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Mad Love

Linda RonstadtAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Asylum/WEA
  • ASIN: B000002GX1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,483 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Media Type: CD
Street Release Date: 07/07/1987

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Linda really can do anything December 5, 2002
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Linda Ronstadt is a genius. Few other artists have successfully explored as many genres as she, from here very popular though perhaps slightly pedestrian rock hits in the '70s and early '802, through bluegrass, Mexican, Cajun and Latin jazz, kids lullabies, big ballads, bid band, the woman can not only master anything but - although she chooses to record very infrequently these days, she also improves indisputably with age.
So, my bias is, I am a fan.
That aside, this 1980 album was a major change of pace for Linda and one which still sounds incredibly fresh today. I really like her working of Neil Young's "Look Out For My Love", and the songs "Cost of Love" and "Can't Let Go". You don't need to be a student or even particularly a fan of New Wave to enjoy this great little album.
I know Linda has definitely moved away from this type of music now, and who can begrude such a talented lady wanting to constantly progress and evolve artistically (particularly when that evolution includes gems such as the uptempo "Frenesi" album, the first of the two Trio albums, and the wonderfully moving '99 duo album with Emmylou Harris), but still it seems a shame that she didn't make at least one more New Wave album like "Mad Love".
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Holds up better than you'd expect June 20, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Linda Ronstadt caught a lot of flack with this album for daring to jump on the punk/new wave bandwagon in the 80's, but for all that, this album stands up better than many others from that era. For one thing, Ronstadt has talent, something most of the other acts from that time were lacking. Granted, the title song is bombastic overkill and Elvis Costello's "Talking in the Dark" is a throwaway. But her take on his "Party Girl" is powerful and "Girls Talk" is as terrific as Dave Edmonds version. "How Do I Make You" is awesome: a very convincingly hard-edged rocker. She also puts an edgy spin on her remakes of The Hollies "Can't Let Go" and Little Anthony and the Imperials "Hurts So Bad" that, in my opinion, top the originals. It probably was wrong for this album to get tagged as punk when really its your basic power pop, done with the same taste and professionalism Ronstadt has shown thoughout her career.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad Mad (Love) World March 3, 2001
Format:Audio CD
With apologies to the reviewer who apparently woke up to find a lump of coal in his/her stocking one Xmas morning and decided to take it out on Linda, the girl rocks the house with this effort. I was in high school when this came out and I really only knew Linda from "When Will I Be Loved?" back when it was repeatedly blaring out over the beach a few summers earlier. Flash forward a few years and I can hear her saying, "hey that New Wave sounds fun, let's make that the next album." In terms of the Mad Love cd, I remember one reviewer writing something like "As frustrating as it may be to Pat Benatar as pretender to the throne, it's Linda Ronstadt who has the chops to be the Queen of Rock." No, not Courtney Love rocks, not Sleater Kinney rocks, but a great shimmy-shimmy-cocoa-puff-power-pop-with-an edge rocks here. I love the infectious energy in most of the up-tempo tracks like "How Do I Make You?" and "Justine" and "I Can't Let Go" and yet they contrast so well with the aching ballads like "Hurt So Bad" and the Elvis Costello cover "Party Girl". We are blessed in that Linda's love of many different types of music, coupled with that amazing VOICE, have allowed us all to reap the rewards, year after year.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Linda goes New Wave July 6, 2001
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She got some fairly bad reviews for Mad Love as I recall. It doesn't matter. This is a great CD to take in Ronstadt's immense range. She does a beautiful job with all the material, much of it ear candy. My faves: "Girl Talk", "Look Out For My Love" and "I Can't Let Go". If you enjoy the writing of Elvis Costello and Neil Young, the backing vocals of Nicollette Larson and the genius of Peter Asher, this is your kind of music.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars without a doubt- her hardest rocking album March 21, 2006
Format:Audio CD
In a long career filled with many styles and many CDs, this is her hardest rocking album. It was 1980 and new wave was popular and for this album, they tried a harder rocking peppier style. Linda even covered Elvis Costello's "Girls Talk" (very well).. The style fits like a glove on the title track, "How Do I Make You" , and the other songs. She would soon be off into standards and Mexican songs and this is the ONLY one of its kind. Wish she had made more like this! I'd buy a "Mad Love 2".
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rockin Catchy Hit Album - Must for CD Collection October 8, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
What I adore about this CD is its well-executed blending of rock rifts and singing. Linda Ronstadt together with producer Peter Asher are able to blend hard edged pumping rockin sounds with cool soulful jams. Top notch blend of musician and singer, which is evident in the way many of these songs rifts can be heard long after linda completes her singing. (check out the ending to "hurt so bad" or beginning of "look out for my love" or "how do I make you" These rifts are catchy. Great from start to finish.
*Party Girl, is a great track and one of Elvis Costello better written songs. would like to hear a live version of this on one of Linda Ronstadt's future CD's.
*How do I make You, starts out with some hard sounding and progressive drum action. Linda Ronstadt just lets it rip and doesn't let go. another top ten hit for her.
*Look out for my love, this is a chestnut of a song and worth the price of the CD alone. will not be found on any of her greatest hits or performances cd's.
*Hurt So Bad, probably my favorite song because it really is sooo soulful yet rock too. probably a good indication of what linda was capable of doing later in "cry like a rainstorm" album. glad it was a top ten hit for her.
The remaining songs like, "justine", "mad love" "i can't let go" are good to listen to. I liked every song on this CD.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Mad Love Rocks!!
This was the only Linda Ronstadt rock and roll record that I didn't have in CD or digital format. Linda is my all time favorite female singer, and Mad Love is one of my favorites... Read more
Published 2 months ago by dmgebe00
5.0 out of 5 stars Linda Ronstadt does good Rock n Roll
I had a cassette recording of this album that I was listening to for years. Used to play it on a boom box in my college days. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Nancy Foroughi
5.0 out of 5 stars Mad Love - Linda Ronstadt
Loved this CD when it was released. Many memories - very happy to have been able to replace it.

There is only one Linda Ronstadt !
Published 9 months ago by HB Girl
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Her Best, So Why No CD Release?
This is one of her best, so why hasn't it been released on CD in over 25 years? The only way you can get this is to pay a ton of money for an old used copy from 1987. Read more
Published 10 months ago by John D. Pride
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 12 months ago by Sherry Henderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great cover from the early '80's
I used to have the album, on vinyl back in the day. Saw this and decided to add it to my Amazon purchased collection. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Kimberly Perkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Long time no hear.
Thank you for finding this hard to get C.D. I did'nt think I'd ever see it again. Thank you,Rick Morris
Published 13 months ago by rick morris
5.0 out of 5 stars This is my favorite Linda Ronstadt album
i have been a fan of Linda Ronstadt, Ever since I heard her singing "You're No Good" (Which is my favorite Linda Ronstadt song by the way)... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Adomono
5.0 out of 5 stars Madly Inconsistent
I was going to college in Los Angeles when this came out and no one really knew what to make of it, the beautifully-voiced queen of rock trying to make an edgy New Wave album in... Read more
Published on September 30, 2011 by monkeyface_007
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply one of the best albums she ever made! .
Everyone should have a copy of this one in their music library. This is a fine rock record by Linda. Some call it "new wave" but I don't see it that way at all. Read more
Published on September 29, 2011 by Nightwolf
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