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What is your favorite Linda Ronstadt song? Or album, if you can't narrow it down to a single song?

In honor of the release of her book, [italic]Simple Dreams[/italic], I thought I'd start a thread about her music. My favorite song changes, sometimes it's "Long, Long Time," as that was given to me as a takeaway by the first guy who dumped me, and it led to my exploration of all her other music, with which I was unfamiliar. It's a sad song, but she's been my favorite singer ever since, and I don't know when I'd've discovered her otherwise.

My favorite album is [italic]Hasten down the Wind[/italic], and my favorite song that's not "Long, Long Time" is the Warren Zevon-penned "Carmelita."

by Anonymousreply 10810/05/2013

photo from the [italic]Hasten down the Wind[/italic] album cover

by Anonymousreply 109/21/2013

I suppose this is a case of remembering my first . . . . written by Michael Nesmith, when she was in a group called the Stone Poneys . . . . a song called Different Drum . . . circa 1970

by Anonymousreply 209/21/2013

"Carmelita," from [italic]Simple Dreams[/italic]. The cover is of the recent audiophile version of [italic]Simple Dreams[/italic], available on LP and CD. My stereo must not be fabulous enough to perceive the difference between this MFSL CD and the regular one on Asylum. The original LP sounds better to me than either CD.

by Anonymousreply 309/21/2013

Oops, "Carmelita":

by Anonymousreply 409/21/2013

"Long, Long Time" is the story of my life

by Anonymousreply 509/21/2013

"Talk To Me Of Mendocino" is my favorite. She also did a nice version of this with Kate and Anna McGarrigle.

by Anonymousreply 609/21/2013

You're no good, you're no good, you're no, you're no good. (I'm gonna say it again!)

A perfect song sung by the perfect voice. Magic.

by Anonymousreply 709/21/2013

Linda's given us lots of good music over the years - too many good songs to list one favorite, but I am partial to Faithless Love, Keep Me From Blowing Away, Icy Blue Heart, For A Dancer...I could go on and on!

Everybody's music collection should include the Heart Like A Wheel Album - sheer perfection from start to end.

by Anonymousreply 809/21/2013

"Long, Long Time" and "Desperado." Her live performances of "Desperado" were even greater than her studio recording, however.

by Anonymousreply 909/21/2013

Mohammed's Radio.

Blowing Away from the same album is another great one. live version with Linda and Bonnie Raitt is amazing.

by Anonymousreply 1009/21/2013

Blue Bayou.

by Anonymousreply 1109/21/2013

Album-wise, I like Heart Like a Wheel

by Anonymousreply 1209/21/2013

As an Arizonan and one time Tucsonan, who happens to be crazy for the music of the border I have to go with "Canciones De Mi Padre".

She was on television yesterday. Although I am a life long fan, I had forgotten the magnitude of her career. 100 million albums sold!!

by Anonymousreply 1309/21/2013

Her live recording of "Long, Long Time" is excellent also, R10. Maybe better, even, than the version on the record.

by Anonymousreply 1409/21/2013

I love her work on Randy Newman's FAUST concept album. "Gainesville, Florida" and "Sandman's Coming". Gorgeous vocals.

by Anonymousreply 1509/21/2013

"Gainesville" is my favorite new song by Linda. I never heard it until I bought the box set. Unfortunately, there's no video. It is available on Spotify, however. I'm listening it to now.

by Anonymousreply 1609/21/2013


by Anonymousreply 1809/21/2013

The songs I always keep on playlists are "Diff'rent Drum," "Desperado," and "Tumbling Dice." (She was always more of rocker than she got credit for).

I can't think of a better interpreter of other people's music than Linda.

Her harmonies on Paul Simon's "Under African Skies" from the Graceland album were beautiful, too.

by Anonymousreply 1909/21/2013

"Under African Skies" is probably my favorite song Linda sings on that's by another singer.

by Anonymousreply 2009/21/2013

Though not her best album, "Get Closer" has some of her best songs, including 'The Moon's a Harsh Mistress', 'Mr. Radio' and 'Easy For You To Say'.

by Anonymousreply 2109/21/2013

I like many Ronstadt songs, my favourites being Hasten Down the Wind and Prisoner in Disguise. One of her best later vocals was on High Sierra, with Emmylou and Dolly.

