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Hasten Down the Wind

Linda RonstadtAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)

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With roots in the Los Angeles country and folk-rock scenes, Linda Ronstadt became one of the most popular interpretive singers of the '70s, earning a string of platinum-selling albums and Top 40 singles. Throughout the '70s, her laid-back pop never lost sight of her folky roots, yet as she moved into the '80s, she began to change her sound with the times, adding new wave ... Read more in Amazon's Linda Ronstadt Store

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Asylum Records
  • ASIN: B000002GY7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,987 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Lose Again
2. The Tattler
3. If He's Ever Near
4. That'll Be The Day
5. Lo Siento Mi Vida
6. Hasten Down The Wind
7. Rivers Of Babylon
8. Give One Heart
9. Try Me Again
10. Crazy
11. Down So Low
12. Someone To Lay Down Beside Me

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After the critical and commercial smash Heart Like a Wheel, Linda Ronstadt could have had her pick of material from the day's top songwriters. Instead, she chose the wares of a couple of young artists on the rise, Warren Zevon and Karla Bonoff. Each provided her with first-rate material for Hasten Down the Wind: Zevon wrote the title track and Bonoff supplied "Someone to Lay Down Beside Me," "Lose Again," and "If He's Ever Near." Ronstadt also bravely covers songs already done definitively by others--Patsy Cline's "Crazy," Buddy Holly's "That'll Be the Day," and Tracy Nelson's "Down So Low"--and emerges not merely unscathed, but triumphant. She also presages the turn toward Spanish material her career took in the '80s with "Lo Siento Mi Vida." It's easy to see why the public went wild for Hasten, Ronstadt's first platinum album. --Daniel Durchholz

