Complete List Of Linda Ronstadt Albums And Songs

Linda Ronstadt Albums

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Linda Ronstadt’s illustrious career is a testament to her extraordinary versatility and profound influence on the landscape of American music. Born in the vibrant city of Tucson, Arizona, in 1946, Ronstadt embarked on a musical odyssey that would defy genre boundaries and establish her as a pioneering force in the industry.

With a career adorned with accolades, Ronstadt’s contributions to music have been recognized with multiple Grammy Awards, and her legacy is cemented with inductions into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame. Further solidifying her cultural impact, she was honored with the National Medal of Arts in 2014.

Ronstadt’s musical voyage took flight with The Stone Poneys in the 1960s, leading to the release of their debut album in 1967. Her solo journey began shortly after, with Hand Sown… Home Grown, marking the start of a discography that would span over 30 studio albums, live recordings, and compilations. Ronstadt’s repertoire traversed a myriad of styles, from the raw energy of rock and the soulful depths of country to the rich traditions of mariachi and the classic allure of Broadway tunes.

Influenced by iconic figures such as Joan Baez and Patsy Cline, Linda Ronstadt, in turn, inspired a generation of artists, including Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, and Sheryl Crow, showcasing her enduring impact on the music world.

LINDA RONSTADT STUDIO ALBUMS

Linda Ronstadt, Stone Poneys and Friends, Vol. III (1968) (with the Stone Poneys)

Released: 1968

Linda Ronstadt, Stone Poneys and Friends, Vol. III represents the final chapter in the Stone Poneys’ saga, with Linda Ronstadt’s burgeoning vocal prowess taking center stage. The album, blending folk, country, and rock elements, foreshadows Ronstadt’s eventual solo career trajectory. Notably, the album includes “Different Drum,” which, despite its association with Ronstadt, does not appear on this volume, illustrating her departure from the band’s collaborative dynamic.

The album was recorded in Los Angeles, California, with production credits going to Nick Venet. Musicians featured alongside Ronstadt include Kenny Edwards on bass and vocals, and John Ware on drums, with contributions from various session players, reflecting the collaborative spirit of the era.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Fragments” – 2:54
  2. “Bye, Bye, Blackbird” – 2:49
  3. “Children and All That Jazz” – 3:07
  4. “Hobo” – 3:16
  5. “Louise” – 3:27
  6. “Up to My Neck in High Muddy Water” – 2:35
  7. “Aren’t You the One” – 2:14
  8. “Wings” – 2:55
  9. “Some of Shelly’s Blues” – 2:16
  10. “Stoney End” – 2:41

Hand Sown … Home Grown (1969)

Released: March 1969

Hand Sown … Home Grown is heralded as Linda Ronstadt’s first solo venture, breaking new ground as a pioneering work in the country-rock genre. This album showcases Ronstadt’s versatility, covering a spectrum from traditional country to more contemporary rock influences. It includes tracks like “Silver Threads and Golden Needles,” highlighting Ronstadt’s ability to reinterpret classic country with a fresh, vibrant energy.

Recorded in Los Angeles, the album’s production was led by Chip Douglas, with Ronstadt’s voice being the focal point, supported by a blend of seasoned session musicians. This album set the stage for Ronstadt’s expansive career, demonstrating her knack for genre-blending and her powerful vocal delivery.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Baby You’ve Been on My Mind” – 2:32
  2. “Silver Threads and Golden Needles” – 2:20
  3. “Bet No One Ever Hurt This Bad” – 2:43
  4. “A Number and a Name” – 3:04
  5. “The Only Mama That’ll Walk the Line” – 2:39
  6. “The Long Way Around” – 2:20
  7. “Break My Mind” – 2:52
  8. “I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight” – 3:44
  9. “It’s About Time” – 3:05
  10. “We Need a Whole Lot More of Jesus (And a Lot Less Rock & Roll)” – 2:30
  11. “The Dolphins” – 4:22

Silk Purse (1970)

Released: March 1970

With Silk Purse, Linda Ronstadt ventured to Nashville to record, immersing herself in the heart of country music. This album, featuring the poignant “Long, Long Time,” which earned Ronstadt her first Grammy nomination, marks a significant evolution in her artistic journey. The Nashville influence is palpable, with Ronstadt’s interpretations of country standards and contemporary compositions showcasing her dynamic vocal range and emotional depth.

