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Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind
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on November 7, 2014
This is a fantastic album...Ms Ronstad never fails to disppoint. Her duets with Aaron Neville are especially outstanding. Well worth the cost...and Amazon delivered the goods in their usual efficient and reliable fashion. I originally had a copy of this album on vinyl years ago, but it's nice to finally have a second copy to add to my computer library and iPod.
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on February 24, 2004
This is one of those albums from the 1980s where you wish you could get into a time machine and go back to the production crew and scream: "Don't! No tinkly keyboards! No synth drums! No Jaco Pastorius-style bass! I know you don't believe me, but in a few years this is going to become as dated as that silly haircut you're wearing."
So great are the songs and singing performances on this album, this may be the most poignant example of bad 80s contamination. Nonetheless, this album gets five stars because, most of the time, it overcomes the problem, and on a few cuts, manages to avert it (maybe someone DID show up in a time machine.) Some of the very best songs are little known. The duets with Aaron Neville are rightfully celebrated--including the hits "Don't Know Much" and "When Something is Wrong with my Baby"--they are wonderful performances.
But this album also represented a comeback/last hurrah for a couple of great songwriters. Jimmy Webb, whose "Easy for You to Say" is one of Ronstadt's best songs, is the writer of four songs to this collection, and all of them are terrific. One of them, "Adios," is a masterpiece, capturing with rich irony and sadness the end of the Southern California dream. The fact that it's not only Linda Ronstadt, the 70s LA queen, but that she's backed by the (then-reclusive) Brian Wilson, the inventor of the Southern California pop scene-- it's all too much! But it dances elegantly on the head of a pin, with a melody that will haunt you.
The other masterpiece on this album is by a writer that Linda Ronstadt has covered previously many times, Eric Kaz's "Cry Like a Rainstorm." This is a really daring cut with a nearly dissonant melody line that gives Ronstadt a chance to open up vocally and emotionally. It's an unbelievable performance, heightened by the addition of a gospel choir, a full orchestra, and some big guitar and drum work. It could be overkill, but the song is sturdy enough to handle it, and Ronstadt has the ability to switch effortlessly from operatic power to folk delicacy.
Two cuts by British pub rocker Paul Carrack (co written by Nick Lowe) break the intense mood, and are charming. Although it was produced by her 70s producer Peter Asher, the orchestra, choir, Neville and the more adult-focused songwriting make this is a unique and essential album in her canon.
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on September 9, 2013
I bought this album as a present for my wife because she's crazy about Karla Bonoff's "All My Life". This version is about on par with Bonoff's, especially considering Aaron Neville's typically smooth contribution. The arrangements are a little dated now, but considering when this was recorded that is to be expected. Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville have two of the best voices ever, and this showcases them beautifully.
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on February 5, 2017
One of my favorite albums - it took a couple of listenings for me to really appreciate the verses. The dynamic range and duets will mesmerize you!
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on July 27, 2016
Great selection of songs from Linda Ronstadt...some of her best....especially love "Adios"....her tunes with Aaron Neville are great !!! Bring brack great memories. ....
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on September 29, 2014
I had this album on cassette tape but have no tape player any more, so I was happy to find it available on CD. This is one of my favorite "sing-along" albums -- I know I make a fool of myself when I listen to it, but I have such fun! I'm sorry Linda Ronstadt cannot sing anymore; she's always been one of my favorites.
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on January 11, 2014
This diverse collection of songs is a real treat, especially with several Aaron Neville duets with Linda. Some really great songwriters are represented, and the Brian Wilson arrangement of Jimmy Webb's "Adios" is apt and distinctive. I can't imagine why this album is out of print. Buy it used if you have to!
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on September 9, 2016
This is an excellent CD!
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on August 29, 2017
Rondstat diets are the best
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on February 23, 2015
This could be one of her best albums, ever. Her voice, as usual, is magnificent, perfect pitch, melodic, huge range from gentle to powerful, and, as always, full of emotion.
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