Linda Ronstadt

Linda Ronstadt

by Linda Ronstadt
     
 
In many regards, Linda Ronstadt's self-titled third album isn't much different than her first two. Like Hand Sown…Home Grown and Silk Purse, Linda Ronstadt combines classic country songs -- Johnny Cash's "I Still Miss Someone," Patsy Cline's "I Fall to Pieces

Overview

In many regards, Linda Ronstadt's self-titled third album isn't much different than her first two. Like Hand Sown…Home Grown and Silk Purse, Linda Ronstadt combines classic country songs -- Johnny Cash's "I Still Miss Someone," Patsy Cline's "I Fall to Pieces," Jerry Lee Lewis' "Crazy Arms," the folk standard "Ramblin' Round" -- with new songs from rising songwriters (Jackson Browne, Eric Kaz, Livingston Taylor, Neil Young, Eric Andersen) and an R&B cover (Fontella Bass' "Rescue Me"), but the difference is synthesis. Here, Ronstadt doesn't run from her Californian base, nor does she attempt to fit into the confines from Nashville; she finds the common threads between the songs and sounds, tying together her love of the old and new right along with her love of country, rock, and soul. Certainly, she's assisted by a versatile, sympathetic backing band assembled by producer John Boylan, a band that would later work on their own as the Eagles, but there's never a suggestion that the band is attempting to outshine the singer. All are united by the music, enjoying turning "I Still Miss Someone" and "Crazy Arms" into country ballads, breathing full life into Browne's "Rock Me on the Water," playing "I Fall to Pieces" with a muscularity that avoids overt homage, and reveling in the harmonies on Young's "Birds." This is music for the dawn of the '70s, music that shakes off some of the hippie dreams of the '60s in favor of lushly detailed authenticity that has an eye on the past while living for the present. Ronstadt might not have wound up with a smash hit here -- "Rock Me on the Water" did make some radio waves -- but this is the birth of the aesthetic that would serve her well throughout the '70s, and it remains potent.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/04/1995
Label:
Emi Mod Afw
UPC:
0077778012726
catalogNumber:
80127
Rank:
5554

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Linda Ronstadt   Primary Artist,Tambourine,Vocals
Buddy Emmons   Steel Guitar
Dianne Davidson   Vocals,Background Vocals
Don Henley   Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals
Randy Meisner   Bass,Vocals,Background Vocals
Lyle Ritz   Bass
Sneaky Pete Kleinow   Pedal Steel Guitar
Tippy Armstrong   Guitar
Barry Beckett   Keyboards
Michael Botts   Drums
Michael Bowden   Bass
Richard Bowden   Guitar
John Boylan   Acoustic Guitar
Merry Clayton   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jimmie Fadden   Harmonica,Horn
Glenn Frey   Guitar,Background Vocals
Gib Guilbeau   Fiddle,Violin,Vocals,Background Vocals
Roger Hawkins   Drums
David Hood   Bass
Bernie Leadon   Guitar,Background Vocals
Moon Martin   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Miss Ona   Vocals,Background Vocals
Weldon Myrick   Steel Guitar
Herb Pedersen   Banjo,Guitar,Steel Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Guitar (Nashville)
Wesley Pritchett   Bass
J.D. Souther   Vocals,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Dean Webb   Mandolin
John Martin   Guitar,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Linda Ronstadt   Arranger
Don Blake   Engineer
John Boylan   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
Glenn Frey   Arranger
Larry Hamby   Engineer
Wally Heider   Engineer
Rudy Hill   Engineer
Mike Shields   Engineer
Ray Thompson   Engineer
Raynard Miner   Composer
John Hoernle   Art Direction

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