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EXPERIENCE IT THE WAY IT WAS ORIGINALLY INTENDED TO BE - ON VINYL LP! LARGE PHOTOS. LARGE TEXT. ORIGINAL LINER NOTES. Sensing it was time to change direction, Ronstadt starred in the Broadway production of Gilbert & Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance, as well as the accompanying movie. Pirates of Penzance led the singer to a collaboration with Nelson Riddle, who arranged and conducted her 1983 collection of pop standards What's New. While it received lukewarm reviews, it was a considerable hit, reaching number three on the charts and selling over two million copies. Ronstadt's next two albums -- Lush Life (1984) and For Sentimental Reasons (1986) -- were also albums of pre-rock standards recorded with Riddle. SONG LIST: 1. What's New; 2. I've Got A Crush On You; 3. Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry; 4. Crazy He Calls Me; 5. Someone To Watch Over Me; 6. I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance With You; 7. What'll I Do; 8. Lover Man (Oh Where Can You Be); 9. Good-Bye;
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Happily, Linda Ronstadt recorded a delightfully authentically Mexican album, "Canciones de mi Padre", on which her earthy, passionate quality can really shine. For any fan of Mexican style, she performs admirably.
My favorite song in this lilting and pretty CD is Someone to Watch Over Me. The other songs are:
I've Got a Crush on You
Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out to Dry
Crazy He Calls Me
I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance With You
What'll I Do
Lover Man (Oh Where Can You Be?)
Good-Bye (fitting final song)
I have many of her albums and love her early works best. But I'm trying to complete my collection of her 30 albums. She's a shining star and can never be imitated.
The title song might be the best single performance of Ronstadt;s amazing career--just the last six notes she sings are worth the price of the album. And when, on Someone to Watch Over Me, she implores her would-be lover to "put on some speed" it surely makes any red-blooded male want to quickly lace up his track shoes and rush her way no matter where or how far.
Honestly, I think a book could be written about this album. At this point, I'll spare everybody and leave it at just this--
If you don't love this album then you don't have a drop of romance in your soul. What's New is real art -- by two real artists. It's pure magic.