Simple Dreams CD (1989)

Artist: Linda Ronstadt

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Product Overview


Label Wea/elektra Entertainment
SKU 60077967
UPC 075596051026
UPC 14 00075596051026
Format CD
Release Date 3/9/1989
Author Linda Ronstadt
Associated Artist/Work Harris, Emmylou
Associated Artist/Work Nelson Riddle Orchestra
Associated Artist/Work Neville, Aaron
Associated Artist/Work Newman, Randy
Associated Artist/Work Parton, Dolly
Associated Artist/Work Seldom Scene (Bluegrass) (The)
Associated Artist/Work Seldom Scene (The)
Associated Artist/Work Sinatra, Frank
Associated Artist/Work Stone Poneys
Artist Influence B.J. Thomas
Artist Influence Bob Dylan
Artist Influence Brian Wilson (Pop)
Artist Influence Buddy Holly
Artist Influence Buffalo Springfield
Artist Influence Cole Porter
Artist Influence Dolly Parton
Artist Influence Fred Neil
Artist Influence Gilbert & Sullivan
Artist Influence Glen Campbell
Artist Influence Gram Parsons
Artist Influence Joan Baez
Artist Influence Judy Henske
Artist Influence Kitty Wells
Artist Influence Michael Nesmith
Artist Influence Patsy Cline
Artist Influence The Beatles
Artist Influence The Byrds
Artist Influence The Everly Brothers
Artist Influence Tim Buckley
Artist Contemporary America
Artist Contemporary American Flyer
Artist Contemporary Anne Murray
Artist Contemporary Barry Manilow
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Artist Contemporary Crystal Gayle
Artist Contemporary Dan Fogelberg
Artist Contemporary Dolly Parton
Artist Contemporary Don Henley
Artist Contemporary Eagles
Artist Contemporary Emmylou Harris
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Artist Contemporary Helen Reddy
Artist Contemporary J.D. Souther
Artist Contemporary Jackson Browne
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Artist Contemporary Karla Bonoff
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Artist Contemporary Lindsey Buckingham
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Artist Contemporary Maria Muldaur
Artist Contemporary Marie Osmond
Artist Contemporary Michael Nesmith
Artist Contemporary Nicolette Larson
Artist Contemporary Olivia Newton-John
Artist Contemporary Peter Allen (Piano)
Artist Contemporary Poco
Artist Contemporary Terence Boylan
Artist Contemporary Wendy Waldman (Songwriter)
Artist Follower Bonnie Raitt
Artist Follower Dixie Chicks
Artist Follower Jeanne Jolly
Artist Follower Joy Lynn White
Artist Follower k.d. lang
Artist Follower Marti Jones
Artist Follower Nanci Griffith
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Artist Follower Sheena Easton
Artist Follower Sheryl Crow
Artist Follower Terri Clark
Artist Follower The Judds
Technical Info
Producer Peter Asher
CatalogID 7559605102
Lable Name Asylum
Released 06/12/2000
Original Release 1977
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 31m : 49s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00075596051026
Musical Guests
Dolly Parton
Don Henley
J. D. Souther
Album Notes and Credits
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).
Also available with PRISONER IN DISGUISE on 1 cassette.
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).
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."
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.
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
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..."
Disc 1
1 It's So Easy
2 Carmelita
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

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