Album of the Day
Between her “new wave album” and her collaborations with Nelson Riddle, Linda Ronstadt returned to the mix of rock, pop and country that made her a star on GET CLOSER. Peter Asher, who'd helmed some of her biggest hits, produced the 1982 Asylum collection, which includes a couple of older recordings along with the new material: SIMPLE DREAMS outtake “Sometimes You Just Can't Win” and “My Blue Tears,” cut with with Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton years before their TRIO album. James Taylor duet “I Think It's Gonna Work Out Fine,” “Easy for You to Say” (one of two fine Jimmy Webb songs here) and the Grammy-nominated title track are among the other highlights. Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Linda Ronstadt never sang more beautifully than on the Gold-certified GET CLOSER.