Linda Ronstadt: The Movie

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  1. WeFixFlats

    WeFixFlats Respect The Clave

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    The name of the movie is "The Sound of My Voice". I'd known about it's release a few months ago, it started showing earlier this month. I saw it yesterday down here in Austin. A matinee show but there were still 30-40 people in the theater.

    You might wonder why I would post about some 'chick singer', right? Well here's the deal, if you were in a 70's/80's country/cover band with a female vocalist you played ALL of Ronstadt's radio hits in every set if the gal could handle it:

    You're No Good
    Blue Bayou
    When will I be loved
    Silver Threads/Golden Needles
    Living in the U.S.A.
    Poor Poor Pitiful Me
    Tumblin' Dice
    Heatwave
    That'll be the day
    It's So Easy
    I Can't help It
    Willin'

    There's a complete set, right there...

    The great part was all the precision guitar arrangements by Andrew Gold(RIP) too.

    After watching this movie I would argue that Linda Ronstadt, not Whitney Houston or Celine Dion was the best female vocalist of my generation. Just the massive number of albums sold, the sold out arenas, etc...Platinum album after platinum album...Then the Mexican albums, and Standard albums...what a range.

    So if you have the chance, take your significant other and see this movie about a true giant and trailblazer, you will not regret it; guaranteed.
     
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  2. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Get in, loser, we’re going shopping.

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    (Gasp!)
     
  3. 11top

    11top Cousin Eddie's cousin

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    She also used to play with some pretty good backup:

    "Another backing band featured players Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner, who went on to form the Eagles. They toured with her for a short period in 1971 and played on Linda Ronstadt, her self-titled third album."
     
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    alantig Zombie Four, DFZ

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    He's not wrong. I'd forgotten just how big a star Linda Ronstadt was in the 70s and 80s, and she could do just about anything she wanted to. I saw the film Friday, and it was the first time I saw any of the Pirates Of Penzance stuff (even though I knew she'd done it). The range and vocal control she had - man, what talent. Then to branch out to the Nelson Riddle stuff and the Mexican stuff and be as successful as she was with that? Maybe not my cup of tea (I liked the Riddle stuff, not so much the Mexican songs), but I can't deny how well she did it. And the Trio stuff with Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton - those harmonies were otherworldly.

    So Linda better than Whitney or Celine? I'm on that boat.
     
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  5. HANGAR18

    HANGAR18 What Would Evel Knievel Do?

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    Well, Linda Ronstadt is from my home town so she's already got my vote for that alone.
    Pretty sure I went to school with one or two of her younger siblings.
     
  6. WA Paul

    WA Paul It’s ok...I’m with Manny dog

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    I’m a bit young, but my folks were big fans of her so I heard plenty of her albums as a kid. Ditto- great range, kinda forgot about her until I saw an ad for this movie the other day and brought all those memories back.
     
  7. Iceman101

    Iceman101 There's always room for one more.....

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    Waddy Wachtel anybody ? The dude is awesome....
    The Linda biography is a good read by the way.
     
  8. WeFixFlats

    WeFixFlats Respect The Clave

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    By the way, in case you missed the theatrical release, this movie is now available for streaming. You can rent it for $4 on the VUDU platform, plus all the others.

    This is one not to miss...
     
  9. RickP

    RickP One Guitar Short...

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    I’m a boomer who has been listening to Linda since the Stone Poneys days. Beautiful on all accounts, and a generational talent. Glad to see her story out there in video. I have an autographed copy of her book, which was a good read.
     
  10. Frank McNerney

    Frank McNerney New Member

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    Celine Dion ? My sister-in-law likes her. That's all I'm gonna say about that
     
  11. AP515

    AP515 Mostly Normal

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    I saw Linda live waaaaaay back when. One of those singular voices. I liked the Nelson Riddle Orchestra stuff too. I'm not a "big band" kind of guy, but it was just so well done.
     
  12. WeFixFlats

    WeFixFlats Respect The Clave

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    As for me, the first and last time I ever saw and heard Ronstadt live was at the late, great Capital Center in Landover, Maryland...December 12th, 1976.

    Over 43 years ago.

    Here's the setlist:

    https://www.setlist.fm/setlist/linda-ronstadt/1976/capital-centre-landover-md-13c40da9.html

    And from out of the dark the first words we heard her sing were: "Save me, Free me, From my heart this time, Well the train's gone, Down the track and I'm left behind.." And the band kicked in, and that was it...boom. You knew you'd never hear a voice like that again, ever...It was incredible and still, to this day as I type this, a personal transcendent musical moment: The power of her voice overwhelmed the 19,000 seat venue; the entire audience had gasped together in disbelief of what they had just heard...and exploded in applause and cheers during and at the end of the song. You had to be there, and I thank my lucky stars I was that night.
     
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    Great, no doubt, but better than Ann Wilson? Whitney Houston?
     
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    11top Cousin Eddie's cousin

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    I’m an LR fan..........and look at me cross-eyed, but........................Leeann Rhynes.







    :confused::eek: It must be an “LR” thing. I like both.
     
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    Ok, agree with both of you and I'll add Karen Carpenter.
     
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  16. WeFixFlats

    WeFixFlats Respect The Clave

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    Linda Ronstadt's catalog of artistic performances has spanned the widest of genres: Light Opera, Rock, Country, Pop, American Standards, Traditional Mexican Folk Songs, et al. And won 12 Grammy Awards in the process. With Lifetime Achievement Grammys in 2011(Latin) and 2016.

    Hands down the greatest, most accomplished, female interpretive vocalist in my lifetime. And has lived to tell about it too...
     
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    one of my first albums for a penny from Columbia House (did I just age myself) was a Linda. I don't remember which one it was, but I remember singing along to it a lot. I also remember being so tickled when her other songs came on the radio. I cant say I had a crush on her but she was definitely a good looking woman.
     
  18. WeFixFlats

    WeFixFlats Respect The Clave

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    Shout out to Columbia House, Yes~!!!...OK Boomer, but that was back in the day where a music fan could build a record catalog. But cancelling was, fair to say, difficult...
     
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  19. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    Been there, done that.

    Was great to see her get the Kennedy Center Honor, as well.
     
  20. alantig

    alantig Zombie Four, DFZ

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    Yes, it was. Sad to see the tremors, though.

    My BD of the movie just arrived this morning - should make for some holiday viewing!
     
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