Mad Love (Linda Ronstadt album)

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Mad Love
Studio album by Linda Ronstadt
Released February 1980
Recorded Record One, Los Angeles, California, October 24, 1979 - January 10, 1980
Genre Rock
Length 31:09
Label Asylum
Producer Peter Asher
Linda Ronstadt chronology
Living in the USA
Mad Love
Greatest Hits, Volume 2

Mad Love is a platinum-certified, Grammy-nominated 1980 rock album by singer/songwriter/producer Linda Ronstadt. It debuted at #5 on the Billboard album chart, a record at the time and a first for any female artist, and quickly became her seventh consecutive million-selling album.

The album contains versions of Elvis Costello's "Party Girl", "Girls Talk" and "Talking in the Dark" as well as Neil Young's "Look Out for My Love". Three songs from The Cretones' first album, Thin Red Line, were also featured.

Linda scored Top Ten hits from the album in the US with "How Do I Make You" and "Hurt So Bad". "I Can't Let Go" was the album's third hit single. Ronstadt was named Billboard's #1 Female Artist of 1980 for the fourth time (1975, 1977, 1978). She was also nominated for yet another Grammy Award in the Best Rock Vocal Performance Female category.

In 2011, after 31 years, Mad Love was taken out of print. The album was put into reprint in 2012 as part of Warner/Rhino's "Original Album Series" a group of five classic albums packaged in a box with each individual CD in a mini-replica of the original vinyl packaging.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau B- [2]
Rolling Stone (mixed) [3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 2.5/5 stars [4]

Track listing[edit]

Side A
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Mad Love"   Mark Goldenberg 3:40
2. "Party Girl"   Elvis Costello 3:22
3. "How Do I Make You"   Billy Steinberg 2:25
4. "I Can't Let Go"   Chip Taylor, Al Gorgoni 2:44
5. "Hurt So Bad"   Teddy Randazzo, Bobby Weinstein, Bobby Hart 3:17
Side B
No. Title Writer(s) Length
6. "Look Out for My Love"   Neil Young 3:29
7. "Cost of Love"   Goldenberg 2:38
8. "Justine"   Goldenberg 4:00
9. "Girls Talk"   Costello 3:22
10. "Talking in the Dark"   Costello 2:12



  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.