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The Linda Ronstadt Box Set

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
There are many stories told on THE LINDA RONSTADT BOX SET, but by far the most important one traces the arc of a masterful interpreter's artistic growth. Although the four discs are arranged thematically rather than chronologically, it's still easy to appreciate how far Linda Ronstadt has traveled, from the brash emoting of 1967's "A Different Drum" to the sophistication evinced in timbre and phrasing on the challenging standards she cut on three magnificent albums with Nelson Riddle, on the Mexican songs she rendered so passionately on two albums, and especially on the idiosyncratic Gilbert & Sullivan material from her appearance in the Broadway cast of THE PIRATES ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David McGee
There are many stories told on THE LINDA RONSTADT BOX SET, but by far the most important one traces the arc of a masterful interpreter's artistic growth. Although the four discs are arranged thematically rather than chronologically, it's still easy to appreciate how far Linda Ronstadt has traveled, from the brash emoting of 1967's "A Different Drum" to the sophistication evinced in timbre and phrasing on the challenging standards she cut on three magnificent albums with Nelson Riddle, on the Mexican songs she rendered so passionately on two albums, and especially on the idiosyncratic Gilbert & Sullivan material from her appearance in the Broadway cast of THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, which required nothing less than for her to retrain her voice. Of course these discs incorporate plenty of rock, pop, soul, and especially country including a sultry, swinging take with Emmylou Harris on Hank Williams's "Honky Tonk Blues," left off of HEART LIKE A WHEEL but surfacing here at last, a bushel of hits, several unreleased rarities, and enough Dolly-Linda-Emmylou cuts in various configurations to send you back to the Trio albums and WESTERN WALL for a deeper experience with those exceptional ladies. Want to know how great Linda Ronstadt is? On a duet with Kermit the Frog on Boudleaux Bryant's classic swooner "All I Have to Do Is Dream" included on the rarities disc, the woman more than holds her own against the amphibian who immortalized "It Ain't Easy Being Green," as the two whisper delicately nuanced sweet nothings to each other in song. All of which goes to show that Linda Ronstadt has indeed set an imposing standard in her time.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Linda Ronstadt's generically titled four-CD, five-hour, 86-track box set retrospective attempts with considerable success to encompass the many types of music she's sung from the mid-'60s to the late '90s. The album is divided into five unequal parts, with 31 tracks given over to an "Album Retrospective," followed by seven tracks from "The Nelson Riddle Sessions," her three albums of classic pop, then five songs "En Español," drawn from her three Spanish language albums. That takes up the first two discs, with the third disc consisting of 20 "Collaborations" and the fourth 23 "Rarities." It is significant that the first section is called "Album Retrospective," signaling to the listener that Ronstadt is not interested in presenting her hit singles as such. In fact, most of her chart hits do turn up somewhere on the set, but a whole chunk of them is missing. At the time that Ronstadt was peppering the singles charts in the late '70s, she caught flack for her covers of Motown and rock & roll standards, and she herself has disavowed her recordings of such work, so maybe it shouldn't be a surprise that she has chosen to forget "Heat Wave," "Tracks of My Tears," "That'll Be the Day," "It's So