Linda Ronstadt has accomplished so many things over the years.
Yet one thing remained on her check off list during a career that has spanned five decades:
Releasing a live album.
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Finally, however, she has checked that off the list with the recent release of “Linda Ronstadt: Live in Hollywood,” a concert recording that is every bit worth the wait.
The 12-track offering finds Ronstadt at the height of her vocal powers, recorded on April 24, 1980, at the Television Center Studios in Hollywood. The concert was originally filmed for an HBO special.
The disc unfolds like a greatest hits package, as Ronstadt — who was just 33 at the time — illustrates exactly why she was vastly popular at the start of the ’80s. She was supporting “Mad Love,” which would go on to become the singer’s seventh consecutive platinum-selling album.
Her vocals are strong, clear and convincing as she moves through such winners as “It’s So Easy,” “Just One Look” and “Poor Poor Pitiful Me.”
And the stunning version of “Blue Bayou”? Wow. That’s one for the time capsule.
“Linda Ronstadt: Live in Hollywood” is indeed an important historical document, one that fans should feel grateful for getting the chance to …read more
Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment