Brings tears to my eyes with her voice. Simply the most beautiful voice I’ve ever heard.
So beautiful, and so haunting now :-(.....
The horizon on her singular, emotion-laden voice has narrowed to where she can no longer sing like this ~ she had a great run, though ~ and I feel so lucky to have been around since her time with the Stone Ponies. Love to you, Miss Linda....
Linda From Great to Poor
No doubt, Linda Ronstadt possessed one of the great voices ever in any of the genres she chose songs from. There are a few of her most outstanding songs here, but also too many missing gems and even a few songs that are totally puzzling inclusions—lackluster compositions and vocals not her best. Even some of her best known songs are sometimes overrated. She had a tendency to choose a mediocre song or even a good one and just overdo her vocals—pipes without real feeling, kind of showbiz performances instead of ones with heart. “Heat Wave,” for example, is a song she basically yells her way through, no authentic guts or nuance to it, until near the end when she lets out this thrilling “whoooooooo,ooooo-oooh!” that feels so real and capitalizes on her powerful voice. Most galling absences in this album are more soulful songs and country songs that reveal what her voice could do with a bit more restraint and real feeling: “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore,” “I Never Will Marry” (with Dolly Parton) and “When Will I Be Loved” being songs that deserve to be on this collection much more than half the songs that are here. In general, I feel like LR was always a singer with a fantastic voice who too often chose the wrong songs or didn’t deliver them with the vocal treatment they needed. Still, her voice was a treasure when used to best advantage.
Greatest Hits, but no Desperado?
By Mr. Generic
Some complain because Long, Long Time is missing. I can't believe it's also missing Desperado. This is one of three Linda Ronstadt's Greatest Hits albums I've come across. Each is missing several of her best songs.
Album only purchases equal no thanks.
Overplayed cover singer
If you lived through this time you'll know her biggest hits drove your to insanity because they were so overplayed. It's So Easy is a particularly unbearable cover. A good singer with below average original material - hence a career dependent on cover versions.
Long Long Time? You have too be kidding?
How could you have not! Included one of her greatest track!
Unbelievable! Also mastering on Tumblin Dice did sound somewhat distorted! Sorry mastering was very overwhelmingly not that great ! should have be mastered more carefully !
By Gary Raymond
Great singer and song but the transfer sounds pretty distorted. Can't imagine the album or CD was that way.
It’s So Easy
The reviewer who hates this song should know it’s a Buddy Holly-penned tune, and considered a classic. Linda’s version was a Top 10 hit, too.