Silk Purse

Silk Purse

by Linda Ronstadt


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Abandoning California for Nashville, Linda Ronstadt does take a stab at relatively straight-ahead country on her second album, Silk Purse. She's changed location and producers -- Elliot Mazer, who'd later be Neil Young's right-hand man for archival projects, helmed this -- but she hasn't quite thrown herself into the maelstrom of Music City here. Many of the soft, flowery flourishes of Hand Sown…Home Grown have been traded in for steel guitars and echoing acoustics, a move that definitely reads country, but Ronstadt's sensibility remains rooted on the West Coast, favoring great emerging songwriters and revived, reworked versions of classics. Only a couple of these are classic country, however -- just Hank Williams' "Lovesick Blues" and Mel Tillis' "Mental Revenge," which are balanced by Goffin/King's "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" and "I'm Leaving It All Up to You," R&B hits given nice country rearrangements (the latter in particular feels suited to its new barroom rendition). These rearrangements, alongside covers of Gene Clark & Bernie Leadon's "He Darked the Sun" and Paul Siebel's "Louise," suggest that Ronstadt's sensibility is a bit more cosmopolitan than country, but that's the great thing about Silk Purse: perhaps she didn't find her voice, not in the way she would a year later on her eponymous record, but this Nashville excursion had a clarifying effect, whittling down the musical excesses and strengthening her aesthetic while winding up a nifty little record in its own right. [Silk Purse was re-released on CD in 2016.]

Product Details

Release Date: 05/20/2016
Label: Varese Sarabande
UPC: 0030206735789
catalogNumber: 067357
Rank: 4257

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Linda Ronstadt   Primary Artist
Elliot Mazer   Conductor
Adam Mitchell   Conductor
Norbert Putnam   Conductor
Gary White   Vocals
Kenneth Buttrey   Conductor

Technical Credits

Mickey Newbury   Composer
Mel Tillis   Composer
Paul Siebel   Composer
Gene Clark   Composer
Carole King   Composer
Linda Ronstadt   Arranger
Irving Mills   Composer
Bryon Davis   Reissue Producer
Gerry Goffin   Composer
Dewey Terry   Composer
Fred Catero   Engineer
Cliff Friend   Composer
Howard Gale   Engineer
Don "Sugarcane" Harris   Composer
Bernie Leadon   Composer
Cary E. Mansfield   Reissue Producer
Elliot Mazer   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Adam Mitchell   Arranger,Musical Director
Wayne Moss   Engineer
Norbert Putnam   Arranger
Gary White   Composer
Lee Hazin   Engineer
Jerry McCulley   Liner Notes
Bill Pitzonka   Reissue Producer,Art Direction
Traditional   Composer
Kenneth Buttrey   Arranger

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