Hasten Down the Wind

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Hasten Down the Wind
Hasten Down the Wind Ronstadt.jpg
Studio album by Linda Ronstadt
Released August 1976
Recorded May-July 1976
Studio The Sound Factory, Los Angeles, California
Genre Rock, country rock
Length 41:23
Label Asylum
Producer Peter Asher
Linda Ronstadt chronology
Prisoner in Disguise
(1975)Prisoner in Disguise1975
Hasten Down the Wind
Greatest Hits
(1976)Greatest Hits1976
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 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.[citation needed]

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. The album included a cover of a cover: "The Tattler" by Washington Phillips, which Ry Cooder had re-arranged for his 1974 album Paradise and Lunch. 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 number 1 Country albums for her.[citation needed]

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" Bonoff 3:15
4. "That'll Be the Day" Jerry Allison, Buddy Holly, Norman Petty 2:32
5. "Lo Siento Mi Vida" (I'm Sorry My Love) 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" L. 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" Bonoff 4:28


Additional musicians[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. Archived from the original on January 23, 2013. Retrieved June 6, 2011.