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Give It Up Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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1972 classic with Nothing Seems to Matter and Too Long at the Fair !


Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 5, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 1972
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B00005YW4S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,453 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Themis-Athena on March 5, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I didn't get to see Bonnie Raitt live until she was a big enough star to fill large concert halls, but whenever I'm trying to imagine what it must have been like to attend one of her appearances in the Cambridge, MA blues clubs where she started out way back when in the early 1970s, this is one of the albums I listen to. "Give It Up," released 1972, was Bonnie Raitt's second album, and it brims with the liveliness of the 22 year-old singer who only recently had nicked a college degree in African studies for a full-fledged career as a musician. Yet, all those live appearances before she landed her record deal had already given her an incredible amount of self-confidence: This was not an insecure, directionless young thing who had barely outgrown her teenage years; nor, for that matter, a high-powered starlet whose career was taking off with rocket speed only to fizzle soon thereafter, as quickly as it had begun. No: this was a young woman who knew exactly where she wanted to go, both musically and lyrically; and all the trademark characteristics of the artist her fans would grow to admire over the course of the following 30 years were already in place, most notably her breathtaking skills as a guitar player, her vocal skills, running the gamut from sassy to sad, and that feeling for the blues which, even at the very beginning of her career, had already gained her the respect of the entire Delta blues elite from John Lee Hooker to Sippie Wallace.

"Give It Up" is a low-key recording with an almost improvised "live in the studio" feeling, and the one impression that stands out more than any other while listening to it is the obvious fun which all participants must have had during its production.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Christopher P. Cavas on March 3, 2005
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Bonnie at her best, before she tried disco and pop. No white chick could touch Bonnie in those days for true soul. I had all her albums - this one was never topped. And if you don't stop whatever you're doing and get all misty-eyed at "Stayed Too Long At The Fair," your heart ain't beatin'.

I saw her a few months after this album came out, at the Cellar Door in D.C., on stage with only Freebo the bass player (John Prine was the opening act). Fantastic night - those were the days.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 21, 2001
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This is the album that made me the musician that I am today; confused, directionless, and moody. Seriously, when this record came out, it introduced countless young folks to musical genres to which they'd never been exposed; from the dixieland-esque opener, Give it Up or Let Me Go, to the torchy, If you Gotta Make a Fool, to the rockin', Under the Falling Sky, she somehow wove style after style together with her bluesy thread. (and the 'over-arrangement' the Singapore reviewer heard is what most people call the best groove on the record) It is one of my top three favorite recordings ever. Nouveau Bonnie fans may find it primitive, but if you are a true aficionado, you know it is the reason she's been around for so long.
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35 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 14, 2002
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This album and all of Bonnie Raitt's first three albums were her best work, period. Her first disappointing album was her fourth, Streetlights, and although I was happy to see her get the long overdue recognition at the grammies, I just can't connect with most of the music she's been doing during her "successful" years. In her first three albums, she struck the right balance between blues, bawdiness, sincerity, and fun. Best of all there was no trace of the maudlin quality that crept into some of her later songs, nor was there the plain raunchiness that she's selling today with "Gnawin' on it." If your reaction to Bonnie singing "I Can't Make you Love Me" is the same as mine "Oh, get over it," you might like her early work better, it's just great blues, great music, without the self-involvement and the self-pity.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By E. Laway on February 26, 2006
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It is refreshing to read reviews from fans who were actually there when this CD was first released (as an album, ofcourse) back in '72, because listening to it today, one can also feel the same adoration for Bonnie. My stance is that, if you truly call yourself a music lover, then this CD is a must. It is gorgeous to listen to from the first song to the last. The musicians are in mint condition, and I must I agree with a reviewer who stated that this CD gives you the feeling of a casual studio session with everyone very relax and just there to make beautiful music. It is mainly Blues tinge but you will notice some New Orleans style dixieland blues in "Give it Up or Let Me Go" and "You Got to Know How." It makes you think that Bonnie is from the South, but she was actually born in Burbank, CA back in 1949. Wow, She a real Gem!!!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on January 24, 2005
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Bonnie's first love is the blues but her music incorporates other influences including pop, folk and R+B. With three self-penned songs (Give it up, Nothing seems to matter, You told me baby) and seven other songs from diverse sources, this is one of Bonnie's finest albums, showing how she has pulled those different musical styles together.

The covers include the R+B classics I know (Barbara George) and If you gotta make a fool of somebody (originally recorded by James Ray, it became a major UK hit for Freddie and the dreamers, though I suspect that it was James Ray's version that inspired Bonnie's outstanding cover). Other great covers include Love has no pride (an Eric Kaz song that I first discovered on Linda Ronstadt's album, Don't cry now) and Under the falling sky (Jackson Browne).

This album, along with Bonnie's other early albums, did not receive the attention it deserved at the time, but as her reputation has grown, more people are learning just how good Bonnie's music really is - all of it, but especially those early albums.
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