BONNIE RAITT "SWEET FORGIVENESS"
***1977 "PALM TREE" LABEL 1st PRESS***
DEADWAX: (SIDE 1) BS-1 2990 LW-1 (1st Press); (SIDE 2) BS-2 2990 LW-5 (5th PRESS)
Since Home Plate brought Bonnie Raitt within shooting distance of the Top 40, thereby being the greatest chart success she yet attained, it made sense that she re-teamed with its producer Paul A. Rothchild for its follow-up, Sweet Forgiveness. Rothchild's modus operandi remains slickness, but he has backed away from his fondness for studio musicians, letting Raitt record the majority of the record with her touring band (who only were spotted occasionally throughout Homeplate). All this means is that the near-hit "Runaway" is almost a ringer, largely because it's a poor choice for Raitt's sweetly funky Californian rock that was obviously designed as a bid for a single, therefore it was slicked up more than the rest of the record (which remains slick, but not glossy). Sweet Forgiveness is actually looser than Homeplate, a little less constrained. Then why isn't it quite as successful, artistically? That comes down to a selection of songs that aren't quite as effective as those Raitt usually picks -- and, in that sense, "Runaway" was a good indicator of the album. However, the selection of material isn't bad. If the tunes don't happen to form into a whole, it's still filled with great moments, from Earl Randall's opener "About to Make Me Leave Home" to Karla Bonoff's closer "Home." Sweet Forgiveness may not be one of Raitt's unqualified successes (despite its hit status), it's still a solid record, one that's hard to deny if you're already a Raitt fan. (AMDB)
Bonnie Raitt – Sweet Forgiveness
Label: Warner Bros. Records – BS 2990
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: US Released: 1977
A1 About To Make Me Leave Home 4:11
A2 Runaway 3:53
A3 Two Lives 3:47
A4 Louise 2:43
A5 Gamblin' Man 3:25
B1 Sweet Forgiveness 4:07
B2 My Opening Farewell 5:17
B3 Three Time Loser 3:15
B4 Takin' My Time 3:34
B5 Home 3:25
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Warner Bros. Records Inc.
Copyright (c) – Warner Bros. Records Inc.
Recorded At – Sunset Sound Recorders
Recorded At – Elektra Sound Recorders
Acoustic Guitar – Fred Tackett
Art Direction, Photography By – John Van Hamersveld, John Van Hamersveld
Bass [Fretless Bass] – Freebo
Drums – Dennis Whitted
Electric Guitar – Will McFarlane
Engineer – John Haeny, John Haeny, Roger Mayer, Roger Mayer
Keyboards – Jeff Labes
Management [Business Above The Usual] – Dick Waterman, Garry George
Producer – Paul A. Rothchild
Strings [Mandocello] – David Grisman
Synthesizer, Organ – Bill Payne
Vocals, Slide Guitar – Bonnie*
Notes: 1977 issue -> Palm Tree Label; Recorded in 1976-77
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