Japanese 2010 remaster.
bobby morrow | United Kingdom | 07/15/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"...And this album really needed remastering! I was hoping it would be a part of the recent Mobile Fidelity releases but this hasn't happened yet. This Japanese edition is one of a series of 5 along with 'Hasten Down The Wind', 'Don't Cry Now', 'Prisoner In Disguise' and 'Simple Dreams'. I can't speak for the other 4 as I only have the MoFi ones but 'Living In The USA' is a revelation. The difference between the 2010 remaster and the original 80's CD is startling and instantly noticable. I'm almost tempted to 'double dip' and get the Japanese remasters of the other 4... but that would be madness, wouldn't it?!
The mini LP sleeve is a lovely article too. Complete with an exact replica of the inner picture/sleeve and even the CD has the same design as the original vinyl label. It's really nice, though perhaps not the hardiest MLPS around, it shouldn't matter as people who buy this are unlikely to be careless with their CDs!
The album was of course released in 1978. Linda's final #1, in fact. It's an album I've often felt is inferior to the preceding 'Simple Dreams' (it IS inferior to 'Simple Dreams'!) yet when I play it, I always thoroughly enjoy it. 'Side 2' was strongest, IMO, featuring 'Mohammed's Radio', 'Blowing Away' and Linda's gorgeous take on 'Love Me Tender'. But 'side 1' was no slouch either having Elvis Costello's 'Alison' on board along with the wondrous 'White Rhythm And Blues'. The album had a slightly harder edge than 'Simple Dreams' and paved the way for 1980's New Wave-y 'Mad Love'(wish this had been part of the series..). After this, Linda spent much of the 80's experimenting with different styles of music but for me the period between 1973-1980 was her best.
So, if this is one of your faves you won't need me to tell you to snap it up while you can. I can't recommend it enough and for the folks who weren't fully satisfied with the MoFi reissues (and there were many), maybe the Japanese remasters would be more to your taste.
One more thing, as I write this, today is 15th July 2010, Linda Ronstadt's 64th birthday. Can I just say Happy Birthday, Linda, and thanks for all those wonderful albums."