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Mad Love (Linda Ronstadt album)

Mad Love is the tenth studio album by singer, songwriter and producer Linda Ronstadt, released in 1980. 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 album to sell one million copies. It was certified Platinum and nominated for a Grammy.

Mad Love
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Studio album by Linda Ronstadt
Released February, 1980
Recorded October 24, 1979 - January 10, 1980
Studio Record One, Los Angeles, California
Genre
Length 31:09
Label Asylum
Producer Peter Asher
Linda Ronstadt chronology
Living in the USA
(1978)Living in the USA1978
Mad Love
(1980)
Greatest Hits, Volume 2
(1980)Greatest Hits, Volume 21980

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.

The album had Top 10 hits in the United States with the frenetic "How Do I Make You" and the achingly pleading "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. This was her fourth time earning that honor. (She was also named the year's top woman in 1975, 1977, and 1978.) Linda was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Rock Vocal Performance Female category for the single "How Do I Make You". In the United Kingdom, this release peaked at #60.

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. That package has also been deleted.

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

Track listingEdit

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

PersonnelEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Cateforis, Theo (2011). Are We Not New Wave? : Modern Pop at the Turn of the 1980s. University of Michigan Press. p. 40. ISBN 0-472-03470-7. 
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Robert Christgau review
  4. ^ Rolling Stone review
  5. ^ 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.