For Sentimental Reasons (Linda Ronstadt album)

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For Sentimental Reasons
Studio album by Linda Ronstadt
Released October 1986
Recorded 1985 – 1986
Genre Jazz, Big Band, Traditional Pop Standards
Label Asylum
Producer Peter Asher
Linda Ronstadt chronology
Lush Life
(1984)
For Sentimental Reasons
(1986)
Canciones de Mi Padre
(1987)

For Sentimental Reasons is a million-selling, Platinum-certified album by American singer/songwriter/producer Linda Ronstadt, released in late 1986. The album peaked at #46 on Billboard's main album chart - although it lasted over 6 months on the list of 200 albums - as well as #3 on the Top Jazz Albums chart.

It was the third consecutive Platinum-certified collaboration between Ronstadt and bandleader/arranger Nelson Riddle and Ronstadt's eleventh million-selling Platinum album overall.

History[edit]

For Sentimental Reasons was the final installment of the jazz trilogy that Ronstadt recorded with bandleader and arranger Nelson Riddle, who died during the making of this disc. Three of the tracks were conducted by Terry Woodson. The album's premier single release, When You Wish Upon A Star, peaked at #32 in Billboard Magazine at the end of 1986. It was assisted by a popular music video. John Kosh designed the album covers for the trilogy of albums Ronstadt recorded with Nelson Riddle.

All tracks also included in the compilation "'Round Midnight", released on Asylum Records later in 1986.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars[2]

In his Allmusic review, critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine called the album "virtually indistinguishable from its two predecessors—it has the same sweeping arrangements, and her voice remains adequate, if not spectacular."[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "When You Wish Upon a Star" (Leigh Harline, Ned Washington) – 3:46
  2. "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered" (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers) – 4:24
  3. "You Go to My Head" (J. Fred Coots, Haven Gillespie) – 3:36
  4. "But Not for Me" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) – 5:24
  5. "My Funny Valentine" (Hart, Rodgers) – 3:00
  6. "I Get Along Without You Very Well" (Hoagy Carmichael, Jane Brown Thompson) – 4:15
  7. "Am I Blue?" (Harry Akst, Grant Clarke) – 2:54
  8. "(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons" (William Best, Deek Watson) – 3:42
  9. "Straighten Up and Fly Right" (Nat King Cole, Irving Mills) – 2:15
  10. "Little Girl Blue" (Hart, Rodgers) – 4:35
  11. "'Round Midnight" (Bernie Hanighen, Thelonious Monk) – 4:19

Personnel[edit]

  • Linda Ronstadt – vocals
  • Louie Bellson – drums
  • Ray Brown – bass
  • Dennis Budimir – guitar
  • Don Grolnick – piano
  • John Guerin – drums
  • Bob Magnusson – bass
  • Bob Mann – guitar
  • Plas Johnson – saxophone
  • Bud Shank – saxophone
  • Chauncey Welsch – trombone
  • Warren Luening – trumpet
  • Mic Bell – background vocals
  • Drake Frye – background vocals
  • Clifford Holland – background vocals
  • Carl Jones – background vocals
  • James Taylor – background vocals
  • Nelson Riddle & His Orchestra – orchestra

Production notes:

  • Peter Asher – producer
  • Nelson Riddle – arranger, conductor
  • Terry Woodson – conductor
  • George Massenburg – engineer, mixing
  • Sharon Rice – assistant engineer
  • Doug Sax – mastering

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "For Sentimental Reasons - Linda Ronstadt". Allmusic. Retrieved January 27, 2011. 
  2. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 701. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.