(Loved her versions of the Jimmy Webb and Randy Newman songs too.)

by Anonymousreply 2209/21/2013

funny, neither were considered classics at the time but the ones I revisit most are "Get Closer" and, even more so, "Mad Love". My favorite album cover too.

One song? "Girls Talk", her cover of Costello. I can listen to it on repeat in Hell for eternity and it would never get old (okay, maybe not).

by Anonymousreply 2309/21/2013

She's the best thing that ever happened to Elvis Costello.

by Anonymousreply 2409/21/2013

I agree and he hated her versions. Costello = great writer, awful singer

by Anonymousreply 2509/21/2013

I like her Spanish stuff...."Canciones de Mi Padre" and "Mas Canciones". Folowed by "Frenesi"

by Anonymousreply 2609/21/2013

Long, Long Time and Despardo.

by Anonymousreply 2709/21/2013

did she fuck all the eagles? I find glenn frey really hot for some weird reason.

by Anonymousreply 2809/21/2013

"Desperado" always left me cold in all its myriad versions. Just always felt so... Eagles. eck.

by Anonymousreply 2909/21/2013

Carmelita (thanks whoever posted that upthread - love Warren Zevon), Long Long Time, Silver Threads and Golden Needles, Desperado, to name a few of my favorites.

by Anonymousreply 3009/21/2013

I always liked her "Get Closer" video! The ways she flips her dress back and fourth. So pretty!

by Anonymousreply 3109/21/2013

Here's the whole show of Linda's "Canciones de Mi Padre" first shown on PBS. It was pretty much unprecedented!

by Anonymousreply 3209/21/2013

I just listened to her version of "When You Wish upon a Star," one of the best songs from her Nelson Riddle trio of albums. The way she hits that high note on "through" at 3:03 and "true" from 3:17 to the end.

A lot of old fart critics hated her versions of the Great American Songbook standards when those albums came out in the early '80s. For me, they were the first versions that made an impression on me. Before Linda, GAS was music for your parents.

I wish she'd gotten to record my favorite of all those songs, "The Way You Look Tonight."

by Anonymousreply 3309/21/2013

Thank you, R32. Tanto gusto de oirlo.

by Anonymousreply 3409/21/2013

Linda in polka dots, iconic early 80s image. Her video for "Tell Him" was fun too.

by Anonymousreply 3509/21/2013

Well in some ways I am like a child, you never seemed to know it.

If a kind word ever crossed your mind, you never tried to show it.

by Anonymousreply 3609/21/2013

To be fair, that high note on "When You Wish Upon a Star" gets me in every version, especially the movie's. Beauty.

by Anonymousreply 3709/21/2013

Usted es muy bienvenido, r34

by Anonymousreply 3809/21/2013

"What's New?" followed logically by "Lush Life"

by Anonymousreply 3909/21/2013

I like she she sings I've Got a Crush on You. She's also stunning in the strapless dress.

by Anonymousreply 4009/21/2013

That's a smart and snappy performance, R35. Much more peppy than any time I saw her in concert.

Does anyone know who the guitarist over her right shoulder is (starts mugging for the camera at 2:20)? He's kind of hot.

by Anonymousreply 4109/21/2013

Remember Julia Louis Dreyfuss doing her "What's New" parody on "SNL" (one of the few things she got to do of any resonance)

Julia as Linda: "I don't understand what I sing."

by Anonymousreply 4209/21/2013

Wow, R40. What movie is that from?

by Anonymousreply 4309/21/2013

R43 - I don't know. I just found it on YouTube.

by Anonymousreply 4509/21/2013

Truth is simple, but seldom ever seen.

