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Prisoner in Disguise

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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Asylum Records
  • ASIN: B000002GY0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,762 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Street Release Date: 07/07/1987

"Hey mister, that's me up on the jukebox," Linda Ronstadt sings on her 1975 album Prisoner in Disguise, and it was no idle boast. The album yielded two of her finest singles, thanks to the retooled Motown classics "Heat Wave" and "Tracks of My Tears." The album's support material is just as strong, ranging from a banjo-strumming version of Neil Young's "Love Is a Rose" to a plaintive pop reading of Jimmy Cliff's reggae classic "Many Rivers to Cross." There's also a simple but lovely cover of Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You" that predates Whitney Houston's glass-shattering take on it (for the movie The Bodyguard) by more than a decade and a half. One thing about Ronstadt and producer-manager Peter Asher: they knew good material when they heard it and almost always turned it into something truly special. --Daniel Durchholz

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I miss this voice on the radio March 31, 2004
Format:Audio CD
After watching yet another installment of American Idol I happened to revisit this great album and realized that none of the contestants are within a solar system of Linda's voice. When an artist has had as many hits and accolades as she has in her career it's easy to forget what an incredible stylist she was. And this album shows it all. She can go from haunting on the title cut, to heartbreaking on "Hey Mister," to spiritual on "Many Rivers," and to from-the-gut power on the end of "Heat Wave" effortlessly. It's hard to name another female vocalist as versatile as Ms. Ronstadt.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Linda Ronstadt Rolling High And Easy..... July 14, 2002
Format:Audio CD
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.

The title tune, written by friend and collaborator JD Souther, "Prisoner In Disguise" is a haunting, powerfully performed song. Then too, James Taylor's "Hey Mister, That's Me Up On The Jukebox," is powerfully interpreted. "Heat Wave" and "Tracks of My Tears" are sizzling, as is a banjo-strumming version of Neil Young's "Love Is a Rose". She soars with an interpretation of Jimmy Cliff's "Many Rivers to Cross," and a lovely effort at blue-eyed soul with Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You". I personally preferred this version of the song, which is quite beautiful without the vocal histrionics of the Whitney Houston recording, which I think ruins the song as a vehicle. 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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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have country-rock classic June 22, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
Along with The Eagles, Jackson Browne, Emmylou Harris, and the Byrds, Linda Ronstadt pioneered the fusion and integration of country music and rock music. Seemingly forgotten by contemporary radio and music fans, her influence can be heard on nearly every radio station in the country. Ronstadt's impressive career ranged from Afro-Cuban to mariachi to pop standards to rock & roll to blues to country and everything in between. One needs only listen to contemporary country singers Terri Clark (who turned out an exact duplicate of Ronstadt's hit "It's So Easy" recently) or Trisha Yearwood, the Dixie Chicks or Martina McBride to hear the legacy of Linda Ronstadt. Her innovation and genre-hopping vocal skills influenced countless numbers of today's performers. So if you want to hear Trisha and Martina's lineage, check out "Prisoner in Disguise," and you will realize how pale a shadow they cast in relation to Linda's. "Prisoner in Disguise" is a genre-bending, radio-defying, gutsy romp that picks you up, carries you along, and never lets you down. Ronstadt -- at the peak of her long and successful career at the time of this recording -- doesn't miss so much as a note on this album. Fans of all kinds of music with all kinds of sensibilities will find absolute perfection here. Her song choices, her phrasing, her inflection, her raw vocal abilities are all on spectacular display, under the sure-handed leaderhip of producer Peter Asher. From the anthemic opener, Neil Young's "Love is a Rose," to the gospel-laced "Many Rivers to Cross," from the hard rocking Rolling Stones-cover "Roll Um Easy," to the sensitive, gently touching version of James Tayor's "Jukebox," Ronstadt thumbs her nose at the conventional wisdom that to be successful a singer must do one thing and do it well. Linda does all things better than anybody.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Prisoner in Disguise February 21, 2006
By J. Rigg
Format:Audio CD
This was the first Linda Ronstadt album I ever heard back in late 1970. I had never quite heard anything so pure and wondrous as this voice and to this day wonder if I will ever hear any one sing like her again. Perhaps Trisha Yearwood is a close second these days.

This album contains such classic tracks as Love is a Rose, Prisoner in Disguise and Silverblue. The arrangements are fabulous. There are many different styles tackled but the album has a wonderful flow.

It is so exciting to be able to have this album on CD as my old vinyl was well and truly worn out. Even today this album stands up - my 18 year old son commented 'wow who's that singing!'. He was hearing the voice of an angel that can still move people 30 years on! Thankyou Amazon for bringing this CD to my attention.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Take no "prisoner"s July 12, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Linda's great winning streak as a singer, begun by the mass success of HEART LIKE A WHEEL in 1974-1975, continued with this hugely successful 1975 album, which found her mining a lot of different areas.
She gets to sing a traditional country duet with her pal Emmylou Harris ("The Sweetest Gift"), she does reggae ("Many Rivers To Cross"), she even steps into bluegrass territory (Neil Young's "Love Is A Rose"). Her remakes of such Motown standards as "Heat Wave" and "The Tracks Of My Tears" are far better than what such know-nothing Ronstadt bashers as Dave Marsh and Robert Christgau might lead you to believe.
But Linda really does herself proud with her definitive, and I do mean DEFINITIVE, rendition of Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You." She sings this song with a warmth, sensitivity, and drama that was totally absent in Whitney Houston's uttterly revolting remake for the movie THE BODYGUARD.
It's no secret that Linda became one of the most respected (and possibly intimidating) female singers in history. This glorious collection from the Queen of Country Rock is further proof of that.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Any music Linda Ronstadt sings is good.
Any music Linda Ronstadt sings is good.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Love the lyrics... love Linda Rhonstat.
Published 29 days ago by Barbara Galloway
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
she makes me remember how a voice should sound
Published 1 month ago by walter phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars what a voice!
I've always been a huge fan, and this album takes me back to my college days. Good memories.
Published 1 month ago by Peggy-O
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
delivered quickly and as promised
Published 3 months ago by sus
5.0 out of 5 stars As good now as the first time I heard it
As good now as the first time I heard it, there is no equal to Linda. 5 Stars all the way, price, value, delivery time, I have ordered from this seller before and as before top... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Rob Catron
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
I forgot how good Ms. Ronstadt is. Just listened to this again last night...fantastic!
Published 5 months ago by Andy Mrusko
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Linda doing what she does best, heart felt songs with great lyrics and a incredible voice.
Published 5 months ago by Joseph D. Carta
5.0 out of 5 stars Stands the test of time
Perhaps Linda Ronstadt is "old news'" but unlike the typical bump and grind from the usual "pop tart flavor of the day," her work stands the test of time. Read more
Published 6 months ago by James Wades
4.0 out of 5 stars Riding High On The Wave Of Deserved Vocal Success!
Pairing Ronstadt up with Andrew Gold on her 1974 album Heart Like a Wheel proved to be a winning combination commercially. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Andre S. Grindle
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