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Produced by R&B legend Jerry Ragavoy — best known for overseeing classic songs by Garnet Mimms, Howard Tate and Erma Franklin —Streetlights brings out the down-home soul in Bonnie Raitt. While not as energetic as her first three albums, Streetlights is focused and streamlined. There is a blue-flame simmer in this music that puts it on par with Ann Peebles, Otis Clay, Al Green and the rest of the Hi Records stable. Raitt is a natural for Howard Tate’s “Ain’t Nobody Home” and Allen Toussaint’s “What Is Success,” the latter a rumination on the nature of the music business: “What is success? Is it doing your own thing or to join the rest?” The natural poise and conviction in Raitt’s voice is a perfect fit for the slow-burning gospel of “I Got Plenty.” Even more impressive are her soulful interpretations of songs outside the R&B arena. She gives an effortless, earthy feeling to Joni Mitchell’s “That Song About the Midway” and turns John Prine’s “Angel from Montgomery” into an elegantly lonesome prayer.

Customer Reviews

This record has soul!

Despite the cookie cutter mentailty of critics who insist when an artist "softens" or commercializes their sound it automatically equates to some lessening of their veracity or general creative power this record has soul! That's right people. S-O-U-L. Adding strings on a few songs only changes the color of the voice. The skill and delivery of the singer does not change. The first song is profoundly sung and stunningly poetic.

Classic 70s Bonnie

"Streetlights" is classic Bonnie Raitt from the 70s, a staple of my college years & for several of my college friends as well. I saw her opening that Fall ('74) for Jackson Browne, also a longtime favorite, who I think was promoting his recently released "Late for the Sky". I was already a fan of his, & became a fan of Bonnie's as well, & still am. A really, really good record.


Listening to the roots of how she developed her sounds is incredible. In many ways, it is like listening to James Taylor's "James Taylor" (the Apple album) or his "Sweet Baby James." Streetlights is packed with great songs of various styles, each of which is a gem. If you like her 1990's commercial successes, you love this as well.


Born: November 8, 1949 in Burbank, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Long a critics' darling, singer/guitarist Bonnie Raitt did not begin to win the comparable commercial success due her until the release of the aptly titled 1989 blockbuster Nick of Time; her tenth album, it rocketed her into the mainstream consciousness nearly two decades after she first committed her unique blend of blues, rock, and R&B to vinyl. Born in Burbank, California, on November 8, 1949, she was the daughter of Broadway star John Raitt, best known for his starring performances in such smashes...
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