Linda Ronstadt: Simple Dreams

Album review
Linda Ronstadt: Simple Dreams

Linda Ronstadt

Simple Dreams

Label: Mobile Fidelity
Media: LP
Genre: Rock/pop

The 1970s was a golden decade for singer/songwriters, and one of the purest voices to bring this repertoire to life was Linda Ronstadt. Known for her inimitable styling, gutsy power, and in later years her ambitious crossover albums, Ronstadt was considered the path to platinum for hit-seeking tunesmiths. Plaintive or sassy, rocking or rootsy, Ronstadt reshaped and personalized a song until her performance and the songwriter’s vision became inseparable. Following Hasten Down the Wind from the year before, Simple Dreams (1977) ultimately went platinum after a few weeks at number one on the Billboard charts, with seminal performances of songs from the Laurel Canyon elite including Warren Zevon’s “Carmelita” and “Poor Poor Pitiful Me,” J.D. Souther’s title track, a tribute to Buddy Holly’s “It’s So Easy,” and Orbison’s “Blue Bayou.” Presaging her Trio album is the lovely Dolly Parton duet of the traditional “I Never Will Marry.” MoFi’s vinyl reissue is a revelation. Warmer and cleaner, it eliminates the jangly hype and treble grain of the Asylum originals, and if it can’t entirely shed their peakiness its improved midrange body and lower noise floor make for much more enjoyable listening. 

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  • primary artist, Linda Ronstadt
  • LP

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