Easy," and even modern rock songs like "How Do I Make You," with "Back in the U.S.A." and "Tumbling Dice" included only in live versions. A critic can hardly object, but Ronstadt fans should note that, as a result, the box set will not allow them to throw their Greatest Hits albums away. Also, the omissions tend to make Ronstadt seem like more of a balladeer than she has been in her career. She is much more interested in emphasizing her non-rock work. The "Rarities" disc really only contains five previously unreleased songs, and they are hardly revelations, including outtakes of material written by the likes of J.D. Souther and Karla Bonoff, longtime Ronstadt favorites. But the disc does suggest the singer's range, from the art songs of Carla Bley and Philip Glass to theater songs from The Pirates of Penzance and Randy Newman's Faust. The Linda Ronstadt Box Set clearly had major input from the artist herself, and its contents may not be what a Ronstadt fan or chart researcher would have chosen. But it certainly makes the case for Ronstadt as a hard-working performer who constantly challenged herself by trying styles beyond the Southern California folk-rock for which she remains best known.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/16/1999
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • UPC: 075596247221
  • Catalog Number: 62472


Disc 1
  1. 1 When We Ran (5:08)
  2. 2 Ruler of My Heart (3:36)
  3. 3 Cry 'Til My Tears Run Dry (4:03)
  4. 4 We Will Rock You (1:29)
  5. 5 Winter Light (3:19)
  6. 6 Anyone Who Had a Heart (3:27)
  7. 7 I Just Don't Know What to Do with Myself (3:13)
  8. 8 Don't Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder) (3:18)
  9. 9 Do What You Gotta Do (3:26)
  10. 10 Heartbeats Accelerating (3:50)
  11. 11 Goodbye My Friend (3:49)
  12. 12 Adios (3:37)
  13. 13 Cry Like a Rainstorm (3:37)
  14. 14 Trouble Again (3:20)
  15. 15 Easy for You to Say (4:04)
  16. 16 The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress (3:05)
  17. 17 Get Closer (2:33)
  18. 18 Hurt So Bad (3:16)
  19. 19 I Can't Let Go (2:43)
  20. 20 Ooo Baby Baby (3:21)
  21. 21 Just One Look (3:21)
  22. 22 Poor, Poor Pitiful Me (3:43)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Blue Bayou (3:59)
  2. 2 Try Me Again (3:57)
  3. 3 (Love Is Like A) Heat Wave (2:49)
  4. 4 Heart Like a Wheel (3:10)
  5. 5 It Doesn't Matter Anymore (3:29)
  6. 6 You're No Good (3:47)
  7. 7 When Will I Be Loved? (2:12)
  8. 8 Long, Long Time (4:26)
  9. 9 Different Drum (2:42)
  10. 10 Little Girl Blue (4:38)
  11. 11 I Get Along Without You Very Well (4:19)
  12. 12 My Funny Valentine (3:02)
  13. 13 When You Wish upon a Star (3:51)
  14. 14 It Never Entered My Mind (4:26)
  15. 15 Skylark (3:11)
  16. 16 What's New? (3:57)
  17. 17 Quiereme Mucho (3:27)
  18. 18 Frenesi (3:36)
  19. 19 Mentira Salome (2:54)
  20. 20 La Mariquita (Lady Bug) (3:01)
  21. 21 El Crucifijo de Piedra (The Crucifix of Stone) (3:15)
Disc 3
  1. 1 High Sierra (4:26)
  2. 2 Lover's Return (4:02)
  3. 3 The Blue Train (5:01)
  4. 4 Feels Like Home (4:49)
  5. 5 Gentle Annie (2:59)
  6. 6 Please Remember Me (3:53)
  7. 7 After the Gold Rush (3:35)
  8. 8 Moonlight in Vermont (4:09)
  9. 9 El Camino (The Road) (3:33)
  10. 10 All My Life (3:33)
  11. 11 Don't Know Much (3:35)
  12. 12 Back in the U.S.A. (3:33)
  13. 13 El Sol Que Tu Eres - Danny Valdez (3:04)
  14. 14 Telling Me Lies (4:27)
  15. 15 Somewhere out There (4:01)
  16. 16 I Think It's Gonna Work out Fine - James Taylor (4:01)
  17. 17 I Never Will Marry (3:17)
  18. 18 Prisoner in Disguise (3:57)
  19. 19 Faithless Love (3:14)
  20. 20 I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love with You) (2:45)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Gainesville (3:30)
  2. 2 Sandman's Coming (2:41)
