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

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/15/2006
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 094637058824
  • Catalog Number: 70588
  • Sales rank: 24,080

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Unnecessarily Mercenary - Jon Cleary
  2. 2 I Will Not Be Broken
  3. 3 God Was in the Water
  4. 4 Gnawin' on It
  5. 5 You
  6. 6 Papa Come Quick
  7. 7 No Gettin' Over You - Keb' Mo'
  8. 8 Love Letter
  9. 9 Crooked Crown
  10. 10 Trinkets
  11. 11 Two Lights in the Nighttime
  12. 12 Well, Well, Well
  13. 13 Something to Talk About
  14. 14 Hear Me Lord
  15. 15 I Don't Want Anything to Change - Norah Jones
  16. 16 Tennessee Waltz - Norah Jones
  17. 17 Love Sneakin' Up on You - Norah Jones
Disc 2
  1. 1 Introduction (0:48)
  2. 2 Unnecessarily Mercenary - Jon Cleary (4:03)
  3. 3 I Will Not Be Broken (3:41)
  4. 4 God Was in the Water (5:50)
  5. 5 Gnawin' on It (4:30)
  6. 6 You (5:39)
  7. 7 Love Letter - Keb' Mo' (4:48)
  8. 8 Two Lights in the Nighttime (4:53)
  9. 9 Well, Well, Well (3:55)
  10. 10 Something to Talk About (4:11)
  11. 11 I Don't Want Anything to Change - Norah Jones (5:00)
  12. 12 Love Sneakin' Up on You - Norah Jones (4:56)
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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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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    I bought this Cd because my wife is a Big Bonnie Raitt fan. Everyone who hears it loves it. Bonnie live is just too much. Now all our friends have this CD and every car I get in has it playing full blast. Bonnie at the top of her game,the Band's hot,and the special guest are a great addition to her usual great show. If you don't already have any of Bonnie's CD's this is a great way to start.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Loose, funky, great guests....

    Its always great to see a Bonnie Raitt concert and having Ben Harper, Allison Krause, Nora Jones, and the great Kep Mo only makes the event even more special. Showcasing Souls ALike and choice cuts from Nick of Time, Silver Lining, Luck of the Draw, Longing in their hearts along with guest choices from Nora Jones and Ben Harper this is a nice mixed, unslick taste of why Bonnie Raitt has endured through all the decades of musical changes. Its extra special to hear Bonnie sing "You" with Allison and her fiddle playing give you goose bumps along with the high notes. Check out the gem Gnawin on it, love that neat little adult lust song and its done great live. Bonnie's voice just nails her notes still after all these years. Bonnie and Ben Harper are a great match they have similar styles and mesh perfectly on the show stoppers "Two lights in the nightime" and "Well, Well Well". Nice warm recorded sound, great guitars and of course Bonnie's awesome band recorded a Vh1 classic "Decade" show to remember. Nice addition to her live sets.

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