Hasten Down the Wind

Hasten Down the Wind is the Grammy Award-winning seventh studio album by singer/songwriter/producer Linda Ronstadt. Released in 1976, it became her third straight million-selling album. Ronstadt was the first female artist to accomplish this feat.[6] The album earned her a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female in 1977, her second of 13 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]

Hasten Down the Wind
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Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 1976
RecordedMarch 1976
StudioThe Sound Factory, Los Angeles, California
GenreRock, country rock
ProducerPeter Asher
Linda Ronstadt chronology
Prisoner in Disguise
Hasten Down the Wind
Greatest Hits
Singles from Hasten Down the Wind
  1. "That'll Be the Day"
    Released: August 1976
  2. "Someone to Lay Down Beside Me"
    Released: November 1976
  3. "Crazy"
    Released: November 1976
  4. "Lose Again"
    Released: May 1977
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Record GuideB–[2]
Rolling Stone(average)[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3/5 stars[4]
Stereo Review4.5/5 stars[5]

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 listingEdit

Side one
1."Lose Again"Karla Bonoff3:34
2."The Tattler"Ry Cooder, Russ Titelman, Washington Phillips3:56
3."If He's Ever Near"Karla Bonoff3:15
4."That'll Be the Day"Jerry Allison, Buddy Holly, Norman Petty2:32
5."Lo Siento Mi Vida" (I'm Sorry My Love)Linda Ronstadt, Kenny Edwards, Gilbert Ronstadt3:54
6."Hasten Down the Wind"Warren Zevon2:40
Side two
1."Rivers of Babylon"Brent Dowe, Trevor McNaughton0:52
2."Give One Heart"John Hall, Johanna Hall4:07
3."Try Me Again"Linda Ronstadt, Andrew Gold3:59
4."Crazy"Willie Nelson3:58
5."Down So Low"Tracy Nelson4:08
6."Someone to Lay Down Beside Me"Karla Bonoff4:28
Total length:41:23




  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: R". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved March 12, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
  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.