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#320: The Very Best Of Linda Ronstadt by Linda Ronstadt

9.30.2011


The Very Best Of Linda Ronstadt by Linda Ronstadt

Favorite Track(s): "You're No Good" and "It's So Easy" and "Don't Know Much" and "Somewhere Out There" and "When Will I Be Loved" and "Different Drum" and "The Tracks of My Tears" and "After the Goldrush" and "Long Long Time" and "All My Life" and "Ooh Baby Baby" and "How Do I Make You" and "Desperado"

Thoughts: I'm sorry Rolling Stone 500, but Prisoner in Disguise needs to be on this list in its own right, separate from any compilation album. So I better see Linda again, ok?

My family used to listen to Prisoner in Disguise on road trips, to the point our CD got scratched and stopped playing! I remember my mom telling me that Linda picked the songs and had each composer send her handwritten lyrics. Or maybe I made that up.

So much to say! I adore Linda Ronstadt. I adore her for being a back-up singer with James Taylor (whose voice I feel like I hear in EVERY backing vocal from her 70s tracks) for Neil Young on "Heart of Gold", for being in Trio with Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton, for her portrayal of Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, and if for nothing else, her goddamn beautiful voice.

Just...so...many...perfect...songs...sung...PERFECTLY.

Is This Better Than Help!?: Yes.



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