The Best of Bonnie Raitt on Capitol 1989-2003

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Bonnie Raitt has been perfecting her blues-inflected rock for the better part of three decades, but it took some time for the singer-guitarist to hit the mainstream. This nicely paced 18-song collection does a pretty complete job of covering the period since her breakthrough, drawing from all six of Raitt's Capitol label releases, from strutting pop hits like "Thing Called Love" to more pensive ballads such as "I Can't Make You Love Me." The disc delivers all of Raitt's chart hits, as well as a passel of lesser-known, but equally compelling tunes. Fans who missed, say, the sensually slurry "Gnawin' on It" or the rending "Hear Me Lord" the first time around will be glad...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Bonnie Raitt has been perfecting her blues-inflected rock for the better part of three decades, but it took some time for the singer-guitarist to hit the mainstream. This nicely paced 18-song collection does a pretty complete job of covering the period since her breakthrough, drawing from all six of Raitt's Capitol label releases, from strutting pop hits like "Thing Called Love" to more pensive ballads such as "I Can't Make You Love Me." The disc delivers all of Raitt's chart hits, as well as a passel of lesser-known, but equally compelling tunes. Fans who missed, say, the sensually slurry "Gnawin' on It" or the rending "Hear Me Lord" the first time around will be glad to have another shot at soaking up their pleasures. Packaged with a detailed booklet featuring song-by-song liner notes by Raitt herself, this is an ideal compendium of all the elements that make her such a strong thread in rock's tapestry.
All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
The Best of Bonnie Raitt on Capitol 1989-2003, its 18 tracks handpicked by the artist herself as a portrait of her renaissance years, are indicative of the high-quality work ethic she has imposed on herself. Sometimes these songs reveal the queen doing a definitive read, such as on John Hiatt's "Lovers Will" a song that deserves far, far more than it got -- the ache in her voice is the real grain of somebody who has been on both sides of love's hot broken arrow and still has faith enough to sing or "Thing Called Love." Sometimes she's bringing the songs of Paul Brady "Not the Only One", Bonnie Hayes "Love Letter" and "Have a Heart", or even David Gray "Silver Lining" and Richard Thompson "Dimming of the Day" to the masses in ways that define them for a different audience. And sometimes, it's simply Raitt playing her own songs "Nick of Time" and "Spit of Love" full of a poetic, sensual ferocity that oozes tenderness and commitment. And throughout it all is her trademark bottleneck slide, coaxing love notes or razored snarls out of her Stratocaster. There aren't any unreleased tracks here, but for the money you get the best of the best and her own comments on each song as well as a short essay about what this music means to her. Given that you don't have that box set yet, that means this is worth whatever you happen to pay for it -- but don't forget about getting some of those Warner albums Give It Up is a great place to start. Here is the astonishing range, from deep blue-eyed bluesy soul, sheeny reggae-tinged pop, and adult rock & roll that moves and inspires anyone with an open mind.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/30/2003
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 724359049120
  • Catalog Number: 90491
  • Sales rank: 647

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Thing Called Love (3:50)
  2. 2 Nick of Time (4:05)
  3. 3 Love Letter (4:05)
  4. 4 Have a Heart (4:48)
  5. 5 Something to Talk About (3:47)
  6. 6 I Can't Make You Love Me (5:31)
  7. 7 Not the Only One (4:10)
  8. 8 Love Sneakin' Up on You (3:40)
  9. 9 You (4:27)
  10. 10 Dimming of the Day (3:39)
  11. 11 Love Me Like a Man (4:48)
  12. 12 Spit of Love (4:41)
  13. 13 One Belief Away (3:57)
  14. 14 Lover's Will (3:37)
  15. 15 I Can't Help You Now (3:12)
  16. 16 Gnawin' on It (4:48)
  17. 17 Silver Lining (3:37)
  18. 18 Hear Me Lord (5:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bonnie Raitt Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Slide Guitar
Paul Brady Background Vocals, Gut String Guitar
Bruce Hornsby Keyboards
Richard Thompson Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
David Lasley Background Vocals
Bill Bergman Alto Saxophone
Arthur Adams Guitar
Renee Geyer Background Vocals
Sweet Pea Atkinson Background Vocals
Alex Acuña Conga, talking drum
Benmont Tench Piano, Hammond Organ
Steve Berlin Baritone Saxophone
Curt Bisquera Drums
Sir Harry Bowens Background Vocals
Tony Braunagel Percussion, Drums, Timbales
Stephen Bruton Acoustic Guitar
B.S. Bull Trumpet
Jon Cleary Keyboards, Background Vocals
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion, Conga
Debra Dobkin Percussion
Dennis Farias Trumpet
Ricky Fataar Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals
Bernard Fowler Background Vocals
Mitchell Froom Piano, Harmonium, Keyboards, Clavinet, Moog Synthesizer, Marxophone, Reed Organ, Moog Bass
Mark Goldenberg Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Oud
Marty Grebb Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
James "Hutch" Hutchinson Bass
Michael Landau Guitar
Nick Lane Trombone, Euphonium
Darrell Leonard Trumpet
George Marinelli Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Buell Neidlinger Acoustic Bass
Johnny Lee Schell Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Tommy Sims Background Vocals
Greg "Frosty" Smith Baritone Saxophone
Joey Spampinato Bass
Joe Sublett Tenor Saxophone
Pete Thomas Percussion, Drums
Scott Thurston Keyboards
Arnold McCuller Background Vocals
Jimmy Roberts Saxophone
Steve Donnelly Rhythm Guitar
Roy Rogers Slide Guitar
Gary Gold Snare Drums, Drum Loop
John Berry Jr. Trumpet
Andrew Scheps Drum Loop
Bob Thiele Jr. Synthesizer Accordian
Andy Abad Guitar
Jeff Scott Young Gut String Guitar
Technical Credits
Chris Smither Composer
Paul Brady Composer
John Hiatt Composer
Bonnie Raitt Composer, Producer, Horn Arrangements, Organ Arrangement
Richard Thompson Composer
Little Jimmy Scott Composer
Tom Snow Composer
Bonnie Hayes Composer
Shirley Eikhard Composer
Tonio K. Composer
Tchad Blake Producer, Engineer
Ed Cherney Engineer
Mitchell Froom Producer
David Gray Composer
The Heart Attack Horns Contributor
Gordon Kennedy Composer
Wayne Kirkpatrick Composer
Alan Licht Liner Notes
Bob Ludwig Mastering
John Paterno overdub engineer
Allen Shamblin Composer
Tommy Sims Composer
Don Was Producer
Oliver Mtukudzi Composer
Roy Rogers Composer
Texicali Horns Contributor
Norman Moore Art Direction
Michael Reid Composer
Dillon O'Brian Composer
Bob Thiele Jr. Arranger, Composer
John Shanks Composer
Jacqui Blake Digital Editing, Pro-Tools
Jimmy Scott Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WOW

    This CD is outstanding. It has some of her best works. It is a great mixture of songs and clearly shows her talent. This is a CD you can listen to again and again. If you are thinking about it, you must be a Bonnie Raitt fan so just buy it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best of Bonnie Raitt on Capitol 1989-2003

    Its nice to have all these great songs finally on one cd from the Capitol Years. Every one of these songs deserve to be on this, I wish she would put out a huge box set as a Barnes reviewer nicely put it. I'm sure the record companies could dig up all kinds of gems with so many recordings under her belt, not to mention all the recordings she done with so many in the musical world. Surely Warner Bros.(Bonnie's old label would work with her). She's also done so many live shows as well, surely there is a treasure chest full of great takes on songs. But for now this classic CD collection of some of Bonnie's best will more than do. Bonnie keeps on pushing herself and even though music has turned ugly on itself, the likes of Bonnie Raitt will forge on and keep those that love this kind of music chugging along. This belongs in everyones collection, excellent all the way through!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best of Bonnie Raitt on Capitol 1989-2003

    I bought the European version of this new USA release and the sound has improved, especially the first couple of Bonnie's Capitol releases, "NICK OF TIME"(now this sounds so much better with the added punch of remastering and all the selections are stand outs. Although her newer material featured here over the past 5 years received much less radio play and media buzz and non-existent videos to promote, its still very high quality Raitt and every bit as good as her "radio hits" during the first half of the 90's. From beginning to end of these 18 songs, this collection makes you smile, there really is only ONE Bonnie Raitt, slide guitar master and incredible vocalist, still after all these years into such a brillant career. I'm looking forward to many more Best of's!! Highlights are everywhere but I do love the inclusion of "Gnawin on it", "Have a Heart", "Love Letter" and Bonnie's increasing love of African textures in her music featuring "One belief Away" and the newer "Hear me lord". Bonnie is one classy lady that refuses to sell out for the money but cherishes the past musical greats who paved the way for all these current cast of 15 min fame money grappers. Although many of these collaborations were Don Was produced or co-produced, Bonnie chose to avoid the trappings of repeating herself with Was and went on to make many more creative blues based pop/ rockers, R&B nuggets and Funky songs, not to mention what she can do to a ballad! This long overdue set looks as good as it sounds.

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