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  • Audio CD (September 25, 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra
  • ASIN: B000002H7E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,535 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Still Within the Sound of My Voice
2. Cry Like A Rainstorm
3. All My Life
4. I Need You
5. Don't Know Much
6. Adios
7. Trouble Again
8. I Keep It Hid
9. So Right, So Wrong
10. Shattered
11. When Something is Wrong With My Baby
12. Goodbye My Friend

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An album that defines virtually everything that is right about adult contemporary pop--and yes, there are a few things--Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind contains lush, orchestrated arrangements of songs by first-rate tunesmiths such as Jimmy Webb, Eric Kaz, Paul Carrack, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weill, Isaac Hayes, and Karla Bonoff. Four cuts, including the Grammy-winning "Don't Know Much," feature duets between Ronstadt (still singing with power and assurance even at the top of her range) and angel-voiced Aaron Neville. Other highlights include "Adios," with multitracked background vocals by Brian Wilson, and the title song, which is driven to new heights by the Skywalker Symphony Orchestra and the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir. Beautiful stuff. --Daniel Durchholz

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An album that defines virtually everything that is right about adult contemporary pop--and yes, there are a few things--Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind contains lush, orchestrated arrangements of songs by first-rate tunesmiths such as Jimmy Webb, Eric Kaz, Paul Carrack, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weill, Isaac Hayes and Karla Bonoff. Four cuts, including the Grammy-winning "Don't Know Much", feature duets between Ronstadt (still singing with power and assurance even at the top of her range) and angel-voiced Aaron Neville. Other highlights include "Adios", with multi-tracked background vocals by Brian Wilson, and the title song, which is driven to new heights by the Skywalker Symphony Orchestra and the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir. --Daniel Durchholz

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And to be paired with Aaron Neville...WOW !
"Renaissance Dude"
The first track, "Still Within The Sound Of My Voice" is a beautiful ballad with a great arrangement, that shows Linda's strong vocals.
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This album in my opinion rates as one of the best pop albums ever recorded.
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful By John Stodder on February 24, 2004
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This is one of those albums from the 1980s where you wish you could get into a time machine and go back to the production crew and scream: "Don't! No tinkly keyboards! No synth drums! No Jaco Pastorius-style bass! I know you don't believe me, but in a few years this is going to become as dated as that silly haircut you're wearing."
So great are the songs and singing performances on this album, this may be the most poignant example of bad 80s contamination. Nonetheless, this album gets five stars because, most of the time, it overcomes the problem, and on a few cuts, manages to avert it (maybe someone DID show up in a time machine.) Some of the very best songs are little known. The duets with Aaron Neville are rightfully celebrated--including the hits "Don't Know Much" and "When Something is Wrong with my Baby"--they are wonderful performances.
But this album also represented a comeback/last hurrah for a couple of great songwriters. Jimmy Webb, whose "Easy for You to Say" is one of Ronstadt's best songs, is the writer of four songs to this collection, and all of them are terrific. One of them, "Adios," is a masterpiece, capturing with rich irony and sadness the end of the Southern California dream. The fact that it's not only Linda Ronstadt, the 70s LA queen, but that she's backed by the (then-reclusive) Brian Wilson, the inventor of the Southern California pop scene-- it's all too much! But it dances elegantly on the head of a pin, with a melody that will haunt you.
The other masterpiece on this album is by a writer that Linda Ronstadt has covered previously many times, Eric Kaz's "Cry Like a Rainstorm." This is a really daring cut with a nearly dissonant melody line that gives Ronstadt a chance to open up vocally and emotionally.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By D. Hawkins on September 18, 2002
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Growing up in the 70's I of course heard Linda Ronstadt singing on the radio, and even as a little kid, I could tell she had an amazing voice. But even I was not expecting this masterpiece of song interpretation she gave us in 1989. Like many others, I heard her sing "Don't Know Much" on the radio with Aaron Neville and I was immediately hooked. After hearing her tear it up with Aaron on "All My Life," I knew I had to get the album. There's nothing close to a throwaway on here, and her versions of "Adios," "Goodbye My Friend," and "I Keep it Hid" will bring a chill to your spine or a tear to your eye. They're that good!! It's great that this album found such a warm reception because it's one of those rare instances, especially in the world of adult contemporary, where the sales of an album can mirror the artistic integrity inside.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By David Marks VINE VOICE on January 6, 2006
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I just happened to hear about this CD several years ago, when I called a Marin County (California) radio DJ and asked him, "Who wrote that song (Adios) that I just heard?".

He told me it was a cut on the Linda Ronstadt CD, titled, "Cry Like a Rainstorm.....", and I rushed to order the CD itself.

This album is in my opinion the very best Linda Ronstadt compilation that's out there. "Adios" itself is an unbelievably beautiful Jimmy Webb song, about the beauty of the California coast, and most of the other cuts are almost as perfect...

But then with Aaron Neville sharing several of the vocals and Jimmy Webb and Karla Bonoff (just to name a few who wrote for this CD) doing the writing...wow....

And if you plan on driving Highway 1 up (or down) the California coast, be sure and have this CD in your car, to play as you drive past all that beauty...and turn up the volume....
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Chris S. on July 15, 2001
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After the success of her duet 'Somewhere Out There', Linda Ronstadt returned to pop after detours into various other styles of music(Latin,traditional pop,etc.). With CRY LIKE A RAINSTORM,HOWL LIKE THE WIND, Ronstadt reaffirms her position as the pre-eminent interpretive singer of her generation. Though her previous country-rock leanings are unusually absent, the adult pop realm, represented here by both ballads and uptempo numbers, suits her magnificently. She continues to garner some very strong material, with songs from Jimmy Webb and longtime Ronstadt reliable Karla Bonoff taking up seven slots on the album. All are first-rate, with special mention to Webb's soaring 'Still Within The Sound Of My Voice' and Bonoff's heartbreaking treatise on death on the album's closer 'Goodbye My Friend'. Ronstadt also managed to re-introduce the public to Aaron Neville's glorious voice, represented on four duets here, the best being 'All My Life'(another Bonoff composition). Ronstadt's vocal work remains impeccably pristine, one of pop's most crystalline instruments even to this day. A strong entry in Ronstadt's already prestigious catalog, and a must for even the most casual fans of great adult pop.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By R. Penola on July 19, 2000
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No apologies here! I love melodious so-called adult contemporary pop; now I understand why my parents loved Johnny Mathis so much...This album is absolutely glorious. Linda Ronstadt, never one of my favorite singers (I do not care for her re-treads of the big-band era), has never been so at the top of her game, and is provided a wealth of wonderful songs, not a dog among them. Pairing with Aaron Neville proved to be not only a commercially viable idea, the sound they produce together is intoxicating. My absolute faves here are Still Within The Sound Of My Voice, which one again proves that no pop writer can craft as tuneful and melancholy a song as Jimmy Webb, and the Karla Bonoff-penned duet w/Neville, All My Life, which, in its utter simplicity, makes you want to cry.
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