Numbered, Limited Edition! Half-Speed Mastered!
Chart-Topping Grammy Nominated 1977 Album Ranks as Ronstadt's Finest Work!
Linda Ronstadt just couldnt lose. Another of her interpretive masterworks, 1977s stunning Simple Dreams continued a creative streak that found the singer turning out album after album of incredible material at an astonishing one-per-year rate until she finally began to come back down to earth in the early 1980s. Featuring an expanded palette of styles and cutting-edge narratives, Simple Dreams may go down in history as Ronstadts greatest work.
Grammy Nomination for Record of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female
Five consecutive weeks as the No. 1 record on the Billboard Album Chart
Two Top 10 Singles
Paired again with expert producer and arranger Peter Asher, Ronstadt delves into even deeper emotional waters to convey the feelings associated with loss, fantasy, risk, and romance. Her choice of material is simultaneously appropriate and bold. The singers smash cover of Roy Orbisons Blue Bayouwhich remains the definitive versionsits alongside an edgy reinvention of the Rolling Stones Tumbling Dice. As she does on the latter, Ronstadt also turns the tables on a smoking rendition of Warren Zevon's Poor Poor Pitiful Me. With her strong female presence, she puts a woman in the power position on a male-dominant song. On Simple Dreams, she not only joins the elite boys clubshe runs it.
Electrifying country-rock threads run throughout the album, which features a host of top-notch musicians that include fiddler David Lindley, Neil Young associate Spooner Oldham, guitarist Waddy Wachtel, and a superb horn section. As all great session performers do, they invisibly blend into the song, and allow Ronstadt's singing to carry. And its not just her voice but her way with words, phrasing, and tones. She takes every song personally. Whether conveying sympathy, sadness, loneliness, oras on her remarkable roots duet with Dolly Parton on the traditional I Will Never Marryproud independence, the feelings are her own. Every note brims with conviction, passion, and understanding.
Half-speed mastered from the original master tapes, Mobile Fidelitys numbered limited-edition 180-gram LP marks the first time that this timeless classic has been presented in any kind of remastered form. Intimate, immediate, and detailed, the pressing brings Ronstadts seven-octave range to the fore. As a result, these songs have never sounded so emotional, rich, pure, or, in a word, human.
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1. It's So Easy
3. Simple Man, Simple Dream
4. Sorrow Lives Here
5. I Never Will Marry
6. Blue Bayou
7. Poor Poor Pitiful Me
8. Maybe I'm Right
9. Tumbling Dice
10. Old Paint