Linda Ronstadt, Mad Love (1980)
I only know a few Linda Ronstadt albums – but I love them. There are more for me to explore and this is one I’ve had forever, which I think I inherited from some of the last records left at my folks’ place – they got rid of their records far too early, excited by the promise of CDs. There were about 50-60 leftover, max, which I snapped up and held onto until I’d one day start adding to them (and haven’t ever stopped). And I think this is one of them. If not, it’s certainly one of the first records I bought when I started picking up second-hand finds. I know Ronstadt best from the radio and from her cameos on other records. She does wonders with a Neil Young song – whether its on her record (as here) or its her appearing on his (which has happened several times). She also takes three Elvis Costello songs for this record as she moves further and further towards pop and new wave on this record. But in that classy, country way that Ronstadt would always retain. I need to give this another spin. It’s been years.
Sample Track: Look Out For My Love
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