The album’s production was helmed by Elliot Mazer and recorded at Cinderella Sound Studios, Nashville. This setting provided Ronstadt with an authentic backdrop to explore and expand her country repertoire, supported by top-tier Nashville session musicians.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Lovesick Blues” – 2:04
  2. “Are My Thoughts with You?” – 2:50
  3. “Will You Love Me Tomorrow?” – 2:24
  4. “Nobody’s” – 2:54
  5. “Louise” – 3:22
  6. “Long, Long Time” – 4:21
  7. “Mental Revenge” – 2:42
  8. “I’m Leavin’ It All Up to You” – 2:17
  9. “He Darked the Sun” – 2:40
  10. “Life Is Like a Mountain Railway” – 3:19

Linda Ronstadt (1972)

Released: February 1972

The self-titled album Linda Ronstadt signifies a pivotal moment in Ronstadt’s career, encapsulating the essence of her early ’70s sound. This album blends rock, country, and folk, featuring standout tracks like “Rock Me on the Water” and her rendition of “I Fall to Pieces.” It underscores Ronstadt’s role as a key figure in the burgeoning country-rock movement, showcasing her ability to bridge genres with her powerful, emotive vocals.

Recorded in Los Angeles and produced by John Boylan, the album features a who’s who of Los Angeles session musicians, including members of The Eagles, who would become long-time collaborators. This album reflects Ronstadt’s growing confidence as a solo artist and her ability to curate songs that complement her vocal strengths.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Rock Me on the Water” – 3:38
  2. “Crazy Arms” – 3:29
  3. “I Won’t Be Hangin’ ‘Round” – 3:02
  4. “I Still Miss Someone” – 2:39
  5. “In My Reply” – 3:28
  6. “I Fall to Pieces” – 3:07
  7. “Ramblin’ ‘Round” – 3:20
  8. “Birds” – 2:58
  9. “I Ain’t Always Been Faithful” – 2:47
  10. “Rescue Me” – 2:46

Don’t Cry Now (1973)

Released: September 1973

Don’t Cry Now, Linda Ronstadt’s fourth studio album, marks a significant stride in her solo career, blending elements of rock, country, and folk. Featuring the hit “Desperado,” the album showcases Ronstadt’s skillful interpretation of songs by then-emerging songwriters like J.D. Souther, and established artists like Neil Young. This album solidified Ronstadt’s position as a leading voice in the country-rock genre.

Recorded primarily in Los Angeles, with production initially started by John Boylan and later taken over by J.D. Souther, Don’t Cry Now features a collection of Los Angeles’ top session musicians, including members of The Eagles. The album was recorded between 1972 and 1973, capturing the essence of the burgeoning California sound.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “I Can Almost See It” – 3:50
  2. “Love Has No Pride” – 4:10
  3. “Silver Threads and Golden Needles” – 2:20
  4. “Desperado” – 3:30
  5. “Don’t Cry Now” – 4:28
  6. “Sail Away” – 3:07
  7. “Colorado” – 4:20
  8. “The Fast One” – 3:40
  9. “Everybody Loves a Winner” – 3:19
  10. “I Believe in You” – 2:47

Heart Like a Wheel (1974)

Released: November 1974

Heart Like a Wheel stands as one of Linda Ronstadt’s most successful and critically acclaimed albums, featuring timeless tracks like “You’re No Good” and “When Will I Be Loved.” This groundbreaking record not only topped the Billboard charts but also earned Ronstadt her first Grammy Award, cementing her status as a leading figure in the rock and country genres.

The album was produced by Peter Asher and recorded at the Sound Factory in Los Angeles, California. Ronstadt’s collaboration with Asher and an array of skilled musicians, including Andrew Gold and members of The Eagles, contributed to the album’s rich, polished sound, making it a landmark record in Ronstadt’s career and 1970s music.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “You’re No Good” – 3:44
  2. “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore” – 3:26
  3. “Faithless Love” – 3:15
  4. “The Dark End of the Street” – 3:55
  5. “Heart Like a Wheel” – 3:10
  6. “When Will I Be Loved” – 2:04
  7. “Willing” – 3:01
  8. “I Can’t Help It (If I’m Still in Love with You)” – 2:44
  9. “Keep Me from Blowing Away” – 3:10
  10. “You Can Close Your Eyes” – 3:09

Prisoner in Disguise (1975)

Released: September 1975

Following the monumental success of Heart Like a Wheel, Prisoner in Disguise further showcases Linda Ronstadt’s versatile vocal talent and her ability to genre-hop with ease. The album includes renditions of songs by artists such as Dolly Parton and Neil Young, featuring the hit single “Heat Wave” that emphasized Ronstadt’s rock credentials.

