Numbered, Limited Edition! Half-Speed Mastered!
Chart-Topping Grammy Nominated 1977 Album Ranks as Ronstadt's Finest Work!
Linda Ronstadt just couldn’t lose. Another of her interpretive masterworks,
1977’s stunning Simple Dreams continued a creative streak that found the singer
turning out album after album of incredible material at an astonishing
one-per-year rate until she finally began to come back down to earth in the
early 1980s. Featuring an expanded palette of styles and cutting-edge
narratives, Simple Dreams may go down in history as Ronstadt’s greatest work.
• Grammy Nomination for Record of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Performance,
• Five consecutive weeks as the No. 1 record on the Billboard Album Chart
• Two Top 10 Singles
Paired again with expert producer and arranger Peter Asher, Ronstadt delves into
even deeper emotional waters to convey the feelings associated with loss,
fantasy, risk, and romance. Her choice of material is simultaneously appropriate
and bold. The singer’s smash cover of Roy Orbison’s “Blue Bayou”—which remains
the definitive version—sits alongside an edgy reinvention of the Rolling Stones’
“Tumbling Dice.” As she does on the latter, Ronstadt also turns the tables on a
smoking rendition of Warren Zevon's “Poor Poor Pitiful Me.” With her strong
female presence, she puts a woman in the power position on a male-dominant song.
On Simple Dreams, she not only joins the elite boy’s club—she runs it.
Electrifying country-rock threads run throughout the album, which features a
host of top-notch musicians that include fiddler David Lindley, Neil Young
associate Spooner Oldham, guitarist Waddy Wachtel, and a superb horn section. As
all great session performers do, they invisibly blend into the song, and allow
Ronstadt's singing to carry. And it’s not just her voice but her way with words,
phrasing, and tones. She takes every song personally. Whether conveying
sympathy, sadness, loneliness, or—as on her remarkable roots duet with Dolly
Parton on the traditional “I Will Never Marry”—proud independence, the feelings
are her own. Every note brims with conviction, passion, and understanding.
Half-speed mastered from the original master tapes, Mobile Fidelity’s numbered
limited-edition 180-gram LP marks the first time that this timeless classic has
been presented in any kind of remastered form. Intimate, immediate, and
detailed, the pressing brings Ronstadt’s seven-octave range to the fore. As a
result, these songs have never sounded so emotional, rich, pure, or, in a word,
• Limited Edition
• 180g Vinyl
• 1/2 Speed Mastering
1. It's So Easy
3. Simple Man, Simple Dream
4. Sorrow Lives Here
5. I Never Will Marry
6. Blue Bayou
7. Poor Poor Pitiful Me
8. Maybe I'm Right
9. Tumbling Dice
10. Old Paint