Tuesday 9/14/21 12am ET: Feature LP: Bonnie Raitt – Nick of Time (1989)

Nick of Time is the tenth studio album by the American singer Bonnie Raitt, released on March 21, 1989. It was Raitt’s first album to be released by Capitol Records. A commercial breakthrough after years of personal and professional struggles, Nick of Time topped the Billboard 200 chart, selling five million copies, and won three Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, which was presented to Raitt and producer Don Was. In 2003, the album was ranked number 229 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, then was re-ranked at number 230 on the 2012 list. As of September 2020, it is ranked at number 492. The album was also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

  1. “Nick of Time” 3:52
  2. “Thing Called Love” 3:52
  3. “Love Letter” 4:04
  4. “Cry on My Shoulder” 3:44
  5. “Real Man” 4:27
  6. “Nobody’s Girl” 3:14
  7. “Have a Heart” 4:50
  8. “Too Soon to Tell” 3:45
  9. “I Will Not Be Denied” 4:55
  10. “I Ain’t Gonna Let You Break My Heart Again” 2:38
  11. “The Road’s My Middle Name” 3:31

Bonnie Raitt – lead vocals, electric piano (1, 9), slide guitar (2, 3, 4, 7), guitar (5, 6, 11), backing vocals (5)
Scott Thurston – keyboards (3, 7)

Michael Ruff – keyboards (4)
Jerry Lynn Williams – acoustic piano (5)
Don Was – keyboards (8)
Herbie Hancock – acoustic piano (10)
Michael Landau – guitar (1, 3)
Johnny Lee Schell – acoustic guitar (2), backing vocals (2), guitar (3, 9)
Arthur Adams – guitar (3)
John Jorgenson – guitar (8)
Jay Dee Maness – pedal steel guitar (8)
James “Hutch” Hutchinson – bass (1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9)
Chuck Domanico – acoustic bass (4, 6)
Preston Hubbard – bass (11)
Ricky Fataar – drums (1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9), percussion (1)
Fran Christina – drums (11)
Paulinho da Costa – congas (1), percussion (4, 7)
Tony Braunagel – percussion (2, 5), timbales (2), drums (4)
Marty Grebb – tenor saxophone (3, 9)
Bill Bergman – saxophone
Greg Smith – saxophone
John Berry, Jr. – trumpet
Dennis Farias – trumpet
Kim Wilson – harmonica (5, 11)
Sir Harry Bowens – backing vocals (1, 3, 8, 9, 11)
Arnold McCuller – backing vocals (1, 7, 8, 11)
Sweet Pea Atkinson – backing vocals (3, 8, 9, 11)
David Crosby – backing vocals (4)
Graham Nash – backing vocals (4)
Larry John McNally – backing vocals (5)
David Lasley – backing vocals (7)