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Sweet Forgiveness


Bonnie Raitt
Sweet Forgiveness

Warner Bros. Records


1. About To Make Me Leave Home 4:11
(Earl Randall)
Jec Publishing - BMI

2. Runaway 3:53
(Del Shannon / Max Crook)
Mole Hole Music / Belinda Music, Inc. - BMI

3. Two Lives 3:47
(Mark Jordan)
Jewelyard Music - ASCAP

4. Louise 2:43
(Paul Siebel)

5. Gamblin' Man 3:25
(Eric Kaz)
UA Music Co •• Inc. / Glasco Music Co. - ASCAP

6. Sweet Forgiveness 4:07
(Daniel Moore)
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. - BMI

7. My Opening Farewell
(Jackson Browne)
Open Window Music / Atlantic Music Corp. / Warner-Tamerlane Pub. Corp. - BMI

8. Three Time Loser 3:15
(Covay / Miller)
Pronto Music, Inc. - BMI

9. Takin' My Time 3:34
(Bill Payne)
Abraham Music - ASCAP

10. Home
(Karla Bonoff)
Sky Harbor Music - BMI


Recorded in 1976-77

Engineers: John Haeny, Sunset Sound Recorders, Los Angeles
Roger Mayer, Elektra Sound Recorders, Los Angeles

CD Remastered by Lee Herschberg
CDD Pre-Mastering by The Record Group

Special Thanks: Tony Perrone, Roger Mayer, Freebo and Garry for being there. Also John Haeny, Paul Black, Howard Burke for your guitar, Anna for your shirt, and everyone for their help.


The Band

Will McFarlane: electric guitar, slide guitar on "Takin'My Time"
Jeff Labes: Keyboards
Bonnie: Vocals, slide guitar, acoustic guitar on "Louise" and "Home," electric guitar on "My Opening Farewell"
Dennis Whitted: Drums
Freebo: Fretless bass, guitar on "Louise"

Additional Musicians Fred Tackett: Acoustic guitar
Bill Payne: Synthesizer and organ, Fender Rhodes on "Two Lives;' piano on "Home".
David Grisman: Mandocello
Sam Clayton: congas on "Sweet Forgiveness"
Norton Buffalo: Harmonica on "Runaway"

Additional Vocalists John David Souther: "Home"
Michael McDonald, Rosemary Butler: "Gamblin 'Man;' "Runaway," "Sweet Forgiveness" and "Two Lives"

Lester Chambers, Maxayn Lewis, Carlena Williams: "About To Make Me Leave Home"

Art Direction and Photography: John Van Hamersveld


John David Souther courtesy of Asylum Records
David Grisman courtesy Rounder Records


Released in the spring of 1977, Sweet Forgiveness is Bonnie Raitt's sixth album, a ten-song collection that established the singer / guitarist as one of contemporary music's most distinctive song stylists. Highlighting material from such top-notch songwriters as Jackson Browne, Karla Bonoff and Paul Seibel, Sweet Forgiveness was a certified gold seller and yielded a hit song with Raitt's rendition of Del Shannon's "Runaway."

The daughter of Broadway singer John Raitt, who starred in Pajama Game and Carousel, Bonnie Raitt began playing guitar at age 12. Drawn to a wide range of musical styles, she was particularly attracted to the blues and, after dropping out of Radcliffe, became a regular on the Boston-Philadelphia folk circuit. Raitt released her self-titled debut album in 1971, followed, a year later, by Give It Up. The LPs spotlighted Raitt's richly textured singing and guitar playing, especially her bottleneck blues technique, as well as a flair for selecting memorable songs from a wide range of sources.

The trend continued with Takin' My Time (1973), Streetlights (1974) and Homeplate (1975). Material on these LPs also reflected Raitt's broad musical base, ranging from R&B, pop and folk as well as the blues. In the meantime, the singer had earned a reputation as an accomplished live performer, sharing the stage with such blues greats as Sippie Wallace, Howlin' Wolf and Mississippi Fred McDowell.

Sweet Forgiveness, produced by Paul Rothchild, brought the music of Bonnie Raitt to a whole new audience. The breakthrough LP not only contained the hit "Runaway," but also spotlighted Jackson Browne's "My Opening Farewell," Eric Kaz's "Gamblin' Man," Mark Jordan's "Two Lives" and "Takin' My Time" by Little Feat's Bill Payne.


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© 1977 Warner Bros. Records Inc.
Printed In U.S.A

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