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Linda Ronstadt's Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 & 2 [Import]

Linda RonstadtAudio CD
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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 (April 9, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Rhino/Wea UK
  • ASIN: B000NY17J6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (195 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #330 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. You're No Good
2. Silver Threads & Golden Needles
3. Desperado
4. Love Is A Rose
5. That'll Be The Day
6. Long, Long Time
7. Different Drum
8. When Will I Be Loved
9. Love Has No Pride
10. Heat Wave
11. It Doesn't Matter Anymore
12. Tracks Of My Tears
13. It's So Easy
14. I Can't Let Go
15. Hurt So Bad
16. Blue Bayou
17. How Do I Make You
18. Back In The U.S.A.
19. Ooh Baby Baby
20. Poor, Poor Pitiful Me
See all 23 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Fantastic 2007 UK compilation that features all 23 tracks found on Ronstadt's original Greatest Hits (1976) and Greatest Hits, Vol. Two (1980). Although often overlooked today, Ronstadt was one of the most popular female vocalists throughout the '70s and '80s, helping to usher many musical styles (from Country Rock to New Wave) into the charts. Plus, she's a fabulous singer to boot! She successfully covered a variety of oldies like 'It's So Easy', 'Tracks Of My Tears' and 'Ooh Baby Baby' and managed to make them sound like Ronstadt originals! Features all the hits including 'You're No Good', 'Different Drum', 'When Will I Be Loved', 'Hurt So Bad', 'How Do I Make You' and many more. Rhino.

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81 of 82 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT Idea, VERY WELL DONE June 17, 2010
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Beautiful and clear remastering (2007) of the classic 1976 and 1980 compilations that in the USA were released in the late 80's on CD and have never been remastered (until now on this import!). All the original tracks are here (with one change - Someone To Lay Down Beside Me is the 3:58 single edit, not the 4:28 album version that appeared on the original GH Vol 2). All the pictures from the two original Greatest Hits LP's and CD's are here, too (the original red and blue album covers are also shown on the back cover). The new green cover with a classic photo from the mid 70's is a brilliant touch. New liner notes by Silvie Simmons.

Amazingly, some of these classics were not included on either Ronstadt's "Box Set" OR her "Very Best Of" CD (which together were the only remasters of Linda's Asylum music in the last 20 years - and both were missing many hits), so Silver Threads And Golden Needles (1973 version), Desperado, Love Has No Pride, How Do I Make You, Tumbling Dice, and Someone To Lay Down Beside Me appear here remastered for the first time. Highly Recommended!
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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NICE VALUE, TERRIFIC RONSTADT June 18, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Both of Linda's massive selling GREATEST HITS Lps have been released on one CD. This nice UK import is also nicely priced and contains some of Ronstadts best known songs. Like Connie Francis before her, Linda delved into reviving oldies and finding a formula that worked for her that would eventually lead her to branching out into other unexplored musical areas that make her a premier vocalist of her era and all time. Some of the more interesting cuts are the lesser known ones LOVE HAS NO PRIDE has the angst without resorting to cliche or soap opera. Her version of DESPERADO far exceeds the Eagles original cover. Then there are the great hits, YOU'RE NO GOOD, BLUE BAYOU and so many others.

A great 2 for 1 by the only female rocker of her era to "hold it together" as none equalled or surpassed her in her heyday.

Great nostalgia and a nice primer to search for her more adventurous works that she dabbled with on her Lps that listeners will be enticed to explore.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Remastering...Finally! July 20, 2012
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I bought this CD for the purported remastering of these classic tracks, and it was well-warranted. Both Linda's vocals and the instrumentation are much cleaner than on the previous CD issues. I've been wanting a cleaner, less-muddled master of "Silver Threads and Golden Needles" for years. Nice touch. The sound is balanced without being overdone.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome greatest hits collection April 22, 2008
By I Rock
Format:Audio CD
This is a great import CD that includes both of the famous Linda Ronstadt Greatest Hits albums, Volume One and Volume Two. If you want a Linda Ronstadt CD, this is the one to get in my opinion. Outstanding vocals on all 23 tracks, she is a unique and extremely talented singer. My favorites include Blue Bayou, Ooh Baby Baby, You're No Good, How Do I Make You, and It's So Easy.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally what i've been looking for! September 17, 2009
By Joey G.
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The original Vol I and Vol II greatest hits Cd audio quality always sounded flat and lifeless and the subsequent collections released in the U.S. always seems to be missing some of the important songs on Gr hits I and II.

finally this IMPORT (re-mastered by RHINO- yah!) brings life to these wonderful songs, and they have consolidated the exact songs on I and II into a single disc.

Sound qualify is fantastic!!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very successful with cover versions January 19, 2011
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Linda Ronstadt didn't need original material to have plenty of American hits during the seventies with her versions of mostly well known songs, although she also helped to gain recognition for Warren Zevon and for Kate and Anna McGarrigle via her recordings of their songs. This formula was markedly less successful for her in Britain, where none of her singles made the top 20, although that could be due first to Brits being slow to recognize her talents, then to changing fashions as punk took over for a while. Nevertheless, Linda's music found a market in Britain and I am part of that market.

Pairing the hits compilations originally released in 1976 and 1980, this set contains all her important solo hits in the American pop charts and four of her six top ten solo hits in the country charts. Linda's biggest hits thereafter were a duet with James Ingram (Somewhere out there) and two duets with Aaron Neville (Don't know much, All my life) and some country hits taken from the first Trio album that she recorded with Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris. If you particularly want any of those later tracks, they are all available elsewhere. For the period up to 1980, this contains all the essentials although it most certainly does not contain everything worth hearing; you only get that by acquiring the individual albums from the period.

Among the pop hits, seven of the tracks here made the American top ten including You're no good, which made number one, having previously been an American hit for Betty Everett and a UK hit for the Swinging Blue Jeans, and When will I be loved (previously a hit for the Everly brothers), which made number two in the American pop charts and number one in the country charts.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Ronstadt May 22, 2010
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They're all here -- the hits that I enjoyed in the '60s and '70s. Ronstadt's voice is clear and strong, and she's a master at conveying emotion. From "You're No Good," with its strong guitar licks, to the plaintive "Desperado" and her cover of the Buddy Holly hit "That'll Be the Day," Ronstadt mines the lyrics for all they're worth. More than 30 years on, some of the songs are a little weepy for my taste -- "Love Has No Pride" and "Hurt So Bad" come to mind -- but at the time they were released, I found them relevant. The 23 songs in this collection span much of Ronstadt's career, and it's an impressive one. I recommend this album both to longtime Ronstadt fans and those who'd like to learn more about her musical style.
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