Takin' My Time (Remastered)
No two artists of the early '70s were better suited for one another than Bonnie Raitt and Little Feat, and Takin’ the Time was their opportunity to collaborate on a full-length record. Though the album features all members of Feat and was produced by group leader Lowell George, John Hall eventually assumed production duties after Raitt and George “got too close to be able to have any objectivity about it” (Raitt’s words). Little Feat’s playing lights up “I Gave My Love,” “I Feel the Same” and “I Thought I Was a Child,” but the entire album is elevated by an exceptional crop of Los Angeles studio musicians, including Jim Keltner, Taj Mahal, Earl Palmer, Milt Holland and Van Dyke Parks. As usual, Raitt shows her exemplary taste in source material. Witness her takes on Mose Allison’s “Everybody’s Cryin’ Mercy” and Randy Newman’s “Guilty,” in which she is able to tap into the essence of each songwriter while simultaneously making the song her own.