Give It Up (Bonnie Raitt album)

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Give It Up
Bonnie Raitt - Give It Up.jpg
Studio album by Bonnie Raitt
Released September 1972
Recorded June 1972
Studio Bearsville Studios, Bearsville, New York
Genre Blues, rock, blues rock
Length 36:04
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Michael Cuscuna
Bonnie Raitt chronology
Bonnie Raitt
(1971)Bonnie Raitt1971
Give It Up
Takin' My Time
(1973)Takin' My Time1973

Give It Up is the second album by Bonnie Raitt, released in 1972.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly B+[3]
Robert Christgau A[4]
Rolling Stone (favorable)[5]

"Give It Up [comes] closest to perfecting her approach," wrote critic Dave Marsh for early editions of The Rolling Stone Album Guide. "She [mingles] her blues resources with a variety of contemporary and folk-oriented songs, coming up with classics in "Been Too Long at the Fair" and Eric Kaz's "Love Has No Pride". Her version of the latter remains definitive..." Robert Christgau echoed these sentiments in his Consumer Guide column and gave the album an 'A' rating. Rolling Stone critic Jon Landau also praised the album, writing that "the best thing about Bonnie Raitt is her singing, and the best thing about Give It Up is that she sings great from beginning to end; in doing so, she successfully handles a far greater range of styles and material than on her first album and has produced a more interesting and satisfying record in the process."[5] It was ranked as number 496 and in 2012 at #495 in the book version of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. The album was remastered and rereleased on March 5, 2002.[6]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Give It Up or Let Me Go" (Raitt) – 4:30
  2. "Nothing Seems to Matter" (Raitt) – 4:05
  3. "I Know" (Barbara George) – 3:47
  4. "If You Gotta Make a Fool of Somebody" (Rudy Clark) – 3:00
  5. "Love Me Like a Man" (Chris Smither, lyrics adapted by Raitt) – 3:12
  6. "Too Long at the Fair" (Joel Zoss) – 2:58
  7. "Under the Falling Sky" (Jackson Browne) – 3:45
  8. "You Got to Know How" (Sippie Wallace, additional lyrics by Jack Viertel) – 3:36
  9. "You Told Me Baby" (Raitt) – 4:12
  10. "Love Has No Pride" (Eric Kaz, Libby Titus) – 3:47


  • Bonnie Raitt – acoustic guitar, guitar, piano, electric guitar, steel guitar, vocals, background vocals, 12 string guitar, bottleneck guitar
  • Paul Butterfield – harmonica
  • Kal David – guitar, electric guitar
  • Terry Eaton – tenor saxophone
  • Peter Ecklund – cornet
  • Freebo – bass guitar, tuba, vocals, background vocals, 12 string guitar, fretless bass
  • Amos Garrett – guitar, trombone
  • Marty Grebb – alto saxophone, tenor saxophone
  • John Hall – guitar, electric guitar, background vocals
  • Dave Holland – bass
  • Mark Jordan – piano, keyboards, electric piano, vibraphone
  • Eric Kaz – piano, background vocals, vibraphone
  • Wells Kelly – conductor, conga, drums, background vocals, bells, cowbell
  • Jackie Lomax – vocals, background vocals
  • Tim Moore – vocals, background vocals
  • Chris Parker – drums
  • John Payne – clarinet, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, wind
  • Merl Saunders – piano
  • Gene Boris Stashuk – cello
  • Lou Terriciano – piano
  • T.J. Tindall – guitar, electric guitar
  • Jack Viertel – guitar, rhythm guitar, steel guitar
  • Dennis Whitted – drums


  • Michael Cuscuna – producer, liner notes
  • Kendall "Do The Dog" Pacios – engineer
  • Nick Jameson – remixing
  • Lee Herschberg – remastering
  • Eric Kaz – horn arrangements
  • Ed Thrasher – art direction
  • Michael Dobo – photography


AlbumBillboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1972 Pop Albums 138


  1. ^ "Release "Give It Up" by "Bonnie Raitt" - Cover Art". MusicBrainz. Retrieved 10 February 2017. 
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  4. ^ Robert Christgau review
  5. ^ a b Landau, Jon (October 26, 1972). "Give It Up". Rolling Stone (120). Retrieved 8 November 2005. 
  6. ^ [1] Archived April 26, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.