Linda Ronstadt

HAND SOWN…

HOMEGROWN/

SILK PURSE/

LINDA RONSTADT BGO Records …………

Ronstadt’s first three solo albums in one package from the re-release experts BGO

As folk trio The Stone Poneys, Linda Ronstadt, Bobby Kimmel and Kenny Edwards were signed to Capitol Records in the mid 1960s and released three albums in fairly rapid succession. The record label was always keen to promote Ronstadt as a solo artist and a contract for four albums was forthcoming after the trio disbanded. BGO have cobbled together the first three into one double CD package; ironically omitting the most successful of the four, HEART LIKE A WHEEL. The three on offer here portray the artist very much in her formative years when her work veered from mainstream country to fairly gentle country rock. Nevertheless, these are very listenable albums with Linda establishing herself as a talented interpretative vocalist.

HAND SOWN…HOME GROWN from 1969 features a couple of Dylan numbers. Baby, You’ve Been on My Mind and I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight as well as Randy Newman’s Bet No One Ever Hurt This Bad.

A measure of success arrived with the second album SILK PURSE from 1970 which spawned the top forty hit single Long, Long Time; a gorgeous country ballad. Goffin/King’s Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow and the traditional gospel classic Life is Like a Mountain Railway, with The Beechwood Rangers, are other highlights.

The self-titled third album from 1972 is best known for featuring the backing band of Don Henley, Glen Frey,Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner who went on to achieve world-wide acclaim asThe Eagles. The final three tracks, Neil Young’s Birds, Eric Anderson’s Faithful and the Fontella Bass rocker Rescue Me were recorded liveatTheTroubadourin Los Angeles. The album comes beautifully packaged in a slip case with comprehensive liner notes. All of Ronstadt’s solo work for Capitol was released by Australia-based Raven Records as two 2-for-1 packages (with

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