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Takin' My Time [Import]

Bonnie RaittAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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With the release of her nineteenth album, Slipstream, Bonnie Raitt is starting anew. The album marks her return to studio recording after seven years; it's coming out as the launch of her own label, Redwing Records; and it delivers some of the most surprising and rewarding music of her remarkable career, thanks in part to some experimental sessions with celebrated producer Joe ... Read more in Amazon's Bonnie Raitt Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 12, 1988)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B000002KEZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,812 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. You've Been In Love Too Long
2. I Gave My Love A Candle
3. Let Me In
4. Everybody's Cryin' Mercy
5. Cry Like A Rainstorm
6. Wah She Go Do
7. I Feel The Same
8. I Thought I Was A Child
9. Write Me A Few Of Your Lines/Kokomo Blues
10. Guilty

Editorial Reviews

Along with Give It Up, Bonnie Raitt's third album, Takin' My Time, stands as her finest work prior to her 1989 critical and commercial watershed, Nick of Time. Featuring an eclectic mix of pop, rock, blues, and soul, the material ranges from Eric Kaz's powerful ballad "Cry Like a Rainstorm" and Jackson Browne's "I Thought I Was a Child" to the snappy acoustic blues of Mississippi Fred McDowell's "Write Me a Few of Your Lines/Kokomo Blues" and the charming calypso "Wah She Go Do." Raitt is backed on the album by members of Little Feat as well as Taj Mahal, legendary New Orleans drummer Earl Palmer, and Rolling Stones sax man Ernie Watts, giving the album a loose, grooving vibe. Her versions of Mose Allison's smoldering "Everybody's Cryin' Mercy" and Randy Newman's sly "Guilty" are real standouts. --Daniel Durchholz

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer classic November 23, 2001
Format:Audio CD
The very first song I ever heard by Bonnie Raitt was "Everybody's Cryin' Mercy." And it was by a fluke that I had even heard this song. I had rented a 70s compilation album from the local public library and this song was on it. I immediately fell in love with Ms. Raitt's voice and tracked this album down. This song is still my favourite off Takin'My Time. Other highlights for me include Let Me In, Guilty, and Kokomo Blues. But the whole album from the first to last track is superb. And it's refreshing to listen to an artist like Raitt where so many moods are captured on one album, blues, reggae, folk, jazz, pop, you name it she plays it, especially on albums like Takin'My Time.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All time classic recording for Miss Bonnie April 5, 2002
Format:Audio CD
The Band had the brown album, The Allman Brothers had their Live at the Fillmore recording,Elton John -Tumbleweed Connection. This Bonnie Raitt recording stands right up against some of the all-time classics.This features a classic line-up with Freebo on bass, Taj Mahal, the incredible John Hall(Orleans)who wrote many songs for Janis Joplin and others, the Little Feat gang including Lowell George, Paul Barrere,Bill Payne and Sam Clayton, not to mention Jim Keltner on drums.With songs by Mose Allison, Fred McDowell,Jackson Browne and Chris Smither to name just a few, it would be hard to"go south" with an outing such as this.Had I realized this had just been re-mastered, I would not have picked up my third copy off of e-bay! A favorite of mine when it first came out, it remains in constant rotation on my turntable(yes! They still make those!)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Third album is a classic May 9, 2005
Format:Audio CD
A decade and a half before Bonnie captured the public imagination with her 1989 album, Nick of time, she was already building a solid reputation with her blend of blues, rock and folk music, of which this album is a fine example although the blues are the dominant influence here. It may not have been what mainstream commercial radio stations were looking for at the time but, like Bonnie's other early albums, continues to sell steadily while many bigger-selling artists of the time are now represented only by greatest hits compilations.

One reason why Bonnie's music stands the test of time so well is her uncanny ability to pick great songs that suited her outstanding, bluesy voice. Bonnie was also able to persuade some of the finest musicians of the day to play on her albums. On this album, the musicians include members of Little Feat (Lowell George among them), Taj Mahal and the brilliant saxophonist, Ernie Watts.

