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Nick of Time
Studio album by Bonnie Raitt
Released March 21, 1989
Recorded Oceanway, Capitol, Hollywood Sound & The Record Plant
Genre Rock
Length 42:31
Label Capitol
Producer Don Was
Professional reviews
Bonnie Raitt chronology
Nine Lives
Nick of Time
Luck of the Draw

Nick of Time is the tenth blues rock album by Bonnie Raitt, released on March 21, 1989.

Nick of Time topped the Billboard 200 chart, selling five million copies, and won three Grammy Awards, including Album Of The Year. In 2003, the album was ranked number 229 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.



Before work began on Nick of Time, Raitt had been courted by several major labels. It was during this time that Raitt met producer Don Was through Hal Wilner, who was putting together Stay Awake, a tribute album to Disney music for A&M. Was and Wilner both wanted Raitt to sing lead on an adult-contemporary arrangement of "Baby Mine" (the lullaby from Dumbo) created by Was. Raitt was very pleased with the sessions, and she asked Was to produce her next album.

Track listing

  1. "Nick of Time" (Raitt) – 3:52
  2. "Thing Called Love" (John Hiatt) – 3:52
  3. "Love Letter" (Bonnie Hayes) – 4:04
  4. "Cry on My Shoulder" (Michael Ruff) – 3:44
  5. "Real Man" (Jerry Lynn Williams) – 4:27
  6. "Nobody's Girl" (Larry John McNally) – 3:14
  7. "Have A Heart" (Bonnie Hayes) – 4:50
  8. "Too Soon to Tell" (Rory Michael Bourke, Mike Reid) – 3:45
  9. "I Will Not Be Denied" (Jerry Lynn Williams) – 4:55
  10. "I Ain't Gonna Let You Break My Heart Again" (David Lasley, Julie Lasley) – 2:38
  11. "The Road's My Middle Name" (Raitt) – 3:31



  • Producer: Don Was
  • Engineer: Ed Cherney
  • Assistant engineers: Clark Germain, Leslie Ann Jones, Jim Mitchell, Charles Paakkari, Martin Schmelzle
  • Mixing: Ed Cherney
  • Mastering: Greg Fulginiti, Steve Hoffman
  • Production manager: Roberta Ballard
  • Pre-production: Marcia McGovern
  • Art direction: Tommy Steele
  • Photography: Deborah Frankel
  • Hair stylist: Gina Furth
  • Make-up: Paul Starr

Comments from Raitt

Raitt holding the three Grammys she won for Nick of Time.

In 1989:

"I wanted to make a record that was more like Give It Up. It's a return to roots, as it were. It's been really refreshing for me to play a lot of guitar and just go back to stripped down production...In many ways this is like a first album. It's for a new label and getting all of this attention and critical acclaim. And it's my first sober album. My first single and sober album, being this age and being straight...."

In 1991, about the album's three Grammy Awards:

"It was just so unexpected. I figured I might win the 'Rock-Female' award, that the record did well enough and people were gonna give me sort of a career nod: 'Alright Bonnie, you got your [act] together. Got a new label, you wrote a song straight — hallelujah — let's give you a prize.' Kind of a pat on the back. But the others were beyond belief. I wasn't even there the rest of the night, after the album won. Ella Fitzgerald was reading my name! I mean, I'll never get over it as long as I live."



Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1990 Billboard 200 1


Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1989 "Nick of Time" Adult Contemporary 10
1989 "Thing Called Love" Mainstream Rock Tracks 11
1990 "Have a Heart" Adult Contemporary 3
1990 "Have a Heart" The Billboard Hot 100 49
1990 "Nick of Time" The Billboard Hot 100 92


Grammy Awards of 1990

Year Winner Category
1989 Nick of Time Album Of The Year
1989 "Nick of Time" Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
1989 Nick of Time Best Female Rock Vocal Performance
Preceded by
Forever Your Girl by Paula Abdul
Billboard 200 number-one album
April 7 - April 27, 1990
Succeeded by
I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got by Sinéad O'Connor

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