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 Anonymous||reply 108||10/05/2013|
photo from the [italic]Hasten down the Wind[/italic] album cover
|by Anonymous||reply 1||09/21/2013|
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
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"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.
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"Long, Long Time" is the story of my life
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"Talk To Me Of Mendocino" is my favorite. She also did a nice version of this with Kate and Anna McGarrigle.
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You're no good, you're no good, you're no good..baby, you're no good. (I'm gonna say it again!)
A perfect song sung by the perfect voice. Magic.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||09/21/2013|
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.
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"Long, Long Time" and "Desperado." Her live performances of "Desperado" were even greater than her studio recording, however.
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Blowing Away from the same album is another great one. live version with Linda and Bonnie Raitt is amazing.
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Album-wise, I like Heart Like a Wheel
|by Anonymous||reply 12||09/21/2013|
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!!
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Her live recording of "Long, Long Time" is excellent also, R10. Maybe better, even, than the version on the record.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||09/21/2013|
I love her work on Randy Newman's FAUST concept album. "Gainesville, Florida" and "Sandman's Coming". Gorgeous vocals.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||09/21/2013|
"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 Anonymous||reply 16||09/21/2013|
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.
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"Under African Skies" is probably my favorite song Linda sings on that's by another singer.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||09/21/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 21||09/21/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 22||09/21/2013|
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).
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She's the best thing that ever happened to Elvis Costello.
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I agree and he hated her versions. Costello = great writer, awful singer
|by Anonymous||reply 25||09/21/2013|
I like her Spanish stuff...."Canciones de Mi Padre" and "Mas Canciones". Folowed by "Frenesi"
|by Anonymous||reply 26||09/21/2013|
Long, Long Time and Despardo.
|by Anonymous||reply 27||09/21/2013|
did she fuck all the eagles? I find glenn frey really hot for some weird reason.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||09/21/2013|
"Desperado" always left me cold in all its myriad versions. Just always felt so... Eagles. eck.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||09/21/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 30||09/21/2013|
I always liked her "Get Closer" video! The ways she flips her dress back and fourth. So pretty!
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Here's the whole show of Linda's "Canciones de Mi Padre" first shown on PBS. It was pretty much unprecedented!
|by Anonymous||reply 32||09/21/2013|
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."
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Thank you, R32. Tanto gusto de oirlo.
|by Anonymous||reply 34||09/21/2013|
Linda in polka dots, iconic early 80s image. Her video for "Tell Him" was fun too.
|by Anonymous||reply 35||09/21/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 36||09/21/2013|
To be fair, that high note on "When You Wish Upon a Star" gets me in every version, especially the movie's. Beauty.
|by Anonymous||reply 37||09/21/2013|
Usted es muy bienvenido, r34
|by Anonymous||reply 38||09/21/2013|
"What's New?" followed logically by "Lush Life"
|by Anonymous||reply 39||09/21/2013|
I like she she sings I've Got a Crush on You. She's also stunning in the strapless dress.
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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.
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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."
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Wow, R40. What movie is that from?
|by Anonymous||reply 43||09/21/2013|
R43 - I don't know. I just found it on YouTube.
|by Anonymous||reply 45||09/21/2013|
Truth is simple, but seldom ever seen.
Let nothing come between simple man, simple dream.
|by Anonymous||reply 46||09/21/2013|
Linda and Emmy in concert, performing "Telling Me Lies" outside at Rockefeller Center.
|by Anonymous||reply 47||09/21/2013|
R41, that guitarist is Danny Kortchmar.
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Thanks, R48. I never knew how hot he was.
|by Anonymous||reply 49||09/21/2013|
R47 - Linda and Emmy worked so well together.
|by Anonymous||reply 50||09/21/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 52||09/21/2013|
[quote]She's the best thing that ever happened to Elvis Costello.
Her career has been dead for 30 years. Costello just put out a great new album with the Roots.
|by Anonymous||reply 54||09/21/2013|
No one sang Heat Wave like Linda.
|by Anonymous||reply 55||09/22/2013|
R54 - Wrong. She did some of her best work in the 80s and 90s.
|by Anonymous||reply 57||09/22/2013|
[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 Anonymous||reply 58||09/22/2013|
"Tumbling Dice" or "Mohammed's Radio"
|by Anonymous||reply 59||09/22/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 60||09/22/2013|
"Try Me Again" From Hasten Down The Wind. One of her rare songwriting credits. Co-written with Andrew Gold
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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 Anonymous||reply 62||09/22/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 63||09/22/2013|
I love her version of I Will Always Love You. Much better than the overwrought version by Whitney Houston.
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singing with Pheobe Snow. they both were having such a great time, and the singing was top notch.
|by Anonymous||reply 65||09/22/2013|
Silver Threads and Golden Needles
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Oh, Dry The Glistening Tear
|by Anonymous||reply 70||09/22/2013|
Cru like the rainstorm howl like the wind is incredible.
|by Anonymous||reply 71||09/22/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 72||09/22/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 73||09/22/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 74||09/22/2013|
Her best album by far was her breakout one, "Heart Like A Wheel." I never cared much for anything she did later.
|by Anonymous||reply 76||09/22/2013|
R63 - Are you sure you haven't confused Linda with ONJ?
|by Anonymous||reply 77||09/22/2013|
I love the yearning in her voice when she sings "And One More Suckling Pig for the Road"
|by Anonymous||reply 78||09/22/2013|
*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 Anonymous||reply 79||09/27/2013|
I loved her cover of "Blue Bayou"
|by Anonymous||reply 80||09/27/2013|
I like her version of The Moon's a Harsh Mistress.
|by Anonymous||reply 81||09/27/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 82||09/27/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 83||09/27/2013|
r83, the "talentless hag" has sold over 100 million albums and won 11 grammy awards.
Just a few more than you.
|by Anonymous||reply 84||09/27/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 85||09/27/2013|
"All That I Dream," live with Little Feat, shortly after the death of Lowell George.
|by Anonymous||reply 87||09/27/2013|
The album she did with Ann Sevoy was great.
|by Anonymous||reply 88||09/27/2013|
Probably 'Love's Alibis, Take Life in Stride'.
|by Anonymous||reply 89||09/27/2013|
I'm guessing R89 meant "Love will abide, Take things in stride," the first two lines in "Long, Long Time."
|by Anonymous||reply 90||09/27/2013|
"Are You Still Within the Sound of my Voice?"
|by Anonymous||reply 91||09/27/2013|
"Lose Again" in concert, Offenbach, Germany, 1976.
|by Anonymous||reply 93||09/27/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 94||09/27/2013|
Her jazz album "Whats New" is my favorite. The woman could do it all.
|by Anonymous||reply 95||09/27/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 96||09/27/2013|
Another vote for Crucifijo de Piedra.
|by Anonymous||reply 97||09/27/2013|
She puts every Reality TV show singer to shame.
|by Anonymous||reply 98||09/27/2013|
You people have awful taste.
|by Anonymous||reply 99||09/27/2013|
I also love her "Have You Never Been Mellow" and "Physical"
|by Anonymous||reply 100||09/27/2013|
Obscure duet with James Taylor from one of his earlier albums.
|by Anonymous||reply 101||09/27/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 102||09/27/2013|
Tribute too Lowell George Willin
|by Anonymous||reply 103||09/29/2013|
"Someone To Lay Down Beside Me"
|by Anonymous||reply 104||09/29/2013|
LA Times article on Linda Ronstadt (09-27-13):
|by Anonymous||reply 105||10/05/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 106||10/05/2013|
You took advantage of me.
|by Anonymous||reply 107||10/05/2013|
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.
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