by Bonnie Raitt


Bonnie Raitt had delivered three stellar albums, but chart success wasn't forthcoming, even if good reviews and a cult following were. So, she teamed with producer Jerry Ragovoy for Streetlights and attempted to make the crossover record that Warner so desperately wished she'd release. Over the years, the concessions that she made here -- particularly the middle-of-the road arrangements (as opposed to the appealingly laid-back sounds of her previous records), the occasional use of strings, but also some of the song selections -- have consigned Streetlights to noble failure status. There's no denying that's essentially what Streetlights is, but that makes it out to seem worse than it really is. It winds up paling to the wonderful ease and warm sensuality of her first three albums -- she only occasionally hits that balance -- but it's still undeniably pleasant, and there are moments here where she really pulls off some terrific work, including the opening cover of Joni Mitchell's "That Song About the Midway," a good version of John Prine's "Angel From Montgomery," and the much-touted take on Allen Toussaint's "What Is Success." It may be easy to lament the suppression of the laid-back sexiness and organic feel of Raitt's earlier records, but there's still enough here in that spirit to make this worthwhile.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
UPC: 0075992728621
catalogNumber: 2818

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Performance Credits

Bonnie Raitt   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
John Tropea   Guitar
Richard Davis   Bass,Electric Bass
Don Grolnick   Keyboards
David Lasley   Vocals,Background Vocals
Larry Wilcox   Strings,Horn
John Hall   Guitar
Ralph MacDonald   Percussion
Sharon Redd   Vocals,Background Vocals
Charlie Brown   Guitar
Lou Courtney   Vocals,Background Vocals
Tasha Thomas   Vocals,Background Vocals
David Matthews   Strings,Horn
Bob Babbitt   Bass,Electric Bass
Freebo   Bass,Electric Bass,Vocals
Jerry Friedman   Guitar
Steve Gadd   Drums
Paul Griffin   Keyboards
Carl Hall   Vocals,Background Vocals
Arthur Jenkins   Percussion
Jon Mayer   Keyboards
Jeff Mironov   Guitar
Leon Pendarvis   Keyboards
David Spinozza   Guitar
Natalie Venable   Vocals,Background Vocals
Don Groinick   Keyboards
Natalie Veneable   Background Vocals
Robert Mann   Guitar

Technical Credits

Larry Wilcox   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Harry Maslin   Engineer,Remixing
Jerry Ragovoy   Arranger,Producer
Bruce Tergesen   Engineer
Blaise Castellano   Engineer

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