Linda Ronstadt - Classic or Dud?

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She's got quite a set of pipes on her, I can tell you that much. I really love "You're No Good" and "Blue Bayou." What do y'all think?

My name is Kenny (My name is Kenny), Wednesday, 16 February 2005 04:09 (twelve years ago) Permalink

The wife loves her. meh.

Roger Fidelity (Roger Fidelity), Wednesday, 16 February 2005 04:14 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Roy Orbison's Blue Bayou is perfect, but Linda's take is really something too. I'm also a fan of her cover of Desperado.

Oh, and her work on the 'Mr Plow' theme song is truly inspired.

VegemiteGrrl (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 16 February 2005 04:24 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Didn't she sing that Neil Young song "Love Is A Rose"? That song is good, sort of.

Sugaree, Wednesday, 16 February 2005 04:27 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Her version of "Perfidia" (en Espanol, tambien) is absolutely killer. One of the first things I bought on iTunes, and it's perfect because god knows I don't want a whole album by Linda Fucking Ronstadt, but that one song is just Top Notch.

Drew Daniel (Drew Daniel), Wednesday, 16 February 2005 04:34 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Some of her seventies hits were pretty good for that sound. Anything after 1977 (Simple Dreams) is pretty much crap IMO, especially her attempts at singing standards with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra.

ffirehorse, Wednesday, 16 February 2005 04:57 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Beaten to the Senor Plow punch!

Leeeter van den Hoogenband (Leee), Wednesday, 16 February 2005 04:59 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Absolute winner -- her singing "Blue Bayou" on The Muppet Show, with rhythm provided by a bunch of frogs on a swamp set. Perfect.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Wednesday, 16 February 2005 05:01 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Senor Plow no es macho,
Es solamente un borracho...

VegemiteGrrl (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 16 February 2005 05:04 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Yes, I believe hers was on behalf of the Plow King, not Mr. Plow himself.

Naive Teen Idol (Naive Teen Idol), Wednesday, 16 February 2005 05:25 (twelve years ago) Permalink

she fits in nicely on carla bley's "escalator over the hill"

phil turnbull (philT), Wednesday, 16 February 2005 05:31 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Yes, I believe hers was on behalf of the Plow King, not Mr. Plow himself

Jealousy will get you nowhere. ;)

VegemiteGrrl (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 16 February 2005 07:00 (twelve years ago) Permalink

beat to the punch by Phil

Tito JaXoN (JasonD), Wednesday, 16 February 2005 07:14 (twelve years ago) Permalink

She's a great singer.

Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Wednesday, 16 February 2005 07:20 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Some real dreck in her catalog, but "How Do I Make You" . . . hell yeah.

Rickey Wright (Rrrickey), Wednesday, 16 February 2005 11:29 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Her cover of Tumblin' Dice rules!

Bryan Moore (Bryan Moore), Wednesday, 16 February 2005 11:30 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Lots of great singles, like "Poor, Poor Pitiful Me."

briania (briania), Wednesday, 16 February 2005 13:38 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Anything after 1977 (Simple Dreams) is pretty much crap IMO, especially her attempts at singing standards with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra.

bah. mad love is awesome! rickey wright already namechecked "how do i make you" but lemme also throw in "justine."

stockholm cindy's secret childhood (Jody Beth Rosen), Wednesday, 16 February 2005 14:49 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I saw her last year singing mostly standards. Even more than the usual pipes/power/range criteria, her delivery is phenomenal. At one point, the way she sang the "d" in the word "don't" blew me away. People think I'm crazy for bringing up the way she sings consonants, but if you heard you'd understand. Some of her choices of material in the '70s were meh, but still - classic, overall.

Rick Massimo (Rick Massimo), Wednesday, 16 February 2005 14:54 (twelve years ago) Permalink

to be pompous for a second, she has this great style of a very tightly controlled portamento -- a lot of singers kinda artlessly slide between notes as if what's going on between points A and B is of no consequence whatsoever (and sometimes, like bad figure skaters, their liftoffs/landings themselves are sloppy). you can tell linda is paying attention every moment she's singing, and i admire that.

stockholm cindy's secret childhood (Jody Beth Rosen), Wednesday, 16 February 2005 14:57 (twelve years ago) Permalink

People think I'm crazy for bringing up the way she sings consonants

again, it's just the mark of good training! any teacher with a brain will go over the shaping of consonants and vowels with his students.

stockholm cindy's secret childhood (Jody Beth Rosen), Wednesday, 16 February 2005 15:03 (twelve years ago) Permalink

"Mr Plow is a loser and I think he is a boozer..."

