10 Songs, 36 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Bonnie Raitt’s musical approach crystallized on her 1972 album Give It Up. At only 23, Raitt was something of a prodigy, a cross between Sweet Emma Barrett and Carole King. Thanks to producer Michael Cuscuna, Give It Up isn’t quite as wild as its predecessor — Raitt’s eponymous debut is a gloriously salty back-porch affair — but it still manages to mash together several strands of American music. Luckily Raitt doesn’t shoot for the silky country-rock synthesis that was in vogue at the time. Instead “Give It Up or Let Me Go,” “I Know” and “You Got To Know How” hit upon a kind of fortuitous collision of ideas — as if a folk group decided to play blues for one night, and along the way picked up a New Orleans brass band. The only group who could achieve a mix as groovy was Little Feat, great friends and collaborators with Raitt. The singer is great at leading the party, but she really slays on the ballads. “Nothing Seems to Matter,” “If You Gotta Make a Fool of Somebody” and “Love Has No Pride” are disarming tearjerkers that retain a scarred dignity in spite of Raitt’s vulnerability.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Bonnie Raitt’s musical approach crystallized on her 1972 album Give It Up. At only 23, Raitt was something of a prodigy, a cross between Sweet Emma Barrett and Carole King. Thanks to producer Michael Cuscuna, Give It Up isn’t quite as wild as its predecessor — Raitt’s eponymous debut is a gloriously salty back-porch affair — but it still manages to mash together several strands of American music. Luckily Raitt doesn’t shoot for the silky country-rock synthesis that was in vogue at the time. Instead “Give It Up or Let Me Go,” “I Know” and “You Got To Know How” hit upon a kind of fortuitous collision of ideas — as if a folk group decided to play blues for one night, and along the way picked up a New Orleans brass band. The only group who could achieve a mix as groovy was Little Feat, great friends and collaborators with Raitt. The singer is great at leading the party, but she really slays on the ballads. “Nothing Seems to Matter,” “If You Gotta Make a Fool of Somebody” and “Love Has No Pride” are disarming tearjerkers that retain a scarred dignity in spite of Raitt’s vulnerability.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
37 Ratings

37 Ratings

mr sippy ,

A Classic

This remains for me the quintessential Bonnie Raitt album. Great songs that range from heartfelt to ball-busting. Been listening to this for over 30 years, and it has only improved with age.

BwanaEast ,

QUINTESSENTIAL BONNIE

Years before the multiple Grammy's and the platinum records, Bonnie quietly made brillant records like this one, while a small but devoted fan base listened. Considering how big that fan base eventually (and deservedly) became, it's astonishing to see how few reviews this world class artist has gotten on itunes...even for her biggest records. Like Aretha, Bonnie is one of the greatest singers of all time, and this is one of her classics.

jyork ,

Give it Up

I bought this album after the first time I heard Bonnie Raitt live in New Orleans on the Riverboat. Brings back such memories. Wish I still had the vinyl, I wore that album out. On iTunes this remastered version is thinner....still, it's my favorite and I still love it!!

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