- Album name: What’s New
- Group name: Nelson Riddle Orchestra
- Artist name: Linda Ronstadt
- Year: 1983
- Number of discs: one
- Label: Asylum Records
- Collection: Selman
- Distinguishing characteristics:
- Scratched into side 1 of LP: ST – EA – 60260 – A – 2 O B 18455 – A2 SLM △ 5094
- Scratched into side 2 of LP: ST – EA – 60260 – B – 3 O B 18456 – B3 SLM △ 5094-X
- Buy it on Amazon: $74.88
Level of familiarity before listening
I’ve never heard of this record before, but it will be the eighth Linda Ronstadt record that I review. The previous seven were:
- Don’t Cry Now (1973): 2/5
- Different Drum (1974): 5/5
- Prisoner In Disguise (1975): 2/5
- Simple Dreams (1977): 3/5
- Living in the USA (1978): 3/5
- Mad Love (1980): 3/5
- Get Closer (1982): 3/5
What I expected
This appears to be Linda Ronstadt teaming up with some kind of orchestral group to record pre-rock pop music. I do not expect to like it.
What it was actually like
I really wanted to be able to say at least one good thing about this record, so here it is: as always, Linda Ronstadt’s voice was very nice.
Everything else about this music was abysmal, however. I was not familiar with any of the songs, and there was not a single positive thing about any of them. The orchestral musical backing was terrible.
Music like this was not just why rock and roll was successful when it first appeared in the 1950s, but why rock and roll was necessary: this music was so dreadful and so soporific that homo sapiens might have gone extinct if it had remained popular.
1/5: horrible enough that I couldn’t make it through
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