Alienus Quam Reproba (blueski), Wednesday, 16 February 2005 15:07 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Best albums that we have not been overexposed to were the " Canciones de ma padre" ( sp ) i.e. "Songs for my Father" , sung in Spanish and the lush one she did with Nelson Riddle doing the string arrangements.

Also we thank her/hate her for hiring Don Henley as her drummer...

Brian C, Wednesday, 16 February 2005 15:23 (twelve years ago) Permalink

The ambivalent essay in "Stranded" about the merit of her Zevon, Orbison, and Young covers has always made me curious to check out "Heart Like A Wheel" and "Living in the USA," but I've never made the effort.

Alfred Soto (Alfred Soto), Wednesday, 16 February 2005 15:50 (twelve years ago) Permalink

three months pass...
Well actually the song "Heart Like A Wheel" reminds me of the song Bette Midler did later, "The Rose", only "Heart Like A Wheel" is slower. The notes are much the same.

Linda Ronstadt's version of "Someone To Lay Down Beside Me" is an exquisite gem of a song. I still haven't heard the original Karla Bonoff version, but I love the tune and the way Linda sings it.
My favourite Ronstadt song.

When I was about 8 years old, my friend's parents next door used to play this album, and I still say this is the one to have:

http://chartts.tripod.com/HISTORY/1977.JPG

Other favourites include her version of Tumbling Dice and that Warren Zevon cover...what was it? Ah yes, "Poor Poor Pitiful Me". My favourite thing to play at the end of an academic quarter. I like Linda. She can sing.

The Silent Disco of Glastonbury (Bimble...), Friday, 3 June 2005 08:23 (twelve years ago) Permalink

once again, i love her.

to let - flats (Jody Beth Rosen), Friday, 3 June 2005 08:34 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Yeah she's great. I don't know much (aha!!!) about her work with the Stone Poneys, but what I've heard sounds quite appealing. My favourite of hers is "Dedicated To The One I Love", the album of lullabyes she made for her own baby in the early nineties. Instrumentation: glass harmonica, harp and multi-layered vocals. And that's pretty much it. Unbelievable.
Also seek her version of Jimmy Webb's "Adios", a phenomenal song heartbreakingly sung. And I *adore* "Don't Know Much".

harvey.w (harvey.w), Friday, 3 June 2005 11:24 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Classic for "Blue Bayou" and for her absolutely entrancing performance as Mabel in the movie of Pirates of Penzance. Also for the song she guests on on Graceland, "Under African Skies."

But she also made some clunky mistakes. I chanced to hear "It's So Easy" the other day; I never did like that song.

The Mad Puffin, Friday, 3 June 2005 12:57 (twelve years ago) Permalink

the video for "it's so easy" is classic for waddy wachtel's hair alone.

to let - flats (Jody Beth Rosen), Friday, 3 June 2005 14:34 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i only know her from her work with neil young, and the Mr Plow episode, but classic for those.

AaronK (AaronK), Friday, 3 June 2005 14:39 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I grew up hearing those Aaron Navel duets, which are purty.

Alfred Soto (Alfred Soto), Friday, 3 June 2005 14:44 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Senor Plow no es macho, Es solamente un borracho...

PappaWheelie (PappaWheelie), Friday, 3 June 2005 14:53 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I like her lots. Well, excpet the standards stuff. But my moms played the hell Greatest Hits Vols. I & II (on 8 track, nonetheless!) when I was a kid, so it is permanently imprented on my brain.

"Long, Long Time" is still devestating to me everytime I hear it -- especially when she betls out that last "'Casue I've done everythin I know/to try and make you mine"

Randy Reiss (undeadsinatra), Friday, 3 June 2005 16:52 (twelve years ago) Permalink

one year passes...
Sooo....where should I begin? Heart Like a Wheel and Simple Dreams?

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn (Alfred Soto), Friday, 3 November 2006 23:41 (eleven years ago) Permalink

When Will I Be Loved?

