When Bonnie Raitt got her big breakthrough album, Nick Of Time, in 1989, the general feeling was that her time had come. After all, she had released her debut album back in 1971 and spent the time in between gigging and honing her craft. The Nick Of Time and Luck Of The Draw (1991) albums showed a matured Raitt with a commanding presence.
But even in the early years, she had the ability to stop listeners in their tracks. Sarah, writing at sheplaysmusic.com, posted: “My love affair with blues and the legendary Bonnie Raitt began in 1977 when I was 13 years old. I was in my bedroom listening to a local top 40s station when the tuner on my antiquated clock radio became stuck between channels. In tuning it I landed WMMR in Philadelphia and heard the most amazing thing. Bonnie Raitt’s Blender Blues was playing. It was a live recording from Philly’s Sigma Sound Studions from, I believe, 1972 or so. Bonnie Raitt became my hero and I listened to the radio often to hear that song especially.”
While Raitt was still promoting her self-titled debut album at this show, she also snucked in Too Long At The Fair and Under The Falling Sky from her second album, Give It Up, which would only be released in September 1972.
Fans who heard this show have raved about it – both for Raitt’s performance (she was only 22) and for its very good audio quality. Thanks to tranbert for sharing the lossless tracks on the net and to email@example.com for the artwork.
No idea who penned these notes that accompanied the tracks but they make fine reading.
“Like any story passed on with some music this needs to be taken with a grain of salt. Here what was told to me and this is what I know.
“An intern at WMMR in the ’80s recorded this show to an analog source. Being such a tremendous recording this individual longed to re-record the master reel straight to a digital source as they became increasingly popular in the early ’90s. At this point the intern had moved on and no longer had this type of access. However, he remembered periodically that the studio or the station allowed access to the ‘records room’ for research activity. Posing as a university affiliate doing research on ’70s radio advertising, this individual gained access to the master reels with a portable Sony DAT deck. The room was laid out with shelves with tables on the far end with cassette decks, reel to reel and ‘cart’ type recorders. Unplugging the cart recorder and connecting the DAT deck, history was then digitized.
“At this time I was working at a mail order facility selling DAT tapes. Which at the time were very expensive, US$12 or more per tape. The individual with this Bonnie recording told us the story above. Is it true? Who knows but he use to buy DAT tapes from us regularly. He made us a cassette of this famous recording and we bugged him to make us a DAT copy for months. He did not have the means to do DAT to DAT. On a visit to the ’store’ in Stamford in 1992 we finally were able to make one DAT clone. I subsequently cloned that DAT.”
Also, thanks to WMMR producer Dennis Wilen for the feedback.
John Davis (harmonica)
Dan (Freebo) Freeberg (bass)
Bonnie Raitt (guitar, piano, vocals)
T.J. Tindle (guitar, harmonica)
01. Mighty Tight Woman (Wallace) 4.03
02. Rollin & Tumblin (Morganfield) 4.23
03. Any Day Woman (Siebel) 3.39
04. Woman Be Wise (Wallace/Bench) 3.42
05. Thank You (Raitt) 2.58
06. Bluebird (Stills) 3.37
07. Finest Lovin Man (Raitt) 5.24
08. Big Road (Johnson) 4.42
09. Stayed Too Long At The Fair (Zoss) 2.50
10. Under The Falling Sky (Browne) 4.30
11. Walkin Blues (Johnson) 4.00
12. Can’t Find My Way Home (Winwood) 3.06
13. Richland Woman Blues (Hurt) 3.51
14. Blender Blues (Raitt) 3.32
15. Radio Jingle Promo 1.05
15. Since I Fell for You (Johnson) 2.50