Let nothing come between simple man, simple dream.

by Anonymousreply 4609/21/2013

Linda and Emmy in concert, performing "Telling Me Lies" outside at Rockefeller Center.

by Anonymousreply 4709/21/2013

R41, that guitarist is Danny Kortchmar.

by Anonymousreply 4809/21/2013

Thanks, R48. I never knew how hot he was.

by Anonymousreply 4909/21/2013

R47 - Linda and Emmy worked so well together.

by Anonymousreply 5009/21/2013

That Dolly, OTOH, R50...

by Anonymousreply 5109/21/2013

R2, that's mine as well. Women just didn't sing lyrics like that back then. Those were typically male sentiments. She took them and made them her own.

by Anonymousreply 5209/21/2013

You're No Good

Blue Bayou

The Tracks of My Tears

What's New


by Anonymousreply 5309/21/2013

[quote]She's the best thing that ever happened to Elvis Costello.

Bitch please.

Her career has been dead for 30 years. Costello just put out a great new album with the Roots.

by Anonymousreply 5409/21/2013

No one sang Heat Wave like Linda.

by Anonymousreply 5509/22/2013

El Crucifijo De Piedra

by Anonymousreply 5609/22/2013

R54 - Wrong. She did some of her best work in the 80s and 90s.

by Anonymousreply 5709/22/2013

[quote]Wrong. She did some of her best work in the 80s and 90s.

Her last hit record was in 1989. Maybe you think she's done her "best work" since then, but record buyers disagree.

by Anonymousreply 5809/22/2013

"Tumbling Dice" or "Mohammed's Radio"

by Anonymousreply 5909/22/2013

Most of this washed-up old hag's records are out of print.

No one under the age of 50 even knows who she is.

by Anonymousreply 6009/22/2013

"Try Me Again" From Hasten Down The Wind. One of her rare songwriting credits. Co-written with Andrew Gold

by Anonymousreply 6109/22/2013

R58 - 1989 wasn't thirty years ago. She's also done some remarkable work in the 90s that wasn't as much of a commericial success. But record sales aren't great measures of worth. If they were Miley and Bieber would be viewed as great talents

by Anonymousreply 6209/22/2013

My favourites of Linda Ronstadt's were "Let Me Be There" and "If You Love Me (Let Me Know)" - those always remind me of my young childhood.

by Anonymousreply 6309/22/2013

I love her version of I Will Always Love You. Much better than the overwrought version by Whitney Houston.

by Anonymousreply 6409/22/2013

singing with Pheobe Snow. they both were having such a great time, and the singing was top notch.

by Anonymousreply 6509/22/2013

That's from SNL R65.

by Anonymousreply 6609/22/2013

The one she didn't sing

by Anonymousreply 6809/22/2013

Silver Threads and Golden Needles

by Anonymousreply 6909/22/2013

Oh, Dry The Glistening Tear

by Anonymousreply 7009/22/2013

Cru like the rainstorm howl like the wind is incredible.

by Anonymousreply 7109/22/2013

Highly recommend the Western Wall album, the one she and Emmylou did (minus Dolly). Great covers of Bruce Springsteen's "Across the Border" and Jackson Brown's "For a Dancer".

by Anonymousreply 7209/22/2013

I'm listening to it right now, R72. "Sweet Spot." There's a line in it that sounds like "I'll be your Mah Jongg."

by Anonymousreply 7309/22/2013

Even when she was phoning it in for a paycheck on those cheesy Disney songs she delivered, in my opinion, some of the best vocal work of her career.

by Anonymousreply 7409/22/2013

Her best album by far was her breakout one, "Heart Like A Wheel." I never cared much for anything she did later.

by Anonymousreply 7609/22/2013

R63 - Are you sure you haven't confused Linda with ONJ?

by Anonymousreply 7709/22/2013

I love the yearning in her voice when she sings "And One More Suckling Pig for the Road"

by Anonymousreply 7809/22/2013

*bump* for Linda. One of the greatest voices of popular music.

Too many songs to choose from. Because it hasn't been mentioned, I think 1993's "Winter Light" is fabulous and she sings the hell out of those songs -- in particular "Anyone Who Had A Heart" and "Do What You Gotta Do."

