022 00:33 (two months ago) link

It's good. I'll have more to say at the end of the week.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 20 April 2022 00:35 (two months ago) link

Cool, thanks! Was gonna add(And her vocals are always prominent enough, seems like, so crucial need to go lean cuisine.)

dow, Wednesday, 20 April 2022 00:37 (two months ago) link

The two tracks she's released so far (both originals?) sounded like traditional "old school" productions - blues-rock and R&B that sticks to the basics without too much polishing or tampering. For all I know, they could've been rehearsed then recorded them in one take. I know there's a Toots cover in there too, and I liked her version of "True Love Is Hard To Find."

Looking forward to her tour - last time I saw her was in 2017 at Lincoln Center's annual outdoor summer shows, and in retrospect it was kind of re-assuring to have her up there telling everyone "Don't worry, we can get through this!"

In contrast, the previous year had Patti Smith right after the RNC and she excoriated the GOP for their shameful rhetoric - she threw it back at them when she grabbed her electric guitar and yelled "EXECUTE THIS MOTHERFUCKER!" (since the RNC had chanted "execute Hillary") and unleashed a torrent of brutal feedback.

For whatever reason, I always thought of Raitt and Smith as the grandmothers everyone should have. Like if there's ever a Disney coming-of-age story in need of some stunt casting, I'd have both of them play the grandmothers the main character visits for life guidance.

birdistheword, Wednesday, 20 April 2022 01:21 (two months ago) link

"Made Up Mind" is an NRBQ cover irrc

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 20 April 2022 09:46 (two months ago) link

Never knew this, but for "Cream" Prince apparently mixed in samples of Bonnie Raitt playing slide guitar. Raitt mentioned this while talking about her aborted collaboration with Prince and how he asked her to teach him how to play slide guitar.

birdistheword, Friday, 22 April 2022 23:55 (two months ago) link

Wow, never heard of that! Well, come to think of it, he did work with Mavis Staples: she was a Paisley Park artist, even. Wonder what the problem was with Raitt? Maybe he was too weird for her, compared to Froom, Was, and so on.

dow, Saturday, 23 April 2022 02:13 (two months ago) link

In the recent Questlove and Maron interviews, she said she was pretty hype to work with Prince but, at the same time, wasn't keen about her album sounding overtly Princey, so once they agreed to work together he ditched her for a European tour (the Sign O The Times tour) after she had canceled her own tour. She still sounds a little salty about it.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Saturday, 23 April 2022 02:29 (two months ago) link

As well she might!

dow, Saturday, 23 April 2022 03:08 (two months ago) link

The beginning of the pre-chorus of "The Longing in Their Heart" where all of the lead instruments drop out except that rad mandolin part and vocals, that's on my list of all-time favorite musical moments.

Never knew this, but for "Cream" Prince apparently mixed in samples of Bonnie Raitt playing slide guitar. Raitt mentioned this while talking about her aborted collaboration with Prince and how he asked her to teach him how to play slide guitar.

― birdistheword, Friday, April 22, 2022 6:55 PM (yesterday)

I wondered why "Cream" sounded like it could be a parallel-universe re-interpretation of "Something to Talk About"; all while the backup vocals on "STTA" sound heavily influenced by the chorus harmonies in "Take Me With U" and "I Wanna Be Your Lover". And then the chord progressions on the choruses of "Cream" and "STTA" conclude similarly. Yet both songs were released within a similar timeframe - as if Bonnie and The Purple One were telepathically communicating via the ouroboros of shared influence.

Front-loaded albums are musical gerrymandering (Prefecture), Saturday, 23 April 2022 16:01 (two months ago) link

let's give'em something to talk about!

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 26 April 2022 17:34 (two months ago) link

Acid wash covers - they're gonna come back, just like the jeans!

birdistheword, Tuesday, 26 April 2022 17:58 (two months ago) link

That reminds me of the European cover of White Light/White Heat:

Halfway there but for you, Tuesday, 26 April 2022 21:15 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

Just saw her show at the Beacon. Her singing hasn’t diminished at all - if anything it’s as great as ever, and while the whole show was good (the new material went over well) there were three highlights that towered over the rest: “Nick of Time” (her phrasing was amazing), “Have a Heart” where her phrasing was at times remarkably sexy as if rewriting the song to suggest what the recipient was going to miss (I know she’s much older but that voice can’t be denied), and “Angel from Montgomery” which was incredibly powerful. She has apparently sung it at literally every concert she’s done, and the last time in NYC was with Prine at his Songwriters HoF induction. It’s really astonishing she can sing it so frequently and knock it out of the park every time like it’s never lost any meaning for her, and this time there was even more weight to it, possibly due to Prine being gone.

Lucinda Williams opened. Still on the road to recovery - just singing, no guitar from her yet - but she sung really well, close to if not right on 100%, and her band was fantastic.

birdistheword, Thursday, 23 June 2022 05:59 (one week ago) link

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