The set opens with You've been in love too long, a cover of a brilliant but relatively unknown Motown song that Barbara Acklin and Martha Reeves recorded. Bonnie doesn't usually cover Motown but her choice here is impeccable. More predictably, Bonnie covers songs written by some of the finest blues and rock songwriters such as Mose Allison (Everybody's crying mercy), Eric Kaz (Cry like a rainstorm), Jackson Browne (I thought I was a child), Fred McDowell (Write me a few of your lines / Kokomo blues) and Randy Newman (Guilty).

Maybe this isn't the place to begin a collection of Bonnie's music but it should be a high priority if you are interested in collecting at least some of her original albums.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well made music! December 9, 1999
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This album has been out now for over 25 years and still has a great, fresh, original sound. Listen to this right thru and you must wonder to yourself, how the hell did the musical community not get this great singer, guitarist activist and such a bluesdog for the music, this was her third album in as many years. She did love to pump out the music during the 70's. I love all these songs especially, Guilty, the Little Feat'ish, I feel the same, the playful, Let me In and the down & blues of Everybodys crying mercy and Write me a few of your lines/Kokomo blues and the opener we all danced in the isles at her concerts You've been in love to long and the folksy I gave my love a candle and the great jackson browne song I thought I was a child, the best!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Bonnie's Best April 11, 2004
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The first Bonnie Raitt album I ever bought, and after over 30 years, still my favorite. It'll bring you to tears, and bring you to your feet. Listen to it and wonder why it took so darn long for Bonnie to become a major star. Music doesn't get much better than this.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great CD December 20, 1999
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album when I was a junior in high school in 1973... and I still have it and play it all the time, and I am now 42 years old.... classic! The cover is of 30th. St. Station in Philadelphia....
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece March 6, 2006
By X. Ho
Format:Audio CD
This album was my first introduction to Bonnie Raitt some 33 years ago and I've never stopped loving it. For some strange reason the second track I Gave My Love A Candle got lodged so deeply in my head, I remember having a vivid dream about it and meeting Raitt, like some special discourse with a kindred soul. A very emotional experience (the dream & album) and though critics have named other albums as her best, this and the overlooked Fundamental remain my biggest faves. Takin My Time has great staying power.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars had the vinyl which was getting a little noisy... April 3, 2014
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in the triumvirate of the first three Bonnie Raitt LP's which are all exceptional and worthwhile...Takin My Time is like enjoying a glass of Jack Daniels in a moment of pure reverie...satisfying, emotionally fulfilling and lasting
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars From the first note...
From the first note you know this album is something special - and far ahead of its time. Loved by the critics, the album was not a commercial success in its day (1973). Read more
Published 12 days ago by Robert P. Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars I had forgotten how good this album is and it contains two of my ...
Bought this to complete my Raitt collection. I had forgotten how good this album is and it contains two of my favorites: "Guilty" and "Everybody's Crying Mercy". Read more
Published 22 days ago by Steven L Kruppner
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great album. Best sounding release I've found so far.
Published 1 month ago by G. John Grieco
4.0 out of 5 stars Bonnie Raitt can't make a bad recording!
Another fine effort!
Published 3 months ago by W. Serafin
5.0 out of 5 stars may be the best bonnie...
but then again i love the first two albums and 'streetlights', too. so glad that bonnie finally gained the success that came her way in the 90's, but it's a shame that so many of... Read more
Published 5 months ago by J. Ott
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Singing
Bonnie Raitt just may be the best female vocalist of her generation (as well as the next couple of generations), and this album is probably the best example of that. Read more
Published 6 months ago by DRF
5.0 out of 5 stars "Miss Bonnie!" --Norah Jones
For women who've known wisdom, within or without, all their lives (and mates, too!). I love the thirty-three LP. I like to share her music.
Published 6 months ago by Alison Akers
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Can never go wrong with Bonnie Raitt's music. Always like her music - voice & instrumentals - overall sound & musicianship.
Published 6 months ago by C. Ender
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Bonnie, then you must have this CD!!!!
Bonnie Raitt is one of the very best and this CD proves it! It's hard to pick my favorite album of hers, this ones up at the top of my list and is a " must have" for any... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Caryn A Husowech
5.0 out of 5 stars Bonnie Raitt's best
Simply the best Bonnie Raitt record. Great songs, soulful singing and a cooking rhythm section. I don't get tired of listening to this.
Published 12 months ago by Simon Thompson
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