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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant product.....I hope, 13 Nov 2013
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This review is from: Karla Bonoff / Restless Nights / Wild Heart Of The Young (Audio CD)
Previously owned on (much mourned) vinyl I consider this to be an irresistible opportunity to reacquire this delightful set of Karla's first three albums at a bargain price. Much of the music contained herein reaches the peak of West Coast singer-songwriting and although most of the highlights are available via the 'All My Life' compilation these records should be heard in their entirety. The eponymous 1st album contains versions of three songs which Linda Ronstadt featured on 'Hasten Down The Wind' ('Someone To Lay Down Beside Me', 'Lose Again' and 'If He's Ever Near') and why other interpreters have not also picked up on the quality of these songs is quite unfathomable to me. The 2nd release, 'Restless Nights' is more varied with covers ('When You Walk Into the Room' and (for me) the definitive version of one of the best songs ever written, the old folk tune 'The Water Is Wide',) as well as more great self-penned tunes. Finally we have 'Wild Heart Of The Young' which is a bit smoother and over-produced, but still gorgeous!

.......but, why am I not rushing to the Amazon checkout to complete my purchase?! Well, the tracklisting appears to omit two of the tracks from 'Restless Nights', namely 'Baby Don't Go' and 'Only A Fool' and with the latter being one of my favourite tracks I am reluctant to take a chance. In any case the product description is unacceptably misleading. I shall retain my 5 star rating in hope that this is an error by Amazon and not shabby treatment of the fan by the record company.

13/12/2013

Great news! BGO have confirmed that ALL 28 tracks are present and correct across the 2 discs (Restless Nights is unavoidably split, but c'est la vie). My copy is on its way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "...Sings Me Sweet Things..." - Karla Bonoff/Restless Nights/Wild Heart Of The Young by KARLA BONOFF (2013 CD Remasters), 27 Dec 2013
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Mark Barry "Mark Barry" - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Karla Bonoff / Restless Nights / Wild Heart Of The Young (Audio CD)
Like most people I came to Karla Bonoff and her affecting songs via Linda Ronstadt. I'd loved both "Someone To Lay Down Beside Me" and "If He's Ever Near" - Bonoff originals issued as singles by Linda in the USA. This excellent 2CD set is a great place to look for more...

Released November 2013, Beat Goes On BGOCD1126 (Barcode 5017261211262) features 3 albums onto 2CDs as follows:

Disc 1 (74:20 minutes):
Tracks 1 to 10 are her debut solo LP "Karla Bonoff" released in 1977 on Columbia PC 34672 in the USA and CBS S 82455 in the UK.
Tracks 11 to 19 are her 2nd album "Restless Nights" released in 1979 on Columbia JC 35799 in the USA and January 1980 on CBS S 83587 in the UK

Disc 2 (37:56 minutes):
Tracks 1 to 9 are her 3rd album "Wild Heart Of The Young" released in 1982 on Columbia FC 37444

The card wrap pictures all 3 albums and the detailed 16-page booklet outlines session details and a history of her career and associations (John Tobler liner notes). Quite apart from Ronstadt, the albums are littered with the West Coast session mafia - Russ Kunkle, Waddy Watchel, the Eagles, Andrew Gold, Steve Forman, Leland Sklar, Joe Walsh, and long-time producer and friend Kenny Edwards. The remasters are done by ANDREW THOMPSON at Sound Performances in London and they're beautifully clear and full of presence - reflecting the superb original production values.

The debut album is probably the best with gems like "Home" (lyrics above), "Faces In The Wind" and "Falling Star" as well as the fabulous "Someone To Lay Down Beside Me". In fact as the tunes and ace musicianship go softly by - you're hit over and over by her affecting song-writing - rather like a female Jackson Browne on a good day. You could just imagine the Eagles recording an entire album of her songs and making them sound like their own compositions. The second LP sees the tunes drop too many times into terrible late Seventies Neil Diamond schlock territory. Jackie De Shannon provides backing vocals on her own song "When He Walked Into The Room" and another winner is her beautiful cover of the Traditional "The Water Is Wide" (James taylor does a gorgeous version of it on his "New Moon Shine" album from 1991). The polished "Wild Heart..." from 1982 is unfortunately all production and too few actual tunes ("Just Takes One" is a lovely exception with nice slide guitar from Joe Walsh). And Kenny Edwards and Andrew Gold (long-time collaborators with Bonoff) have their talent and presence on almost every track (both are now sadly passed on).

It might not be everyone's idea of heaven - but those languid melodies I've mentioned will affect you. And if you're a Karla Bonoff fan - this superlative sounding and well-presented reissue is a must own...
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5.0 out of 5 stars one of the great under rated singer songwriters., 22 Mar 2014
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Michael Swinson "mick swinson" (Doncaster,s yorks) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Karla Bonoff / Restless Nights / Wild Heart Of The Young (Audio CD)
karla is one of the best singers of her generation and deserves far more attention.Her astonishing version of THE WATER IS WIDE is worth the price of this set alone plus she writes great songs,check out RESTLESS NIGHTS the song.well worth the money and time.
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