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|Stone Poneys, Linda Ronstadt|
Genres: Pop, Rock
For the first time on one CD, Raven presents two original albums from the purveyors of some of the finest Californian folk-rock of the 1960s - THE STONE PONEYS. The Stone Poneys Featuring Linda Ronstadt and Evergreen Vol. ... more »
For the first time on one CD, Raven presents two original albums from the purveyors of some of the finest Californian folk-rock of the 1960s - THE STONE PONEYS. The Stone Poneys Featuring Linda Ronstadt and Evergreen Vol. 2 (both 1967) helped define a sound and style that remains pure and enticing to this day. As writer Richie Unterberger states in his liner notes, lead singer Linda Ronstadt's clear powerful vocals were the band's focal point and strongest asset. Their debut album is dominated by close harmonies and strong original material by the group's guitarists Bob Kimmell and Ken Edwards - `Sweet Summer Blue and Gold', `All the Beautiful Things' - plus sublime covers of Fred Neil's `Just a Little Bit of Rain' and the traditional `Wild about My Lovin'. The follow up LP contained their biggest hit, the memorable cover of Mike Nesmith's `Different Drum' (Billboard Pop #13) plus other songs in a similar vein like `December Dream', `Autumn Afternoon' and the two-part `Evergreen'. The band broke up recording their third album, leaving Ronstadt to finish it with session-men. Highlights included covers of Nesmith's `Some of Shelly's Blues', Laura Nyro's `Stoney End' and Tim Buckley's `Hobo' - added here as bonus tracks - which gave an indication of the country-rock direction Ronstadt would pursue as part of her enormously successful solo career into the 1970s. With detailed liner notes, period images and superb audio quality. Raven. 2008.
T. A. Shepherd | Palmdale, Ca. 93550 | 01/09/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Stone Poneys emerged with the Michael Nesmith tune "Different Drum" in late 1967, but was not even the tip of the iceberg of the tunes I was about to hear on the album that spawned the hit single. The opening track, "December Dream" sets the mood of the album perfectly, with a string quartet and harpsichord backdrop and a young Linda Ronstadt singing in her classic lullabye syle. The magic continues in tracks such as "Song About The Rain" and the title cut "Evergreen" in two parts. I've always felt the two parts should always be enjoyed as a whole and have programmed it as such in my music library. Of corse, more commercial tracks ("I'd Like To Know" and "New Hard Times") at first may sound intrusive, but on repeated listenings, I grew accustumed to them. This is one of those albums that, to my mind, stands with Pet Sounds and Rubber Soul. Listen to the music clips and you'll be glad to fork over a small fortune for used copies of this disc. Seriously, though, I do hope they put the three Stone Poneys CDs out again for those who missed them the first time. This is by far the best one of the three, but the other two have some great tracks as well. That said, they serve as a nice prelude to the first four solo albums on Capitol by Linda."
Linda--At The Very Beginning
Erik North | San Gabriel, CA USA | 07/25/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Often thought of as a Sunset Strip version of Peter, Paul, and Mary because of their two-men/one-woman line-up and their basic acoustically-inclined folk-rock sound, the Stone Poneys, though they only stuck around a short time (their break-up happening more or less in the spring of 1968) and were never hugely successful, clearly benefited from the songwriting strengths of the guys, Bobby Kimmel and Ken Edwards, and the vocal strength of their lead singer, a young Arizonan named Linda Ronstadt. And after much prodding, Capitol/EMI has finally seen fit to release the official two albums of the trio, plus tracks from a third Stone Poneys album that was mostly Linda plus members of the L.A. session mafia, onto a complete CD.
This collection shows among other things that, if the Stone Poneys never got to be as successful as Peter, Paul, and Mary, the Byrds, or the Mamas and the Papas, it sure wasn't for lack of trying. Among the original folk-rooted Kimmel/Edwards compositions like "Meredith (On My Mind)" and "Evergreen", which, besides featuring great vocal harmony work also have occasional splashes of sitar, there's a heartfelt version of the Fred Neil composition "Just A Little Bit Of Rain" that gives us the first indication of where Linda would take her big, untrained voice, along with the Pam Polland-composed "I've Got To Know."
And a review of this collection would not be complete without mentioning the song that serves not only as the lynchpin of the piece, but the lynchpin of Linda's entire career, the Mike Nesmith-penned folk-rock classic "Different Drum", which, thanks to going to #1 on L.A. radio late in 1967, would subsequently hit #13 nationally in January 1968. Among the bonus tracks from the third album is the minor hit "Up To My Neck In High Muddy Water", a very early example of the kind of alternative country music that Linda would set the stage for, not only as part of her own musical mix, but also for her future good friend Emmylou Harris, and women like Lucinda Williams and Tift Merritt.
Linda herself isn't proud of a lot of her recordings, particularly these embryonic ones; but even if they don't match what she would subsequently do, in retrospect they showed very early on not only what kind of a vocalist she would go on to be, but also the kind of team player she would be in helping shape the Eagles, working with Dolly and Emmylou on their "Trio" projects, and working with Ann Savoy on ADIEU FALSE HEART. For just those reasons alone, this collection is essential to have."
I find these recordings at last hurrah!
Hans Nyhlen | Stockholm, Sweden | 08/30/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
I have been searching for these on vinyl but I failed to find them. By the way they are very expensive. Now I am happy to have find them on CD."