11 Songs, 49 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The formula for Linda Ronstadt’s massive success in the '70s was relatively simple. She’d pick a sequence of songs from her favorite writers, hire the best rock 'n' roll session men, and then let her vibrant vocals guide the performances. By the '90s, that method of making albums was all but extinct, so it was left to Ronstadt to revive it herself on 1998’s We Ran. This album reunited her with several of her L.A. chums from the '70s, including Bernie Leadon, Waddy Wachtel, and Russ Kunkel. Production is by Glyn Johns (The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Eagles), with contributions from his multi-instrumentalist son Ethan and members of Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers. Among the highlights are “When We Ran” and “If I Should Fall Behind”; both have the worn-in quality of old jeans, with Ronstadt’s voice serving as the diamond belt that holds them up. Anyone who assumes her voice has diminished over the years need only hear “Cry ‘Til My Tears Run Dry,” a majestic reading of Irma Thomas' 1965 R&B showstopper. In every way, Ronstadt lives up to her formidable influences—including her younger self.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The formula for Linda Ronstadt’s massive success in the '70s was relatively simple. She’d pick a sequence of songs from her favorite writers, hire the best rock 'n' roll session men, and then let her vibrant vocals guide the performances. By the '90s, that method of making albums was all but extinct, so it was left to Ronstadt to revive it herself on 1998’s We Ran. This album reunited her with several of her L.A. chums from the '70s, including Bernie Leadon, Waddy Wachtel, and Russ Kunkel. Production is by Glyn Johns (The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Eagles), with contributions from his multi-instrumentalist son Ethan and members of Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers. Among the highlights are “When We Ran” and “If I Should Fall Behind”; both have the worn-in quality of old jeans, with Ronstadt’s voice serving as the diamond belt that holds them up. Anyone who assumes her voice has diminished over the years need only hear “Cry ‘Til My Tears Run Dry,” a majestic reading of Irma Thomas' 1965 R&B showstopper. In every way, Ronstadt lives up to her formidable influences—including her younger self.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

rufus_red ,

Underrated Albums of all TIME!

I never understood why this record didn't become a smash hit for Ronstadt but she did what she wanted, one of the things she never did was compromise. Perhaps the record ececs shrugged their shoulders and that is why there was 0 promotioin? Who knows? I"m a lifelong fan and I didn't hesitate to purchase We Ran when it was originally released. I fell in love and still listen to it. Do yourself a favor and get this record and prepare to be in awe of one of the legendary all time great pop/rock/country/standard/Mexican singers!

globesessions99 ,

Definitly one of Linda's most over looked CDs.

Some great songs on this one including a cover of 'Icy Blue Heart', and 'Cry Til My Tears Run Dry'. I really like the production, on this CD. And it's song choices. It's not the most special of CDs, not offering anything Linda hasn't done before, BUT it continues her growing legacy and is a fine edition to her catalog. Its still has about a good hour of great listening enjoyment that is simply devine. I definitly recommend it.

ThommD ,

Overlooked Gem

A wonderful album with the stronest cuts being Springsteen's "If I Should Fall Behind" and "I Go to Pieces."

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