Takin' My Time

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For the After 7 album, see Takin' My Time (After 7 album).
Takin' My Time
Studio album by Bonnie Raitt
Released October 1973
Genre Rock
Length 37:37
Label Warner Bros.
Producer John Hall
Bonnie Raitt chronology
Give It Up
(1972)
Takin' My Time
(1973)
Streetlights
(1974)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
Entertainment Weekly B+ [2]
Robert Christgau A− [3]
Rolling Stone (average) [4]

Takin' My Time is the third album by Bonnie Raitt, released in 1973 (see 1973 in music). Widely considered one of her strongest works, it was praised by critic Robert Christgau for "conveying songs from Calypso Rose and Martha Reeves Vandella into the women's music of the '70s."

In an interview given in 1982, Raitt would reveal that "Takin' My Time is one of my favorite records to listen to, although I started out with Lowell George producing it, and he and I got too close to be able to have any objectivity about it. That's the problem when you're a woman and you get involved with the people you work with - and I just don't just mean romantically. It becomes too emotional. It's hard to have a strong woman telling the man her ideas when, in fact, the man wants to take over the situation. So that album had a lot of heartache in it. At the time it was a difficult one to make, but now I like it."

The cover photo was taken in Union Station in Los Angeles.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "You've Been in Love Too Long" (Ivy Hunter, Clarence Paul, William Stevenson) – 3:43
  2. "I Gave My Love a Candle" (Joel Zoss) – 4:20
  3. "Let Me In" (Yvonne Baker, Alphonso Howell, Minor) – 3:38
  4. "Everybody's Cryin' Mercy" (Mose Allison) – 3:29
  5. "Cry Like a Rainstorm" (Eric Kaz) – 3:55
  6. "Wah She Go Do" (Lewis) – 3:12
  7. "I Feel the Same" (Chris Smither) – 4:40
  8. "I Thought I Was a Child" (Jackson Browne) – 3:49
  9. "Write Me a Few of Your Lines/Kokomo Blues" (Mississippi Fred McDowell) – 3:36
  10. "Guilty" (Randy Newman) – 2:58

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Producer: John Hall
  • Engineer: John Haney
  • Mixing: Richard Heenan
  • Mastering: Arnie Acosta
  • Mastering: Doug Sax
  • Remastering supervisor: Ed Cherney
  • Remastering: Lee Herschberg
  • Project coordinator: Jo Motta
  • Horn arrangements: George Bohannon, Kirby Johnson
  • Art direction: Tom Gamache, Sandy Kroopf
  • Design: Tom Gamache, Sandy Kroopf
  • Photography: Michael Dobo, Sandy Kroopf
  • Cover photo: Michael Dobo
  • Back cover: Sandy Kroopf

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1973 Pop Albums 87

References[edit]