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After the critical and commercial smash Heart Like a Wheel, Linda Ronstadt could have had her pick of material from the day's top songwriters. Instead, she chose the wares of a couple of young artists on the rise, Warren Zevon and Karla Bonoff. Each provided her with first-rate material for Hasten Down the Wind: Zevon wrote the title track and Bonoff supplied "Someone to Lay Down Beside Me," "Lose Again," and "If He's Ever Near." Ronstadt also bravely covers songs already done definitively by others--Patsy Cline's "Crazy," Buddy Holly's "That'll Be the Day," and Tracy Nelson's "Down So Low"--and emerges not merely unscathed, but triumphant. She also presages the turn toward Spanish material her career took in the '80s with "Lo Siento Mi Vida." It's easy to see why the public went wild for Hasten, Ronstadt's first platinum album. --Daniel Durchholz
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Imported ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Asylum Records
  • ASIN: B000002GY7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,773 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Barron Laycock HALL OF FAME on July 28, 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 Buddy Holly's "That'll Be The Day" to a sweet and soulful interpretation of Karla Bonhoff's plaintive "Someone To Lay Down Beside Me", Linda pulls out all of the stops, and although the album was panned critically, it was also her first album 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 title tune, written by songwriter and performing wildman Warren Zevon, "Hasten down The Wind", is a haunting, powerfully performed song. Then too, Patsy Cline's "Crazy" is powerfully interpreted. "Tattler" and "Try Me Again" are sizzling, as is a well-arranged version of Bonhoff's "Lose Again". She soars with an interpretation of the traditional "Rivers Of Babylon", and a lovely effort at blue-eyed soul with "Give One Heart". My personal favorite here is Tracey nelson's "Down So Low", and of course, "Hasten Down the Wind", a song so reminiscent of the soulful songs on previous albums like "Prisoner In Disguise" and Long, Long. Time". 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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Although this may not be most people's favorite Linda Ronstadt album, I have a particular fondness for it, mostly because it was the first entire Linda album I ever listened to from start to finish in one sitting.
Her vocal range is stunning and the song choices on this disc seem hell-bent on stretching that range as much as possible. Linda sings everything from country-rock to pop to soul to reggae with admitedly mixed results. She even tries (not entirely successfully) to cover Buddy Holly ("That'll Be The Day") and Patsy Cline ("Crazy").
The flaws are never in her vocal work, but rather, in her inability to emotionally connect with some of the material. As eclectic as she tries to be, she seems to produce her best work when she is singing something simple and original. The highlight is easily the wonderful "Lose Again" written by Karla Bonoff. Ronstadt injects just the right amount of pathos and heartbreak into the track and gives it a nice simplicity mixed with moments of extreme vocal power. Close seconds are her plaintiff "Try Me Again"(one of my favs to sing in the shower, what a great hook in the bridge!), the powerfully sad "Down So Low" and the touching "Lo Siento Mi Vida".
Then there is a wonderful a capella moment with "Rivers of Babylon" that totally comes from left field, but completely works.
With this album it's easy to sense that Ronstadt is growing restless and tired of singing just rock-pop and is acheing to venture into more complex musical territories. With the advantage of hindsight, it's easy to see this album is really the precursor to her later famous forays into Mexican folk music, classic jaz/pop standards and an overall more eclectic vocal mix.
The cover is also perhaps her most teasingly sexual, an indication that by now she was perhaps starting to become more well known as a sex symbol than a serious artist by the general public.
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Despite the reaming it got from critics, Linda Ronstadt's 1976 album HASTEN DOWN THE WIND was her first platinum release. (The R.I.A.A. began certifying platinum status that year). Actually, HASTEN DOWN THE WIND is probably the most interesting of Ronstadt's 1970s rock records. The album captures Ronstadt in transition between the country influence of HEART LIKE A WHEEL and the rock orientated direction that would become dominant on LIVING IN THE U.S.A. To make a good record even better, this is one of her most captivating song sets (not her best, but her most exciting). Through the course of HASTEN DOWN THE WIND we get a glimpse of the different reasons Linda Ronstadt is a musical hero: the contemporary reinventions of classic songs, the exciting interpretations of new material, Ronstadt's first released song is Spanish, and even two of Ronstadt's own compositions.
Linda Ronstadt never fails with a rock 'n' roll interpretation. Actually, "That'll Be The Day" is one of her best; she completely reinvents the song, and it's jet-propelled for it's two and a half minute running time. "Crazy", which even in 1976 was revered as Patsy Cline's classic, is perfectly captured in a stark arrangement, in which Ronstadt represents the emotional details of the lyrics with exceptional skill. "Down So Low", which comes complete with a large chorus and thrilling lead vocals lines, is remarkable.
Linda Ronstadt's gift for perfect emotional portrayl is beautifully exemplified on the three Karla Bonoff songs: "Lose Again", "If He's Ever Near", and "Someone To Lay Down Beside Me".
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