PappaWheelie, don't fuck this up (PappaWheelie 2), Saturday, 4 November 2006 00:32 (eleven years ago) Permalink

that 2cd comp of her first 4(?) records that came out some months back is a good intro if you like the country-rock side of linda (which i'm guessing wouldn't be your cup o' tea so much, Alfred) i really like the first 2 records, sort of lose interest after that but gotta respect those pipes!

timmy tannin (pompous), Saturday, 4 November 2006 00:41 (eleven years ago) Permalink

a good intro if you like the country-rock side of linda (which i'm guessing wouldn't be your cup o' tea so much, Alfred)

Hm. Maybe. I'm a guy who digs upbeat Loretta and Dolly and New Wave Rosanne Cash, so, it's a coin flip.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn (Alfred Soto), Saturday, 4 November 2006 00:47 (eleven years ago) Permalink

New Wave Rosanne rules!

A Radio Picture (Rrrickey), Saturday, 4 November 2006 00:55 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I would revive a Rosanne Cash thread if there were enough people who cared.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn (Alfred Soto), Saturday, 4 November 2006 01:00 (eleven years ago) Permalink

rosanne is capable of greatness, but...

"you're no good" >>>>> everything rosanne has ever done, with the single possible exception of "seven year ache."

fact checking cuz (fcc), Saturday, 4 November 2006 01:31 (eleven years ago) Permalink

"You're No Good" is marvelous, but on Rosanne's side we got: "Blue Moon with Heartache," "Hold On," "I Don't Know Why You Don't Want Me," "Halfway House," "Runaway Train," "Rosie Strikes Back," "Somewhere, Somehow" -- a helluva run.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn (Alfred Soto), Saturday, 4 November 2006 01:33 (eleven years ago) Permalink

some damn good songs in there but none of 'em is "you're no good." some of 'em, i might rather here someone else singing (personal thing between me and rosanne's voice). and "i don't know why you don't want me" is a great verse/chorus dragged down by a drab bridge, or maybe a great verse dragged down by a drab chorus, or maybe a great chorus dragged down by a drab verse (dammit, what part is what in that one???).

fact checking cuz (fcc), Saturday, 4 November 2006 01:43 (eleven years ago) Permalink

(funny, though, on "i don't know why you don't want me," i love rosanne's voice; it's the male harmonies i can't stand.)

fact checking cuz (fcc), Saturday, 4 November 2006 01:48 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I don't think any of her '70s hits were as good as "Different Drum," but I like "Silver Threads and Golden Needles" quite a bit.

Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Saturday, 4 November 2006 01:49 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Yeah Justine is awesome, I totally dig the Madlove album

California Mafia Faux PunkWave= Adorable

Understanding it's about rock and roll revival and not synths and safety pins = admirable

Ultrathick prog moog in a new wave context classic

Adam S S (Zephery), Saturday, 4 November 2006 02:42 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Alfred we're on the same plane yet again. I pulled out Linda just last weekend in order to make my friend a small compilation of some songs I'd like to see her sing the next time she does a gig in this ritzy hotel bar. My Linda choices for the comp were "Someone To Lay Down Beside Me" and "Heart Like A Wheel".

An evening of fun in the metropolis of your dream (Bimble...), Saturday, 4 November 2006 03:23 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Prisoner in Disguise is also a good record

Adam S S (Zephery), Saturday, 4 November 2006 03:55 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Classic!

scott seward (scott seward), Saturday, 4 November 2006 04:54 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Her new album with Ann Savoy, the cajun queen, is great. their version of walk away renee is fucking awesome!

scott seward (scott seward), Saturday, 4 November 2006 04:56 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Christ, she was the freakin queen of r&r for a few 70s years for all the right reasons. excellent voice / superb delivery and control / good looking / not half-bad backing bands / some great material / did drugs etc...

jim wentworth (wench), Saturday, 4 November 2006 06:19 (eleven years ago) Permalink

"later she emails him"

dow, Monday, 30 December 2013 02:24 (three years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Did anyone catch her interview at the Commonwealth Club last night? It was charming and notably weird to hear her interviewed by a woman who is her peer in age, but not someone who had musical experience. Her name was Barbara something, I forget. It was kinda cute to hear them giggle about how cute Jackson Browne was. I only heard about half of it -- did anyone hear the end?

we slowly invented brains (La Lechera), Thursday, 20 February 2014 00:23 (three years ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...

brilliant singer who I've tried many times to get into and can't, always just sounds a little too perfect for me

walid foster dulles (man alive), Wednesday, 4 February 2015 14:58 (two years ago) Permalink

i didn't know about her parkinson's :(

i know that singers can make much less in royalties than writers, but she sold so many millions of albums in the 1970s through the early 1990s that it's hard to believe she's running low on cash. i guess she didn't invest her earnings well?

