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CD REVIEW: LINDA RONSTADT – Simple Dreams Fortieth Anniversary Reissue

CD REVIEW: LINDA RONSTADT – Simple Dreams Fortieth Anniversary Reissue
Rhino Records/Warner
September 2017
Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar
8 ½ /10

Linda Ronstadt’s eight album was her fifth consecutive million-selling platinum hit, quickly selling three and a half million copies in the United States alone, and is presented here in fortieth anniversary reissue format, complete with a crisp and clean remaster and three bonus live tracks.

Having recorded her early works with Don Henley and Glenn Frey amongst her backing bands, who would go on to form The Eagles, her sound was equally pitched in the US West Coast soft rock and formative alt-country camps. Indeed, she is often referred to as the first alt-country artist.

The nature of her staggering appeal is simple: her voice, and what she could do with it.

Not much of a writer herself, her superb talent was predicated on a unique ability to reinterpret songs from artists as diverse, on this record alone, as Roy Orbison (her Blue Bayou remains a stunning piece of work), The Rolling Stones (Tumbling Dice), Warren Zevon (Carmelita and a fun Poor Poor Pitiful Me), Buddy Holly (It’s So Easy), another Eagles alumni in J D Souther (Simple Man, Simple Dream) and her own heartfelt arrangement of the traditional I Never Will Marry and Old Paint.

Forty years on Simple Dreams remains pretty close to perfect.

CD REVIEW: LINDA RONSTADT – Simple Dreams Fortieth Anniversary Reissue

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