Streetlights

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Bonnie Raitt had delivered three stellar albums, but chart success wasn't forthcoming, even if good reviews and a cult following were. So, she teamed with producer Jerry Ragovoy for Streetlights and attempted to make the crossover record that Warner so desperately wished she'd release. Over the years, the concessions that she made here -- particularly the middle-of-the road arrangements as opposed to the appealingly laid-back sounds of her previous records, the occasional use of strings, but also some of the song selections -- have consigned Streetlights to noble failure status. There's no denying that's essentially what Streetlights is, but that makes it out to...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Bonnie Raitt had delivered three stellar albums, but chart success wasn't forthcoming, even if good reviews and a cult following were. So, she teamed with producer Jerry Ragovoy for Streetlights and attempted to make the crossover record that Warner so desperately wished she'd release. Over the years, the concessions that she made here -- particularly the middle-of-the road arrangements as opposed to the appealingly laid-back sounds of her previous records, the occasional use of strings, but also some of the song selections -- have consigned Streetlights to noble failure status. There's no denying that's essentially what Streetlights is, but that makes it out to seem worse than it really is. It winds up paling to the wonderful ease and warm sensuality of her first three albums -- she only occasionally hits that balance -- but it's still undeniably pleasant, and there are moments here where she really pulls off some terrific work, including the opening cover of Joni Mitchell's "That Song About the Midway," a good version of John Prine's "Angel From Montgomery," and the much-touted take on Allen Toussaint's "What Is Success." It may be easy to lament the suppression of the laid-back sexiness and organic feel of Raitt's earlier records, but there's still enough here in that spirit to make this worthwhile.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/16/2001
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227838027
  • Catalog Number: 78380
  • Sales rank: 85,641

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bonnie Raitt Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
John Tropea Guitar
Richard Davis Bass, Electric Bass
Don Grolnick Keyboards
David Lasley Vocals, Background Vocals
Larry Wilcox Strings, Horn
John Hall Guitar
Ralph MacDonald Percussion
Sharon Redd Vocals, Background Vocals
Charlie Brown Guitar
Lou Courtney Vocals, Background Vocals
Tasha Thomas Vocals, Background Vocals
David Matthews Strings, Horn
Bob Babbitt Bass, Electric Bass
Freebo Bass, Electric Bass, Vocals
Jerry Friedman Guitar
Steve Gadd Drums
Paul Griffin Keyboards
Carl Hall Vocals, Background Vocals
Arthur Jenkins Percussion
Robert Mann Guitar
Jon Mayer Keyboards
Jeff Mironov Guitar
Leon Pendarvis Keyboards
David Spinozza Guitar
Natalie Venable Vocals, Background Vocals
Don Groinick Keyboards
Natalie Veneable Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Larry Wilcox Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Lee Herschberg Remastering
Harry Maslin Engineer, Remixing
Jerry Ragovoy Arranger, Producer
Bruce Tergesen Engineer
Blaise Castellano Engineer
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