Peter Asher returned as the producer for this album, which was recorded at the Sound Factory in Los Angeles. The continuity in production and musicians contributed to a cohesive sound that was both refined and expressive, blending the boundaries between rock, country, and pop.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Love Is a Rose” – 2:46
  2. “Hey Mister, That’s Me up on the Jukebox” – 3:56
  3. “Roll Um Easy” – 2:58
  4. “Tracks of My Tears” – 3:12
  5. “Prisoner in Disguise” – 3:54
  6. “Heat Wave” – 2:46
  7. “Many Rivers to Cross” – 4:05
  8. “The Sweetest Gift” – 3:00
  9. “You Tell Me That I’m Falling Down” – 3:18
  10. “I Will Always Love You” – 3:00
  11. “Silver Blue” – 3:04

Hasten Down the Wind (1976)

Released: August 1976

Hasten Down the Wind, Linda Ronstadt’s seventh studio album, continued her streak of successful albums, earning her a Grammy Award. The album features a mix of covers and original songs, including a poignant rendition of “That’ll Be the Day” and the title track written by Warren Zevon. This album highlights Ronstadt’s emotional depth and versatility as an interpreter of songs.

Produced by Peter Asher and recorded at the Sound Factory in Los Angeles, the album features contributions from a stellar lineup of musicians, including Don Henley and J.D. Souther, further enriching its sound with lush arrangements and harmonies.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Lose Again” – 3:34
  2. “The Tattler” – 3:56
  3. “If He’s Ever Near” – 3:15
  4. “That’ll Be the Day” – 2:32
  5. “Lo Siento Mi Vida” – 3:54
  6. “Hasten Down the Wind” – 2:40
  7. “Rivers of Babylon” – 0:55
  8. “Give One Heart” – 4:07
  9. “Try Me Again” – 3:59
  10. “Crazy” – 3:58
  11. “Down So Low” – 4:08
  12. “Someone to Lay Down Beside Me” – 4:28

Simple Dreams (1977)

Released: September 1977

Simple Dreams reinforced Linda Ronstadt’s status as one of the premier vocalists of her time, with the album achieving massive commercial success. It includes hits like “Blue Bayou” and “It’s So Easy,” showcasing Ronstadt’s ability to imbue classic songs with a new sense of vitality and emotion. The album’s eclectic mix of rock, country, and folk elements highlights Ronstadt’s artistic range.

Peter Asher’s production, coupled with the participation of elite Los Angeles session musicians, provided a polished and expansive sound. Recorded at the Sound Factory in Los Angeles, Simple Dreams stands out for its masterful arrangements and Ronstadt’s compelling vocal performances.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “It’s So Easy” – 2:27
  2. “Carmelita” – 3:07
  3. “Simple Man, Simple Dream” – 3:12
  4. “Sorrow Lives Here” – 2:57
  5. “I Never Will Marry” – 3:12
  6. “Blue Bayou” – 3:57
  7. “Poor Poor Pitiful Me” – 3:42
  8. “Maybe I’m Right” – 3:05
  9. “Tumbling Dice” – 3:05
  10. “Old Paint” – 3:05

Living in the USA (1978)

Released: September 1978

With Living in the USA, Linda Ronstadt presented an album that perfectly encapsulated the late 1970s’ pop-rock zeitgeist. Featuring covers of iconic songs like “Back in the U.S.A.” and “Just One Look,” the album showcases Ronstadt’s unparalleled ability to revitalize and personalize classic tracks. The album’s vibrant energy and Ronstadt’s dynamic vocal performances made it an instant classic.

The album was again produced by Peter Asher and recorded at the Sound Factory in Los Angeles. The production boasted a roster of top-tier session musicians, contributing to the album’s polished sound and broad appeal. Living in the USA captures the spirit of an era, with Ronstadt’s voice serving as the unifying force.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Back in the U.S.A.” – 3:02
  2. “When I Grow Too Old to Dream” – 3:54
  3. “Just One Look” – 3:20
  4. “Alison” – 3:21
  5. “White Rhythm & Blues” – 4:17
  6. “All That You Dream” – 3:43
  7. “Ooh Baby Baby” – 3:18
  8. “Mohammed’s Radio” – 4:20
  9. “Blowing Away” – 3:15
  10. “Love Me Tender” – 2:39

Mad Love (1980)

Released: 1980

Mad Love is a rock and new wave album by Linda Ronstadt, signaling a stylistic shift in her music during the early ’80s. The album includes several covers of songs by Elvis Costello and a mix of uptempo tracks and ballads, showcasing Ronstadt’s versatility and ability to adapt to the evolving music scene. The album was both a commercial and critical success, with hits like “How Do I Make You” and the title track “Mad Love.”

