Linda Ronstadt – Original Album Series
This set combines five of Linda Ronstadt’s albums for Asylum Records released between 1975 and 1980 and all produced by Peter Asher, 1975’s Prisoner in Disguise, 1976’s Hasten Down the Wind, 1977’s Simple Dreams, 1978’s Living in the U.S.A., and 1980’s Mad Love, which means one gets Ronstadt’s fine versions of Neil Young’s “Love Is a Rose,” Buddy Holly’s “That’ll Be the Day,” Roy Orbison’s “Blue Bayou,” and many other covers done while she was at the peak of her radio success.
With roots in the Los Angeles country and folk-rock scenes, Linda Ronstadt became one of the most popular interpretive singers of the ’70s, earning a string of platinum-selling albums and Top 40 singles. Throughout the ’70s, her laid-back pop never lost sight of her folky roots, yet as she moved into the ’80s, she began to change her sound with the times, adding new wave influences. After a brief flirtation with pre-rock pop, Ronstadt settled into a pattern of adult contemporary pop and Latin albums, sustaining her popularity in both fields.