  3. 3 My Hero (2:35)
  4. 4 All I Have to Do Is Dream (4:13)
  5. 5 Dreams to Dream (4:39)
  6. 6 The Blacksmith (2:42)
  7. 7 Bandit & A Heart Breaker (2:33)
  8. 8 Keep Me from Blowing Away (3:14)
  9. 9 The Sweetest Gift (3:29)
  10. 10 Freezing (3:16)
  11. 11 Poor Wandering One (3:48)
  12. 12 Sorry Her Lot (2:02)
  13. 13 I Want a Horse - Wendy Waldman (3:27)
  14. 14 All That You Dream (4:50)
  15. 15 Hearts Against the Wind (2:58)
  16. 16 Tumbling Dice (3:23)
  17. 17 Border Town (3:31)
  18. 18 Falling Star (5:25)
  19. 19 Honky Tonk Blues (2:26)
  20. 20 Lightning Bar Blues (3:38)
  21. 21 Why (2:19)
  22. 22 I'd Like to Know (2:38)
  23. 23 Everybody Has Their Own Ideas (2:27)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Linda Ronstadt Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals, Guica, Vocal Harmony
Robert Cray Guitar
Mike Auldridge Dobro, Pedal Steel Guitar
Alison Krauss Fiddle
Ricky Skaggs Mandolin, Vocal Harmony
John Starling Guitar, Vocals
Emmylou Harris Track Performer
Dolly Parton Track Performer
Buddy Spicher Fiddle
Keith Green Trombone
Philip Glass Track Performer
Frank Sinatra Track Performer
Patti Austin Background Vocals
Chuck Berry Guitar, Background Vocals
Don Henley Background Vocals
James Ingram Track Performer
Albert Lee Acoustic Guitar
David Lindley Acoustic Guitar, Fiddle, Autoharp
Little Feat Track Performer
Aaron Neville Track Performer
Brian Wilson Background Vocals
Justo Almario Horn Section
Plas Johnson Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Don Randi Harpsichord
David Sanborn Alto Saxophone
Armando Peraza Percussion
Al Viola Acoustic Guitar
Lyle Ritz Bass
Yomo Toro Tres
Maria Muldaur Vocal Harmony
Johnnie Johnson Piano
David Foster Keyboards
Paul Barrére Guitar
Valerie Carter Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Andrew Gold Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Conga, Drums, Electric Guitar
Clydie King Background Vocals
Nicolette Larson Background Vocals
Stone Poneys Track Performer
Michael Thompson Guitar
Wendy Waldman Piano, Background Vocals
Jim Keltner Drums
Lou Reid Fiddle
Gilberto Puente Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Daniel Kobialka Concert Master
Bill Moersch Mallets
Gary Schocker Harp
Peter Asher Percussion, Maracas, Tambourine, Hand Clapping, cowbell, Vocal Harmony
Leonard Atkins Concert Master
Jeff Baxter Pedal Steel Guitar
Benmont Tench Piano, Hammond Organ
Chuck Berghofer Rhythm Bass
Michael Botts Drums
Michael Bowden Bass
Richard Bowden Electric Guitar
Ray Brown Bass
Robbie Buchanan Synthesizer, Hammond Organ, Electric Piano, fender rhodes
Gene Burkert Horn Section
Rosemary Butler Background Vocals
Mark Casstevens Acoustic Guitar
Charles Veal Concert Master
Sam Clayton Conga, Background Vocals
Richard Coff Percussion
Richard Cohen Clarinet
Luis Conte Percussion
Paul Craft Guitar, Vocals
Lauren Draper Trumpet
Dan Dugmore Pedal Steel Guitar, Electric Guitar
Guillermo Edghill Bass
Jesse Ehrlich Violin, Cello, Viola
Ben Eldridge Banjo
Chris Ethridge Bass
Dennis Farias Horn Section
Richard Feves Double Bass
Michael Fisher Percussion
Steve Fishell Pedal Steel Guitar
Flaco Jiménez Accordion
Daniel Fornero Horn Section
Simon Franglen Synclavier
Gib Guilbeau Fiddle, Background Vocals
John Gilutin Organ, Keyboards
Jim Gilstrap Background Vocals
Bob Glaub Bass
Mark Goldenberg Electric Guitar, Soloist
Kenny Gradney Bass
Tom Gray Upright Bass
David Grisman Mandolin
Pat Henderson Background Vocals
Jim Horn Baritone Saxophone
Craig Hull Guitar
David Hungate Bass
Roy M. "Junior" Husky Bass
Harry Hyams Violin, Cello, Viola
Carl Jackson Acoustic Guitar
Dennis James Glass Harmonica
Marlena Jeter Background Vocals
Darryl Johnson Bass
Dennis Karmazyn Cello
Terrance Kelly Conductor
Danny Kortchmar Electric Guitar
Russ Kunkel Percussion, Drums
William Kurash Violin, Cello, Viola
Bobby LaKind Percussion
Michael Landau Electric Guitar
Bernie Leadon Acoustic Guitar
Chuck Leavell Keyboards
John Lehman Background Vocals
Bob Magnusson Bass
Bob Mann Guitar, Conductor
Rick Marotta Drums, cowbell, Synthesizer Drums
Anna McGarrigle Vocals
Mickey McGee Drums
Guy Moon Synthesizer Pads
Tommy Morgan Harmonica
Weldon Myrick Pedal Steel Guitar
Nelson Riddle Conductor
Dean Parks Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Guitar
Bill Payne Piano, Conductor, Keyboards, Electric Piano, fender rhodes, Wurlitzer
Herb Pedersen Banjo
Joel Peskin Horn Section
Stanley Plummer Violin, Cello, Viola
Norbert Putnam Bass, Harpsichord
Keith Richards Guitar, Background Vocals
Emil Richards Vibes
Nathan Ross Concert Master
Joan Rotondi Piano
Rick Shlosser Drums
J.D. Souther Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Robert Sushel Violin, Cello, Viola
Fred Tackett Guitar
Tommy Tedesco Guitar
Ted Templeman Percussion
Mike Turre Horn Section
Carlos Vega Drums
Arturo Velasco Horn Section
Orestes Vilató Percussion
Chauncey Welsch Trombone
Steve Whitmire Vocal Harmony
Ron Anthony Guitar
John Duffey Mandolin
Brian Stoltz Guitar
Anthony Terran Trumpet, Soloist
Keith Underwood Flute
Waddy Wachtel Electric Guitar
Stephen B. Gillette Guitar
Katie McElrath Flute
John Bova Trumpet
Kate McGarrigle Piano, Vocals
Marianne Wagner Strings
Bob Warford Acoustic Guitar
Leland Sklar Bass
Danny Valdez Guitar, Vocals
Nick Brown Guitar
Angela Koregelos Flute
Sidney Sharp Violin, Concert Master
Juan Jose Almaguer Violin, Vocals
William Elliot Conductor
Leonel Galvez Guitar
Sheryl Henze Flute
Ada Janik Keyboards
Dennis Masuzzo Bass
Oscar Meza Bass
José Román Horn Section
Larry Spivack Percussion
Rafael Palomar Guitar
Pancho Roman Percussion
Gregory Rose Conductor
Federico Torres Trumpet
Eddie Black Electric Guitar
Allen Shawn Keyboards
Michael Ronstadt Track Performer
Peter Ronstadt Track Performer
Santiago Maldonado Harp
Susan Anderson Keyboards
Dan Berlinghoff Keyboards
Nati Cano Violin
Skywalker Symphony Orchestra Strings
Sherlie Matthews Background Vocals
Steven Hartman Clarinet
Technical Credits
The Seldom Scene Producer
John Starling Producer
Donald Fagen Composer
Randy Newman Arranger, Producer
Linda Ronstadt Arranger, Composer, Producer, Orchestral Arrangements
Brian Wilson Vocal Arrangements
Carla Bley Producer
Robert Kraft Producer
Michael Mantler Producer
Kronos Quartet Instrumentation
Patrick Williams Arranger
Mort Shuman Composer
Burt Bacharach Composer
David Foster Producer
Paul Barrére Producer
Andrew Gold Arp String Ensemble
Jimmy Webb Orchestral Arrangements
El Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán Contributor
Peter Asher Producer
Irving Azoff Executive Producer
Joe Boyd Producer
John Boylan Producer
Felice Bryant Composer
Boudleaux Bryant Composer
Mike Curb Producer
Hal David Composer
Lamont Dozier Composer
Rubén Fuentes Arranger, Producer
Glyn Johns Producer
Eddie Holland Composer
Brian Holland Composer
Steve Holroyd Engineer
Terrance Kelly Choir Arrangement
David Levine Producer
Bob Mann rhythm arrangement, Orchestral Arrangements
George Massenburg Producer, Engineer
Kurt Munkasci Producer
Nelson Riddle Arranger
Bill Payne String Arrangements
Herb Pedersen Vocal Arrangements
Doc Pomus Composer
Phil Ramone Producer
Keith Richards Producer
Doug Sax Mastering
Lucy Simon Producer
Steve Tyrell Producer, rhythm arrangement
Nick Venet Producer
Hank Williams Composer
Frank Wolf Producer
Hank Cattaneo Producer
Kate McGarrigle Arranger
Danny Valdez Arranger
Kosh Art Direction
Ray Santos Arranger
Alberto Dominguez Composer
Gregory Rose String Arrangements
Leonard Whitcup Composer
Traditional Composer
Los Camperos de Nati Cano Contributor
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