The album was produced by Peter Asher and recorded at The Sound Factory in Los Angeles, California.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Mad Love” – 3:40
  2. “Party Girl” – 3:22
  3. “How Do I Make You” – 2:25
  4. “I Can’t Let Go” – 2:44
  5. “Hurt So Bad” – 3:17
  6. “Look Out for My Love” – 3:30
  7. “Cost of Love” – 2:38
  8. “Justine” – 4:00
  9. “Girls Talk” – 3:23
  10. “Talking in the Dark” – 2:12

Get Closer (1982)

Released: 1982

Get Closer is an album by Linda Ronstadt that blends rock, country, and pop elements, featuring a collection of cover songs and original tracks. The title track “Get Closer” was a hit single, and the album includes duets with James Taylor and Dolly Parton. The album received critical acclaim for its production, Ronstadt’s vocal performance, and the diverse selection of songs.

The album was produced by Peter Asher and recorded at The Sound Factory in Los Angeles, California.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Get Closer” – 2:29
  2. “The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress” – 3:03
  3. “I Knew You When” – 2:53
  4. “Easy for You to Say” – 4:05
  5. “People Gonna Talk” – 2:38
  6. “Talk to Me of Mendocino” – 2:58
  7. “I Think It’s Gonna Work Out Fine” (duet with James Taylor) – 4:02
  8. “Mr. Radio” – 4:08
  9. “Lies” – 2:36
  10. “Tell Him” – 2:46
  11. “Sometimes You Just Can’t Win” (duet with J.D. Souther) – 2:33
  12. “My Blue Tears” (duet with Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris) – 2:41

What’s New (1983)

Released: 1983

What’s New represents a significant departure for Linda Ronstadt, venturing into the world of traditional pop standards associated with the 1940s and 1950s, backed by lush orchestral arrangements. This album marked the first in a trilogy of albums Ronstadt recorded with bandleader and arranger Nelson Riddle, and it played a pivotal role in reviving interest in the American songbook. The album was both a commercial and critical success, reaching the top of the Billboard charts and earning Ronstadt several Grammy nominations.

The album was produced by Peter Asher and recorded at Capitol Studios in Hollywood, California, and The Complex in Los Angeles, California.

CD Track Listings:

1. “What’s New?” Johnny Burke, Bob Haggart 3:55
2. “I’ve Got a Crush on You” George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin 3:28
3. “Guess I’ll Hang My Tears Out to Dry” Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne 4:13
4. “Crazy He Calls Me” Carl Sigman, Sidney Keith Russell 3:33
5. “Someone to Watch Over Me” George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin 4:09
6. “I Don’t Stand a Ghost of a Chance with You” Bing Crosby, Ned Washington, Victor Young 4:06
7. “What’ll I Do” Irving Berlin 4:06
8. “Lover Man (Oh Where Can You Be?)” Jimmy Davis, Jimmy Sherman, Roger “Ram” Ramirez 4:18
9. “Goodbye” Gordon Jenkins 4:47

Lush Life (1984)

Released: November 1984

Lush Life continues Linda Ronstadt’s exploration of the American songbook, again pairing her with the legendary arranger Nelson Riddle and his orchestra. The album delves deeper into classic jazz and pop standards, including the title track “Lush Life” and a poignant rendition of “When I Fall in Love.” Ronstadt’s interpretations are both respectful of the original compositions and imbued with her unique vocal character, offering a fresh perspective on these timeless songs.

Recorded at Capitol Studios, the album benefits from Riddle’s sophisticated arrangements, creating a lush backdrop for Ronstadt’s vocals. The partnership between Ronstadt and Riddle proved to be one of the most fruitful of her career, earning critical acclaim and solidifying her position as a versatile and emotive interpreter of American standards.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “When I Fall in Love” – 2:20
  2. “Skylark” – 3:07
  3. “It Never Entered My Mind” – 4:22
  4. “Mean to Me” – 4:09
  5. “When Your Lover Has Gone” – 4:18
  6. “I’m a Fool to Want You” – 4:45
  7. “You Took Advantage of Me” – 2:21
  8. “Sophisticated Lady” – 3:40
  9. “Can’t We Be Friends?” – 2:26
  10. “My Old Flame” – 3:23
  11. “Falling in Love Again” – 2:35
  12. “Lush Life” – 3:51

For Sentimental Reasons (1986)

Released: October 1986

For Sentimental Reasons represents the final installment in Linda Ronstadt’s trilogy of albums with Nelson Riddle and his orchestra, presenting another exquisite collection of classic American standards. The album includes heartfelt renditions of “When You Wish Upon a Star” and “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered,” showcasing Ronstadt’s ability to convey deep emotion and nuance in her performances.

