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Cry Like a Rainstorm

4.9 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Oct. 12 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra Entertain.
  • ASIN: B000002H7E
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews
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1. Still Within the Sound of My Voice
2. Cry Like A Rainstorm
3. All My Life
4. I Need You
5. Don't Know Much
6. Adios
7. Trouble Again
8. I Keep It Hid
9. So Right, So Wrong
10. Shattered
11. When Something is Wrong With My Baby
12. Goodbye My Friend

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An album that defines virtually everything that is right about adult contemporary pop--and yes, there are a few things--Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind contains lush, orchestrated arrangements of songs by first-rate tunesmiths such as Jimmy Webb, Eric Kaz, Paul Carrack, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weill, Isaac Hayes and Karla Bonoff. Four cuts, including the Grammy-winning "Don't Know Much", feature duets between Ronstadt (still singing with power and assurance even at the top of her range) and angel-voiced Aaron Neville. Other highlights include "Adios", with multi-tracked background vocals by Brian Wilson, and the title song, which is driven to new heights by the Skywalker Symphony Orchestra and the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir. --Daniel Durchholz

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I already own Ronstadt's Greatest Hits, Volumes 1 & 2 CDs, which contain most of the songs I know. What I was missing was her hit duets with Aaron Neville - "All My Life", "Don't Know Much" and "When Something Is Wrong With My Baby". It's the last one that's especially hard to find. More recently both volumes of the GH have been re-released, repackaged as a 2-CD set. Other, more complete compilations have also been released which include 1-2 of the above mentioned songs, but not all 3.

I decided to just get this album but was worried I wouldn't like the other songs. Actually, it's a well done album all the way through. The songs are all good, most are hit worthy, the musicians playing are top notch and the sound production is very good (although definitely of its time). I gave it 5 stars for these reasons (i.e. there's no reason to deduct stars).

It's not a classic album and not one of my favourite records ever but I can play it all the way through and enjoy it. Linda has a voice that suits all the various styles of music very well. She has had a LOT of hits which deserve to be better remembered today. Most of her hits are covers of other people's songs but her versions usually become just as popular (if not more so). If you like Ronstadt, you'll like this CD. Enjoy!
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This album was released in 1989, her first studio album of non American songbook songs or Spanish songs, since 1982's GET CLOSER album. In those 7 years she released 3 albums of songs from the American Songbook with Nelson Riddle, and a few Spanish albums. This album was quite successful for Linda, and spun off a few hits, not to mention the accolades she received for the project.
The album is produced by Peter Asher. There are a number of songs with Aaron Neville, and the two compliment each other well. The big hits from the album with him were "All My Life" and "Don't Know Much". "Adios" was also a solo hit for her. The first track, "Still Within The Sound Of My Voice" is a beautiful ballad with a great arrangement, that shows Linda's strong vocals. The title track is another winner, a great inspirational ballad. Another notable ballad is the album closer "Goodbye My Friend", very poignant and sad at the same time.
Overall a strong album, and good comeback, for Linda Ronstadt with this release.
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This is one of those albums from the 1980s where you wish you could get into a time machine and go back to the production crew and scream: "Don't! No tinkly keyboards! No synth drums! No Jaco Pastorius-style bass! I know you don't believe me, but in a few years this is going to become as dated as that silly haircut you're wearing."
So great are the songs and singing performances on this album, this may be the most poignant example of bad 80s contamination. Nonetheless, this album gets five stars because, most of the time, it overcomes the problem, and on a few cuts, manages to avert it (maybe someone DID show up in a time machine.) Some of the very best songs are little known. The duets with Aaron Neville are rightfully celebrated--including the hits "Don't Know Much" and "When Something is Wrong with my Baby"--they are wonderful performances.
But this album also represented a comeback/last hurrah for a couple of great songwriters. Jimmy Webb, whose "Easy for You to Say" is one of Ronstadt's best songs, is the writer of four songs to this collection, and all of them are terrific. One of them, "Adios," is a masterpiece, capturing with rich irony and sadness the end of the Southern California dream. The fact that it's not only Linda Ronstadt, the 70s LA queen, but that she's backed by the (then-reclusive) Brian Wilson, the inventor of the Southern California pop scene-- it's all too much! But it dances elegantly on the head of a pin, with a melody that will haunt you.
The other masterpiece on this album is by a writer that Linda Ronstadt has covered previously many times, Eric Kaz's "Cry Like a Rainstorm." This is a really daring cut with a nearly dissonant melody line that gives Ronstadt a chance to open up vocally and emotionally.
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Format: Audio CD
This is a touching, beautiful album, with Ronstadt's voice the center of a wonderful production. "Still Within The Sound Of My Voice" is a lush ballad featuring the Skywalker Symphony Orchestra (who appear on most of the album). "Cry Like A Rainstorm" adds the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir to create a big, powerful ballad. "All My Life" is a blissful ballad and the first of four duets with Aaron Neville. "Don't Know Much" shows what happens when Ronstadt and Neville harmonize together to create soprano wonderment (and a smash Top 10 hit).
"Adios" features Brian Wison's background vocals, and is a classic California ballad. "Trouble Again" is a rocker featuring Andrew Gold on 12-string guitar. "So Right, So Wrong" is a gospel rocker penned by Paul Carrack and Nick Lowe. "When Something Is Wrong With My Baby" is the final duet with Neville and the most soulful. "Rainstorm"was produced by Peter Asher and is a moving record full of rich harmonies and effective arrangements.
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