First Live Album Ever!


Live in Hollywood-Ronstadt

Back in the day, Linda Ronstadt was a road warrior. During the 70s alone, I saw more than 30 “live” Linda Ronstadt performances from the storied Boston Garden (the shittiest acoustics on the planet but a great atmosphere) to the L.A. Forum for the Living in the U.S.A. tour. To this day, I never understood why an album of her live performances was never released. If you’re a music lover, you can always find stuff out there, but most is recorded by her fans.

I saw Ronstadt for the final time at the South Shore Music Circus where she played with Marvin Hamlisch’s band singing classic Nelson Riddle before she brought out her usual road warrior rockers to cap off the evening. It was brilliant. She retired in late 2009, knowing that something was wrong with her singing. She felt as though she was straining and screaming, not singing. Ronstadt was subsequently diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 2012, and is no longer able to sing. That’s the crime of the century for me.  As Joni Mitchell says, “don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you got ’till it’s gone…”

This year brings a wealth of riches for Ronstadt fans. Not only is there a Tribecca Film Festival documentary about her called The Sound of My Voice, but her very first official “live” album — called Live in Hollywood — was released in February. All the performances were chosen by Ronstadt herself, and all were recorded in 1980. The band largely features the players on her Mad Love album — the NY musician set, not the traditional LA musician set — featuring Bob Glaub on bass and the frenetic Danny Korchmar on lead guitar. The term ‘frenetic’ is not meant to be insulting. His guitar work is legendary.

We will be featuring this gem over the weekend. Here is the set list:

  • Can’t Let Go
  • It’s So Easy
  • Willin’
  • Just One Look
  • Blue Bayou
  • Faithless Love
  • Hurt So Bad
  • Poor Poor Pitiful Me
  • You’re No Good
  • How Do I Make You
  • Back in the U.S.A.
  • Desperado

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