The collaboration with Riddle once again takes place at Capitol Studios, where the rich, orchestral arrangements complement Ronstadt’s vocals, creating an intimate and timeless atmosphere. This album caps off a remarkable chapter in Ronstadt’s career, celebrating the enduring beauty of these classic songs and her ability to bring them to life for a new audience.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “When You Wish Upon a Star” – 3:46
  2. “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered” – 4:23
  3. “You Go to My Head” – 3:38
  4. “But Not for Me” – 5:23
  5. “My Funny Valentine” – 4:20
  6. “I Get Along Without You Very Well” – 4:16
  7. “Am I Blue?” – 2:56
  8. “(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons” – 3:42
  9. “Straighten Up and Fly Right” – 2:14
  10. “Little Girl Blue” – 4:35
  11. “‘Round Midnight” – 4:21

Trio (1987) (with Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton)

Released: 1987

Trio is a landmark collaborative album by Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, and Dolly Parton. Released in 1987, this album brought together three of the most iconic voices in country music to create a harmonious and timeless collection of songs. The blend of their voices created a unique sound that was both traditional and contemporary, leading to critical acclaim and commercial success. The album reached number 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart and number 6 on the Billboard 200, showcasing its widespread appeal.

The album was produced by George Massenburg and featured a mix of traditional and contemporary country songs, reimagined through the trio’s harmonious vocals. Recording sessions took place at several studios, including The Complex and Ocean Way Recording in Los Angeles, California.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “The Pain of Loving You” – 2:32
  2. “Making Plans” – 3:36
  3. “To Know Him Is to Love Him” – 3:48
  4. “Hobo’s Meditation” – 3:17
  5. “Wildflowers” – 3:33
  6. “Telling Me Lies” – 4:26
  7. “My Dear Companion” – 2:55
  8. “Those Memories of You” – 3:58
  9. “I’ve Had Enough” – 3:30
  10. “Rosewood Casket” – 2:59
  11. “Farther Along” – 4:10

Canciones de Mi Padre (1987)

Released: 1987

Canciones de Mi Padre marks a significant departure from Linda Ronstadt’s rock and pop endeavors, delving into her Mexican heritage through traditional Mariachi music. This album became an unexpected commercial success, becoming the biggest-selling non-English language album in American record history at the time. It showcased Ronstadt’s versatile vocal ability and deep connection to her roots, earning her a Grammy Award for Best Mexican/Mexican-American Album.

The album was produced by Peter Asher and recorded at Capitol Studios in Hollywood, California, with the participation of Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, one of the most revered Mariachi groups.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Por Un Amor” – 3:00
  2. “Los Laureles” – 2:29
  3. “Hay Unos Ojos” – 2:47
  4. “La Cigarra” – 3:49
  5. “Tú Sólo Tú” – 3:13
  6. “Y Ándale” – 2:35
  7. “Rogaciano El Huapanguero” – 3:06
  8. “La Charreada” – 3:45
  9. “Dos Arbolitos” – 2:35
  10. “Corrido de Cananea” – 3:25
  11. “La Barca de Guaymas” – 3:25
  12. “La Calandria” – 3:00
  13. “El Sol Que Tú Eres” – 2:58

Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind (1989)

Released: 1989

Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind features a mix of duets with Aaron Neville and solo performances by Ronstadt, combining elements of pop, rock, and R&B. The album was a commercial success, bolstered by hit singles like “Don’t Know Much” and “All My Life,” which both won Grammy Awards. The album’s lush production, orchestrated by Peter Asher, showcases Ronstadt’s dynamic vocal range and emotive delivery.

Recorded at Skywalker Sound in Marin County, California, and The Complex in Los Angeles, California, the album’s sound is characterized by its rich arrangements and the seamless blend of Ronstadt and Neville’s voices.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Still Within the Sound of My Voice” – 4:33
  2. “Cry Like a Rainstorm” – 3:35
  3. “All My Life” (with Aaron Neville) – 3:30
  4. “I Need You” (with Aaron Neville) – 2:52
  5. “Don’t Know Much” (with Aaron Neville) – 3:34
  6. “Adios” – 3:36
  7. “Trouble Again” – 3:18
  8. “I Keep It Hid” – 3:35
  9. “So Right, So Wrong” – 3:26
  10. “Shattered” – 2:53

Mas Canciones (1991)

Released: 1991

Mas Canciones is a continuation of Linda Ronstadt’s exploration of her Mexican heritage, following the success of Canciones de Mi Padre. This album delves deeper into traditional Mexican music, featuring a collection of lesser-known regional songs. Ronstadt’s passion for Mexican music is evident in her heartfelt performances, further establishing her as a versatile artist capable of crossing cultural and musical boundaries. The album was well-received, earning her another Grammy nomination and solidifying her status as a pioneer in bringing regional Mexican music to a broader audience.

