on 24 May 2008
This compilation contains all the tracks (plus a few extras) from the following albums: 'Heart Like A Wheel' from 1974, 'Silk Purse' from 1970, 'Hand Sown...Home Grown' from 1969, and 'Linda Ronstadt' from 1972.
The Heart Like A Wheel album is where Ronstadt and producer Peter Asher first used the formula of great song selection (from such writers as JD Souther, George Lowell, James Taylor,) and tasteful singing and playing, with arrangements by Andrew Gold. I still think Heart Like A Wheel and the following three albums (Prisoner In Disguise, Hasten Down The Wind, Simple Dreams) are some of the seventies' best song interpretations. The other three albums contained here are not as polished and are more countryish. However, they are enjoyable and a good example of the then nascent LA country rock scene. Ronstadt's early work sometimes gets unfairly ignored. Even this early she was proving she was more than just the poster girl of the LA scene. This CD is the ideal introduction to her early work.
So 4 stars for the material, 5 stars for value.
on 7 January 2009
1970's Linda Ronstadt - wow. Up there with the tennis girl's bum poster as a young boys comforter! And the girl could sing. I came to this as a fan of the LA mafia sound of the 70's, and wanted to hear what the Eagles sounded like as her backing band. I am not disappointed. Over the course of these albums if you listen in chronological order, you can see how Linda was groomed for super stardom. The next 10 years worth of albums were the ones that sealed the deal, and crop up on the best of's, of the LA sound. For a young lad, Linda was also a bit too free with her affections(like Stevie Nicks)with the other names on the LA scene.You'd always see young lads of a certain age pawing over the LP racks for the latest Ronstadt album just for the cover shots - rarely did she disappoint. These CD's show how she evolved from a girl who looked good that could also sing a bit, to a great singer who just happened to have the looks to match.
on 3 December 2012
This is 4 albums on 2 CDs plus 5 bonus tracks, all remastered in 2006 and sounding great.
Of the 46 tracks from 1969, 1970, 1972 and 1974, some are quite outstanding songs including Baby You've Been On My Mind, We Need A Lot More Of Jesus (And A Lot Less Rock & Roll), Long, Long Time, Rock Me On The Water, Birds, a fantastic live Long, Long Time and You're No Good.
Really I have only scratched the surface of this collection, the reproduction standards are high throughout, the material is well chosen and Linda's voice completes a top class collection.