September 8, 2012 – 6:14 pm

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Manchester 2003 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Manchester Apollo, Manchester, UK; June 19, 2003. Very good audience recording.

This is what Dave Simpson wrote in The Guardian then:

Raitt is in Britain promoting the new album The Best Of Bonnie Raitt, but she ignores its track listing and plucks out songs at random. (”That way we mean it.”) The set takes in raunchy blues, funk and subtle African flavours; it stretches from Woman Be Wise, on her 1971 debut, to a clutch from her recent album, Silver Lining, including the lovely title track, written by David Gray. Implausibly, Raitt may be in her prime. The way she shrieks, “I’m a woman, not a girl,” would turn most men to jelly, and her new songs receive the benefit of her kiss-off attitude and perfectly lived-in voice…

Raitt, whose website boasts a whole section devoted to “activism”, performs Mose Allison’s Vietnam song, Everybody’s Cryin’ Mercy, “because it seems the right time to sing it again”, and she dismisses US foreign policy as if she were swatting a fly. After the political comes the emotional, including a tear-stained I Can’t Make You Love Me that displays the endearing human being behind the strong facade. After two standing ovations, she promises to return “if I’m still mobile!” - which can hardly be in doubt.

This was shared in 2003; and a word of thanks to Tom Dog.

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Disc 1
Track 101. Real Man (6.3MB)
Track 102. Love Letter (5.8MB)
Track 103. I Can’t Help You Now (5.7MB)
Track 104. Gnawin’ On It (6.9MB)
Track 105. Have A Heart (7.9MB)
Track 106. Silver Lining (9.8MB)
Track 107. Hear Me Lord (8.9MB)
Track 108. Nick Of Time (8.8MB)
Track 109. I Can’t Tell You (6.2MB)
Track 110. Women Be Wise (7.8MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. Angel From Montgomery (7.8MB)
Track 202. Not The Only One (8.5MB)
Track 203. Never Make Your Move Too Soon (8.2MB)
Track 204. Fools Game (6.6MB)
Track 205. Something To Talk About (4.8MB)
Track 206. Fundamental Things/Good Man, Good Woman (7.1MB)
Track 207. I Can’t Make you Love Me (11.2MB)
Track 208. Everybody’s Cryin’ Mercy (6.2MB)
Track 209. Love Me Like A Man (9.3MB)

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  1. 6 Responses to “BONNIE RAITT - MANCHESTER 2003”

  2. what a dame!

    By sluggo on Sep 9, 2012

  3. Big O, I have to take issue with your evaluation of this show. To me it is Excellent at least. Recommended for sure! Many thanks for sharing this. I have far too few Raitt shows to play for my kids…

    Keep up the great work, my friends!

    By golgo hakase on Sep 9, 2012

  4. Thanks, bigO!

    By NAMoosedog on Sep 9, 2012

  5. Very nice concert.
    I’ve seen her in concert several times.
    Love her singing!!

    Rijn B

    By Rijn B on Sep 13, 2012

  6. Great Big O. I watched the Americana awards last night and Bonnie was fantastic. This is a timely post. Thanks.

    By JB on Sep 14, 2012

  7. wonder if she dismisses foreign policy like swatting a fly these days,lol

    By jimbob on Jan 7, 2013

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