Nick of Time (album)

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Nick of Time
Studio album by Bonnie Raitt
Released March 21, 1989
Recorded 1988
Studio Ocean Way Recording, Capitol Studios, Hollywood Sound & The Record Plant.
Genre Americana, Rock, Blues Rock
Length 42:31
Label Capitol
Producer Don Was
Bonnie Raitt chronology
Nine Lives
(1986)Nine Lives1986
Nick of Time
Luck of the Draw
(1991)Luck of the Draw1991
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune3/4 stars[2]
Entertainment WeeklyA[3]
Los Angeles Times3/4 stars[4]
Robert ChristgauB[5]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[6]

Nick of Time is the 10th album by the American singer 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, which was presented to Raitt & producer Don Was. In 2003, the album was ranked number 230 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The album was also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[7]

Track listing[edit]

  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 and Mixing: Ed Cherney
  • Assistant Engineers: Clark Germain, Leslie Ann Jones, Jim Mitchell, Charles Paakkari and Martin Schmelzle.
  • Mastering: Greg Fulginiti, Steve Hoffman and Doug Sax.
  • Production Manager: Roberta Ballard
  • Pre-Production: Marcia McGovern
  • Art Direction: Tommy Steele
  • Design: Larry Vigon Studio
  • Photography: Deborah Frankel
  • Hair stylist: Gina Furth
  • Make-up: Paul Starr
  • Management: Danny Goldberg and Ron Stone



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


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[8] 3× Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[9] 5× Platinum 5,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


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


  1. ^ AllMusic review
  2. ^ "Bonnie Raitt". 
  3. ^ "Bonnie Raitt on the record". 23 August 1991. 
  4. ^ LEWIS, RANDY (30 April 1989). "Singing for Adults Lonely" – via LA Times. 
  5. ^ "Robert Christgau: CG: bonnie raitt". 
  6. ^ "Nick Of Time". 
  7. ^ Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (23 March 2010). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 978-0-7893-2074-2. 
  8. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Bonnie Raitt – Nick of Time". Music Canada. Retrieved February 4, 2017. 
  9. ^ "American album certifications – Bonnie Raitt – Nick of Time". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved February 4, 2017.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

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