Linda Ronstadt – Hasten Down The Wind (1976)

Linda Maria Ronstadt (born July 15, 1946) is an American popular music singer. Establishing her professional career in the mid-1960s at the forefront of California’s emerging folk rock and country rock movements – genres which later defined post-1960s rock music – Ronstadt joined forces with Bobby Kimmel and Kenny Edwards and became the lead singer of a folk-rock trio, the Stone Poneys. Later, as a solo artist.

frontHasten Down the Wind is a Grammy Award-winning 1976 album by singer/songwriter/producer Linda Ronstadt, and her third straight million-selling album. Ronstadt was the first female artist in history to accomplish this feat. The album earned her a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female in early 1977, her second of 11 Grammys. It represented a slight departure from 1974’s Heart Like a Wheel and 1975’s Prisoner in Disguise in that she chose to showcase new songwriters over the traditional country rock sound she had been producing up to that point. A more serious and poignant album than its predecessors, it won critical acclaim from critics and the general public alike.
The album showcased songs from artists such as Warren Zevon (“Hasten Down the Wind”) and Karla Bonoff (“Someone to Lay Down Beside Me”); both of whom would soon be making a name for themselves in the singer-songwriter world. The album also included a cover of a cover: “The Tattler” by Washington Phillips, which Ry Cooder had re-arranged for his 1974 album Paradise and Lunch. A reworking of the late Patsy Cline‘s classic “Crazy” was a Top 10 Country hit for Ronstadt in early 1977.

Tracklist

1. “Lose Again”   (Karla Bonoff)  – 3:34
2. “The Tattler”   (Ry Cooder, Russ Titelman, Washington Phillips)  – 3:56
3. “If He’s Ever Near”   (Bonoff)  – 3:15
4. “That’ll Be the Day”   (Jerry Allison, Buddy Holly, Norman Petty)  – 2:32
5. “Lo Siento Mi Vida” (I’m Sorry My Love)  (Linda Ronstadt, Kenny Edwards, Gilbert Ronstadt)  – 3:54
6. “Hasten Down the Wind”   (Warren Zevon)  – 2:40
7. “Rivers of Babylon”   (Brent Dowe, Trevor McNaughton)  – 0:52
8. “Give One Heart”   (John Hall, Johanna Hall)  – 4:07
9. “Try Me Again”   (L. Ronstadt, Andrew Gold)  – 3:59
10. “Crazy”   (Willie Nelson)  – 3:58
11. “Down So Low”   (Tracy Nelson)  – 4:08
12. “Someone to Lay Down Beside Me”   (Bonoff)  – 4:28

 

Core Band

Additional musicians

Production

Notes

Released: August 1976
Recorded: The Sound Factory, Los Angeles, California, May – July 1976
Genre: Country rock, gospel
Length: 41:23

Label – Asylum Records

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