Simple Dreams

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Featuring a broader array of styles than any previous Linda Ronstadt record, Simple Dreams reconfirms her substantial talents as an interpretive singer. Ronstadt sings Dolly Parton "I Never Will Marry" with the same conviction as the Rolling Stones "Tumbling Dice", and she manages to update Roy Orbison "Blue Bayou" and direct attention to the caustic, fledgling singer/songwriter Warren Zevon "Poor Poor Pitiful Me" and "Carmelita". The consistently adventurous material and Ronstadt's powerful performance makes the record rival Heart Like a Wheel in sheer overall quality.
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Featuring a broader array of styles than any previous Linda Ronstadt record, Simple Dreams reconfirms her substantial talents as an interpretive singer. Ronstadt sings Dolly Parton "I Never Will Marry" with the same conviction as the Rolling Stones "Tumbling Dice", and she manages to update Roy Orbison "Blue Bayou" and direct attention to the caustic, fledgling singer/songwriter Warren Zevon "Poor Poor Pitiful Me" and "Carmelita". The consistently adventurous material and Ronstadt's powerful performance makes the record rival Heart Like a Wheel in sheer overall quality.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • UPC: 075596051026
  • Catalog Number: 104
  • Sales rank: 592

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 It's So Easy (2:27)
  2. 2 Carmelita (3:07)
  3. 3 Simple Man, Simple Dream (3:12)
  4. 4 Sorrow Lives Here (2:57)
  5. 5 I Never Will Marry (3:12)
  6. 6 Blue Bayou (3:57)
  7. 7 Poor, Poor Pitiful Me (3:42)
  8. 8 Maybe I'm Right (3:05)
  9. 9 Tumbling Dice (3:05)
  10. 10 Old Paint (3:05)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Linda Ronstadt Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals
Mike Auldridge Dobro, Guitar
Dolly Parton Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Karla Bonoff Background Vocals
Don Henley Drums, Vocals, Background Vocals
Don Grolnick Piano, Keyboards, Clavinet
Andrew Gold Piano, Clavichord
Peter Asher Guitar, Percussion, Vocals, Background Vocals
David Campbell Viola
Charles Veal Violin
Dan Dugmore Guitar, Electric Guitar
Kenny Edwards Bass, Vocals, Background Vocals
Richard Feves Bass, Double Bass
Steve Forman Percussion, Marimbas
Jim Gilstrap Vocals
Larry Hagler Vocals, Background Vocals
Pat Henderson Background Vocals
Dennis Karmazyn Cello
Clarence McDonald Piano
Rick Marotta Drums
Herb Pedersen Vocals, Background Vocals
J.D. Souther Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Richard Wachtel Guitar, Vocals, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Mike Bottis Drums
Technical Credits
Little Richard Composer
Linda Ronstadt Composer
Peter Asher Producer
A.P. Carter Composer
Kosh Art Direction
Traditional Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    Linda is a musical adventuress, always exploring new territory and this is one of her first forays into different material. She explores songs by Roy Orbinson, The Rolling Stones, Warren Zevon, Dolly Parton, Buddy Holly, and more. Eclectic, yes--but it works as a whole thanks to the sparse arrangements "simple as in the title" to highlight her vocal prowess. This is one of her largest selling multi-platinum recordings thanks to 2 songs to hit the charts simultaneously. Her classic take on BLUE BAYOU "#2 went gold" and the flip side IT'S SO EASY "#5". She is the first female singer to accomplish this feat since Connie Francis in 1959 with her back to back gold singles FRANKIE and LIPSTICK ON YOUR COLLAR. The title cut is a subtle gem written by J.D. Souther and for the first time, we can understand the lyrics to The Stones TUMBLING DICE "she does a much raunchier version live". She does a gender bender on Zevon's POOR, POOR PITIFUL ME "both hits for Linda" and is accompanied by piano only on SORROW LIVES HERE. Peter Asher's lean and fluid arrangements made this a 70's classic. The sales from this recording set Linda from superstar to megastar. Unfortunately like most of the CDs from this era, it suffers from mediocre sound quality. The US was very late in manufacturing disc, relying on Japan and Germany and the sonics are compressed and lack the spatial sound that can be found on the vinyl counterpart. Hopefully, this disc will be remastered for better sound. It deserves it. This recording was a milestone for Ronstadt as she continued her musical exploration to greater heights with subsequent releases. A MUST HAVE!

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