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Bonnie Raitt And Friends [Live, Import]

Bonnie Raitt Audio CD
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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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  • Audio CD (6 Nov 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Live, Import
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000HT1WNI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 147,319 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Introduction
2. Unnecessarily Mercenary
3. I Will Not Be Broken (Live)
4. God Was In The Water
5. Gnawin' On It
6. You
7. Love Letter
8. Two Lights In The Nighttime
9. Well, Well, Well
10. Something To Talk About (Live)
See all 12 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Unnecessarily Mercenary (5.1 Surround Sound)
2. I Will Not Be Broken (5.1 Surround Sound)
3. God Was In The Water (5.1 Surround Sound)
4. Gnawin' On It (5.1 Surround Sound)
5. You (5.1 Surround Sound)
6. Papa Come Quick (5.1 Surround Sound)
7. No Gettin' Over You
8. Love Letter (5.1 Surround Sound)
9. Crooked Crown (5.1 Surround Sound)
10. Trinkets (5.1 Surround Sound)
See all 17 tracks on this disc

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Judging from her two live releases, this and 1995's Road Tested, everyone's favorite slide-guitar-playing, rootsy redhead loves working with other musicians. Generally known for raising the visibility of older blues and R&B legends such as Ruth Brown and Charles Brown, she invites more contemporary stars Ben Harper, Norah Jones, Keb' Mo' and Alison Krauss along for this set. Recorded during a September 2005 evening, this slick package catches Raitt and her muscular four-piece on tour supporting Raitt's 2005 album Souls Alike. Perhaps not surprisingly, the setlist is heavily weighted to that album, with nearly half the selections drawn from it. Although those songs are well played, they don't differ markedly from the studio versions. It would have been more interesting to cherry-pick older, more obscure material from Raitt's extensive career. Regardless, the duets work well in a restrained VH1 way, with Harper the highlight as he lays into the gospel "Well, Well, Well" and the double-barreled slide showcase "Two Lights in the Nighttime." Raitt's in fine fettle throughout, slinging stinging slide solos and singing with her usual emotional fervor. --Hal Horowitz

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Muse 21 April 2012
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Saw Bonnie in Cardiff. A great singer and songstress and I think she can kick ass. Country and Rock blended together. She also helped Musicians in New Orleans after Hurrican Katrina devasted the City by putting on concerts to raise money. She also supports a number of Charitable organisations. More info on Bonnie

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars groovy 17 April 2012
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if you like Bonnie you'll love this some great footage of her key numbers as well as some different stuff - duet with Norah Jones particularly good I think.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bonnie Raitt and friends 28 Mar 2012
By Bella
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have only just discovered the musical talents of this lady, she is very versatile, and this D.V.D. of her in action was great to see.---I will be buying more of her albums.
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5 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars bonnie raitt and friends 27 Oct 2007
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bonnie is so good at what she doz, and this cd/dvd is a must. not just to hear her but to see her and friends play wow play turn that sound way up man. joe.w uk
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bonnie Is Consistently Good 8 Sep 2006
By Thomas D. Ryan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Bonnie Raitt is certainly one of the most consistent artists of the past 35 years. While that might mean that her work is often predictable, it also means that it is usually very good. Since her debut, Raitt's approach hasn't really changed much at all; she still mixes ballads, rock, and folk-oriented music and infuses all of it with a strong sense of the blues. About the only thing that has changed over the years is the level of recognition that she receives. The combination of her voice and slide-guitar tone is now instantly recognizable by just about anyone, and here numerous Grammy awards have helped elevate her to a semi-legendary status.

"Bonnie Raitt and Friends" celebrates her career by presenting a live performance that captures the essence of her artistry, and pairs her with some special guests. Surprisingly, virtually none of the songs performed are taken from the first half of her career, which I see as a good thing. Although I love the material on her early albums "Taking My Time," "Home Plate" and others, those songs have grown a bit shopworn over the years. "Love Has No Pride" and "Angel from Montgomery" do not make the cut, while newer songs like "Crooked Crown" and "I Don't Want Anything to Change" are prominently featured. I believe the oldest song from her repertoire that appears here is "Love Letter," from 1989's "Nick of Time" album. The emphasis on newer material provides this collection with a sense of freshness that is exceptional, especially for an artist with a four-decade career.

While each song is performed beautifully, the pace of the show varies from lachrymose to lukewarm. Special guests enliven things a bit, with appearances by Keb Mo', Alison Krauss, Ben Harper, Jon Cleary (who is a bonafide bandmember) and Norah Jones. Ben Harper's performance is simply functional, and Norah Jones is predictably laid back, but special mention should be made of Keb Mo' and Alison Krauss. Mo' and Raitt share a natural affinity that is mutually complimentary, as if they had been playing together for years. Krauss, meanwhile, is a perfect partner for Raitt, with a voice that is equally resonant and a musicianship that represents `state of the art' Americana. Any fan of either of these beautiful and talented musicians owes it to themselves to hear their duet on the gorgeous sad ballad "You." The CD and DVD duplicate one another, but the DVD also includes interviews with each of the artists, which are worth seeing if only for the candor and mutual respect they convey. This generosity of spirit is a prime ingredient that defines the music of Bonnie Raitt, and it is abundantly clear throughout "Bonnie Raitt and Friends." B+ Tom Ryan
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Cheap Product....could have been better 2 Oct 2006
By kireviewer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I was worried about how good this would be when I saw the cover. It is a cheap looking cover. It looks like one of those junky CD's you order on late night TV. Maybe something KTel puts out. It turns out that it is not horrible, is actually pretty good, but it could have been much better.

