"LIVING IN THE USA takes on more rock 'n' roll than country material, and presents us with fantastic reneditions of classic rock hits. The opening track Chuck Berry's "Back In The USA" comes complete with an electric guitar intro, a rollicking piano part, and Linda's rock flavored vocals. "Just One Look" another major hit uses the piano part, harmonized vocals and gives us 3:20 of pure delight. The albums opening single, an interpetation of the Motown classic "Ooh Baby Baby" is a rival of her version of "Tracks Of My Tears". Where the album reaches it's most touching point is it's finale. Her tribute to Elvis Presley "Love Me Tender" features only a guitar, organ, Linda, and harmony vocals from Waddy Wachtel. Contemporay numbers are alos featured. Elvis Costello's "Alison", J.D. Souther's "White Rythym And Blues", and Eric Kaz's "Blowing Away" are pieces that show Linda's ability as a vocalist. Warren Zevon's "Mohammed's Radio" deliever gripping vocal performances in her rock flavoring. The unforgettable percussion and harmony intro on "All That You Dream" is the song signature. Her ability to handle pre-rock standards is delievered on "When I Grow Too Old To Dream". While the album is not as consistent as SIMPLE DREAMS, it is equally as enjoyable, and an exellent addition to any collection. MATT COKER"
Brings Back Great Musical Memories
Kenneth M. Gelwasser | Hollywood, Fl USA | 02/25/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The very first rock concert I ever saw (at age 15) was Linda Ronstadt back in August of 1978.I still have the original ticket stub and reserve seats were only $9.50 (Boy, prices have changed!). I'll never forget watching this beautiful, petite, women (in short shorts & a way too small Boy Scout uniform) with a powerful voice singing songs from her then new album, "Living in the USA". To this day, that album remains as one of my favorites out of Ronstadt's vast and eclectic catalogue of music. How do you start to review this wonderful album, where she covers everyone from Chuck Berry to Elvis Costello? The CD begins with a real bang as Linda lets loose with Berry's rock n'roll, cross-country journey of "Living in USA". It's a really fun number and Ronstadt has a crack group of musicians backing her up. I especially love Don Grolnick's rollicking piano and Waddy Wachtel's searing guitar licks. Ronstadt is a master interpreter of songs and she does an amazing job on this album. I love the gentle way she handles Oscar Hammerstein's classic "When I Grow to Old to Dream". Or the sexy, sultriness she expounds in Smokey Robinson's "Ooh Baby". My personal favorites on this CD include J.D. Souther's "White Rhythm and Blues" and the late, Warren Zevon's "Mohammed's Radio". Over the years, Ronstadt covered many tunes from these two writers, but in this instance she really tops herself with putting so much emotion into her readings. This CD says so much about the pop/rock music of the 1970's, yet it is remains timeless in it's sheer perfection. This is just a wonderful album that I highly recommend!"
Charles - Music Lover | Phoenix, AZ, USA | 01/04/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This album is one of my two favorite Linda Ronstadt albums (the other being "Simple Dreams"), though I don't think it represents Ronstadt at her artistic zenith, overall. However, I do think this album contains one of Ronstadt's greatest performances.
The program is an artistic mix, and is a pretty smooth blend of rock, standards, ballads and country. The title song and "Just One Look" showcase Ronstadt as a rock singer; Ronstadt can rock with the best of them. "When I Grow Too Old To Dream" could easily fit in with the classic Nelson Riddle recordings. Ballads include "Ooh Baby Baby," "Love Me Tender," and "Blowing Away." They're all effective interpretations. The album's standout track, though, in my view, is Ronstadt's country-influenced performance of "White Rhythm and Blues." Ronstadt's interpretation of this song evokes such feeling that you know you're listening to a singer's singer at her peak."
Great album, poor-sounding transcription
J. LaCoss | Los Angeles, CA USA | 07/05/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I love Ronstadt! What pipes! Great interpretations of great songs.
This album is responsible for seriously launching skating as an outdoor sport - the LA County beach bike path was empty one week, and jammed with skaters a week after this album was released. (Who says Americans aren't sheep?)
One of the poorest CD recordings I've heard. Don't know why."
Nothing Short of Stellar
J. M. Zuurbier | Canada | 10/28/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Of all her 70's albums this one is often forgotten, but don't be one of those who passes this by, its a necessary part of Linda's career, and a great album overall. Once again showing her master skills as an interpreter of songs, she handles songs gracefully giving it her own flair. This is a pretty feel good album. She does Hammerstien-Romberg's standard "When I Grow Too Old To Dream" magnificantly and gracefully. There is a nice reworking of Elvis Costello's "Alison", and another Warren Zevon track "Mohammed's Radio". My two favorite tracks are "All That You Dream" where she is seemingly going into progressive synth-rock mode, and "Blowing Away", which is breathtaking. The biggest hit was the title track, her version of the Chuck Berry classic. She also enjoyed success on the chart with "Ooh Baby Baby". This was the first album by anyone to ship double platinum. So see what the fuss is about, this is a great album in her long career!"