Sunday, September 1, 2019

Linda Ronstadt - Box Set [1999] (4 x CD's)


Linda Ronstadt - Box Set [1999] (4 x CD's)

Initially labeled a country-rock heartbreaker, Linda Ronstadt moved on to establish beachheads in everything from new wave to light opera, from pre-rock pop to traditional Mexican music. Such restlessness has been interpreted as flightiness among doubters, but Ronstadt's headstrong eclecticism has, with time, taken on weight, which is reflected in this suitably hefty four-disc career overview. Here is Ronstadt the musician, an erstwhile Cal-rock pinup girl who refused to sit still for the next photo shoot while churning out more rock-radio fare. Keep in mind that Ronstadt was the first female performer to chalk up seven consecutive platinum albums; she must have faced down considerable pressure to play it safe in the '80s. Indeed, some of the least interesting material found here is the post-Heart Like a Wheel rote rock culled from 1978's Living in the USA and 1980's Mad Love. Blessed with a starburst of a voice and the determination to put her gift to the test, she shines brightest when she's outside her familiar orbit. Disc four is the real windfall here, offers rarities, including her three excellent contributions to Randy Newman's Faust and a contribution to Carla Bley's ambitious jazz opera Escalator Over the Hill. (Amazon)

Linda Ronstadt's generically titled four-CD, five-hour, 86-track box set retrospective attempts with considerable success to encompass the many types of music she's sung from the mid-'60s to the late '90s. The album is divided into five unequal parts, with 31 tracks given over to an "Album Retrospective," followed by seven tracks from "The Nelson Riddle Sessions," her three albums of classic pop, then five songs "En EspaƱol," drawn from her three Spanish language albums. That takes up the first two discs, with the third disc consisting of 20 "Collaborations" and the fourth 23 "Rarities." It is significant that the first section is called "Album Retrospective," signaling to the listener that Ronstadt is not interested in presenting her hit singles as such. .... But it certainly makes the case for Ronstadt as a hard-working performer who constantly challenged herself by trying styles beyond the Southern California folk-rock for which she remains best known. (AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann)

This is the set to buy if you like Linda Ronstadt. You will end up loving her all the more for great song choices, outstanding vocal pipes, tremendous range of styles and spot on emotional singing. This is as good as it gets for a retrospective box set.


Linda Ronstadt -Box Set [1999] CD1+CD2

Linda Ronstadt -Box Set [1999] CD3+CD4




  01. When We Ran
  02. Ruler Of My Heart
  03. Cry 'Til My Tears Run Dry
  04. We Will Rock You
  05. Winter Light
  06. Anyone Who Had A Heart
  07. I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself
  08. Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder)
  09. Do What You Gotta Do
  10. Heartbeats Accelerating
  11. Goodbye My Friend
  12. Adios
  13. Cry Like A Rainstorm
  14. Trouble Again
  15. Easy For You To Say
  16. The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress
  17. Get Closer
  18. Hurt So Bad
  19. I Can't Let Go
  20. Ooh Baby Baby
  21. Just One Look
  22. Poor Poor Pitiful Me


  01. Blue Bayou
  02. Try Me Again
  03. Heat Wave
  04. Heart Like A Wheel
  05. It Doesn't Matter Anymore
  06. You're No Good
  07. When Will I Be Loved
  08. Long Long Time
  09. Different Drum
  10. Little Girl Blue
  11. I Get Along Without You Very Well
  12. My Funny Valentine
  13. When You Wish Upon A Star
  14. It Never Entered My Mind
  15. Skylark
  16. What's New
  17. Quiereme Mucho
  18. Frenesi
  19. Mentira Salome
  20. La Mariquita
  21. El Crucifijo De Piedra


  01. High Sierra
  02. Lover's Return
  03. The Blue Train
  04. Feels Like Home
  05. Gentle Annie
  06. Please Remember Me
  07. After The Gold Rush
  08. Moonlight In Vermont
  09. El Camino
  10. All My Life
  11. Don't Know Much
  12. Back In The U.S.A.
  13. El Sol Que Tu Eres
  14. Telling Me Lies
  15. Somewhere Out There
  16. I Think It's Gonna Work Out Fine
  17. I Never Will Marry
  18. Prisoner In Disguise
  19. Faithless Love
  20. I Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love With You)


  01. Gainesville
  02. Sandman's Coming
  03. My Hero
  04. All I Have To Do Is Dream
  05. Dreams To Dream
  06. The Blacksmith
  07. Bandit & A Heart Breaker
  08. Keep Me From Blowing Away
  09. The Sweetest Gift
  10. Freezing
  11. Poor Wandering One
  12. Sorry Her Lot
  13. I Want A Horse
  14. All That You Dream
  15. Hearts Against The Wind
  16. Tumbling Dice
  17. Border Town
  18. Falling Star
  19. Honky Tonk Blues
  20. Lightning Bar Blues
  21. Why
  22. I'd Like To Know
  23. Everybody Has Their Own Ideas


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