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  • Audio CD (November 23, 1993)
  • Original Release Date: November 23, 1993
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002HE8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,613 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By John Stodder on March 4, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is one of Linda Ronstadt's greatest albums, even though it is probably the least well-known of her career. It came out in 1993, long after pop fans had figured she'd given up slumming in the rock/pop world and had moved into a joint appointment as the Ethno-musicology chair at a major university and the curator of the Nelson Riddle Museum.
But while I love this album, it illustrates what can drive you crazy about her. Linda Ronstadt is a promiscuous lover of great songs. When she finds a song she falls in love with, she wraps it in her world class voice, and makes love to that song with romantic intensity. What she DOESN'T do, usually, is INTERPRET the song. Instead, to show her loyalty and love for the song, she performs a version that is almost a replica of the original. That's no big deal on great songs like "Heartbeats Accelerating" or "Do What You Gotta Do," which were new to me when I heard this disk. But on incredibly familiar songs like "Anyone Who Had a Heart" or "Don't Talk, Put Your Head on My Shoulder" she presents an arrangement that is very much like the original--in the case of "...Heart" almost an exact duplicate. She sings it at the same tempo, to the same beat. She imitates some of the features of the original singer's interpretation--Dionne Warwick, especially, although their voices are so different. She did that during her heighth of popularity, sometimes to absurd effect, in songs like "Heat Wave" and "Tumbling Dice" that were just wrong for her. But we all know promiscuous people who hook up with the wrong person...that's Linda!
Do I have a problem with this? This is the guilty part of the guilty pleasure...I don't!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Erik North on July 9, 2001
Format: Audio CD
One can come up with a lot of different explanations as to why Linda fell out of the public's view in the 1990s, chief among them putting out two more Spanish-language albums after CRY LIKE A RAINSTORM, each of which may have won Grammys but which were critical and commercial bombs.

But that doesn't mean Linda stopped making great music. WINTER LIGHT, released near the end of 1993, is such a fine album that its dismissal by record buyers and critics alike is a real shame. Linda really puts her heart into songs like "Anyone Who Had A Heart" and "I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself", two Burt Bacharach/Hal David classics which were made into standards by, respectively, Dionne Warwick and Dusty Springfield in 1964. Her take on the Beach Boys' 1966 PET SOUNDS track "Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder)" is ethereal and dream-like, as is her self-penned title track, written for the 1993 children's film THE SECRET GARDEN.

For me, though, the highlight is "A River For Him", which takes her back into poignant, country-influenced territory. She takes a song written by her longtime pal Emmylou Harris and really makes it into her own, full of tears and heartbreak. The song that follows "River" on the album, "Adonde Voy", a Spanish-language song written by Tex-Mex singer/songwriter and inveterate LR fan Tish Hinojosa, and one that I originally didn't care much, is also a great track, and as great example of Linda's merging of her Mexican, country, and rock influences as "Lo Siento Mi Vida" had been on 1976's HASTEN DOWN THE WIND.

If you're a big Linda Ronstadt fan, don't let this album pass you by. And please don't wait until Linda's no longer around to really appreciate what she has meant to four different generations of female singers.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By sherri j. thorne on August 15, 2000
Format: Audio CD
There is no doubt in my mind that "Winter Light" is Linda Ronstadt's most underrated CD's to date. Sad. She has done an excellent job with the re -makes: "I just Don't Know What To Do With Myself," "Anyone Who Had A Heart," "Oh No, Not My Baby," and "It's Too Soon To Know." "Heartbeats Accelerating" again shows off both her power and range, as well as her interpretative gifts. She even has time to give women everywhere some really good advise in: "You Can't Treat The Wrong Man Right! " If you haven't heard this CD, you are really missing out!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 26, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This much-maligned CD actually features some of Linda's most accomplished vocals. She changes styles and musical genres so quickly and completely that each CD sounds like it could be by an entirely different artist but for that INCREDIBLE voice.
Initially, I though this CD was a little too sleepy, but I have grown to love it and recognize that Linda is an artist that defies categorization. She is also very brave, because no one should have the gall to cover a tune already recorded by Dionne Warwick AND Dusty Springfield(two of the greatest voices of this century.) However, her version of "Anyone Who Had A Heart" is a wild success, it is a testament to Linda's greatness that she found new depth and heartache in a song that has been sung to death.
She works similar magic on the Esther Phillips hit "It's Too Soon To Know" (with Aaron Neville on harmony vocals), and the Beach Boys "Don't Talk". There is not a single bad song in the bunch. Check it out!
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