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With roots in the Los Angeles country and folk-rock scenes, Linda Ronstadt became one of the most popular interpretive singers of the '70s, earning a string of platinum-selling albums and Top 40 singles. Throughout the '70s, her laid-back pop never lost sight of her folky roots, yet as she moved into the '80s, she began to change her sound with the times, adding new wave ... Read more in Amazon's Linda Ronstadt Store

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  • Audio CD (2 Sept. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B008M4HBEO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,749 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Love Is a Rose
2. Hey Mister, That's Me Up On the Jukebox
3. Roll Um Easy
4. Tracks of My Tears
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Lose Again
2. The Tattler
3. If He's Ever Near
4. That'll Be the Day
See all 12 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. It's So Easy
2. Carmelita
3. Simple Man, Simple Dream
4. Sorrow Lives Here
See all 10 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Back in the U.S.A.
2. When I Grow Too Old to Dream
3. Just One Look
4. Alison
See all 10 tracks on this disc
Disc: 5
1. Mad Love
2. Party Girl
3. How Do I Make You
4. I Can't Let Go
See all 10 tracks on this disc

Product Description

Featuring the albums 'Prisoner in Disguise', 'Hasten Down the Wind', 'Simple Dreams', 'Living in the USA' and 'Mad Love'.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Baldman on 12 Jan. 2011
Format: Audio CD
Ronstadt - iconic '70's country rock. The voice. The looks. The reputation. This box set includes 3 of her late '70's albums, 1 from the '80's, and the Aaron Neville album from the late '80's. I got this for the '70's albums which was definitely her heyday, and consider the other 2 as a bonus, tho' they are not bad albums. Her patronage of Warren Zevon and Andrew Gold in the early days of their careers was considerable, and established the LA mafia sound along with the Eagles, JD Souther, Andrew Gold, and Jackson Browne, who shared the same troupe of backing musicians, whose names on the credits of an album back then guaranteed a top level of musicianship and playing second to none. Superb as a companion piece to the "Capitol Years" set, to show the development from a pure country singer to AOR goddess. Not many people remember that in the early '80's, she made 3 very successful albums of American standards with Nelson Riddle, long before Rod Stewart reinvented himself. As an overview of why Linda Ronstadt is so important in American pop culture these 5 albums present a very strong and persuasive argument. A very good set and a great introduction to Linda's canon of work.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Trev-R TOP 100 REVIEWER on 20 Nov. 2011
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I am not going over the other reviewers comments. I will just say - Buy this boxed set because it contains 'Living In The USA' sometimes cheaper than buying the individual album (if you can get it as it goes in and out of stock, mostly only available as an import or used.

The is a superb set but remember these albums come from the days when you only got 30 minutes playtime per LP and that is exactly what you get on each of the CD's. Every album has great tracks, good tracks and OK tracks but no dud tracks so you will get full value for money.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By C. J. Walker VINE VOICE on 21 Nov. 2012
Format: Audio CD
It seems this set has been updated and now replaces "Cry like a rainstorm" with "Hasten down the wind" as it should have been in the first place.These are all excellant albums by a high class singer.
Buy with confidence.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kgabo on 16 Feb. 2011
Format: Audio CD
Superb value - 5 albums for the price of one ( or of 2 discounted) And what a mix of songs by this speerb songstress ! Something for everyone, from Rock'nroll to 1980's pop - most tracks finely produced to bring out the best of.in my view, the greatest voice ever. Even if you are getting on a bit like me and are not keen on the more modern 1980's stuff, worth buying for the classic (in my view) Living in the USA and Prisoner in Disguise. Listen and expect to be moved. You will be dissappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AndrewNT on 17 Feb. 2011
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A great reminder of what a fantastic singer Linda Ronstadt was in the 70's. My own favourite here is Prisoner in Disguise which has a great range of tracks and is probably worth the price alone with her version of I Will always love you and even stronger songs like Silver Blue and the title track. Simple Dreams includes a cracking version of Blue Bayou and Its so easy another greta mix of songs . Living in the USA includes a lovely version of Elvis Costello's Alison. True the albums aren't remastered but for this price its a great introduction to Linda's music and voice which is seldom if ever bettered by any contemporary female artists.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By markbasket on 6 Nov. 2010
Format: Audio CD
these five albums are in many ways classic in their own genre and showcase Ronstadt's incredible ability in dealing with pop music at its best. she was more that a pretty face as she picked the songs, befriended the songwriters, launched them, and arrange modern songbook of talented authors when it was not so common to do so. "Prisoner" is by far the best, each song is a classic in its own, building her status as tormented singer of love lost. she was declared the queen of torch rock with "Simple Dreams" which became her biggest success, showcasing a strong rock band with simple and minimal arrangements. "Living in The USA" is the routine one, and she immediately recognizes that. so for "Mad Love" she embarked in finding new music in the new wave scene that was starting in those years: a dramatic hair cut, more rockish and edgy. 3 songs from new born Elvis Costello gave her some troubles but now in retrospect all has been settled in her favour. "Howl" came years later when she had already killed her star as America's Sweetheart with jazz, opera and songbook albums. it was a nice suprise and in a way a breath of fresh air: her duets with Aaron Neville are classic, material from Jimmy Webb and others is again showing her magic touch in picking right songs, while great orchestral arrangements are a plus. in our times of trouble with music that is no longer capable of delivering a real artist even in pop music, these albums are like bibles to be read and listened to (but Linda was capable to do so in other records too!)
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Angel Delta TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Mar. 2010
Format: Audio CD
In the 1970s Linda Ronstadt established herself as a leading member of the West Coast mafia that included Jackson Browne, The Eagles, J D Souther and the fledgling singer-songwriter, Warren Zevon. But Ronstadt did not write her own material and her reliance upon the work of others did result in some patchy albums.

Although "Heart Like A Wheel", Ronstadt's first (and best) album from this period, is not included in this set the powerful "Simple Dreams" showcases her emotional brand of country rock. Produced by Peter Asher, with the pick of West Coast session musicians, there is a compelling version of Blue Bayou and a down and dirty reading of the Jagger/Richards composition, "Tumbling Dice". Warren Zevon benefits from her patronage as she delivers stylish performances of "Carmelita" and "Poor, Poor Pitiful Me".

Together with a driving version of Buddy Holly's "It's So Easy" and a duet with Dolly Parton on "I Never Will Marry" this was a definitive album of the time.

"Living In The USA" from 1978 was another Asher production. Although, once again, she has the pick of the Californian sessionmen this album never hits the heights of "Simple Dreams" although her reading of J D Souther's "White Rhythm And Blues" is worth the price of admission on its own. A simply stunning performance of a sadly overlooked song. There are also decent performances of Elvis Costello's "Allison and" Zevon's "Mohammed's Radio" but the rest is ill advised filler.

"Prisoner In Disguise" from 1975 received some critical praise and followed the formula of "Heart Like A Wheel". The are two Motown covers ("The Tracks Of My Tears" and "Heatwave") that are not especially memorable but were perhaps included to give the album an appeal to a broader audience.
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