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Karla Bonoff

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Karla Bonoff + All My Life: The Best of Karla Bonoff + Restless Nights
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1. Someone to Lay Down Beside Me
2. I Can't Hold On
3. Lose Again
4. Home
5. Faces in the Wind
6. Isn't It Always Love
7. If He's Ever Near
8. Flying High
9. Falling Star
10. Rose in My Garden

Product Details

  • Audio Cassette (January 1, 1977)
  • Label: Sony Music Entertain
  • ASIN: B00000EGFU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,679,712 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Hamlow HALL OF FAME on October 21, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Call her voice close to the likes of Carole King or Carly Simon, with a sound that veers on country at times, King-like pop on the other. I finally decided to check out Karla Bonoff after hearing "Somebody's Eyes" from the Footloose soundtrack and found out she went back as a songwriter and artists from the late 70's. Plus, my esteemed friend Alexandra recommended her, as she went to some of her concerts, so that finally got the ball rolling.
What I also did learn was that Linda Ronstadt covered three songs from here on her Hasten Down The Wind album, the first of which is "Someone To Lay Down Beside Me," which features Karla on piano and Waddy Wachtel on guitar. It's a portrait of loneliness set in "a world that can be sort of heartless."
There's a light skipping beat in "I Can't Hold On" that reflects the Eagles and James Taylor-kind of sound prevalent at the time. Waddy's guitars enhances this song.
The sad piano-only ballad "Lose Again" is the second song covered by Ronstadt. Bonoff's voice is at its haunting best here, as she describes her ball-and-chain relationship. She likens it to missing the train and staying behind. The best song by far here, made all the more poignant with "But you're keepin' me goin'/I know it's insane/Because I love you and lose again."
Ronstadt does make an appearance here, as a backup singer on "Home", whose acoustic and steel guitars give this a country feel. Producer Kenny Edwards does the mandolin here as well. She describes home as a liberating influence: "My life there has it's own wings/To fly over the mountains/Though I'm standing still." "Faces In The Wind" is lullaby-type country ballad.
The electric piano and bass really forms the framework for the upbeat "Isn't It Always Love," which I can picture Carly Simon covering.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Missing Person on November 14, 2004
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Karla Bonoff, along with Kenny Edwards, Wendy Waldman, & Andrew Gold consisted of the group Bryndle who released their self-titled debut in 1995. However, this group, consisting of the exact same members, had already formed all the way back in the late '60s/ early '70s--they signed to A&M Records & recorded an album, and although I believe a single was released, the album, curiously, was never released. Waldman & Gold both contribute performances on this 1977 self-titled debut, as does Edwards who also produced the album. Although this album, which came out in or around September of '77, is largely excellent & never awful, it's not hard to see why cynical critics and cynical music listeners in general would have been rather straight-faced with it when you take some other facts into consideration. Linda Ronstadt's "Hasten Down the Wind" album came out in August of `76, so in other words, basically a year before this album appeared, & it featured 3 Bonoff songs--"Someone To Lay Down Beside Me", "Lose Again", & "If He's Ever Near"--all of which Bonoff does herself on here. Also, the song "Home" had been done by Bonnie Raitt on her "Sweet Forgiveness" album which had come out earlier in the same year that this did, & the song "Isn't It Always Love" had been done by an artist named Karen Alexander & was released on her 1975 album which was also titled "Isn't It Always Love" (it was released on Elektra/Asylum). Alexander wasn't really a singer-songwriter by definition, but she did sing & write all of her own material with "Isn't It Always Love" being the only exception I know of--also, Andrew Gold, of all people, appeared on Alexander's version, & I believe it was released as a single as well.Read more ›
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Cyberlibrarian on July 3, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This album brings back my college days. One of my friends bought it, and none of us could stop listening. When it came out on CD, I was thrilled, because my LP had disappeared over the years, and the cassette I'd made (just in case!) finally wore out.
Bonoff writes and sings with true passion, and I firmly believe that no music collection is complete without this album. It has not lost any of its power, even 25 years after I first heard it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By davez@peoplefirst.com on August 20, 1998
Format: Audio CD
How Karla Bonoff did not become a superstar from this album alone is beyond me. Great song writng delivered by a likable, engaging voice that makes you feel the emotion in every song. Listening to her sing, you just know she has personally felt the pains of love that she spins (At least I hope so, because she sure made me feel mine). I can not recommend this album enough, it is on my top 10 all time list with little to no fanfare from anyone.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 12, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Karla is a great vocalist,musician and writer.These three things can be seen perfectly in this album, for me her best album. Maybe you've heard "Lose Again" or "Someone to lay down beside me" by Linda Ronstadt, or "Home" by Bonnie Raitt, but Karla's covers of her own songs are much better. My favourite song in the album is "Rose in the garden" (by the way not included in the compilation of her best songs "All my life".)If you don't know her, I think this is the album you should buy first.Maybe you like Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Carole King.If you like these wonderful all time songwriters, you will like Karla Bonoff.
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