Give It Up

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Bonnie Raitt may have switched producers for her second album Give It Up, hiring Michael Cuscuna, but she hasn't switched her style, sticking with the thoroughly engaging blend of folk, blues, R&B, and Californian soft rock. If anything, she's strengthened her formula here, making the divisions between the genres nearly indistinguishable. Take the title track, for instance. It opens with a bluesy acoustic guitar before kicking into a New Orleans brass band about halfway through -- and the great thing about it is that Raitt makes the switch sound natural, even inevitable, never forced. And that's just the tip of the iceberg here, since Give It Up is filled ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Bonnie Raitt may have switched producers for her second album Give It Up, hiring Michael Cuscuna, but she hasn't switched her style, sticking with the thoroughly engaging blend of folk, blues, R&B, and Californian soft rock. If anything, she's strengthened her formula here, making the divisions between the genres nearly indistinguishable. Take the title track, for instance. It opens with a bluesy acoustic guitar before kicking into a New Orleans brass band about halfway through -- and the great thing about it is that Raitt makes the switch sound natural, even inevitable, never forced. And that's just the tip of the iceberg here, since Give It Up is filled with great songs, delivered in familiar, yet always surprising, ways by Raitt and her skilled band. For those that want to pigeonhole her as a white blues singer, she delivers the lovely "Nothing Seems to Matter," a gentle mid-tempo number that's as mellow as Linda Ronstadt and far more seductive. That's the key to Give It Up: Yes, Raitt can be earthy and sexy, but she balances it with an inviting sensuality that makes the record glow. It's all delivered in a fantastic set of originals and covers performed so naturally it's hard to tell them apart and roots music so thoroughly fused that it all sounds original, even when it's possible to spot the individual elements or influences. Raitt would go on to greater chart successes, but she not only had trouble topping this record, generations of singers, from Sheryl Crow to Shelby Lynne, have used this as a touchstone. One of the great Southern California records.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/5/2002
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227837822
  • Catalog Number: 78378
  • Sales rank: 13,735

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bonnie Raitt Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Electric Guitar, Steel Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, 12-string Guitar, Bottleneck Guitar
Paul Butterfield Harmonica, Harp
Dave Holland Bass, Bass Guitar
Merl Saunders Piano
Amos Garrett Guitar, Trombone
Jackie Lomax Vocals, Background Vocals
John Hall Guitar, Electric Guitar, Steel Guitar, Background Vocals
Eric Kaz Piano, Background Vocals, Vibes
Tim Moore Vocals, Background Vocals
Kal David Guitar, Electric Guitar
Terry Eaton Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Peter Ecklund Wind
Freebo Bass, Tuba, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, 12-string Guitar, Fretless Bass Guitar
Marty Grebb Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Mark T. Jordan Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano, Vibes
Wells Kelly Conductor, Conga, Drums, Background Vocals, Bells, cowbell
Chris Parker Drums
Gene Stashuk Cello
Louis Terricciano Piano
T.J. Tindall Guitar, Electric Guitar
Jack Viertel Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Steel Guitar
Dennis Whitted Drums
Peter Eckland Cornet
Lou Terriciano Piano
Mark Jordan Piano, Electric Piano, Background Vocals, Vibes
John Payne Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Wind
Technical Credits
Nick Jameson Remixing
Eric Kaz Horn Arrangements
Michael Cuscuna Producer, Liner Notes
Lee Herschberg Remastering
Ed Thrasher Art Direction
Kendall Pacios Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Raitt's Best Ever

    Whenever someone asks me what my favorite albums of all time are, the titles change, save for a few 'classics.' Give it Up is one of those titles that shall forever remain. This album was spun on my turntable so many times while in college -- a coupla lifetimes ago -- that I literally wore it out and needed to replace it. It is also one of the first CDs I purchased when vinyl was being phased out. (Purchased as soon as it was made available, that is.) Too Long at the fair and Love Has No Pride will tug at your heartstrings, while Love Me Like a Man and I Know will get you off yer feet. This album is an all-out emotional fest covering the entire range from tears to laughter. For the life of me, I cannot understand why folks are not aware of this beautiful gem of an album. Give it a listen and enjoy hearing the full range of unencumbered and non-compressed sonic bliss. So very worth the purchase price.

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