LINDA RONSTADT - The Very Best Of (2002)

Linda Ronstadt, who emerged from SoCal's vaunted early-'70s country-folk scene, became the American female rock superstar of the Me Decade. After the initial success of the Stone Poneys' Michael Nesmith-penned "Different Drum," Ronstadt expanded her horizons through interpretations of a long string of successful pop and R&B covers. Along the way she championed emerging songwriters like Warren Zevon ("Poor Poor Pitiful Me") and contemporary favorites like Neil Young ("Love Is a Rose") in the bargain. As the formula waned with the changing tastes of the '80s, she briefly turned to new wave before stepping boldly back to the pop standards of the '30s, '40s, and '50s. Unfortunately, this collection inexplicably skips over that three-album collaboration with arranger-conductor Nelson Riddle, a body of work that presaged the 1990s' lounge-pop revival by a full decade--and outclassed it by miles. It also eschews a compelling contemporary Latin chapter of her career in favor of her winning collaborations with Aaron Neville ("Don't Know Much" and "All My Life") and less successful AC fodder like "Winter Light" and "Somewhere Out There" with James Ingram. A good primer to Ronstadt's immense vocal talents and recording history, but one that's flawed by some crucial missing chapters. - amazon.com

01. You're No Good 02. It's So Easy 03. Blue Bayou 04. Don't Know Much (with Aaron Neville) 05. Somewhere Out There (with James Ingram) 06. When Will I Be Loved 07. Heat Wave 08. The Stone Ponys - Different Drum 09. Poor Poor Pitiful Me 10. Tracks Of My Tears (with Valeria Carter & Emmylou Harris)
11. After The Gold Rush 12. Long Long Time 13. Just One Look 14. Heart Like A Wheel 15. Back In The U.S.A. 16. That'll Be The Day 17. Hurt So Bad 18. All My Life (with Aaron Neville) 19. Ooh Baby Baby 20. The Blue Train 21. How Do I Make You 22. Desperado 23. Winter Light



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