Takin' My Time

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Takin' My Time
Bonnie Raitt - Takin' My Time.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 1973
RecordedSunset Sound, Los Angeles, Warner Bros. Recording Studios, North Hollywood, Village Recorders, Los Angeles[1]
LabelWarner Bros.
ProducerJohn Hall
Bonnie Raitt chronology
Give It Up
Takin' My Time
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars [2]
Christgau's Record GuideA–[4]
Entertainment WeeklyB+ [3]
Rolling Stone(average) [5]

Takin' My Time is the third album by Bonnie Raitt, released in 1973. 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 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." [6] [7]

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

Track listing[edit]

Side One

  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, George Minor) – 3:38
  4. "Everybody's Cryin' Mercy" (Mose Allison) – 3:29
  5. "Cry Like a Rainstorm" (Eric Kaz) – 3:55

Side Two

  1. "Wah She Go Do" (Calypso Rose) – 3:12
  2. "I Feel the Same" (Chris Smither) – 4:40
  3. "I Thought I Was a Child" (Jackson Browne) – 3:49
  4. "Write Me a Few of Your Lines/Kokomo Blues" (Mississippi Fred McDowell) – 3:36
  5. "Guilty" (Randy Newman) – 2:58




  • John Hall – producer
  • John Haeny – engineer
  • Richard Heenan – mixing
  • Arnie Acosta – mastering
  • Doug Sax – mastering
  • Ed Cherney – remastering supervisor
  • Lee Herschberg – remastering
  • Jo Motta – project coordinator
  • H George Bohanon – horn arrangements
  • Kirby Johnson – horn arrangements
  • Tom Gamache – art direction, design
  • Sandy Kroopf – art direction, design, photography, back cover
  • Michael Dobo – photography, cover photo


Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1973 Pop Albums 87


  1. ^ http://www.bonnieraitt.com/discography/liner-notes-takin-my-time
  2. ^ Iyengar, Vik. Takin' My Time at AllMusic
  3. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: R". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved March 10, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
  5. ^ Rolling Stone review
  6. ^ Rea, Steven X.: Backbeat : Bonnie Raitt Lightens Up., interview in High Fidelity 32, no. 6 (June 1982):72-74.
  7. ^ Bego, Mark: Bonnie Raitt: Still in the Nick of Time, 1995, Updated edition 2003, p46 (and p280)
  8. ^ http://www.bonnieraitt.com/discography/liner-notes-takin-my-time