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Great compilation spanning 30 years
on 27 September 2011
Linda Ronstadt became hugely successful in America, especially during the seventies, while also enjoying a much smaller but still healthy following in Britain. All of the three minor UK hits (Tracks of my tears, Blue bayou, Alison) are here;; all of them did much better in America. It is particularly pleasing to find Alison here (at the end of the first CD) as that track is often omitted from compilations of Linda`s music.
This double CD includes tracks from 1967 (Different drum, the only sixties recording included) to the mid-nineties, but inevitably focuses mainly on the seventies.
Most of Linda's American pop hits are here, as are four of her six solo top ten country hits, these being the same four as you'll find on Greatest hits 1 and 2. One notable omission is her duet with James Ingram (Somewhere out there), but her two hit duets with Aaron Neville (Don't know much, All my life) are both included.
Inevitably, this set includes You're no good, her American number one hit that had previously been an American hit for Betty Everett and a UK hit for the Swinging Blue Jeans, When will I be loved, previously a hit for the Everly brothers) and Blue bayou (a cover of the Roy Orbison classic), which provided Linda with further massive American hits for Linda. The compiler of this set is very likely a Buddy Holly fan, as three covers of his songs (That'll be the day, It doesn't matter anymore, It's so easy) are all here, but I'm a Buddy Holly fan too so that's OK.
Linda's diversions into jazz-pop with Nelson Riddle (What's new) and Mexican music (Pour un amor, Frenesi) are represented, but her Trio recordings are not. The two other singers that made up that group both put in guest appearances here. Dolly Parton provides harmony vocals on I never will marry (the track listing incorrectly gives the song title as I will never marry, but the booklet notes get it right), while Emmylou Harris joins Linda in a cover of After the gold rush (a cover of a Neil Young classic). The compilation also includes Linda's cover of Dolly's classic I will always love you.
This compilation represents Linda's career fairly, albeit mainly focusing on her pop and rock music. Her diversions into jazz-pop and Mexican music are best heard separately, but the tracks included here provide reminders of Linda's capabilities and may tempt a few people to explore those aspects of her career.