Nick of Time

Nick of Time

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by Bonnie Raitt
     
 

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After a long, frustrating career as a musicians' musician -- that is, a musician who is underappreciated by the general public -- singer-guitarist Bonnie Raitt finally hit pay dirt in her late thirties with 1989's Nick of Time. Granted, the blues purists who had loved Raitt from the start may have been a bit taken aback when they first heard the album's title

Overview

After a long, frustrating career as a musicians' musician -- that is, a musician who is underappreciated by the general public -- singer-guitarist Bonnie Raitt finally hit pay dirt in her late thirties with 1989's Nick of Time. Granted, the blues purists who had loved Raitt from the start may have been a bit taken aback when they first heard the album's title track, a smooth mid-tempo confection that fit perfectly into adult-contemporary radio formats. But Don Was' tastefully pop-savvy production never confuses Raitt with Carly Simon; from the rocking, John Hiatt-penned "Thing Called Love" to the graceful, reggae-laced "Have a Heart," these songs have bite and pluck, and all are excellent showcases for the unpretentious strength and sexiness of the singer's lovely, burnished mezzo-soprano. In one of rock 'n' roll's great sleeper victories, the album won Raitt four Grammys, each one richly deserved.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Prior to Nick of Time, Bonnie Raitt had been a reliable cult artist, delivering a string of solid records that were moderate successes and usually musically satisfying. From her 1971 debut through 1982's Green Light, she had a solid streak, but 1986's Nine Lives snapped it, falling far short of her usual potential. Therefore, it shouldn't have been a surprise when Raitt decided to craft its follow-up as a major comeback, collaborating with producer Don Was on Nick of Time. At the time, the pairing seemed a little odd, since he was primarily known for the weird hipster funk of Was (Not Was) and the B-52's' quirky eponymous debut, but the match turned out to be inspired. Was used Raitt's classic early-'70s records as a blueprint, choosing to update the sound with a smooth, professional production and a batch of excellent contemporary songs. In this context, Raitt flourishes; she never rocks too hard, but there is grit to her singing and playing, even when the surfaces are clean and inviting. And while she only has two original songs here, Nick of Time plays like autobiography, which is a testament to the power of the songs, performances, and productions. It was a great comeback album that made for a great story, but the record never would have been a blockbuster success if it wasn't for the music, which is among the finest Raitt ever made. She must have realized this, since Nick of Time served as the blueprint for the majority of her '90s albums.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
0077779126828
catalogNumber:
91268
Rank:
14925

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bonnie Raitt   Primary Artist,Guitar,Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals,Slide Guitar
Graham Nash   Background Vocals
Herbie Hancock   Piano
John Jorgenson   Guitar
David Lasley   Background Vocals
Bill Bergman   Horn,Alto Saxophone
Arthur Adams   Guitar
Jerry Williams   Piano
Sweet Pea Atkinson   Background Vocals
Larry John McNally   Background Vocals
Kim Wilson   Harmonica,Harp
Michael Ruff   Keyboards
Harry Bowens   Background Vocals
Tony Braunagel   Percussion,Drums,Timbales
Fran Christina   Drums
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion,Conga
David Crosby   Background Vocals
Swamp Dogg   Piano
Chuck Domanico   Bass,Acoustic Bass
Dennis Farias   Trumpet,Horn
Ricky Fataar   Percussion,Drums
Marty Grebb   Tenor Saxophone
Heart Attack Horns   Horn
Preston Hubbard   Bass
James "Hutch" Hutchinson   Bass
Michael Landau   Guitar
Jay Dee Maness   Pedal Steel Guitar
Arnold McCutler   Background Vocals
Johnny Lee Schell   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Greg Smith   Horn,Baritone Saxophone
Scott Thurston   Keyboards
Don Was   Keyboards
Arnold McCuller   Background Vocals
John Berry   Trumpet,Horn,Background Vocals
Bill Gergman   Horn

Technical Credits

Ed Cherney   Engineer
Don Was   Producer,Audio Production
Tommy Steele   Art Direction

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Nick of Time 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Everything about this 1989 masterpiece from Bonnie Raitt & company spoke of hard won recognition and the art of making great records in the studio. Don Was helped Bonnie Raitt realize her potential and a clear eyed Bonnie delivered with her most heart felt collection to date. Incorporating rock, pop, soul & funk with a master slide guitarist tied these songs all together and tapped into what many American women(and allot of us guys to) had not heard on record in years. This DVD and some extras are a treat to the ears. I hear so much more going on here in this special refined version. It seemed this gem needed a face lift(it originally was recorded low so the new NICK OF TIME is a sonic pleasure and it sure gets the added kick it needs with Don, Ed and Bonnie adding just that much more....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just love listening to this album. This performer hits all the right notes and makes them her own, and so mellow and soulful or swinging. I love Bonnie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago