Give It Up

Give It Up

by Bonnie Raitt


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/05/2002
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227837822
catalogNumber: 78378
Rank: 65610

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bonnie Raitt   Primary Artist,Acoustic 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
Ed Thrasher   Art Direction
Kendall Pacios   Engineer

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Give It Up 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.