- Album name: Don’t Cry Now
- Artist name: Linda Ronstadt
- Year: 1973
- Number of discs: one
- Label: Asylum Records
- Collection: Selman
- Distinguishing characteristics: hole punched through top right of album
- Buy it on Amazon: $77.34
Level of familiarity before listening
I’ve never listened to Don’t Cry Now, but this will be the sixth Linda Ronstadt record that I’ve reviewed since June. The other five were:
- Different Drum (1974): 5/5
- Simple Dreams (1977): 3/5
- Prisoner In Disguise (1975): 2/5
- Living in the USA (1978): 3/5
- Mad Love (1980): 3/5
What I expected
Don’t Cry Now was recorded earlier than any of these, so I guess I expect it to be country rock.
What it was actually like
Most of this record was pretty boring and pretty slow.
More country style tracks included I Can Almost See It, Love Has No Pride and Everybody Loves a Winner. Less country tracks included Colorado and the Eagles cover Desperado.
Ronstadt’s cover of Randy Newman’s Sail Away had more of a gospel sound that I didn’t think worked very well, and her cover of Neil Young’s I Believe in You was a fine version, but not better than the original.
The Fast One, Don’t Cry Now and Silver Threads and Golden Needles were all a little livelier than the rest, and the latter especially was somewhat catchy with a faster tempo, but still very country and with a fiddle solo; I guess it was the best song on this otherwise pretty bad record.
2/5: weak, but I was able to listen to the whole thing