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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 (June 23, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B000007NC2
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,722 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Thirty albums into her career, not much uncharted territory remains for Linda Ronstadt, who has shown herself willing, if not always able, to work in any genre. We Ran is a lush but earthy reexamination of material by Bruce Springsteen, John Hiatt, and Doc Pomus. If matching her with Dylan's "Tom Thumb's Blues" sounds like an exercise in futility, Waddy Wachtel's tremolo guitar, the Booker T.-like soulfulness of the band, and Ronstadt's sweetly weary voice suggest otherwise. Primary producer Glyn Johns (the Rolling Stones, the Who) makes smart choices--though George Massenburg and Wachtel turn "I Go to Pieces" into a breath-fest--and the musicianship of Bernie Leadon and the Heartbreakers keeps pace with Ronstadt's serene vocal ease. --Roy Kasten


Here the veteran singer ... harks back to her country-rock roots, lending her ringing, full-bodied voice to ballads by John Hiatt ... Bruce Springsteen ... Bob Dylan ... and Naomi Neville. -- People

[We Ran] does have some of the old signatures--a rocking sound played by Tom Petty's Heartbreakers, among others, and produced by classic-rock master Glyn Johns, and a diverse set of material from Dylan, John Hiatt, Springsteen, Doc Pomus et al. -- The Los Angeles Times

[T]he wayward fold-rock daughter returns to the '70s-era fold.... [She] backs herself with familiar West Coast faces ... who add heat to the impressive arsenal of songs. -- Entertainment Weekly

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "gemini_j" on August 23, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Linda Ronstadt's 1998 release is a snugly wrapped package of well-chosen rootsy material--Dylan, Alan Toussaint, Doc Pomus, two by John Hiatt--well-sung by Linda, who shows no diminution of powers after all her musical peregrinations of the last 2 decades. This is simply the kind of music she sings best and producer Glyn Johns has expertly captured her in a no-frills setting. One might say with some justification that this is just another L.A. session, but at the same time this is Ronstadt's domain, and what impresses is the sympathetic, punchy support she receives from ace guitarists Bernie Leadon and especially Waddy Watchel, who even contributes two originals, "Damage" and the lovely "I Go To Pieces." This last is the album's highlight--a delicate, hushed performance of great musicality. WE RAN ends sweetly with the large Rondstadt clan singing and swaying together to the gentle Mexican strains of "Dreams Of The San Joaquin".
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By MartinB@aol.com on July 28, 1998
Format: Audio CD
"We Ran" is not just a return to Linda Ronstadt's classic LA-flavored country-folk rock but a terrific album with great songs and superb musicianship centered around her brilliant vocals. Producer Glyn Johns - plus collaborators Waddy Wachtel, George Massenburg and Peter Asher - have wisely relied on great songwriters (John Hiatt, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen) and a production which updates the "Heart Like A Wheel" sound (virtually copied by most Nashville female singers) but gives the disc a classic feel. The cream of LA musicians are on this album, including Russ Kunkel, Leland Sklar, Don Grolnick, Carlos Vega, Waddy Wachtel (who contributes two wonderful songs), Bernie Leadon and Mike Campbell but the spotlight is on La Ronstadt. Its been a long time since her voice gave me goosebumps and made me run across the room to turn up the volume. But listen to how she holds her notes on the title track or the full-tilt gospel wail on "Ruler of! My Heart" (produced by Asher in the stytle of "Dark Side of the Street" from "Wheel") or the passionate heartbreak of "Cry "Til My Tears Run Dry." Although I skip over "Give Me A Reason" (too light for this otherwise first-rate collection) and she stumbles a bit over the thick syllables of "Tom Thumb's Blues" (but so does Dylan), this CD offers additional rewards on further playing (pay attention to the way her voice slides effortlessly to the top of her range, to the maturity in her phrasings or the shimmering acoustic guitar sounds) In the lovely final track, "Dreams of the San Joaquin," Ronstadt is backed up by (count 'em) six members of her family and family. It's obvious she's comfortable with her musical roots and with herself and "We Ran" is superb proof.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 8, 2002
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What can you say about a CD that has the best female voice for a rock ballad (Winger, Bon Jovi, and Whitesnake take note) paired with Tom Petty and Eagles band members and produced by Glyns Johns, whose produced The Who, Rolling Stones, Stevie Nicks, etc.)
It is often said that Linda Ronstadt, whose mammoth popularity in the 70's and 80's made her a pop icon and put her up there as THE bestselling female artist of her time, took a musical detour in 1983 because the times were changing and her "Get Closer" album went gold but failed to go platinum, as her previous 8 albums had and her subsequent genre albums remarkably were able to do.
Let's face it. Linda Ronstadt has the best female voice for Rock & Roll. It goes so well with that sliding guitar, and drums. She was just restless. She could have gone the way of Pat Benatar or Debbie Harry in the early 80's, because she more than likely had the first choice to songs and musicians but she chose to remain true still restless she half heartedly put out "Mad Love" and "Get Closer" before moving to big band. It was not her time to go the way of the 80's rock chicks (been there done that) Time to move on.
This being said, I think that this "We Ran" album represents a "mature" rock singer moving on; singing about faded love, damage, addiction as opposed to a younger Linda Ronstadt singing about all these emotions in her ""Simple Dreams" album. It was about time Linda recorded this type of cd BUT IT WAS THE RIGHT TIME.
This cd contains very gritty rock-soul oriented songs with a dry almost garage band feel to it.
*Damage - a very contemporary song. Could play on radio.
*Ruler of My Heart - very good r&b sounding song.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 8, 1999
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We Ran is a strange album for a Linda fan. If you are not a Linda fan or not heard much of hear, you should love this. I am a HUGE Linda fan and it does not feel like her heart there all the time. But then she does some of her very best rock singing also. The title track and Bob Dylans "Just like Tom Thumb's Blues" are two of her best all time songs right off the bat, so that along makes this album a MUST! They sound like the could have be done by her years ago, and I think you have to credit that to producer Glyn Johns. He is not as polished a producer with her, as she is herself. It sounds like she went strait in with a band and sang her but off the first time and thats it-done! And it's a nice change. Their are two songs from the Winter Light sessions that should have been on Winter Light, not here. Then she makes one big mistake and that is with "Give Me A Reason". There has never been a song in her singing career that I just couldn't listen to, this is it! It has a Jamacian beat and ridiculous words and her singing is to contrived. "I Go To Pieces" is beautiful, written and produced by her old tour boy, Waddy Wachtel. Waddy, write more!!. She finishes the album with "Dreams Of The SanJoaquin", sung with her brothers and sisters and a cousin, that should give you an idea of the of the talent back in Tucson. Linda was ill around the time this came out, I don't think she had her hand in it as much as she usually does, along with the tracks from previous sessions, give this collection a pieced together feel. Still great singing.
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