Linda Ronstadt

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Linda Ronstadt's self-titled third album captured the singer moving away from the rootsier charms of her first two albums, toward a more polished take on country-rock. Supported by the Eagles throughout the record, Ronstadt turns in a strong performance, aided by a fine selection of material, including "Rock Me on the Water," "Crazy Arms," "I Still Miss Someone," and "I Fall to Pieces."
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Linda Ronstadt's self-titled third album captured the singer moving away from the rootsier charms of her first two albums, toward a more polished take on country-rock. Supported by the Eagles throughout the record, Ronstadt turns in a strong performance, aided by a fine selection of material, including "Rock Me on the Water," "Crazy Arms," "I Still Miss Someone," and "I Fall to Pieces."
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/4/1995
  • Label: Emi Mod Afw
  • UPC: 077778012726
  • Catalog Number: 80127
  • Sales rank: 33,133

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, Steel Guitar
Tippy Armstrong Guitar
Barry Beckett Keyboards
Michael Botts Drums
Michael Bowden Bass
Richard Bowden Guitar
John Boylan Acoustic Guitar, 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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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Classic Country from a Lady Who Made Her Name in Rock/Big Band/Spanish Music

    This is early Linda Ronstadt, much more country-oriented. That doesn't stop this CD from being a great one. When you have songs from writers like Johnny Cash and Neil Young--among others--you've got winners. I've been a Ronstadt fan for decades, but this early country material still sounds great after all these years. Ms. Ronstadt helped get me into the country-rock genre--Poco, Pure Prairie League, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, etc.--and I am grateful. Try this classic, you'll like it!

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