The album was produced by Ruben Fuentes and George Massenburg, and recorded at the Complex Studios in Los Angeles, California. Ronstadt was accompanied by Mariachi Los Camperos, among other notable musicians.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “El Toro Relajo” – 2:20
  2. “La Cigarra” – 3:49
  3. “Tu Solo Tu” – 3:12
  4. “Y Andale” – 2:34
  5. “La Charreada” – 3:46
  6. “Dos Arbolitos” – 2:34
  7. “Corrido De Cananea” – 3:26
  8. “La Barca De Guaymas” – 3:26
  9. “La Calandria” – 3:01
  10. “El Sol Que Tu Eres” – 2:57
  11. “Palomita De Ojos Negros” – 3:05
  12. “Te Quiero Dijiste” – 2:41
  13. “Verdad Amarga” – 3:36
  14. “Los Laureles” – 2:28
  15. “El Crucifijo De Piedra” – 3:14

Frenesí (1992)

Released: 1992

With Frenesí, Linda Ronstadt shifted her focus from Mexican folk music to a broader Latin American repertoire, exploring genres such as salsa, bolero, and Cuban music. This album showcased Ronstadt’s ability to adapt to different musical styles, further demonstrating her vocal versatility and deep appreciation for Latin music. Frenesí was well-received, winning the Grammy Award for Best Tropical Latin Album, and featured arrangements by notable musicians such as Ray Santos.

The album was produced by Peter Asher and recorded at Capitol Studios in Hollywood, California, and Conway Studios in Los Angeles, California.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Frenesí” – 3:34
  2. “Mentira Salome” – 2:54
  3. “Alma Adentro” – 3:26
  4. “Entre Abismos” – 3:02
  5. “Cuando Me Querias Tu” – 3:08
  6. “Piel Canela” – 3:00
  7. “Verdad Amarga” – 3:20
  8. “Despojos” – 3:09
  9. “En Mi Soledad” – 3:05
  10. “Quiéreme Mucho” – 3:22
  11. “Perfidia” – 3:41
  12. “Te Quiero Dijiste” – 2:52
  13. “Por Un Amor” – 3:00

Winter Light (1993)

Released: 1993

Winter Light is one of Linda Ronstadt’s more introspective albums, featuring a mix of covers and original songs that showcase her nuanced vocal delivery and emotional depth. The album includes interpretations of songs by artists such as Brian Wilson, Kate McGarrigle, and Jimmy Webb, alongside Ronstadt’s own material. The production, led by George Massenburg and Linda Ronstadt herself, offers a clean, crisp sound that complements the album’s reflective mood.

Recorded at The Site in Marin County, California, and Conway Studios in Los Angeles, California, Winter Light received praise for its purity of voice and the thoughtful selection of songs.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Heartbeats Accelerating” – 3:33
  2. “Do What You Gotta Do” – 3:24
  3. “Anyone Who Had a Heart” – 3:26
  4. “Don’t Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder)” – 3:15
  5. “Oh No, Not My Baby” – 3:02
  6. “It’s Too Soon to Know” – 2:46
  7. “I Just Don’t Know What to Do with Myself” – 3:11
  8. “A River for Him” – 4:26
  9. “Adonde Voy” – 3:57
  10. “You Can’t Treat the Wrong Man Right” – 3:53
  11. “Winter Light” – 3:17

Feels Like Home (1995)

Released: 1995

Feels Like Home represents a return to Linda Ronstadt’s country and folk roots, with a collection of songs that evoke a sense of warmth and familiarity. The album features a mix of covers and original songs, including duets with Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton, reuniting with her Trio partners for the song “High Sierra.” The album’s production, led by George Massenburg, Linda Ronstadt, and John Boylan, captures the essence of American roots music with its authentic instrumentation and harmonious vocals.

Recorded at The Site in Marin County, California, and Conway Studios in Los Angeles, California, Feels Like Home was well-received for its heartfelt performances and the cohesive blend of traditional and contemporary sounds.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “The Waiting” – 3:56
  2. “Walk On” – 2:58
  3. “High Sierra” (with Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton) – 4:21
  4. “After the Gold Rush” – 3:31
  5. “The Blue Train” – 5:03
  6. “Feels Like Home” – 4:48
  7. “Teardrops Will Fall” – 3:04
  8. “Morning Blues” – 3:56
  9. “Women ‘Cross the River” – 2:50
  10. “Lover’s Return” (with Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton) – 4:00
  11. “Valerie” – 3:52
  12. “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore” – 3:28

Dedicated to the One I Love (1996)

Released: 1996

Dedicated to the One I Love is an album where Linda Ronstadt takes classic rock and roll songs and reinterprets them as lullabies for children. This unique concept album showcases Ronstadt’s ability to cross genres and reinterpret music with fresh perspectives. The album includes soothing renditions of songs originally by artists like The Beatles and The Shirelles, providing a gentle and melodic experience designed for both parents and children.

