Linda Ronstadt was the first lady of alternative country, performing from the mid-’60s to 2011 when she retired due to illness.
Simple Dreams, her eighth album – which won a Grammy in ’77, sold three million copies that year alone, and has never since been out of print – is 40 years old this year; to celebrate, it has been re-released fully remastered with the addition of three bonus live tracks. With her remarkable voice, Ronstadt sings songs by Roy Orbison (Blue Bayou), Jagger/Richards (Tumbling Dice) and Buddy Holly (It’s So Easy) amongst others, in her beautifully unique style. Ronstadt rarely wrote songs herself. She didn’t need to – she had an ability to make any song her own.
Simple Dreams: 40th Anniversary Edition is out now via Warner.