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Simple Dreams (40th Anniversary Edition)

Linda Ronstadt

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The classic 70s albums that Ronstadt and Peter Asher made together are so much alike that they can feel like one long, well-recorded session as she effortlessly glides between emotions and genres with awesome vocal prowess and impeccable taste in material. This aesthetic was distilled to its purest essence here and not surprisingly, its greatest success.

Gone for these sessions is multi-instrumentalist Andrew Gold who has been replaced by Waddy Wachtel’s crunchier guitar tone and more rocking approach—both welcome and immediately apparent. The instrumental gang present on past albums has been paired down to fewer strings and simpler arrangements; J.D. Souther, Don Henley and Dolly Parton all add backing vocals. Famous for knocking Fleetwood Mac's Rumors out of the top spot on the U.S. Billboard Pop Album Chart and buoyed by the most reflective and compelling track sequence in her entire catalog, Simple Dreams is animated by a wonderfully fearless eclecticism. While her rousing cover of Buddy Holly's "It's So Easy" feels right, her decision to cover Roy Orbison proved life-changing. Initially sung in the lower reaches of her vocal range, she soon cuts loose on his luscious ballad "Blue Bayou," lingering on every word and fashioning the archetypal hit single that epitomizes her certain ear and broad vision for what material she could connect to emotionally and vocally make her own.

Powerful versions of two of Warren Zevon's finest songs ("Poor Poor Pitiful Me"—toughened up by Wachtel's electric guitar growl—and the junkie lament "Carmelita") show yet again the affinity Ronstadt has for Zevon's peculiar worldview. As final proof that in the 70s she could literally sing almost anything well, she zestfully digs into a credible, razor-toned, guitar-driven version of the Jagger/Richard's Exile-era hit, "Tumbling Dice." While Gilbert & Sullivan, traditional Mexican music and collaborations with Nelson Riddle were all in her future, Ronstadt's run of classic 70s albums hit a highpoint with this tour de force. © Robert Baird / Qobuz

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1
It's so Easy (2017 Remaster)
00:02:28

Kenny Edwards, Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals - Peter Asher, Producer, Backing Vocals - Waddy Wachtel, Electric Guitar, Backing Vocals - Linda Ronstadt, Vocals, MainArtist - Buddy Holly, Composer, Writer - Dan Dugmore, Acoustic Guitar - Norman Petty, Composer, Writer - Rick Marotta, Drums

2017 Elektra/Asylum Records for the U.S. and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the U.S. All Rights Reserved 1977 Elektra/ Asylum 2017 Remastered Rhino Entertainment

2
Carmelita (Remastered)
00:03:05

Kenny Edwards, Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals - Peter Asher, Producer - Waddy Wachtel, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Backing Vocals - Linda Ronstadt, MainArtist - Dan Dugmore, Acoustic Guitar - Don Grolnick, Organ - Rick Marotta, Drums, Synthesiser - Warren Zevon, Composer

2017 Elektra/Asylum Records for the U.S. and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the U.S. All Rights Reserved 1977 Elektra/ Asylum 2017 Remastered Rhino Entertainment

3
Simple Man, Simple Dream (2017 Remaster)
00:03:13

J. D. SOUTHER, Composer - David Campbell, String Arranger, Viola - Kenny Edwards, Bass Guitar - Peter Asher, Producer - Linda Ronstadt, MainArtist - Dan Dugmore, Pedal Steel Guitar - Don Grolnick, Electric Piano - Rick Marotta, Drums - Charles Veal, Violin - Dennis Karmazyn, Cello - Richard Feves, Double Bass

2017 Elektra/Asylum Records for the U.S. and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the U.S. All Rights Reserved 1977 Elektra/ Asylum 2017 Remastered Rhino Entertainment

4
Sorrow Lives Here (2017 Remaster)
00:02:57

Eric Kaz, Writer - Peter Asher, Producer - Linda Ronstadt, MainArtist - Don Grolnick, Electric Piano

2017 Elektra/Asylum Records for the U.S. and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the U.S. All Rights Reserved 1977 Elektra/ Asylum 2017 Remastered Rhino Entertainment

5
I Never Will Marry (2017 Remaster)
00:03:12

Peter Asher, Producer - Waddy Wachtel, Acoustic Guitar - Linda Ronstadt, Arranger, Acoustic Guitar, MainArtist - Dolly Parton, Vocals, Harmony Vocals - Fred Helierman, Writer

2017 Elektra/Asylum Records for the U.S. and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the U.S. All Rights Reserved 1977 Elektra/ Asylum 2017 Remastered Rhino Entertainment

6
Blue Bayou (2017 Remaster)
00:03:54

Joe Melson, Writer - Kenny Edwards, Bass Guitar, Mandolin, Backing Vocals - Peter Asher, Producer - Waddy Wachtel, Acoustic Guitar - Linda Ronstadt, MainArtist - Don Grolnick, Electric Piano - ROY ORBISON, Writer - DON HENLEY, Backing Vocals

2017 Elektra/Asylum Records for the U.S. and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the U.S. All Rights Reserved 1977 Elektra/ Asylum 2017 Remastered Rhino Entertainment

7
Poor Poor Pitiful Me (2017 Remaster)
00:03:40

Kenny Edwards, Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals - Peter Asher, Producer, Tambourine - Waddy Wachtel, Electric Guitar - Linda Ronstadt, MainArtist - Dan Dugmore, Acoustic Guitar - Rick Marotta, Drums, Synthesiser - Warren Zevon, Composer - Larry Hagler, Backing Vocals