The album was produced by George Massenburg and Linda Ronstadt and recorded at The Site in Marin County, California.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Dedicated to the One I Love” – 3:18
  2. “Be My Baby” – 3:18
  3. “In My Room” – 2:54
  4. “Devoted to You” – 2:26
  5. “Baby I Love You” – 3:17
  6. “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes” – 3:18
  7. “Angel Baby” – 3:09
  8. “We Will Rock You” – 1:58
  9. “Brahms’ Lullaby” – 3:45

We Ran (1998)

Released: 1998

We Ran is a rock-oriented album that sees Linda Ronstadt returning to her roots, featuring a collection of covers from songwriters like Bruce Springsteen, John Hiatt, and Bob Dylan. The album’s sound is characterized by its raw, guitar-driven arrangements, showcasing Ronstadt’s versatility and enduring passion for rock music. Despite its less commercial approach, We Ran was praised for Ronstadt’s vocal performance and the selection of songs.

The album was produced by Glyn Johns and recorded at Conway Studios in Los Angeles, California.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “When We Ran” – 5:07
  2. “If I Should Fall Behind” – 4:45
  3. “Give Me a Reason” – 3:13
  4. “Ruler of My Heart” – 3:05
  5. “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues” – 4:47
  6. “Cry ‘Til My Tears Run Dry” – 3:30
  7. “I Go to Pieces” – 3:17
  8. “Heartbreak Kind” – 3:20
  9. “Damage” – 4:17
  10. “Icy Blue Heart” – 4:35
  11. “Dreams of the San Joaquin” – 6:08

Trio II (1999) (with Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton)

Released: 1999

Trio II is the long-awaited sequel to the successful Trio album, reuniting Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, and Dolly Parton. This album continues the collaboration of the three iconic voices, blending their harmonies in a collection of country and folk songs. The album includes covers as well as original songs, showcasing the trio’s deep connection and mutual respect for each other’s artistry. Trio II was well-received and won a Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals.

The album was produced by George Massenburg and recorded at The Site in Marin County, California.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Lover’s Return” – 4:00
  2. “High Sierra” – 4:21
  3. “Do I Ever Cross Your Mind” – 3:16
  4. “After the Gold Rush” – 3:31
  5. “The Blue Train” – 4:57
  6. “I Feel the Blues Movin’ In” – 4:31
  7. “You’ll Never Be the Sun” – 4:42
  8. “He Rode All the Way to Texas” – 3:07
  9. “Feels Like Home” – 4:47
  10. “When We’re Gone, Long Gone” – 4:01

Western Wall: The Tucson Sessions (1999) (with Emmylou Harris)

Released: 1999

Western Wall: The Tucson Sessions is a collaborative album between Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris. This album features an eclectic mix of songs from various songwriters, blending country, folk, and rock elements. The harmonies between Ronstadt and Harris are a highlight, creating a rich and emotive musical landscape. The album was praised for its intimate production and the synergy between the two artists.

The album was produced by Glyn Johns and recorded at Wavelab Studio in Tucson, Arizona.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Loving the Highway Man” – 3:17
  2. “Raise the Dead” – 3:18
  3. “For a Dancer” – 4:43
  4. “Western Wall” – 2:41
  5. “1917” – 5:26
  6. “He Was Mine” – 4:21
  7. “Sweet Spot” – 3:31
  8. “Sisters of Mercy” – 3:58
  9. “Falling Down” – 3:55
  10. “Valerie” – 3:53
  11. “This Is to Mother You” – 3:15
  12. “All I Left Behind” – 3:19
  13. “Across the Border” – 4:49

A Merry Little Christmas (2000)

Released: 2000

A Merry Little Christmas is Linda Ronstadt’s first and only holiday album, featuring a collection of traditional Christmas songs alongside a few contemporary selections. The album showcases Ronstadt’s versatile voice, with arrangements ranging from jazz and pop to traditional choral styles, creating a warm and festive atmosphere. This album includes collaborations with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra and the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus, adding to the rich, celebratory spirit of the holiday season.

