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The Best of Bonnie Raitt Original recording remastered, Best of

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  • Audio CD (Sept. 30 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Best of
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B0000C6FI7
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,262 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Thing Called Love
2. Nick Of Time
3. Have A Heart
4. Love Letter
5. Something To Talk About
6. I Can't Make You Love Me
7. Not The Only One
8. Love Sneakin' Up On You
9. You
10. Dimming of the Day
11. Love Me Like A Man
12. Spit of Love
13. One Belief Away
14. Lover's Will
15. I Can't Help You Now
16. Gnawin' On It
17. Silver Lining
18. Hear Me Lord

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With nine Grammy Awards, more than 15 million album sales and a membership in the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame under her belt, this babe from Burbank, California has established herself as the world's top rock-'n'-soul blues woman. The first-ever "best-of" for this wonderful vocalist and guitar slinger, this definitive collection rounds up 18 classics from Bonnie's best-selling Capitol albums.

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This album is a superb compilation! Eighteen of Bonnie's best from 1989 to 2003 are crafted into a powerful collection that showcases her brilliant talent. I distinctly remember the first time I heard Bonnie Raitt's superb voice blending seamlessly with a blistering guitar soaring over a shuffle groove. The year was 1989, and the song was "Thing Called Love." Every track on the Grammy-winning "Nick of Time" was a tapestry woven from heartache, passion, and soul-wrenching honesty. The phenomental "Nick of Time" album became my introduction to the lady and her music, and I eagerly added her subsequent releases to my collection. A Bonnie Raitt album is more than a song list, it's a journey into human emotion, and the songs are chosen to complement each other. "Nick of Time" shares a feeling about growing older, with heart-felt intensity. Both "Love Letter" and "Have a Heart" are gut-wrenching reflections, penned by songwriter Bonnie Hayes. "Something to Talk About" is pure tongue-in-cheek humor of turning the tables on the busybodies, and you can almost hear a smile in Bonnie's voice, as she tears through this tune and the grooving "Love Sneakin' Up on You." The sadness pervading lost love in "I Can't Make You Love Me" is underscored by the passionate keyboardist Bruce Hornsby. Bonnie displays so much depth and feeling into such tunes as "You" and "Not the Only One." The equally blistering guitar and vocals sizzle on Bonnie's self-written "Spit of Love," a superb showcase of the songwriter's talent at work. It's a great complement to her other self-written tunes on this album. Bonnie sings about every emotion, and pours her heart and talent into every song.Read more ›
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There aren't many influences out there that are still making it happen in the industry, when it comes to performing the Blues. Ironically, there aren't that many singers who can feel the Blues these days, either. For Bonnie Raitt, the Blues have been an unbelieveable part of her life, that helped earn her so many new fans, when everybody thought she was washed up in the early 80's.
The Best Of Bonnie Raitt, is a collection of some of her biggest songs, from her Capitol Records era. Every single song here is truly measured, from her Grammy-Winning albums Nick Of Time, and Luck Of The Draw, all the way to her lesser known albums, Fundamental and Silver Lining. There are so many good songs here that still, continue to show the trends like Something To Talk About, Thing Called Love, and Love Sneakin' Up On You, and I Can't Make You Love Me. Still, like most Greatest Hits Records, there seems to have flaws, and this one is no acception. There are a few good songs Bonnie recorded that weren't highlighted here, including her cover of Roy Orbison's You Got It, from the Whoopi Goldberg movie Boys On The Side, and her performances from her 1995 live record Road Tested, including Rock Steady with Bryan Adams. That was released on a similar Greatest Hits package across the Atlantic, and in Europe.
It is still just a shame that many people don't seem to know how to make quality Greatest Hits collections. Even though Bonnie Raitt, has truly made an impact on the Blues, they just aren't filled with them right here. Hopefully, the next Greatest Hits collection will be better. If You're a True Blue fan of Bonnie Raitt, I suggest you still get this collection.
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This CD is really good, from beginning to end. There is a consistency in the quality of performance, song writing, and the recording quality. It's a very good sounding CD, very balanced. Yes, it's true that "I Can't Make You Love Me" sounds like it could have been a Phil Collins hit ballad, but it's a well crafted song and it's well performed, and well captured, and Bonnie sounds great singing it. The reason I deducted 1 star from the rating is that, for me, it would have been perfect if it included a few more of her live tracks from "Road Tested, esecially "Rock Steady" and "Burning Down the House".

There seems to be mixed reviews about this CD, which is misleading because the negatives reviews are not really about this CD. Those people who gave a low rating to this CD simply don't like the more pop oriented songs found here (as mentioned above). They prefer her earlier, more purely blues repertoire and are criticizing her for "selling out". Personally, I think they're all full of s***! and here's why:

* Raitt already has other hits CD's of her earlier, bluesier material. If you prefer that music, buy one of those CD's instead (and rate it higher). Her truest fans probably own both.

* The mainstream public didn't really know much about Raitt until she had some big hits like "Something to Talk About". She had been around for many years and was highly regarded by musicians and other people "in-the-know" but wasn't well known outside the cricle and didn't sell nearly as many recordings. Having some "commercial" hits does not make her any less talented and should not make any of her previous releases any less viable.
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