A must-have for Ronstadt fans
From the Autumn 2003 issue.
The Very Best of Linda Ronstadt
By Linda Ronstadt
Rhino Records: 2002
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"The Very Best of Linda Ronstadt" is a must-have for any fan.
Starting with her breakout hit "Different Drum" while with the Stone Poneys in 1968, this complete collection of hits showcases her talents as one of the most versatile talents in popular music.
Several remakes are featured on this CD, including those of the Everly Brothers' "When Will I Be Loved," Roy Orbison's "Blue Bayou" and Buddy Holly's "That'll Be the Day." Ronstadt's take on these and other well-known tunes evoke memories of the original tracks but not a yearning for them, as she deftly puts her own personal stamp on them in such a way that doesn't shortchange the listener.
No overview of her career would be complete without her duet with James Ingram on "Somewhere Out There" and her work with Aaron Neville. All three of these popular singles are here, including, thankfully, "All My Life," the beautifully understated follow-up to the highly successful but overwrought "Don't Know Much," which is similar in tone to Celine Dion's overdone power ballads.
That misstep aside, fans of Linda Ronstadt and stylishly done remakes of classic rock and pop songs will have no regrets buying this CD.
Review by Brian Gushue. Brian is a writer and editor living in San Diego, Calif.