Best Bootlegs: Bonnie Raitt – Philadelphia 1972

Because I may not know music, but I know what you should like

… and where to find it1

Bonnie Raitt Live From Philadelphia’s Sigma Sound Studios

Although Bonnie Raitt would not become widely popular or, to use that less than felicitous phrase, commercially accessible until she released her Nick Of Time album in 1989 and Luck Of The Draw in 1991, she had been impressing critics, live audiences, and a devoted coterie of followers with her folk and rhythm and blues  performances at clubs in Boston, New York, and Philadelphia. (Raitt had moved to the East Coast from her California home in 1967 to enter Radcliffe College, majoring in African Studies.)

This bootleg from 1972 is an opportunity to appreciate and enjoy an outstanding example of Bonnie Raitt’s overwhelming musical gift when she sang as though she were playing in a  dorm or a living room. She’s vulnerable, sometimes girlish, and as delighted with her own performance as you will be.  All in all, it’s an intoxicating experience.

The set showcases the talented lineup of  Bonnie Raitt (guitar, piano, vocals),  Dan (Freebo) Freeberg (bass), T.J. Tindle (guitar, harp), and John Davis (harp). Not officially credited is guest guitarist John Hall from New Orleans.

Listening Sampler

These two selections from the Philadelphia 1972 track list are different in tone but both are marked by Raitt’s signature touch.

Bonnie Raitt – Blender Blues

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Bonnie Raitt – Stayed Too Long At The Fair

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Track List

Track 01. Mighty Tight Woman [04:03] (5.5MB)
Track 02. Rollin’ & Tumblin’ [04:23] (6.0MB)
Track 03. Any Day Woman [03:39] (5.0MB)
Track 04. Woman Be Wise [03:43] (5.0MB)
Track 05. Thank You [02:57] (4.0MB)
Track 06. Bluebird [03:38] (4.9MB)
Track 07. Finest Lovin’ Man [05:23] (7.4MB)
Track 08. Big Road [04:42] (6.4MB)
Track 09. Too Long At The Fair [02:50] (3.9MB)
Track 10. Under The Falling Sky [04:04] (6.1MB)
Track 11. Walking Blues [03:59] (5.4MB)
Track 12. Can’t Find My Way Home [03:06] (4.2MB)
Track 13. Richland Woman Blues [03:52] (5.3MB)
Track 14. Blender Blues [03:32] (4.8MB)
Track 15. Radio Jingle Promo [01:04] (1.4MB)
Track 16. Since I Fell For You [02:50] (3.9MB)

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The tracks are in mp3 format (sample rate of 192 kbps) that are downloaded from the site’s own servers (rather than from a service like RapidShare) so no code needs to be entered and no decompression of files is necessary.The MP3s are not DRM-protected and can be loaded onto and played by an iPod, SanDisk Sansa Fuze, Sony Walkman, Zune, or the knockoff special you bought on eBay.

This bootleg is available for a limited time only so if it is of interest to you, get it now at roio – the bigO audio archive.

  1. This post is part of the Heck Of A Guy Best Bootlegs Series. An explanation of this project is included in the first post in this category: Best Bootlegs: Otis Redding – A Soupçon Of Soul. []

3 responses to “Best Bootlegs: Bonnie Raitt – Philadelphia 1972

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  2. Got here via Susie’s link above. I was a Bonnie fan (still am) and bought her first five albums. I kept wondering why it took 15 years for the rest of the music world to catch up to me.

    Nice cuts. Thanks.

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