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.
|Thing Called Love||1989||✔|
|Nick of Time||1989||92||10||✔|
|Have A Heart||1989||49||3||✔|
|Something to Talk About||1990||5||5||✔|
|I Can't Make You Love Me||1990||18||6||✔|
|Not the Only One||1990||34||2||✔|
|Love Sneakin' Up On You||1994||19||2||✔|
|Dimming Of The Day||1994||✔|
|Love Me Like A Man (Live)||1995||✔|
|Spit Of Love||1998||✔|
|One Belief Away||1998||15||✔|
|I Can't Help You Now||2002||15||✔|
|Gnawin' On It||2002||✔|
|Hear Me Lord||2002||✔|
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)