2017 Elektra/Asylum Records for the U.S. and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the U.S. All Rights Reserved 1977 Elektra/ Asylum 2017 Remastered Rhino Entertainment

8
Maybe I'm Right (2017 Remaster)
00:03:05

Kenny Edwards, Bass Guitar - Peter Asher, Producer, Backing Vocals - Waddy Wachtel, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Backing Vocals - Linda Ronstadt, MainArtist - John David Souther, Backing Vocals - Robert Watchtel, Composer

2017 Elektra/Asylum Records for the U.S. and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the U.S. All Rights Reserved 1977 Elektra/ Asylum 2017 Remastered Rhino Entertainment

9
Tumbling Dice
00:03:05

Kenny Edwards, Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals - Peter Asher, Producer - Waddy Wachtel, Electric Guitar, Solo Guitar, Backing Vocals - Linda Ronstadt, MainArtist - Don Grolnick, Piano - Rick Marotta, Drums - KEITH RICHARDS, Composer - MICK JAGGER, Composer - Don Dugmore, Electric Guitar

2017 Elektra/Asylum Records for the U.S. and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the U.S. All Rights Reserved 1977 Elektra/ Asylum 2017 Remastered Rhino Entertainment

10
Old Paint (2017 Remaster)
00:03:03

Herb Pedersen, Additional Vocals - Kenny Edwards, Backing Vocals - Peter Asher, Producer, Additional Vocals, Backing Vocals - Linda Ronstadt, Arranger, Acoustic Guitar, MainArtist - Traditional, Writer

2017 Elektra/Asylum Records for the U.S. and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the U.S. All Rights Reserved 1977 Elektra/ Asylum 2017 Remastered Rhino Entertainment

11
It's so Easy (Live)
00:02:47

Kenny Edwards, Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals - Peter Asher, Producer, Backing Vocals - Waddy Wachtel, Electric Guitar, Backing Vocals - Linda Ronstadt, Vocals, MainArtist - Buddy Holly, Composer, Writer - Dan Dugmore, Acoustic Guitar - Norman Petty, Composer, Writer - Rick Marotta, Drums

2017 Elektra/Asylum Records for the U.S. and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the U.S. All Rights Reserved 2017 Elektra/ Asylum

12
Blue Bayou (Live)
00:04:31

Joe Melson, Writer - Kenny Edwards, Bass Guitar, Mandolin, Backing Vocals - Peter Asher, Producer - Waddy Wachtel, Acoustic Guitar - Linda Ronstadt, MainArtist - Don Grolnick, Electric Piano - ROY ORBISON, Writer - DON HENLEY, Backing Vocals

2017 Elektra/Asylum Records for the U.S. and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the U.S. All Rights Reserved 2017 Elektra/ Asylum

13
Poor Poor Pitiful Me (Live)
00:04:20

Kenny Edwards, Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals - Peter Asher, Producer, Tambourine - Waddy Wachtel, Electric Guitar - Linda Ronstadt, MainArtist - Dan Dugmore, Acoustic Guitar - Rick Marotta, Drums, Synthesiser - Warren Zevon, Composer - Larry Hagler, Backing Vocals

2017 Elektra/Asylum Records for the U.S. and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the U.S. All Rights Reserved 2017 Elektra/ Asylum

Album Description

The classic 70s albums that Ronstadt and Peter Asher made together are so much alike that they can feel like one long, well-recorded session as she effortlessly glides between emotions and genres with awesome vocal prowess and impeccable taste in material. This aesthetic was distilled to its purest essence here and not surprisingly, its greatest success.

Gone for these sessions is multi-instrumentalist Andrew Gold who has been replaced by Waddy Wachtel’s crunchier guitar tone and more rocking approach—both welcome and immediately apparent. The instrumental gang present on past albums has been paired down to fewer strings and simpler arrangements; J.D. Souther, Don Henley and Dolly Parton all add backing vocals. Famous for knocking Fleetwood Mac's Rumors out of the top spot on the U.S. Billboard Pop Album Chart and buoyed by the most reflective and compelling track sequence in her entire catalog, Simple Dreams is animated by a wonderfully fearless eclecticism. While her rousing cover of Buddy Holly's "It's So Easy" feels right, her decision to cover Roy Orbison proved life-changing. Initially sung in the lower reaches of her vocal range, she soon cuts loose on his luscious ballad "Blue Bayou," lingering on every word and fashioning the archetypal hit single that epitomizes her certain ear and broad vision for what material she could connect to emotionally and vocally make her own.

Powerful versions of two of Warren Zevon's finest songs ("Poor Poor Pitiful Me"—toughened up by Wachtel's electric guitar growl—and the junkie lament "Carmelita") show yet again the affinity Ronstadt has for Zevon's peculiar worldview. As final proof that in the 70s she could literally sing almost anything well, she zestfully digs into a credible, razor-toned, guitar-driven version of the Jagger/Richard's Exile-era hit, "Tumbling Dice." While Gilbert & Sullivan, traditional Mexican music and collaborations with Nelson Riddle were all in her future, Ronstadt's run of classic 70s albums hit a highpoint with this tour de force. © Robert Baird / Qobuz

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