ARTIST: Bonnie Raitt
TITLE: Bonnie Raitt
YEAR RELEASED: 1971
CHART ACTION: None
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: She covered a lot of songs from blues, soul and rock.
LINEUP: Bonnie Raitt and a whole slew of friends.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Young blues guitarist and singer makes great initial impression with a mature, thoughtful and mellow blues album.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Raitt’s first album established her as a young up-and-coming blues performer. Covering two songs from obscure feminist blues performer Sippie Wallace, as well as numbers Stephen Stills and the Marvelettes and jazz pianist Buddy Johnson, she put a distinctive stamp on those songs. The two originals also fit right into the mood and vibe she was after.
The arrangements have horns, flute, and other acoustic instruments – Raitt plays acoustic and slide guitar mostly. Most popular ‘blues rock’ at the time used highly amplified guitars and were loud, loud, loud. This is the total opposite.
Everything has a nice laid back feel to it. It’s a record to put on with candles, a beverage and your thoughts.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: This was recorded at a defunct summer camp on Lake Minnetonka.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.
GRADE: A-: Hard to believe that she was just 21 when this was released.