Road Tested

Road Tested

by Bonnie Raitt
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Road Tested

In a 24-year recording career, Bonnie Raitt had not previously released a live album, so this concert set was overdue. Coming off three multi-platinum studio albums, Raitt and Capitol pulled out all the stops, compiling a 22-track, double-disc package from dates recorded in July 1995 in Portland and Oakland. Raitt ranged over her career, reaching back to her early folk-blues days and forward to the pop
ock songs that finally made her a big star in the late '80s and early '90s. She also shared the spotlight with such guests as Bruce Hornsby, Ruth Brown, Charles Brown, Kim Wilson of the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Bryan Adams, and Jackson Browne. But that didn't keep an artist who has spent the bulk of her career pleasing live audiences rather than cutting hits from displaying her personal warmth along with her singing and playing skills. She also introduced half a dozen songs new to her repertoire, including a surprising cover of Talking Heads' "Burning Down the House" and a few that had potential to help promote the album as singles, including "Never Make Your Move Too Soon" and "Shake a Little." Inexplicably, Capitol (which probably wished the album had been a more reasonably priced single disc) failed to bring the record home to consumers. The company's choice for a single was the anonymous Adams rocker "Rock Steady," done as a duet with him -- apparently, they were confusing Raitt with Tina Turner. As a result, the album stopped at gold, spending less than six months in the charts. Despite that commercial disappointment, it will be for many Bonnie Raitt fans an example of her at her best that effectively bridges the two parts of her career, and also a good sampler for first-time listeners.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/07/1995
Label: Capitol
UPC: 0724383370528
catalogNumber: 33705
Rank: 50997

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bonnie Raitt   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Slide Guitar
Charles Brown   Piano,Vocals
Jackson Browne   Guitar,Accordion,Vocals,Track Performer
Bruce Hornsby   Piano,Accordion,Vocals,Track Performer
Ruth Brown   Vocals,Track Performer
Kim Wilson   Harmonica,Vocals,Track Performer
Benmont Tench   Organ,Hammond Organ
Glen Clark   Harmonica,Keyboards,Vocals,Track Performer,Vocal Harmony
Debra Dobkin   Percussion,Vocals
Ricky Fataar   Drums
Marty Grebb   Piano
James "Hutch" Hutchinson   Bass,Vocals
Mark T. Jordan   Guitar,Mandolin,Keyboards,Vocals,Track Performer,Vocal Harmony
George Marinelli   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Jamie Muhoberac   Keyboards
Keith Scott   Guitar,Tremolo

Technical Credits

Chris Smither   Composer
Jackson Browne   Composer
David Byrne   Composer
Jerry Harrison   Composer
John Prine   Composer
Bonnie Raitt   Composer,Producer
Richard Thompson   Composer
Little Jimmy Scott   Composer
Tom Snow   Composer
Bonnie Hayes   Composer
Shirley Eikhard   Composer
Mississippi Fred McDowell   Composer
Brant Biles   Engineer
Ed Cherney   Producer,Engineer
John Cregar   Drum Technician
Chris Frantz   Composer
Paul Middleton   House Sound
Don Was   Producer
Tina Weymouth   Composer
Dan Cook   Stage Manager
Tommy Steele   Art Direction
Norman Moore   Artwork,Art Direction
Mike Wheeler   Lighting Technician
Gretchen Peters   Composer
John Gonzales   Guitar Techician
Tom Thompson   Lighting Technician
Bill Neighbors   Executive Producer
Doug Gherna   Monitor Engineer
Lorraine Day   Cover Photo
Don Covay   Composer

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Road Tested 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
glauver More than 1 year ago
Bonnie Raitt had restarted her career when she made this double CD set in 1995. The music was a bit more raw than the slick studio productions she had been turning out and she shared the stage with quite a few guests. After a listen, I think her covers of other artists like John Hiatt, Richard Thompson, and Talking Heads are better than her own songs. I found this set at a thrift shop so cost was not an issue. Listeners on a budget might want to check the track listing and running time on the single disc import version that is now available.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago