Saturday, 2 June 2018
Bonnie Raitt - Bonnie Raitt (1971)
Released in 1971
Recorded at Lake Minnekonta, Minnesota
The sassy, redheaded veteran guitarist, singer and songwriter released her debut album way back in 1971.
It is a very rough and ready album, recorded on a farm by Bonnie and a group of her musician friends. Consequently, it has a few sound vaults, even on the “remastered” version but it is far more “pure” in its country blues style than later, rockier albums. There is much less pounding, electric instrumentation, concentrating on an acoustic, sparse, stripped back style.
Hints at the powerful blues rock that was to come in her career can be found in two standout tracks - “Mighty Tight Woman” and “Finest Lovin’ Man”. There is also the Janis Joplin-esque advice to the sisterhood in “Women Be Wise”.