Decades Rock Live: Bonnie Raitt and Friends [DVD/CD]

Decades Rock Live: Bonnie Raitt and Friends [DVD/CD]

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by Bonnie Raitt
     
 

Given the number of people she's touched and the acres of ground she's covered over her 30-plus years of slinging songs and six-string soliloquies, it's fitting that Bonnie Raitt would be the first person honored on VH-1's Decades series. That show -- one part tribute, one part concert throwdown -- is captured in full flight on this CD/DVD package, which features a… See more details below

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Given the number of people she's touched and the acres of ground she's covered over her 30-plus years of slinging songs and six-string soliloquies, it's fitting that Bonnie Raitt would be the first person honored on VH-1's Decades series. That show -- one part tribute, one part concert throwdown -- is captured in full flight on this CD/DVD package, which features a slew of Raitt's comrades joining her on a well-chosen selection of hits, obscurities, and classic covers. Raitt doesn't call upon any outside help for her best-known material, using her usual backing band to chisel out sturdy takes on "Something to Talk About" and "I Will Not Be Broken," presented here with an even more plangent tone than the studio version. She does, however, bring in some pretty big guns for the rest of the set, notably Ben Harper -- a kindred spirit who meshes marvelously with Raitt on songs like the longing "Two Lights in the Nighttime" and the Dylan-penned "Well Well Well" -- and Norah Jones, who calls on her Little Willies persona for a lovely "Tennessee Waltz." There's some overlap between the 12-track audio disc and the 17-track DVD -- which also includes a good bit of behind-the-scenes footage not seen on the television broadcast -- but there's enough unique material on each to keep both in heavy rotation.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Would that this package were the other way around, but Bonnie Raitt and Friends is a DVD/CD project. The DVD contains an entire set recorded at the Trump Taj Mahal from 2005. Raitt, guitar goddess that she is and overall phenomenal spiritual presence on-stage, is joined by friends Alison Krauss, Ben Harper, Keb' Mo', and Norah Jones for two songs each, while all the while ripping through her own spirited and inspiring repertoire. The CD contains half the guest performances and most of Raitt's own show. For those who are not big music DVD fans, the entirety of the concert would have been wonderful on CD -- that's a hint, Capitol! What's really exciting about the show -- either way you catch it -- is that the edges in Raitt's voice that have been there from the beginning of her long and celebrated career, which are so often rounded off on her studio records, are present here, adding to her entirely soulful manner of phrasing and singing (being a song stylist is something she is rarely given credit for). Tracks like "Crooked Crown," "God Was in the Water," "Hear Me Lord," and "Trinkets" are deeply moving. Of her guest performances, "I Don't Want Anything to Change" with Norah Jones is stellar, as is "Unnecessary Mercenary" with funky-as-hell keyboardist Jon Cleary and "Two Lights in the Nighttime" with Ben Harper (all three appear on both discs). But Raitt shines best on her own; she needs no one and never has. There's plenty here to like, and some of it even to celebrate, but fans will have to pick their own moments.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/15/2006
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
0094637058824
catalogNumber:
70588
Rank:
25437

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Unnecessarily Mercenary  - Jon Cleary
  2. I Will Not Be Broken
  3. God Was in the Water
  4. Gnawin' on It
  5. You
  6. Papa Come Quick
  7. No Gettin' Over You  - Keb' Mo'
  8. Love Letter
  9. Crooked Crown
  10. Trinkets
  11. Two Lights in the Nighttime
  12. Well, Well, Well
  13. Something to Talk About
  14. Hear Me Lord
  15. I Don't Want Anything to Change  - Norah Jones
  16. Tennessee Waltz  - Norah Jones
  17. Love Sneakin' Up on You  - Norah Jones

Disc 2

  1. Introduction
  2. Unnecessarily Mercenary  - Jon Cleary
  3. I Will Not Be Broken
  4. God Was in the Water
  5. Gnawin' on It
  6. You
  7. Love Letter  - Keb' Mo'
  8. Two Lights in the Nighttime
  9. Well, Well, Well
  10. Something to Talk About
  11. I Don't Want Anything to Change  - Norah Jones
  12. Love Sneakin' Up on You  - Norah Jones

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bonnie Raitt   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Slide Guitar
James "Hutch" Hutchinson   Bass,Vocals
Alison Krauss   Fiddle,Vocals,Guest Appearance
George Marinelli   Guitar,Vocals
Ricky Fataar   Drums,Vocals
Norah Jones   Wurlitzer,Vocals,Guest Appearance
Jon Cleary   Keyboards,Percussion,Vocals
Ben Harper   Vocals,Slide Guitar,Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Paul Middleton   Engineer
Bonnie Raitt   Executive Producer
Eric Sherman   Executive Producer
Barry Summers   Executive Producer
Jeff King   Mastering
Norman Moore   Art Direction
Marc Schrobilgen   Video Editor
Doug Gherna   Monitor Engineer
Kathy Kane   Management
Annie Heller Gutwillig   Management
Chloe Monahan   Management
Ross Lahey   Instrument Technician
Mark Scaggs   Instrument Technician
Robert Huck   Instrument Technician
Rolland Ryan   Instrument Technician

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