Friday, August 24, 2012

Linda Ronstadt- Living in the USA

Living in the USA
LIVING IN THE USA takes on more rock 'n' roll than country material, and presents us with fantastic reneditions of classic rock hits. The opening track Chuck Berry's "Back In The USA" comes complete with an electric guitar intro, a rollicking piano part, and Linda's rock flavored vocals. "Just One Look" another major hit uses the piano part, harmonized vocals and gives us 3:20 of pure delight. The albums opening single, an interpetation of the Motown classic "Ooh Baby Baby" is a rival of her version of "Tracks Of My Tears". Where the album reaches it's most touching point is it's finale. Her tribute to Elvis Presley "Love Me Tender" features only a guitar, organ, Linda, and harmony vocals from Waddy Wachtel. Contemporay numbers are alos featured. Elvis Costello's "Alison", J.D. Souther's "White Rythym And Blues", and Eric Kaz's "Blowing Away" are pieces that show Linda's ability as a vocalist. Warren Zevon's "Mohammed's Radio" deliever gripping vocal performances in her rock flavoring. The unforgettable percussion and harmony intro on "All That You Dream" is the song signature. Her ability to handle pre-rock standards is delievered on "When I Grow Too Old To Dream". While the album is not as consistent as SIMPLE DREAMS, it is equally as enjoyable, and an exellent addition to any collection.

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