We Ran

We Ran

by Linda Ronstadt
     
 
For much of the '90s, it seemed as if Linda Ronstadt was avoiding pop music. She recorded only two pop albums, 1994's Winter Light and 1995's Feels Like Home, which seemed like diversions from the Latin and children's records that were occupying her time. In 1998, she returned with We Ran, a full-fledged pop comeback produced by See more details below

Overview

For much of the '90s, it seemed as if Linda Ronstadt was avoiding pop music. She recorded only two pop albums, 1994's Winter Light and 1995's Feels Like Home, which seemed like diversions from the Latin and children's records that were occupying her time. In 1998, she returned with We Ran, a full-fledged pop comeback produced by Glyn Johns (George Massenberg, Peter Asher, and Waddy Wachtel also produced a handful of songs) and featuring support from such '70s soft rock stalwarts as Waddy Wachtel and Bernie Leadon, as well as Heartbreakers Mike Campbell, Howie Epstein, and Benmont Tench. The pedigree is in place, leaving it up to Ronstadt and her songs to deliver the goods, which, more often than not, she does. Her voice remains strong and surprisingly robust, and her choice of songs, while not surprising, is quite satisfying. There are a couple of cuts that are a little bland and others, such as Dylan's "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues," aren't suited for her polished delivery, but most of the album is quite enjoyable. It's nice to hear Ronstadt tackle classics like "Ruler of My Heart," but the moments of We Ran that truly capture the spirit of Heart Like a Wheel are when she tries contemporary songs like John Hiatt's "Icy Blue Heart"and Bruce Springsteen's "If I Should Fall Behind." Granted, Hiatt and Springsteen are predictable choices -- she could have been more adventurous and sought out songs by such '90s songwriters as Ron Sexsmith or Aimee Mann -- but they are just contemporary enough to help make We Ran a successful update of her classic '70s sound.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/23/1998
Label:
Elektra / Wea
UPC:
0075596220620
catalogNumber:
62206

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Linda Ronstadt   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Don Grolnick   Keyboards
Plas Johnson   Saxophone
Andy Fairweather Low   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Guitar (Electric Baritone)
Mike Campbell   Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,12-string Guitar
Jim Keltner   Drums
Benmont Tench   Piano,Hammond Organ
Alexandra Brown   Background Vocals
Robbie Buchanan   Synthesizer
Jim Cox   Piano,Hammond Organ
Howie Epstein   Bass
John Gilutin   Organ
Bob Glaub   Bass
James "Hutch" Hutchinson   Bass
Mortonette Jenkins   Background Vocals
Marlena Jeter   Background Vocals
Ethan Johns   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Ukulele,Slide Guitar
Darryl Johnson   Bass
Russ Kunkel   Percussion,Drums
Bernie Leadon   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Mandocello,Vocal Harmony
Kipp Lennon   Background Vocals
Mark Lennon   Background Vocals
Michael Lennon   Tambourine,Background Vocals
Dean Parks   Guitar
Fred Tackett   Guitar
Carlos Vega   Percussion,Drums
Brian Stoltz   Guitar
Waddy Wachtel   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Leland Sklar   Bass
John Ronstadt   Background Vocals
Melinda Ronstadt   Background Vocals
Michael Ronstadt   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Peter Ronstadt   Background Vocals
Suzy Ronstadt   Background Vocals
William Ronstadt   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Linda Ronstadt   Producer
Del Shannon   Composer
Peter Asher   Producer
Glyn Johns   Producer
Steve Holroyd   Engineer
Nathaniel Kunkel   Engineer
George Massenburg   Producer,Engineer
Waddy Wachtel   Producer
Alan Sanderson   Contributor

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