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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
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002GVQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,970 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. It's So Easy
2. Carmelita
3. Simple Man, Simple Dream
4. Sorrow Lives Here
5. I Will Never Marry
6. Blue Bayou
7. Poor Poor Pitiful Me
8. Maybe I'm Right
9. Tumbling Dice
10. Old Paint

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On its face, Simple Dreams seems a crazy quilt of styles, from the friendly country-rock remake of Buddy Holly's "It's So Easy," the brooding covers of Roy Orbison's "Blue Bayou," and Dolly Parton's "I Never Will Marry" to dissolute tales of rock & roll madness like the Rolling Stones' "Tumbling Dice" and Warren Zevon's "Carmelita" and "Poor Poor Pitiful Me." Yet Ronstadt is able to keep it all together, proving her interpretive depth and stylistic breadth all at once. Simple Dreams is perhaps Ronstadt's most adventurous rock-oriented album, and, with the exception of the drum sounds, which indelibly identify this as a product of the '70s, it still works. --Daniel Durchholz

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Love, love, love Linda Ronstadt's voice.
MFSL had done one hell of a job in remastering an analogue sounding version of this wonderful album.
Sonny Blu
This is is one of my favorite Linda Ronstadt Albums.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Barron Laycock HALL OF FAME on July 30, 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 "It's So Easy" to a sweet and soulful interpretation of the plaintive "Simple man, Simple Dream", Linda pulls out all of the stops, and although the album was panned critically, it was also yet another of a string of hers 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 single best effort is likely the reinterpreted Roy Orbison song, "blue Bayou" in which Ronstadt simply soars with a voice that echoes the heartache of someone really longing for home, and which was a number one hit as well. "Carmelita" is a haunting, powerfully performed song. Then too, the Rolling Stones' "Tumbling Dice" proves to be a perfect showcase for Linda's bluesy interpretation of it. With a well-arranged version of the traditional "I Will Never Marry", she give a nice turn at a folk interpretation, and her nice rendition of "Sorrow Lives Here" is done with a country style that is almost bluegrass in its tones and approach. My personal favorite here is the title song, "Simple Man, Simple Dreams", and of course, "Blue Bayou".
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By jon sieruga on March 20, 2003
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Linda Ronstadt outdoes even her masterpiece "Heart Like A Wheel" with this alternately tough and tender rock effort graced with the frosting of beautiful photos of la Ronstadt at her most smoldering. Her versions of Buddy Holly's "It's So Easy", Stones' "Tumbling Dice" and Roy Orbison's "Blue Bayou" didn't get much respect at the time from critics, but all these years later sound darn fine. My favorites though are Dolly Parton's sweet lament "I Never Will Marry", the incredibly tender "Maybe I'm Right", and the lonesome "Old Paint". Truly a stunning collection. A bit schizophrenic, but with a super-smooth production that helps the listener ease from one heartbreak to the next.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Matt Coker on April 9, 2000
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SIMPLE DREAMS, released in 1977, displayed how far Linda Ronstadt's music had evolved since she recorded "Different Drum" (my favorite song) with the Stone Poneys ten years earlier. SIMPLE DREAMS is the most consistent and satisfying of any Linda Ronstadt collection, equal to HEART LIKE A WHEEL. Linda Ronstadt had a more Rock oriented backing band, and they album has great rockers and even better ballads. The opening track "It's So Easy", is radiant; the best version of the song I've heard. Linda's marvelous on Warren Zevon's "Carmelita", probably my favorite on the album. "Simple Man, Simple Dreams" is equally brilliant. The best way to listen to the poignant ballad "Sorrow Lives Here" would be a dark room with candles. You can hear the ache and sorrow in her voice. The saddness of "Sorrow Lives Here" isn't dispelled by the gorgeous traditional "I Never Will Marry". The scene set is soft and gentle, but demonstrates the remarkable control Linda has over her voice. Another winner is her giant selling single, the superb version of "Blue Bayou". It's breath-taking. Few things in this world are meant to rock as hard as Warren Zevon's "Poor Poor Pitiful Me", and few things do. Linda's voice is just as superior as it is on the ballads, but the tone is different, she rings with agression. The gentle touching "Maybe I'm Right" is throughly wonderful. Linda proves she can rock as hard as the Rolling Stones by covering their "Tumbling Dice", brilliantly I might add. I'm not overly fond of the closing "Old Paint", but that's just me, it's a great Old West song ballad, keeping Linda's Country/Folk roots close to her.Read more ›
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By John Jenks on February 24, 2006
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Simple Dreams to this day remains my Linda Ronstadt desert island disc if, Heaven forbid, I could only choose one. Let others genuflect on Heart Like a Wheel or those three ridiculous, effete Nelson Riddle albums. Ronstadt was always a more convincing interpreter of Eric Kaz than Gershwin or Ellington, which is nowhere more evident than on Sorrow Lives where -- acccompanied by only the late Don Grolnick's piano, mind you -- brave soul Ronstadt takes us on more harrowing curves and hairpin turns than a drunken Diana Ross driving down Topanga Canyon on her way to return some videos to Blockbuster. Indeed, Simple Dreams marked the last time Ronstadt was ever willing to get this down and this dirty, before she sent her chops off for vocal training in preparation for Gilbert & Sullivan. Before she became an artiste. Before she began over-enunciating her t's. Disco be damned, the album spawned four hits that were everywhere during the time, with Blue Bayou enduring to become her own New York, New York. Never mattered much to me that Ronstadt didn't seem to know what she was singing about on Warren Zevon's Poor Poor Pitiful Me or the Stones' Tumbling Dice; Linda was just keeping up with her boys. And there are lots of them, including Eagle Don Henley, Stone Poney crony Kenny Edwards, and the always welcome J.D. Souther. (I can see why she would do him.) Even Andrew Gold, who'd left her stable and was riding the charts in his own right with Lonely Boy, returned to mama in a cameo billed under the alias Larry Hagler. Only Dolly Parton's shimmering guest vocal on I Never Will Marry keeps Simple Dreams from being an all-male affair.Read more ›
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