Feels Like Home (Linda Ronstadt album)

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Feels Like Home
Studio album by Linda Ronstadt
Released March 14, 1995
Recorded 1994
Genre Country rock
Label Elektra
Producer George Massenburg, Linda Ronstadt
Linda Ronstadt chronology
Winter Light
(1993)
Feels Like Home
(1995)
Dedicated to the One I Love
(1996)

Feels Like Home is an out of print studio album by American singer/songwriter/producer Linda Ronstadt released in 1995. It reached number 75 and lasted 12 weeks on the Billboard album chart. It received excellent critical reviews upon release. The disc sold approximately 300,000 copies in the United States. This album is now out of print physically, although it is available digitally and five of its tracks were subsequently included on Trio II.

A double sided single, Tom Petty's "The Waiting" and "Walk On", was released simultaneously with the album. "Walk On" returned Linda to the Billboard Country Singles chart for the first time as a solo artist (not counting the late 1980s 'Trio' hits) since 1983. The song was previously recorded by Matraca Berg on her 1990 debut album Lying to the Moon.

Adult Contemporary radio picked up the album track "The Blue Train" which reached 31 on that chart and lasted for ten weeks in the chart's Top 40. Album track "Feels Like Home" was incorporated into Randy Newman's musical Randy Newman's Faust, which opened later in 1995, and has been subsequently covered by a number of artists.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune 2.5/4 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly A−[3]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[4]

Music critic Jose Promis called the album a "return to her country-rock roots" in his Allmusic review, writing: "… the final result is an album that is top-quality but a little bland. Ronstadt's voice is nothing short of stellar, and the songs are fine, but there is a certain immediacy that is lacking in this album, especially toward the end, when it just seems to drift... this is top-quality material, but one can't help but pine for the punch and perfect production of her previous pop packages."[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Waiting" (Tom Petty) – 3:58
  2. "Walk On" (Matraca Berg, Ronnie Samoset) – 2:58
  3. "High Sierra" (Harley Allen) – 4:24
  4. "After the Gold Rush" (Neil Young) – 3:33
  5. "The Blue Train" (Jennifer Kimball, Tom Kimmel) – 5:04
  6. "Feels Like Home" (Randy Newman) – 4:50
  7. "Teardrops Will Fall" (Eddie Deane) – 3:08
  8. "Morning Blues" (Traditional) – 3:57
  9. "Women Cross the River" (David Olney) – 3:33
  10. "Lover's Return" (A.P. Carter) – 4:01

Personnel[edit]

Production notes:

  • George Massenburg – producer, engineer, mixing
  • Linda Ronstadt – producer, mixing, arrangements
  • Nathaniel Kunkel – engineer
  • Sean O'Dwyer – assistant engineer
  • Gil Morales – assistant engineer
  • Ron Lewter – mastering
  • Doug Sax – mastering
  • Gavin Lurssen – mastering
  • Kosh – art direction, design
  • Robert Blakeman – photography

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Promis, Jose F. "Fells Like Home - Linda Ronstadt". Allmusic. Retrieved January 27, 2011. 
  2. ^ Dretzka, Gary (June 1, 1995). "Linda Ronstadt Feels Like Home (Elektra)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved April 12, 2013. 
  3. ^ Thigpen, David (March 17, 1995). "Feels Like Home Review". Entertainment Weekly: 88. Retrieved April 12, 2013. 
  4. ^ Galvin, Peter (April 6, 1995). "Feels Like Home". Rolling Stone. Retrieved April 12, 2013.