I dunno. (amateurist), Wednesday, 4 February 2015 15:10 (two years ago) Permalink

Yeah I could definitely see her lack of songwriting credits hurting her, but still

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linda_Ronstadt#Highest-paid_woman_in_rock

walid foster dulles (man alive), Wednesday, 4 February 2015 15:56 (two years ago) Permalink

if you make $12 milliion in a single year, you /should/ be able to put enough away for quite a while. maybe she had bad financial advice.

I dunno. (amateurist), Wednesday, 4 February 2015 15:59 (two years ago) Permalink

this from the wiki page was pretty funny:

"Rampant eclecticism is my middle name."

—Linda Ronstadt

wouldn't that actually be two middle names? Linda R.E. Ronstadt.

I dunno. (amateurist), Wednesday, 4 February 2015 16:00 (two years ago) Permalink

It's hard to explain how big she was in the late seventies. She was Elton John big in the United States: top five album debuts at a time when these things rarely happened, two singles in the top five, every writer lining up to work for her. And although her eighties profile was smaller she still sold millions of records off those Nelson Riddle things. Sad.

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 4 February 2015 16:12 (two years ago) Permalink

yeah and she had that late-1980s comeback album with aaron neville that must have sold a zillion copies: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cry_Like_a_Rainstorm,_Howl_Like_the_Wind

wiki notes:

In 2009, the album was taken out of print, twenty years after release.

:(

I dunno. (amateurist), Wednesday, 4 February 2015 16:25 (two years ago) Permalink

where does it say she's hurting for cash?

salthigh, Wednesday, 4 February 2015 16:33 (two years ago) Permalink

There was another fact to weigh, her dwindling savings. Ms. Ronstadt released many albums but wrote very few songs, so her royalty checks are small. “Writers make all the money,” she said. Her most memorable hits — “You’re No Good,” “Heart Like a Wheel,” “Blue Bayou” — were written by others. “I was making good money when I was touring,” she said. But now “I just can’t do it.”

I dunno. (amateurist), Wednesday, 4 February 2015 16:33 (two years ago) Permalink

i mean, "dwindling savings" technically could mean "dwindling from $200 million to $100 million," or it could mean, "i need to take out a 3rd mortgage." who knows.

I dunno. (amateurist), Wednesday, 4 February 2015 16:34 (two years ago) Permalink

Seems a little quid/ag for someone like her to say "writers make all the money."

walid foster dulles (man alive), Wednesday, 4 February 2015 16:36 (two years ago) Permalink

those celebrity net worth sites say she has $115 million but god knows how they come up with that

salthigh, Wednesday, 4 February 2015 16:37 (two years ago) Permalink

big NYT profile in fall '13 previewing her memoir.

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 4 February 2015 16:37 (two years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srpwqf2MWAw

salthigh, Wednesday, 4 February 2015 16:39 (two years ago) Permalink

"quid/ag"?

I dunno. (amateurist), Wednesday, 4 February 2015 16:39 (two years ago) Permalink

also, god love linda ronstadt, but that warren zevon cover makes pretty plain why people accused her of being the pat boone of the long-hair set.

I dunno. (amateurist), Wednesday, 4 February 2015 16:42 (two years ago) Permalink

which one? I love "Poor Poor Pitiful Me" but am eh on "Carmelita."

yet I love her "Tumbling Dice."

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 4 February 2015 16:43 (two years ago) Permalink

lol @ her tumbling dice cover, that's quintessential mush-mouthed mick but ronstadt is such an /enunciator/

but it's not a bad cover nonetheless

I dunno. (amateurist), Wednesday, 4 February 2015 16:49 (two years ago) Permalink

http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lalo90aXXq1qd0imf.jpg

salthigh, Wednesday, 4 February 2015 16:56 (two years ago) Permalink

Jonathan Schwarz last weekend played her Spanish version of "Blue Bayou," which I don't think I'd ever heard. Gorgeous.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TnR4IsoC_0

something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Wednesday, 4 February 2015 17:05 (two years ago) Permalink

(Schwartz, I mean)

something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Wednesday, 4 February 2015 17:08 (two years ago) Permalink

Damn. This is gorgeous.