The album was produced by John Boylan and George Massenburg and recorded at Skywalker Sound in Marin County, California, and The Site in Marin County, California.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “The Christmas Song” – 4:22
  2. “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” – 4:15
  3. “White Christmas” – 4:20
  4. “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” – 3:55
  5. “River” – 4:10
  6. “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” – 3:33
  7. “Xicochi, Xicochi” – 2:59
  8. “I Wonder as I Wander” – 3:02
  9. “Away in a Manger” – 2:07
  10. “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming” – 2:09
  11. “Welsh Carol” – 4:01
  12. “Past Three O’Clock” – 3:15
  13. “O Magnum Mysterium” – 3:59
  14. “Silent Night” – 2:21

Hummin’ to Myself (2004)

Released: 2004

Hummin’ to Myself is Linda Ronstadt’s return to her jazz and traditional pop music roots, featuring a collection of classic American standards. The album’s intimate and minimalistic arrangements highlight Ronstadt’s expressive vocals, supported by a small jazz ensemble. This project allowed Ronstadt to showcase her deep appreciation for the American songbook, with renditions of songs by composers like Cole Porter and George Gershwin.

The album was produced by George Massenburg and Linda Ronstadt and recorded at Capitol Studios in Hollywood, California.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Tell Him I Said Hello” – 4:15
  2. “Never Will I Marry” – 2:36
  3. “Cry Me a River” – 4:25
  4. “Hummin’ to Myself” – 4:09
  5. “Miss Otis Regrets” – 3:12
  6. “I Fall in Love Too Easily” – 2:36
  7. “Blue Prelude” – 3:01
  8. “Day Dream” – 2:58
  9. “I’ve Never Been in Love Before” – 4:28
  10. “Get Out of Town” – 4:08
  11. “I’ll Be Seeing You” – 3:31
  12. “Tell Me” – 3:08
  13. “It Never Entered My Mind” – 4:19

Adieu False Heart (2006) (with Ann Savoy)

Released: 2006

Adieu False Heart is a collaboration album between Linda Ronstadt and Cajun music artist Ann Savoy. This album blends Ronstadt’s and Savoy’s voices in a beautiful collection of Cajun, folk, and country songs, creating a haunting and evocative sound. The album’s acoustic arrangements and close harmonies highlight the emotive storytelling found in traditional and contemporary folk music, making it a unique addition to both artists’ discographies.

The album was produced by Steve Buckingham and recorded at Dirk Powell’s Cypress House studio in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Opening” – 1:28
  2. “Adieu False Heart” – 3:34
  3. “I Can’t Get Over You” – 3:06
  4. “Marie Mouri” – 4:14
  5. “King of Bohemia” – 3:23
  6. “Plus Tu Tournes” – 2:58
  7. “Go Away from My Window” – 3:14
  8. “Burns’ Supper” – 3:53
  9. “The One I Love Is Gone” – 3:03
  10. “Interlude” – 0:43
  11. “Rattle My Cage” – 3:11
  12. “Parlez-Moi D’Amour” – 3:01
  13. “Too Old to Die Young” – 2:49
  14. “Interlude” – 0:45
  15. “Walk Away Rene

LINDA RONSTADT LIVE ALBUMS

Live in Hollywood (2019)

Released: 2019

Live in Hollywood features Linda Ronstadt in a rare and previously unreleased concert recording from April 24, 1980, at the Television Center Studios in Hollywood. This live album captures the essence of Ronstadt’s dynamic stage presence and vocal prowess at a pivotal moment in her career. The setlist comprises some of Ronstadt’s most beloved hits, delivering energetic and poignant performances that showcase her ability to blend rock, country, and pop with seamless grace.

The concert was originally recorded for an HBO special, highlighting the peak of Ronstadt’s commercial success and showcasing her band’s exceptional musicality. The album offers listeners a front-row seat to Ronstadt’s captivating live performance, providing a visceral experience of her concert’s electrifying atmosphere.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “I Can’t Let Go” – 2:44
  2. “It’s So Easy” – 2:27
  3. “Willin'” – 3:00
  4. “Just One Look” – 3:20
  5. “Blue Bayou” – 3:57
  6. “Faithless Love” – 3:15
  7. “Hurt So Bad” – 3:17
  8. “Poor Poor Pitiful Me” – 4:15
  9. “You’re No Good” – 6:00
  10. “How Do I Make You” – 2:09
  11. “Back in the U.S.A.” – 3:08
  12. “Desperado” – 3:38

Professional Sources, research, experience, and citations

Charting information used in the analysis and research of the commercial success of these songs comes from Billboard Magazine Charts

https://www.billboard.com/charts/

The Story Of Classic Rock

Other sources for important factual information include the band’s website

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linda_Ronstadt

https://lindaronstadt.com/

Further analysis and original thoughts are provided by the writer Brian Kachejian’s experience as a professional musician and music collector for over 50 years and his experience as a New York State certified music and history educator and professional music journalist with the New York Press.

These articles are updated regularly.

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