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A wonderful package of Bonnie's back catalogue
on 4 March 2012
I envy anyone picking this up at such a great price, and for the treasures they will find contained within. Over the years, I've bought all of them on CD from Amazon to replace my old vinyl, and although Bonnie has never made a bad album some of her very best work is to be found on these recordings. They range from the end of her early period and into the years before Nick of Time and the modern commercial success that she enjoys today. The records she has made in this latter part of her career are all very fine but I believe the essential Bonnie is to be found on her earliest recordings and among the discs here. My two favourite albums of Bonnie's have always been the under-rated Streetlights and Sweet Forgiveness and you have them here. The first takes a bit of a step away from the blues and folk of her first records and it really suits her. Her voice has always been very expressive and she wrings all the longing and meaning out of beautiful material such as That Song About the Midway, and John Prine's aching masterpiece Angel From Montgomery. By Sweet Forgiveness I think she'd reached the peak of her early career and with a great group of musicians she made perhaps her finest recording. She'd also returned to that familiar mix of blues, folk and ballads, highlights being Paul Siebel's lovely vignette Louise (Which I think she still performs today) and a heart wrenching cover of Jackson Browne's My Opening Farewell that can leave the listener on the floor. The other discs here, if perhaps not quite as essential, will reward repeated listening and contain many gems worthy of discovery. Bonnie comes from a time when music was organic and hadn't yet been swallowed up by the corporations. You can hear what I mean on these recordings better than I could ever put it.