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Nine Lives [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

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 (29 Oct 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rhino UK
  • ASIN: B00005Q46E
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 406,614 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. No Way to Treat a Lady
2. Runnin' Back To Me
3. Who But A Fool
4. Crime of Passion
5. All Day, All Night
6. Stand Up To The Night**
7. Excited*
8. Freezin'*
9. True Love Is Hard To Find*
10. Angel*

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Love or Hate Album 21 Aug 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Having read other people's reviews,I can understand why loyal BR fans would dislike "Nine Lives". Personally,the stand out tracks are "No Way to treat a lady" & "Who but a fool",plus others.

Another reason BR fans where not so keen on this release was the 1980's production,that was really AOR sounding,and of course more commercial for the time,but simply a million miles away from what her fanbase was used too. All that said and done,I still enjoy the album,it's not a classic but it's better than some other BR titles in my view
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2.0 out of 5 stars Only for Raitt completists... 14 Jun 2008
By G. E. Harrison TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This record was the follow-up to 'Green Light' which was one of Bonnie's better records in this period. It was originally called 'Tongue and groove' before Bonnie was dropped from Warners. Then it was resurected and partially re-recorded a couple of years later. Not surprisingly the results are pretty dreadful, I'd say it was Bonnie's worst ever record, despite some good songwriters and musicians being involved. Many of the tracks are bland 80s AOR and although Bonnie sings as well as ever there is no spark. For me the only highlights are the Eric Kaz ballad "Angel" and the Toots Hibbert reggae track "True Love Is Hard to Find", which features Bonnie's old mentor Sippie Wallace. This record is only for Raitt completists (like myself) any, and every, other one of her albums would be a better choice.
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2.0 out of 5 stars I bet Bonnie hates this one too! 5 Aug 2011
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Bonnie Raitt in the land of AOR/Pop? You gotta be kiddin' me? On 'Nine Lives' I assume that Raitt was trying to go for a more updated style which incorporated some of 80's musical key elements i.e. omnipresent keyboard/synths. Gone were the gentle, sexy, funky arrangements of her earlier albums. Replaced by 'big production' (typical for that period of time). The effect is that 'Nine Lives' sounds unconvincingly "trendy" and even worse, these songs could have been easily sung by Farrah Fawcett (Major), if she had been interested in singing this kind of second-hand AOR material. Songs like "No Way To Treat a Lady" or "Who But a Fool" sound almost like Cyndi Lauper/Pat Benatar cast off's. 'Baywatch' anyone?

This album was an uninspired attempt to gain some airplay and obviously considerable sales, but ended up being one of Bonnie Raitt's weakest albums. I'd like to think that Bonnie Raitt was compromised into recording this album that way and it wasn't her intention to trade her love and passion for the blues for this poor selection of tracks. Thankfully, Raitt re-emerged in 1989 with 'Nick of Time' which put her on back on the music map again and re-invented her career. Love Bonnie's work but, this album stinks. Not quite as poor as 'Sweet Forgiveness' but not far behind it. No wonder she left Warner after this!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Many Lives Of Bonnie Raitt 23 May 2009
By Andre S. Grindle - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Bonnie Raitt made quite a name for herself in the 70's an artistically triumphant (and occasionally successful) albums in the bluesy rock vein. By the mid 80's any commercial luck she'd had previous to this had dried up and sandwiched between the 1982 recording Green Light and her blockbuster Nick of Time there was this.Despite some of the reviews of this album having a sterile,antiseptic sound to it seem to be waving tha anti-80's music flag that at this point really needs to be re-evaluated.Fact is,throughout the 80's what you got for the most part was updated versions of the 70's sound.That is what makes the music of the decade so unique and maybe...so despised by some people. One of those 80's styles this album embraces fully is the concept of using contemporary technology to liven up the production and give it more energy.Bryan Adams puts forth the starter "No Way To Treat A Lady",a fierce rocker and a very memorable tune."Runnin Back To Me" does the same thing."Who But A Fool (Thief Into Paradise)" is an excellent example of what I choose to call "funk functioning as blues",featuring the TOP horn section and some wonderfully SHARP riffing from Bonnie's axe! A light pinch of synthesizer and handclap puncuate a similar type of tune "Freezin' (For A Little Human Love)"."Crimes Of Passion","True Love Is Hard To Find" and "Excited" are really the bluesiest numbers here and again rock pretty hard."All Day All Night" and "Stand Up To The Night" both infuse a reggae-rock rhythm to the occasion,the latter showcasing some particularly beefy singing from Bonnie.The album closes with it's lone ballad "Angel",featuring backup vocals from Fleetwood Mac's Christine McVie. It's funny that this album,recorded mid decade during the 80's was sandwiched between two fairly slick recordings that ended both the 70's (The Glow) and the 80's because this album has a lot of bright,intense sonics and the ammount of energy the music and Bonnie create on these sessions is nothing short of incredible.So much for sterile music!
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars End of the line.......... 1 May 2000
By J. Bilby - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I have to agree with the other reviews in regards to the overall quality of this. The sound of this whole mixed bag of tunes was way off for Bonnie Raitt and I believe she did what she could to regroup herself after the dissapointment in not being able to release her "Tounge and Groove" project in 1983 and only some of the songs made it to this, for the most part, failed effort. Everytime I hear "True love is hard to find" and hear the great Sippie Wallace singing background
vocals along with Bonnie in her last years will forever bring a smile to me. Those were strange times, trying to be heard next to the likes of all the wild music coming out from The Cure, The Cars to Echo to The Thompson Twins, Culture Club, Cyndi Lauper etc, Bonnie refused to be sold as a sexual artist and she suffered because the music seemed to be all about gimmicks and video flash. This was a very low point in Bonnies career and I think she pulled herself together once she got away from Warner Bros. and committed herself to what would be her greatest years to come throughtout the 1990's
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A UNDER RATED BONNIE RAITT CD.......should be 4 1/2 stars 16 May 2004
By Roger Murphey - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I've had this CD for years,it was my frist Bonnie Raitt CD. I'd play it all the time. I disagree with the reviewed that gave one only 1 star,this CD has a lot of GREAT SONGS like,NO WAY TO TREAT A LADY,RUNNIN BACK TO ME,CRIME OF PASSION and others .....I think this CD was over looked by the music industry, (a canidate for a grammy). If you like her Grammy CD's like,NICK OF TIME,AND LUCK OF THE DRAW,than you'll like this one, so buy it,and you'll hear Great songs that you just don't hear on the radio. I also love her other CD's that has Blues & Blues/Rock songs on it.......I'm waiting for a CD that has ALL BLUES,BLUES/ROCK on it from Bonnie....I would buy it up in a hart beat,a good title would be, THE QUEEN OF SLIDE(because she so great at side guitar),or THE QUEEN OF BLUES. Bonnie's helping keeping the blues alive!!! Have a Great time Shopping.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is not Country , it's Bonnie and Great Blues!! 27 May 2011
By Gary J. Chenett - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I am a lover of Blues and especially our many great Women Blues Artists.
You will not regreat this buy.
She is absolutely one of the best.

She is just fantastic......when you find someone as versitile as Bonnie you just have to know you are in for a great treat.....

This is a great buy and one I know that I will enjoy for many years.
Kick back and enjoy one fine lady giving you some great sounds and her voice..
5.0 out of 5 stars There's no one like her, Bonnie Rules 2 April 2013
By G. M. Kauger - Published on Amazon.com
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The headline says everything, she's the best ever. An early and really good one. Bonnie Rules. Nothing more to say.
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