I could cry thinking that voice has been silenced forever.

by Anonymousreply 7909/27/2013

I loved her cover of "Blue Bayou"

by Anonymousreply 8009/27/2013

I like her version of The Moon's a Harsh Mistress.

by Anonymousreply 8109/27/2013


Maybe you have seen this before. The video quality is poor but the sound is good. I love this Jimmy Webb song and Linda sings it well. I think this also shows the fault in our stars - Linda had awkward transitions between her vocal registers and power, and her phrase endings were often too abrupt.

The quality of her voice - the clarity, beauty and range are not in question. Webb on piano. (Joe Cocker did this song best IMO)

The Moon's a Harsh Mistress.

by Anonymousreply 8209/27/2013

I don't understand DL's obsession with this talentless hag.

It's only two or three of you endlessly replying to each other, right?

by Anonymousreply 8309/27/2013

r83, the "talentless hag" has sold over 100 million albums and won 11 grammy awards.

Just a few more than you.

by Anonymousreply 8409/27/2013

Linda Ronstadt needs JANBOT to defend her.

You are nuts r83. Honestly.

Start with Wikipedia. The list of Ronstadt's musical accomplishments, accolades and collaborations are far too long to teach you here. Even if you hate her music and voice, educate yourself before you speak.

by Anonymousreply 8509/27/2013

Mohammed's Radio!

by Anonymousreply 8609/27/2013

"All That I Dream," live with Little Feat, shortly after the death of Lowell George.

by Anonymousreply 8709/27/2013

The album she did with Ann Sevoy was great.

by Anonymousreply 8809/27/2013

Probably 'Love's Alibis, Take Life in Stride'.

by Anonymousreply 8909/27/2013

I'm guessing R89 meant "Love will abide, Take things in stride," the first two lines in "Long, Long Time."

by Anonymousreply 9009/27/2013

"Are You Still Within the Sound of my Voice?"

by Anonymousreply 9109/27/2013

Wonderful thread.

by Anonymousreply 9209/27/2013

"Lose Again" in concert, Offenbach, Germany, 1976.

by Anonymousreply 9309/27/2013

Before Parkinson's, Ronstadt could have sung anyone on the radio today right out the door. She's underrated because she's not a songwriter and she was so successful commercially. And her audience was women and straight men.

Since her time, only Whitney Houston and k.d. lang could compare for the beauty of her tone.

by Anonymousreply 9409/27/2013

Her jazz album "Whats New" is my favorite. The woman could do it all.

by Anonymousreply 9509/27/2013

Something about the song "Adios" gets to me, but it may also have something to do with the wacky Beach Boys backing vocals. It's bizarrely beautiful.

by Anonymousreply 9609/27/2013

Another vote for Crucifijo de Piedra.

by Anonymousreply 9709/27/2013

She puts every Reality TV show singer to shame.

by Anonymousreply 9809/27/2013

Middle-of-the-road garbage.

You people have awful taste.

by Anonymousreply 9909/27/2013

I also love her "Have You Never Been Mellow" and "Physical"

by Anonymousreply 10009/27/2013

Obscure duet with James Taylor from one of his earlier albums.

by Anonymousreply 10109/27/2013

Long Long Time. No contest. It's the best song about unrequited love, ever.

"I never drew one response from you, but all the while you fell all over girls you never even knew. I've done everything I know to try and make you mine; and I think it's gonna hurt me for a long long time."

Damn. Bitch is reading my mail. I'm going through that right now.

by Anonymousreply 10209/27/2013

Tribute too Lowell George Willin

by Anonymousreply 10309/29/2013

"Someone To Lay Down Beside Me"

by Anonymousreply 10409/29/2013

LA Times article on Linda Ronstadt (09-27-13):

by Anonymousreply 10510/05/2013

Good for her for dissing American Idol. I agree with her art is not about competition. Which is why all Idols have (or shoot for) the same dull uninspired sound.

by Anonymousreply 10610/05/2013

You took advantage of me.

by Anonymousreply 10710/05/2013

Goodbye, My Friend, written by Karla Bonoff when her cat, Casey, died. Used in numerous movies and TV episodes when someone died. It was very popular when my best friend Walter died.

by Anonymousreply 10810/05/2013
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