Album Remarks & Appraisals:
Import-only two CD compilation of Linda Ronstadt's early solo recordings for the Capitol Records label. This double disc set includes all four of Linda's solo LPs released between 1969 through 1974, as well as five previously unreleased studio and live tracks. Contains the groundbreaking album Hand Sown.. Home Grown (1969), Silk Purse (1970), Linda Ronstadt (1971) and Heart Like A Wheel (1974), which is generally considered to be Linda's greatest album. 46 tracks including the hits 'You're No Good', 'When Will I Be Loved?' and many others. EMI.
Personnel: Linda Ronstadt (vocals).
A two-disc set that presents four of Linda Ronstadt's earliest albums in their entirety, THE CAPITOL YEARS also takes the extra step of including a number of bonus tracks. While HAND SOWN...HOME GROWN and SILK PURSE find the young California-based singer, formerly of the Stone Poneys, working in a more straightforward country/folk vein, her 1972 self-titled record and HEART LIKE A WHEEL reveal an artist who has found her niche in the breezy, country-tinged rock of the era. (In fact, Ronstadt's backing band on her eponymous outing soon became the Eagles.)
Throughout this 46-track compilation, the honey-voiced Ronstadt showcases her interpretive skills on vibrant covers of songs by Randy Newman ('"Bet No One Ever Hurt This Bad"), Fred Neil ("The Dolphins") Johnny Cash ("I Still Miss Someone"), and James Taylor ("You Can Close Your Eyes"), to name but a few artists. Ronstadt would play genre hop-scotch in the years to come, but these four early albums are an example of some her finest, most focused efforts, and a quintessential document of the Laurel Canyon sound.