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© Capitol Records
Year of Release: 1974
Rock Me On the Water
I'll Be Your Baby Tonight
Long Long Time
Up To My Neck
Some Of Shelly's Blues
In My Reply
Will You Love Me Tomorrow
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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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