This is a video of a VH1 produced concert. The video is 90 minutes. It comes with a CD that contains 11 of the 17 songs. The CD is only 52 minutes long. I don't know why they didn't include more songs on the CD. They could have easily gotten 4 to 5 more songs on it. Some of the best songs are left off of the CD.

The sound quality is OK, but could have been much better, especially for a concert that was produced specifically to be recorded. The sound is muddled at times and certain instruments seem far away. The drumming is too far up in some cases. The sound is especially bad on the CD. It gets better if you listen to it in 5.1 on the DVD.

This is one of those cheap and quick video filming and editing exercizes. The camera is always zooming in and out. No shot is held for more than a few seconds. Video are done this way because it is easy. You don't have to know the music or spend any time on the editing if you do it this choppy manner. But, there a few songs near the end where the shooting and editing is a little better. Maybe it is because the camera crew finally figured out which one was Bonnie Raitt.

The song selection and performances are mostly good, but not spectacular. I have seen Raitt and have live recordings that are much better. Most the hits she has done before, and most of the time they were better in the past. Although, none of the songs are bad here.

What I really like is the new material. Maybe that is because I have heard some of the older songs too many times. The newer stuff is different and refreshing. And as she says, they experiment a little more. It is actually more rock oriented.

Ovewrall, it is a nice Raitt CD. It isn't a bad place to start it you don't have anything else by her.

I WOULD LIKE TO RECOMMEND HER EARLIER LIVE ALBUM, ROAD TESTED, INSTEAD. IT IS SLIGHTLY BETTER. BUT GET THE DVD AND NOT THE CD.
24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is Bonnie at her best...... 16 Aug 2006
By J. Bilby - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I'm a long time fan and have seen Bonnie a kazillion times

over the years. This is a unique recording of some great music &

guests on here (Allison Krauss, Ben Harper, Keb Mo and Nora

Jones) and they just add that extra spicey flavor to make Bonnie's music even that much cooler. Funky stuff here,("Love

Letter" w/Keb, "Gnawin on it", "Unnecessarily Mercenary", w/ the

band, "Two Lights in the nighttime" w/ Ben Harper dueling slide

guitars on this one. Beautiful ballards "You" featuring Allison

Krauss and her harmony and fiddle, "I don't want anything to

change" w/Nora Jones, and also with Nora the great duet on

"Tennesee waltz", great recordings of "Papa come quick",w/ Allison, "Something to talk about", "No getting over you",w/Keb

the newer cuts "I will not be broken" and my favorite on

SOULS ALIKE "God was in the water". The sound is superior on

the DVD, crisp you can here every little pluck, everything

is there, never slick but real music from excellent musicans.

Bonnie Raitt has such a huge song cataloge its impossible

to get to everything but she does manage to highlight the

best of what she does. Vh1 classic does a great job with this,

I found the lighting and visuals excellent its busy but it

keeps everything moving right along. This is a highlight in Bonnie Raitts career and

not to be missed. I still can't get over just how awesome the

sound is on my sound system, the surround sound recording

on the DVD is really exceptional.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining and a great way to show her in concert 18 Aug 2006
By Michael Wheeler - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Bonniw Raitt for years has been a great slide guitar player. Her roots have always been in the blues.
She seems to like the Mississippi Delta Blues players like Mississippi Fred McDowell and Robert Johnson among others.
She also keeps up on current players such as Keb Mo and Ben Harper.
Keb Mo and Ben Harper infact appear on this DVD/CD and are in top form along with Bonnie. Bonnie is very "At Home" with her guests. Ben Harper joins her for a song called "Well, Well, Well, which is a treat to any blues fan. It is also the highlight of the night in my opinion.
Bonnie also invites Allison Kraus and Norah Jones to sing with her. Norah does a bluesy version of Tennesse Waltz, that will give the song new life as you listen to it.
This special gave her a chance to showcase her current album Souls Alike.
Bonnie has one of the finest live bands you will ever want to hear and the sound is phenominal.
I have never had the chance to see Bonnie Raitt live, so I watch this and her other live DVD as well.
Bonnie holds her own with many blues players and over the years has established her own style of slide guitar playing.
Bonnie is now one of the true great blues players in the world and this DVD will let you know why.......I would recommend this to anyone who likes Bonnie Raitt or who likes the blues........
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Music - Bad edition? 29 Dec 2006
By Vicente Roa - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I got this CD+DVD from Amazon UK and found it a great concert. Bonnie has discovered a way to improve even more her songs. The duets with her friends are the best of the entire performance and this is already a reason to buy this pack.

But being a 2005 concert, the visual side is not so great. The background chosen for the event (a giant screen with light dots moving all the time) doesn't help to focus on the performers and the image is not as sharp as it should be. Compare it to concerts recorded lately like Musicares tribute to James Taylor, Mark Knopfler & Emmilou Harris Real Live Roadrunning or Lightning In A Bottle from various Blues legends including Bonnie Raitt and you will understand what I mean. They are pristine clear recordings, almost High Definition quality.

But to worsen the situation when you select the 5.1 Dolby Digital option from the menu, there is no sound at all from the center loudspeaker and very little from the surrounds (just like a delayed eco sound). It makes me think if the original DVD was recorded in Stereo and later "adapted" to 5.1.

As I thought there was a problem with this DVD I asked for a new one just to find it was in the same condition. I don't know if the problem lies in the European batch of records or if it happens the same worldwide. I would appreciate any other reviews about this question.

I gave only three stars to this set because of the edition. The music of Bonnie Raitt and the rest of performers well deserve five stars. The fact is that I don't think of returning it under any circumstances.
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