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Simple Dreams (1977)

Artist: Linda Ronstadt
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Format: CD
Sku: 60077967
UPC: 075596051026
UPC 14: 00075596051026
Release Date: 3/9/1989
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. It's So Easy ~ Linda Ronstadt
2. Carmelita ~ Linda Ronstadt
3. Simple Man, Simple Dream ~ Linda Ronstadt
4. Sorrow Lives Here ~ Linda Ronstadt
5. I Never Will Marry ~ Linda Ronstadt
6. Blue Bayou ~ Linda Ronstadt
7. Poor Poor Pitiful Me ~ Linda Ronstadt
8. Maybe I'm Right ~ Linda Ronstadt
9. Tumbling Dice ~ Linda Ronstadt
10. Old Paint ~ Linda Ronstadt

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Linda Ronstadt (vocals, acoustic guitar); Dan Dugmore (acoustic guitar, steel guitar); Waddy Wachtel (acoustic, electric & slide guitars, background vocals); Mike Auldridge (dobro); Charles Veal (violin); David Campbell (viola); Dennis Karmazin (cello); Don Grolnick (organ, Clavinet, electric piano); Steve Forman (marimba); Richard Feves (acoustic bass); Kenny Edwards (bass); Rick Marotta (drums, percussion); Peter Asher (percussion, background vocals); Herb Pederson, Larry Hagler (background vocals).
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Muze PNote Personnel: Linda Ronstadt (vocals, background vocals); Peter Asher (vocals, guitar, percussion, background vocals); Richard Wachtel (vocals, guitar); J.D. Souther (vocals, acoustic guitar, background vocals); Don Henley (vocals, drums, background vocals); Herb Pedersen, Larry Hagler, Kenny Edwards (vocals, background vocals); Dolly Parton, Jim Gilstrap (vocals); Dan Dugmore (guitar, electric guitar); Mike Auldridge (guitar, dobro); Waddy Wachtel (electric guitar, background vocals); Charles Veal (violin); David Campbell (viola); Dennis Karmazyn (cello); Don Grolnick (piano, Clavinet, keyboards); Andrew Gold (piano, clavichord); Clarence McDonald (piano); Steve Forman (marimba, percussion); Richard Feves (double bass); Mike Bottis, Rick Marotta (drums); Pat Henderson, Karla Bonoff (background vocals).
Muze PNote This was the fourth in a series of hit albums Linda Ronstadt made in the mid-seventies, starting with HEART LIKE A WHEEL. Like its predecessors, SIMPLE DREAMS is a rich collection of pensive folk ballads, pop with country leanings, and good old rock & roll. Her skill in navigating this rootsy terrain is exemplary, taking her from the swagger of her cover of The Rolling Stones' "Tumbling Dice" to the sweet whisperings of the acoustic "Maybe I'm Right." This record also features some of her most enduringly popular hits, such as "Blue Bayou" and "Poor Poor Pitiful Me."
Muze PNote The rousing opening track, Buddy Holly's "It's So Easy" featuring her trademark growl, along with "Tumbling Dice" and the playful "Poor Poor Pititul Me," give the record moments of electrifying energy. It's the ballads, however, that comprise the majority of the tunes. Included are two traditional songs, "I Never Will Marry" (featuring Dolly Parton) and "Old Paint," both given simple but lovely arrangements by Ronstadt herself. The melodramatic "Sorrow Lives Here" is almost a hint of what is to come in the form of her collaborations with Nelson Riddle. Her artistry is perhaps best demonstrated in "Blue Bayou;" the shift from the quiet and husky verse to the yearning wail that is the chorus is nothing short of breathtaking.

Producer: Peter Asher

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Dolly Parton
Muze Guest Artist Don Henley
Muze Guest Artist J. D. Souther

Artist Overview

Linda Ronstadt began as the clear-voiced, country-influenced singer for '60s folk-rockers the Stone Poneys, where she covered tunes by the likes of Mike Nesmith and Tim Buckley. That knack for choosing material served her well in the second half of the '70s, when she became a pop superstar interpreting songs by everyone from Dave Edmunds and Elvis Costello to Chuck Berry and Roy Orbison. Subsequently, she showed her diversity by cutting albums of jazz standards, traditional Mexican music, and pure country

Compilation Appearances

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Muze Music Compilations Definitive American Songbook Vol.2
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Muze Music Compilations The Very Best of Emmylou Harris
Muze Music Compilations Brokeback Mountain
Muze Music Compilations Duets & Duets Ii:90th Birthday
Muze Music Compilations Essential Chieftains
Muze Music Compilations Jazz Vocalists: Hear & Now
Muze Music Compilations Casey Kasem: Driving In The 70's
Muze Music Compilations Broadway Cast Album
Muze Music Compilations Brokeback Mountain
Muze Music Compilations We All Love Ella: Celebrating The Firs
Muze Music Compilations Billboard Top 10 Karaoke:70's Vol 4
Muze Music Compilations Billboard Top 10 Karaoke Box Set Vol
Muze Music Compilations Gold
Muze Music Compilations Billboard 1970'S Top 40 Karaoke Box S
Muze Music Compilations Love Peace:greatest Hits For Kids
Muze Music Compilations Original Album Series
Muze Music Compilations Singers Songwriters
Muze Music Compilations Country's Got Heart
Muze Music Compilations Country's Greatest Gospel:gold Ed
Muze Music Compilations Singers Songwriters:1974-1975
Muze Music Compilations Romancing The 60S
Muze Music Compilations Icon:nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Muze Music Compilations Songbird:rare Tracks & Forgotten Gems
Muze Music Compilations Celebrate Me Home
Muze Music Compilations Easy Like Sunday Morning
Muze Music Compilations Icon:70s Classic Hits
Muze Music Compilations Dylan, Cash and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City

Associated Artists and Works

Harris, Emmylou
What's New ~ Nelson Riddle Orchestra
Neville, Aaron
Newman, Randy
Trio ~ Parton, Dolly
15th Anniversary Celebration ~ Seldom Scene (Bluegrass) (The)
15th Anniversary Celebration ~ Seldom Scene (The)
Duets II ~ Sinatra, Frank
Stone Poneys

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 06/12/2000
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1977
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 7559605102
Music Label Name Label : Asylum
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00075596051026

Professional Reviews

Q (8/00, p.121)
- 3 stars out of 5 - "...[Her] most successful album ever....continuing the commercial mix of classic and contemporary songs with stylish production values....emphasizing her great talent as an exponent of other people's work..."

Mojo (Publisher)
(7/00, p.128)
- "[She] is captured here at the pinnacle of her mid-'70s success....a 10-track collection of hand-picked country-rock covers..."

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