Hasten Down the Wind

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This article is about The album by Linda Ronstadt. For information on the title track itself, see Hasten Down the Wind (song).
Hasten Down the Wind
Studio album by Linda Ronstadt
Released August 1976
Recorded The Sound Factory, Los Angeles, California, May - July 1976
Genre Rock, country rock, gospel
Length 41:23
Label Asylum, Rhino
Producer Peter Asher
Linda Ronstadt chronology
Prisoner in Disguise
(1975)
Hasten Down the Wind
(1976)
Greatest Hits
(1976)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B−[2]
Rolling Stone (average)[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars[4]
Stereo Review 4.5/5 stars[5]

Hasten Down the Wind is a Grammy Award-winning 1976 album by singer/songwriter/producer Linda Ronstadt, and her third straight million-selling album. Ronstadt was the first female artist in history to accomplish this feat.[6] The album earned her a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female in early 1977, her second of a record 11 Grammys. It represented a slight departure from 1974's Heart Like a Wheel and 1975's Prisoner in Disguise in that she chose to showcase new songwriters over the traditional country rock sound she had been producing up to that point. A more serious and poignant album than its predecessors, it won critical acclaim from critics and the general public alike.

The album showcased songs from artists such as Warren Zevon ("Hasten Down the Wind") and Karla Bonoff ("Someone to Lay Down Beside Me"); both of whom would soon be making a name for themselves in the singer-songwriter world. A reworking of the late Patsy Cline's classic "Crazy" was a Top 10 Country hit for Ronstadt in early 1977.

Her third album to go platinum, Hasten Down the Wind spent several weeks in the top three of the Billboard album charts. It was also the second of four #1 Country albums for her. Ronstadt's subsequent album was 1977's Simple Dreams, one of her best-selling ever.

This album has never been out of print.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Lose Again"   Karla Bonoff 3:34
2. "The Tattler"   Ry Cooder, Russ Titelman, Washington Phillips 3:56
3. "If He's Ever Near"   Karla Bonoff 3:15
4. "That'll Be the Day"   Jerry Allison, Buddy Holly, Norman Petty 2:32
5. "Lo Siento Mi Vida"   Linda Ronstadt, Kenny Edwards, Gilbert Ronstadt 3:54
6. "Hasten Down the Wind"   Warren Zevon 2:40
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Rivers of Babylon"   Brent Dowe, Trevor McNaughton 0:52
2. "Give One Heart"   John Hall, Johanna Hall 4:07
3. "Try Me Again"   Linda Ronstadt, Andrew Gold 3:59
4. "Crazy"   Willie Nelson 3:58
5. "Down So Low"   Tracy Nelson 4:08
6. "Someone to Lay Down Beside Me"   Karla Bonoff 4:28

Personnel[edit]

Core band[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

Production[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Robert Christgau review
  3. ^ Rolling Stone review
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ Stereo Review review
  6. ^ "Bio". Linda Ronstadt. Elektra. Retrieved June 6, 2011.