Released today (February 1st) on both CD and vinyl is the very first official Linda Ronstadt live album. Live In Hollywood features a dozen classic tracks recorded on April 24th, 1980 during Ronstadt's performance at L.A.'s Television Center Studios for her famed HBO special. Highlights on the set include such favorites as “Blue Bayou,” “Poor Poor Pitiful Me,” “It's So Easy” “You're No Good” — along with a sampling of Ronstadt then-recent new wave-tinged Mad Love album, featuring “I Can't Let Go,” “How Do I Make You” and “Hurt So Bad.”
Backing Ronstadt on the show are guitarists Kenny Edwards and Danny Kortchmar, drummer Russ Kunkel, bassist Bob Glaub, keyboardist Billy Payne of Little Feat, pedal steel guitarist Dan Dugmore, and backing vocalist Wendy Waldman. Also appearing is Peter Asher — Ronstadt's longtime manager and producer — who supplied percussion and backing vocals.
Linda Ronstadt admitted to us she has mixed emotions on her career, from the material she's chosen to release, to even how much performing she's done: “My music has always been 80percent private music and twenty percent what I did for the public, but the public part of it just became so dominant, and I. . . it didn't need to be that way. And I, y'know, I've done it, I've been on the road. I've had an unusually long career. Most people's careers (laughing), don't last as long as mine and nobody would want to, unless you're mentally imbalanced. Nobody would want to keep going out on the road. It's a horrible. . . it's not a nice existence. There's nothing natural about it.”