Bland Crowder | Richmond, Virginia | 12/23/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"People, this album costs SEVEN DOLLARS. It is probably Bonnie's best album. Take advantage of this opportunity.
It was the summer of 1973, and I was 21. I had never heard of Bonnie Raitt. I had been enveloped in Motown and Aretha Franklin (which is cool) for years. A girl I was working with on an archaelogical dig said "Get this record." I took her word for it and will always be indebted to her. I got this and the first one, Bonnie Raitt. I was instantly hooked, and it's not exaggerating to say that this changed my life. This changed my life. Both albums are terrifically underproduced, recorded live or next to it, real, amazing. I mean, one guy recorded naked. There was a dog. Her band and the music are prime.
Not only did this album teach me who Bonnie Raitt was, it started introducing me to those key blues folks who played with Bonnie and whom Bonnie played and toured with (including the wonderful Sippie Wallace, whom I was so lucky to see once with Bonnie), Jackson Browne, Chris Smither (I mean, PEOPLE), Joel Zoss (I instantly got his album), Barbara George, Eric Kaz and Libby Titus, some fine songwriters. I learned what bottleneck slide was, and what a virtuoso was.
Get it get it get it. Why this album costs $7 is beyond me, but SOMEONE'S missing the boat. You need to catch it.