Simple Dreams

Simple Dreams

by Linda Ronstadt


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Featuring a broader array of styles than any previous Linda Ronstadt record, Simple Dreams reconfirms her substantial talents as an interpretive singer. Ronstadt sings Dolly Parton ("I Never Will Marry") with the same conviction as the Rolling Stones ("Tumbling Dice"), and she manages to update Roy Orbison ("Blue Bayou") and direct attention to the caustic, fledgling singer/songwriter Warren Zevon ("Poor Poor Pitiful Me" and "Carmelita"). The consistently adventurous material and Ronstadt's powerful performance makes the record rival Heart Like a Wheel in sheer overall quality.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Elektra / Wea
UPC: 0075596051026
catalogNumber: 104
Rank: 368

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Linda Ronstadt   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Mike Auldridge   Dobro,Guitar
Dolly Parton   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Karla Bonoff   Background Vocals
Don Henley   Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals
Don Grolnick   Piano,Keyboards,Clavinet
Andrew Gold   Piano,Clavichord
Peter Asher   Guitar,Percussion,Vocals,Background Vocals
David Campbell   Viola
Charles Veal   Violin
Dan Dugmore   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Kenny Edwards   Bass,Vocals,Background Vocals
Richard Feves   Bass,Double Bass
Steve Forman   Percussion,Marimbas
Jim Gilstrap   Vocals
Larry Hagler   Vocals,Background Vocals
Pat Henderson   Background Vocals
Dennis Karmazyn   Cello
Clarence McDonald   Piano
Rick Marotta   Drums
Herb Pedersen   Vocals,Background Vocals
J.D. Souther   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Waddy Wachtel   Guitar,Vocals,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Mike Botts   Drums

Technical Credits

Little Richard   Composer
Linda Ronstadt   Composer
Peter Asher   Producer
A.P. Carter   Composer
Kosh   Art Direction
Traditional   Composer

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Simple Dreams 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
cblou2000 More than 1 year ago
This version of "Simple Dreams" is a Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs remaster on gold CD taken from the original studio master recorded in the late seventies. Every song on it from "It's So Easy" to "Old Paint" is a gem. Written by such notables as Buddy Holly, Warren Zevon, Roy Orbison and JD Souther, Ronstadt again proves herself as a master of music interpretation--she is able to put her "stamp" on a tune that makes it all her own. "Blue Bayou," a big hit for Roy Orbison in the early sixties, is flawless in both Linda's vocal range and her ability to perform in the studio with "feeling." It's a heart stopper. Also, among my favorites on this CD is The Rolling Stones classic "Tumbling Dice." Only Linda could take a Stones' tune and deliver a powerful, flawless performance which easily rivals the original. "I Never Will Marry," a duet of Linda with Dolly Parton, is among the most beautiful songs ever recorded. It reaches in and grabs the listener and holds his/her attention from the opening note to the last. "Simple Dreams" follows the framework of Linda's previous records with Peter Asher as producer. Also, I must point out that she had the greatest L.A. studio musicians available. The powerful combination of Linda's seven octave range, Peter Asher's production, and the best of L.A.'s studio musicians culminates in a classic recording that stands in a category of its own. Mobile Fidelity went to great lengths to preserve the integrity of the original analog master so that we hear the music as it was meant to be heard. The bass tones are "rounded" and not "flat" and "overblown" like so many CDs that were transfered from analog to digital. Linda's vocals are crisp and not buried in the music like the first transfers of "Simple Dreams" from the 1980s. There is a distinct level of "separation" of the instruments not heard on the previous remasters--the old remasters are overly compressed and the instruments seem to be jumbled together in places. The album takes you through every range of emotion, displaying Linda's extreme versatility. "Simple Dreams" is due to be released on vinyl LP (also remastered by Mobile Fidelity) as well. I collect the gold CDs and LPs and I suggest that those who love this music buy copies of both. Buyers of this music should take the time to sit down and listen uninterupted and let the music take you on an emotional journey through your soul. It's powerful, meaningful, and plays on the listeners emotions in a way that few artists are able to do. Christopher Louviere
Guest More than 1 year ago
Linda is a musical adventuress, always exploring new territory and this is one of her first forays into different material. She explores songs by Roy Orbinson, The Rolling Stones, Warren Zevon, Dolly Parton, Buddy Holly, and more. Eclectic, yes--but it works as a whole thanks to the sparse arrangements "simple as in the title" to highlight her vocal prowess. This is one of her largest selling multi-platinum recordings thanks to 2 songs to hit the charts simultaneously. Her classic take on BLUE BAYOU "#2 went gold" and the flip side IT'S SO EASY "#5". She is the first female singer to accomplish this feat since Connie Francis in 1959 with her back to back gold singles FRANKIE and LIPSTICK ON YOUR COLLAR. The title cut is a subtle gem written by J.D. Souther and for the first time, we can understand the lyrics to The Stones TUMBLING DICE "she does a much raunchier version live". She does a gender bender on Zevon's POOR, POOR PITIFUL ME "both hits for Linda" and is accompanied by piano only on SORROW LIVES HERE. Peter Asher's lean and fluid arrangements made this a 70's classic. The sales from this recording set Linda from superstar to megastar. Unfortunately like most of the CDs from this era, it suffers from mediocre sound quality. The US was very late in manufacturing disc, relying on Japan and Germany and the sonics are compressed and lack the spatial sound that can be found on the vinyl counterpart. Hopefully, this disc will be remastered for better sound. It deserves it. This recording was a milestone for Ronstadt as she continued her musical exploration to greater heights with subsequent releases. A MUST HAVE!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago