Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Bonnie Raitt - Best of (2003)


GREATEST HITS WEEK (JUNE 29 - JULY 5, 2015)

Bonnie Raitt and had many of her albums in the '80s into the early '90s, mainly on cassette (ed. note: wha??). Why I haven't replaced all those with CDs is a mystery and a damn shame.  Be right back - I gotta search for a box set.

Raitt's voice and guitar playing are immediately identifiable.  Can't pigeonhole her particular brand of folk-blues-rock-pop, so I won't even try.  Raitt released her first album in 1971, but this compilation covers only her "renaissance" period that started in 1989 where she was helped by producer Don Was and a cast of all-star musicians.  Add all that to some top-notch songwriting and you've got something fantastic. Tracks 3 & 4 were written by Bonnie Hayes, yes, that Bonnie Hayes.  No wonder they're so good. From Allmusic:
...full of a poetic, sensual ferocity that oozes tenderness and commitment. And throughout it all is her trademark bottleneck slide, coaxing love notes or razored snarls out of her Stratocaster.
Excellent liner notes with personal remarks from Raitt on every track.  Chronological order. I've marked my favorites below with a ✔.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #47

Tracks:  18 tracks, 17 minutes.

TitleYearPopAC
Thing Called Love1989

Nick of Time19899210
Love Letter1989
35
Have A Heart1989493
Something to Talk About199055
I Can't Make You Love Me1990186
Not the Only One1990342
Love Sneakin' Up On You1994192
You19949215
Dimming Of The Day1994

Love Me Like A Man (Live)1995

Spit Of Love1998

One Belief Away1998
15
Lover's Will1998
23
I Can't Help You Now2002
15
Gnawin' On It2002

Silver Lining2002
21
Hear Me Lord2002


Missing Top 40 hit: You Got It (#33, 1995).

Issue 577, May 3, 1990

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: None.

Previously revisited for the blog:
Green Light (1982)


2 comments:

  1. Over the past year I made a point of collecting all of Bonnie's albums on CD. A project I just completed a week ago with "Road Tested" (the live album). No regrets. She's just awesome.

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  2. Over the past year I made a point of collecting all of Bonnie's albums on CD. A project I just completed a week ago with "Road Tested" (the live album). No regrets. She's just awesome.

    ReplyDelete