- Released: October 16, 2001
- Originally Released: 2001
- Label: Rhino
Q - 12/01, p.1623 stars out of 5
- "...This has its moments, not least her cover of Del Shannon's 'Runaway'..."
- 1.About To Make Me Leave Home
- 3.Two Lives
- 5.Gamblin' Man
- 6.Sweet Forgiveness
- 7.My Opening Farewell
- 8.Three Time Loser
- 9.Takin' My Time
Personnel: Bonnie Raitt (vocals, acoustic, electric & slide guitars); Fred Tackett (acoustic guitar); Will McFarlane (guitar, slide guitar); Freebo (guitar, bass); Dave Grisman (mandocello); Norton Buffalo (harmonica); Bill Payne (piano, Fender Rhodes piano, organ, synthesizer); Jef Labes (keyboards); Dennis Whitted (drums); Sam Clayton (congas); J.D. Souther, Michael McDonald, Lester Chambers, Maxayn Lewis, Carlena Williams, Rosemary Butler (background vocals).
Recorded at Sunset Sound Recorders and Elektra Sound Recorders, Los Angeles, California in 1976 & 1977.
Digitally remastered by Keith Blake.
SWEET FORGIVENESS was Raitt's closest brush with the top-40 (until NICK OF TIME). The song "Runaway" peaked at #57 on the Billboard charts, while the album hit #25 on the album charts. SWEET FORGIVENESS featured her renditions of songs by Jackson Browne ("My Opening Farewell"), Eric Kaz ("Gamblin' Man") and Karla Bonoff ("Home").