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Linda Ronstadt
"Different Drum"

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Year of Release: 1974

track listing
  • Different Drum
  • Rock Me On the Water
  • I'll Be Your Baby Tonight
  • Hobo
  • Stoney End
  • Long Long Time
  • Up To My Neck
    In High
    Muddy Water
  • Some Of Shelly's Blues
  • In My Reply
  • Will You Love Me Tomorrow

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    Linda Ronstadt
    "Different Drum"

    Although most people remember Linda Ronstadt's most popular hits, some may recommend her Greatest Hits or Best Of compilations. Yet, its the other songs that Rondstadt recorded that would make the curious Ronstadt fan to want to listen to more of her music. Her Different Drum 1974 release only produced one major hit, the title track, written by The Monkees' Michael Nesmith. The rest of the album showcases material written by other artists who were popular at the time, such as Nesmith, Jackson Browne, Bob Dylan, and Tim Buckley.

    Jackson Browne's "Rock Me On The Water" is just as good as Browne's version. The unfamiliar Dylan tune "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight" is a good song also. Tim Buckley's "Hobo" has a Joan Baez feel.

    "Stoney End" has a similar to style to the song "Different Drum." "Stoney End" was written by another popular folk songwrite at the time, Laura Nyro. It would be another song recorded by The Stone Poneys, which also recorded the title track. Ronstadt and The Stone Poneys would record 5 songs on this album - "Hobo" being one of them.

    "Long Long Time" is one of those songs for the familiar fan of 1970s music to say, "Ohhh, I remember that one!" I'm not sure if this version was the most popular by Ronstadt, but it's a song I remember right away, when the song first starts playing. Another Stone Poneys song is "Up to My Neck In High Muddy Water," a fairly good folks song, and Nesmith's "Some Of Shelly's Blues" has a more Country Rock feel, as I try to remember The Monkees' version. Actually, The Monkees' version was a unreleased song, found on one of their Missing Links releases. "In My Reply" is another fair slow number, and the Carole King/Shirelles' "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" is a bit different than King's and the Shirelles' versions.

    Different Drum is a good Country Rock album. Fans of The Eagles, Jackson Browne and the likes will enjoy the original early releases of Linda Ronstadt. Although the Greatest Hits songs are the standouts, it's enjoyable to listen to the album tracks Ronstadt accomplished.

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