give so up

Give It Up (album)

Give It Up is the second album by Bonnie Raitt, released in 1972 (see 1972 in music). Produced by jazz producer Michael Cuscuna, it's often hailed as Raitt's best album.

"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."

Track listing

  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 Clarke) – 3:00
  5. "Love Me Like a Man" (Chris Smither) – 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" (Jack Viertel, Sippie Wallace) – 3:36
  9. "You Told Me Baby" (Raitt) – 4:12
  10. "Love Has No Pride" (Eric Kaz, Libby Titus) – 3:47



  • Producer: Michael Cuscuna
  • Engineer: Kendall Pacios
  • Remixing: Nick Jameson
  • Remastering: Lee Herschberg
  • Horn arrangements: Eric Kaz
  • Art direction: Ed Thrasher
  • Photography: Michael Dobo
  • Liner Notes: Michael Cuscuna


Album - Billboard (North America)
Year Chart Position
1972 Pop Albums 138

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