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Cry Like a Rainstorm

Linda Ronstadt Audio CD
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't know much but I know I love this CD March 14 2004
By Jake Z
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Aug. 11 2001
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful 'Rainstorm' July 15 2001
Format:Audio CD
After the success of her duet 'Somewhere Out There', Linda Ronstadt returned to pop after detours into various other styles of music(Latin,traditional pop,etc.). With CRY LIKE A RAINSTORM,HOWL LIKE THE WIND, Ronstadt reaffirms her position as the pre-eminent interpretive singer of her generation. Though her previous country-rock leanings are unusually absent, the adult pop realm, represented here by both ballads and uptempo numbers, suits her magnificently. She continues to garner some very strong material, with songs from Jimmy Webb and longtime Ronstadt reliable Karla Bonoff taking up seven slots on the album. All are first-rate, with special mention to Webb's soaring 'Still Within The Sound Of My Voice' and Bonoff's heartbreaking treatise on death on the album's closer 'Goodbye My Friend'. Ronstadt also managed to re-introduce the public to Aaron Neville's glorious voice, represented on four duets here, the best being 'All My Life'(another Bonoff composition). Ronstadt's vocal work remains impeccably pristine, one of pop's most crystalline instruments even to this day. A strong entry in Ronstadt's already prestigious catalog, and a must for even the most casual fans of great adult pop.
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First of all,what a gift Linda Ronstadt gave to AAron Neville.She jump started his career,and gave him lead vocals on there 4 duets.All four are fantastic,my favorite,"Don't know much," is the reason I bought the CD,but every song is perfect.The album starts out with "Still within the sound of my voice," by Jimmy Webb.One of 4 songs written by Jimmy.What a wonderfull opening number,with the Skywalker Symphony Orchestra.You can't believe this record can get any better,but every cut is just as great as the next."Cry Like a Rainstorm,"is unreal,then the AAron Neville duets are next. "Adios," with Brian Wilson,will blow your mind.This artist can sing anything."Trouble again," is the fun song from the tape.I can't believe Karla Bonoff wrote this number,along with "All of my life," and the last one,"Goodbye my friend." This one is the perfect clossing song,like Linda's saying" thank you for coming to my party,I hope you enjoyed yourself."I sure have,and you will to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Well Done Album - Great Duets With Aaron Neville
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",... Read more
Published 3 months ago by From the Musician's Pen
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy to have it
I owned the tape and loved it but tapes wear out and technology goes out of style. Glad to have it on disk.
Published 4 months ago by bratworst
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Music
This album of Linda Ronstadt is a wonderful collection. The inclusion of Aaron Neville makes it all the better. Their duets are fantastic. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Woodrow R Hewitt
5.0 out of 5 stars Sonic genius. Cries out for an SACD or DVD-Audio Release
Other reviews on this site have focused on the quality of these songs and Ms. Ronstadt's performance. Read more
Published on March 13 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
This CD, which was released in 1989, is a great collection of twelve great Linda Ronstadt tunes. As a matter of fact, four of them are duets with the great Aaron Neville, and the... Read more
Published on Sept. 11 2003 by Kurt A. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars The best soft-rock singer is Linda Ronstadt!
Linda Ronstadt is still the queen of soft-rock, and this CD has almost all of her best songs. My favorites would be "All My Life" and "Don't Know Much", which... Read more
Published on July 27 2003 by Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars tearing throught the town
i just want to point out that in addition to all the praises this album has duly recieved, the point in "cry like a rainstorm" where she says "its so cold, and the... Read more
Published on June 15 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars "Easy Listening" doesn't have to mean Vapid!
Growing up in the 70's I of course heard Linda Ronstadt singing on the radio, and even as a little kid, I could tell she had an amazing voice. Read more
Published on Sept. 18 2002 by D. Hawkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
Linda Ronstadt's 1989 album CRY LIKE A RAINSTORM, HOWL LIKE THE WIND is a nice collection of pop ballads and uptempos, which joins her with Aaron Neville on a few of the tracks. Read more
Published on July 24 2002 by J. M. Zuurbier
5.0 out of 5 stars Linda, you are God's gift to the music world.
Linda, this is a beautiful piece of work...the songs make my heart soar and takes me to great depths of tenderness... Read more
Published on June 8 2002 by "chucksin"
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