1986 Bonnie Raitt – Nine Lives

9Nine Lives is the ninth album by Bonnie Raitt, released in 1986. It was Raitt’s most difficult release, due to the poor sales, negative reviews, and general circumstances surrounding its release.

“In 1983 there was a corporate sweep at Warner’s, coming from upstairs, and they needed to trim the fat,” Raitt recalled in 1990. “I just had completed an album called Tongue & Groove, which was produced by Rob Fraboni, who had also done Green Light. And I don’t think they maliciously said, ‘Let’s let her finish her album and get the tour all lined up and print the covers and hire the people to do the video and then drop her.’ You know, ha, ha, ha. But that’s what they did. It was literally the day after I had finished mastering it. I had already finished the album once, and [Warner’s claimed] the Jerry Williams tune would be more commercial if it didn’t have quite as reggae a beat. Or something like that. So I went in and redid it. I thought if I cooperated a little more, maybe they’d promote the album more. But instead they dropped me and pulled the rug out from under my tour. I thought the way they did it was real crummy. They sent a letter. I think I suffered from not having a relationship with the A&R department there, because I had an independent production deal…”

Raitt could have purchased the master tapes and released the album elsewhere, but Warner’s asking price was considered too high. “They told me I can take the tapes and shop them around,” said Raitt, “but they wanted about $500,000 for them, and nobody wanted to pay that much…”

The material for Tongue & Groove was shelved until two years later when “Warner’s suddenly said they were going to put the record out,” Raitt recalled. “I said it wasn’t really fair. I think at this point they felt kind of bad. I mean, I was out there touring on my savings to keep my name up, and my ability to draw was less and less. So they agreed to let me go in and recut half of it.” The result was Nine Lives, which was finally released in 1986.

Tracks

1  No Way To Treat A Lady (Bryan Adams, Jim Vallance) 3:51
2  Runnin’ Back To Me (Ira Ingber, Karla Bonoff) 4:14
3  Who But A Fool (Thief Into Paradise) (Nan O’Byrne, Tom Snow) 4:26
4  Crime Of Passion (Danny Ironstone, Mary Unobsky) 4:20
5  All Day, All Night (Hutch Hutchinson, Ivan Neville, Ronald Jones) 4:04
6  Stand Up To The Night (JAC Redford, Richard Kerr, Will Jennings) 4:43
7  Excited (Jerry Lynn Williams) 3:13
8  Freezin’ (For A Little Human Love) (Micheal Smotherman) 4:59
9  True Love Is Hard To Find (Toots Hibbert) 4:35
10  Angel (Eric Kaz) 4:00

Media

Musicians

1 No Way To Treat A Lady

BassNathan East
DrumsJR Robinson
Guitar (solo)Mike Landau
GuitarDean Parks
KeyboardsBill Payne
PianoBill Payne
Background VocalsMax Carl
Background VocalsRosemary Butler


2 Runnin’ Back To Me

BassNeil Stubenhaus
DrumsJR Robinson
GuitarBonnie Raitt
GuitarDean Parks
GuitarIra Ingber
GuitarMike Landau
KeyboardsBill Payne
HornsTower of Power
SaxRichard Elliot


3 Who But A Fool (Thief Into Paradise)

BassNathan East
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarCharles Ferrin
GuitarBonnie Raitt
HornsTower of Power
SaxRichard Elliot
PercussionLenny Castro
Background VocalsIvan Neville
Background VocalsMax Carl
Background VocalsRosemary Butler


4 Crime Of Passion

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsCarlos Vega
GuitarDean Parks
GuitarMike Landau
KeyboardsBill Payne
Background VocalsMax Carl
Background VocalsRosemary Butler


5 All Day, All Night

BassNeil Stubenhaus
DrumsCarlos Vega
Guitar (solo)Mike Landau
GuitarDean Parks
PercussionLenny Castro
Background VocalsIvan Neville
Background VocalsMax Carl
Background VocalsRosemary Butler


6 Stand Up To The Night

Drums (programming)David Kitay
GuitarDavid Kitay
KeyboardsJAC Redford
KeyboardsRichard Kosinski
KeyboardsGuy Moon
Background VocalsMax Carl
Background VocalsRosemary Butler

 

7 Excited

BassRay Ohara
DrumsIan Wallace
GuitarJohnny Lee Schell
KeyboardsIan McLagan
Background VocalsBlondie Chaplin
Background VocalsSteve Ross


8 Freezin’ (For A Little Human Love)

BassRay Ohara
DrumsIan Wallace
GuitarJohnny Lee Schell
KeyboardsIan McLagan


9 True Love Is Hard To Find

BassRay Ohara
DrumsIan Wallace
GuitarJohnny Lee Schell
Acoustic GuitarBonnie Raitt
KeyboardsIan McLagan
Background VocalsBlondie Chaplin
Background VocalsJohnny Lee Schell

 

10 Angel

DrumsIan Wallace
GuitarJohnny Lee Schell
GuitarBonnie Raitt
KeyboardsIan McLagan
PianoEric Kaz
Background VocalsBlondie Chaplin
Background VocalsChristine McVie
Background VocalsSteve Ross
Background VocalsTodd Sharp

Liner Notes

Producer – George Massenburg, Bill Payne (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
Producer – Steve Tyrell (Track 6)
Producer– Rob Fraboni (Tracks 7, 8, 9, 10)
Arranged By (Horns) – Greg Adams (Tracks 2, 3)
Engineer – George Massenburg (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
Engineer – David Kitay (Track 6)
Engineer – Rob Fraboni, Terry Becker (Tracks 7, 8, 9, 10)
Mastered By – Doug Sax
Mixed By – George Massenburg (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
Mixed By – David Tickle (Tracks 7, 8, 9, 10)

Art Direction, Design – Laura LiPuma
Illustration (Cover) – Lindsey Loch
Photography By – Jim Shea

Mastered At – The Mastering Lab
Manufactured By – Record Service
Copyright (c) – Warner Bros. Records Inc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Warner Bros. Records Inc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – WEA International Inc.