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Linda Roars Like A Windstorm! July 28, 2003
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This is a classic Ronstadt album, recorded when she was really in her prime, busy cranking out the volume of hits and those seemingly effortless and sometimes facile interpretations of other people's songs, showing just how original an artist she was. Like the legendary Johnny Rivers, who always seemed to have a magical touch for turning other people's work into brilliant covers and best-selling albums, Ronstadt here does a star turn with other people's songs. She shows here just how versatile and eclectic her approach to some interesting material could be. From a raucous hit song like Buddy Holly's "That'll Be The Day" to a sweet and soulful interpretation of Karla Bonhoff's plaintive "Someone To Lay Down Beside Me", Linda pulls out all of the stops, and although the album was panned critically, it was also her first album to go platinum. Well, so much for them pesky critic fellas!
Her fans knew what they liked, and they sure seemed to like this terrific collection of so many different genres gathered under a single tent. The title tune, written by songwriter and performing wildman Warren Zevon, "Hasten down The Wind", is a haunting, powerfully performed song. Then too, Patsy Cline's "Crazy" is powerfully interpreted. "Tattler" and "Try Me Again" are sizzling, as is a well-arranged version of Bonhoff's "Lose Again". She soars with an interpretation of the traditional "Rivers Of Babylon", and a lovely effort at blue-eyed soul with "Give One Heart". My personal favorite here is Tracey nelson's "Down So Low", and of course, "Hasten Down the Wind", a song so reminiscent of the soulful songs on previous albums like "Prisoner In Disguise" and Long, Long. Time". All in all, this is a terrific album and one that is really a showcase for Linda at her very best. Enjoy!
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eclectic mix, but fun nevertheless November 8, 2002
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Although this may not be most people's favorite Linda Ronstadt album, I have a particular fondness for it, mostly because it was the first entire Linda album I ever listened to from start to finish in one sitting.
Her vocal range is stunning and the song choices on this disc seem hell-bent on stretching that range as much as possible. Linda sings everything from country-rock to pop to soul to reggae with admitedly mixed results. She even tries (not entirely successfully) to cover Buddy Holly ("That'll Be The Day") and Patsy Cline ("Crazy").
The flaws are never in her vocal work, but rather, in her inability to emotionally connect with some of the material. As eclectic as she tries to be, she seems to produce her best work when she is singing something simple and original. The highlight is easily the wonderful "Lose Again" written by Karla Bonoff. Ronstadt injects just the right amount of pathos and heartbreak into the track and gives it a nice simplicity mixed with moments of extreme vocal power. Close seconds are her plaintiff "Try Me Again"(one of my favs to sing in the shower, what a great hook in the bridge!), the powerfully sad "Down So Low" and the touching "Lo Siento Mi Vida".
Then there is a wonderful a capella moment with "Rivers of Babylon" that totally comes from left field, but completely works.
With this album it's easy to sense that Ronstadt is growing restless and tired of singing just rock-pop and is acheing to venture into more complex musical territories. With the advantage of hindsight, it's easy to see this album is really the precursor to her later famous forays into Mexican folk music, classic jaz/pop standards and an overall more eclectic vocal mix.
The cover is also perhaps her most teasingly sexual, an indication that by now she was perhaps starting to become more well known as a sex symbol than a serious artist by the general public.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Linda Ronstadt's Most Adventurous Classics! November 15, 2001
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Despite the reaming it got from critics, Linda Ronstadt's 1976 album HASTEN DOWN THE WIND was her first platinum release. (The R.I.A.A. began certifying platinum status that year). Actually, HASTEN DOWN THE WIND is probably the most interesting of Ronstadt's 1970s rock records. The album captures Ronstadt in transition between the country influence of HEART LIKE A WHEEL and the rock orientated direction that would become dominant on LIVING IN THE U.S.A. To make a good record even better, this is one of her most captivating song sets (not her best, but her most exciting). Through the course of HASTEN DOWN THE WIND we get a glimpse of the different reasons Linda Ronstadt is a musical hero: the contemporary reinventions of classic songs, the exciting interpretations of new material, Ronstadt's first released song is Spanish, and even two of Ronstadt's own compositions.
Linda Ronstadt never fails with a rock 'n' roll interpretation. Actually, "That'll Be The Day" is one of her best; she completely reinvents the song, and it's jet-propelled for it's two and a half minute running time. "Crazy", which even in 1976 was revered as Patsy Cline's classic, is perfectly captured in a stark arrangement, in which Ronstadt represents the emotional details of the lyrics with exceptional skill. "Down So Low", which comes complete with a large chorus and thrilling lead vocals lines, is remarkable.
Linda Ronstadt's gift for perfect emotional portrayl is beautifully exemplified on the three Karla Bonoff songs: "Lose Again", "If He's Ever Near", and "Someone To Lay Down Beside Me".
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Published 6 days ago by Adheroom
5.0 out of 5 stars I always liked Linda Ronstadt
I always liked Linda Ronstadt. This was one of my favorite albums, but I got rid of all my albums and bought the CD. She has a beautiful, melodic voice.
Published 11 days ago by Fran
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Published 13 days ago by Robin C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great ol' album. glad to have it back.
Published 17 days ago by shecky
5.0 out of 5 stars A Genuine Bargain
Linda Ronstadt is in fine voice on this album and the sound does full justice to the recordings. If you enjoy her way of telling the story of the lyrics, you will count this album... Read more
Published 22 days ago by P. H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album - Linda at her Peak
what can I say - I've been a Linda Ronstadt fan for 40+ years and still enjoy listening to her work. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Daniel Farrell
4.0 out of 5 stars A Few Thoughts, Many Left out, Time Constraints.
This will not be an overall review of this album, more of a comment or two on Linda's songs in general, not only this album, I Love Linda's voice, I cannot say that enough. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Wondered At It All
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
I've loved this album ever since it first came out!
Published 1 month ago by Mary Jo Dane
5.0 out of 5 stars The Linda Ronstadt Album Her Instrument Was Waiting For
While always a great admirer of her vocals? I found that upon hearing her albums that some of the country-rock ballads she chose to interpret kind of backed her up against a wall... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Andre S. Grindle
2.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful voice, poor music selection
Did not care for music selection. Love the voice though.
Published 1 month ago by Cathy D.
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