EZ Snappin, Wednesday, 4 February 2015 17:09 (two years ago) Permalink

Wow

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 4 February 2015 17:17 (two years ago) Permalink

Senõr Plow to thread :)

difficult-difficult lemon-difficult (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 4 February 2015 20:24 (two years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

benefit for Michael J. Fox Foundation:
http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/7534407/linda-ronstadt-tribute-concert

dow, Thursday, 13 October 2016 00:27 (one year ago) Permalink

five months pass...
seven months pass...

loving linda these days
her outfit is so cool + she (always) sounds great
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cd2_LKoTYKw

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Friday, 10 November 2017 01:07 (one week ago) Permalink

also let's hear it for rhyming gender & blender

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Friday, 10 November 2017 01:09 (one week ago) Permalink

classic

brimstead, Friday, 10 November 2017 01:24 (one week ago) Permalink

Linda is magic

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 10 November 2017 01:29 (one week ago) Permalink

It's so easy
It's so easy
It's so easy

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 10 November 2017 01:45 (one week ago) Permalink

iiiiiiiiiiiiive been cheateeed

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 10 November 2017 01:49 (one week ago) Permalink

my father loved linda ronstadt and i always have too. there’s a small windy intersection by an ugly little bridge near our childhood house that always makes me think of ‘blue bayou’ (and hearing the song always makes me see the intersection, which could not be less bayou-like.) i suppose we must have been singing it in the car driving through there once. my friend has moved to that part of town and a couple of weeks ago i drove over to visit her and the memory turned up as usual, it’s a fixture.

estela, Friday, 10 November 2017 03:44 (one week ago) Permalink

also let's hear it for rhyming gender & blender

Well, Warren Zevon.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 10 November 2017 04:13 (one week ago) Permalink

take it to the Zevon thread buddy, this is LindaTown

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 10 November 2017 04:20 (one week ago) Permalink

lol yes

estela, Friday, 10 November 2017 04:25 (one week ago) Permalink

the way she rhymes them is all her

estela, Friday, 10 November 2017 04:26 (one week ago) Permalink

ps estela whenever i hear blue bayou i think of watching her sing it on the muppet show, fresh out of the bath sitting in front of the heater so my hair would be dry before bedtime <3

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 10 November 2017 04:30 (one week ago) Permalink

<3 that is darling

estela, Friday, 10 November 2017 04:32 (one week ago) Permalink

Classic!

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Friday, 10 November 2017 07:07 (one week ago) Permalink

Three things I love:

1. Her first solo record, "Dolphins," written by Fred Neil ("Everybody's Talkin'")

2. "Up to My Neck in High Muddy Water," Stone Poneys single from 1968

3. "Silver Threads and Golden Needles," single from 1973, previously recorded by many other people including the Springfields (UK) and the Cowsills but hers is the best

Josefa, Friday, 10 November 2017 07:20 (one week ago) Permalink

VG & estela otm -- Linda gamely makes those corny lyrics sound charming
I can't stop singing "WoooooooOOOHHHHooooe is me"

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Friday, 10 November 2017 14:40 (one week ago) Permalink

I think interpretation is something of a lost art. Too many singers gravitate toward "standards" but I wish they just cherrypicked their favorite stuff and made something fresh out of it, like LR. Like, there's a difference between a "covers album" and singers doing special with songs by other people, I think.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 10 November 2017 14:45 (one week ago) Permalink

"Will Never Marry" has become one of my anthems.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 10 November 2017 15:00 (one week ago) Permalink

when her voice gets loud on Bayou I get all teary and goosebumpy

― set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, August 7, 2012 7:07 PM (five years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

me too

― (✿◠‿◠) (ENBB), Tuesday, August 7, 2012 7:48 PM (five years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Still true.

Benson and the Jets (ENBB), Friday, 10 November 2017 16:05 (one week ago) Permalink

i love her spanish albums

YouTube_-_funy_cats.flv (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Friday, 10 November 2017 16:07 (one week ago) Permalink

She played Sun City!!

kurt schwitterz, Friday, 10 November 2017 16:28 (one week ago) Permalink

classic Simpsons/Linda R reference for the nerds:

http://www.technologytell.com/gaming/files/2013/12/geeky-cross-stitch-senor-plow1.jpg

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 10 November 2017 21:47 (one week ago) Permalink


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