Living in the USA

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Living In The USA
Studio album by Linda Ronstadt
ReleasedSeptember 19, 1978[1]
RecordedThe Sound Factory, Los Angeles, California from May 5 to July 3, 1978
GenreRock, pop rock, R&B
Length35:06
LabelAsylum
ProducerPeter Asher
Linda Ronstadt chronology
Simple Dreams
(1977)
Living In The USA
(1978)
Mad Love
(1980)
 
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Living In The USA
Studio album by Linda Ronstadt
ReleasedSeptember 19, 1978[1]
RecordedThe Sound Factory, Los Angeles, California from May 5 to July 3, 1978
GenreRock, pop rock, R&B
Length35:06
LabelAsylum
ProducerPeter Asher
Linda Ronstadt chronology
Simple Dreams
(1977)
Living In The USA
(1978)
Mad Love
(1980)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars link
Circus Magazine4/5 stars link
Robert Christgau(B) link
Crawdaddy!3.5/5 stars link
Rolling Stone(mixed) link

Living In The USA is a 1978 album by American singer/songwriter/producer Linda Ronstadt. The album was Linda's third No. 1 on the Billboard album chart and was the first album in history to ship Double Platinum. As a measure of her impact on popular culture in this time period, the front cover photograph of a roller skating Linda in a satin exercise outfit was noted to increase the popularity of skating in the United States at the time.

It was Ronstadt's record sixth consecutive million-selling Platinum album. It was certified by the RIAA for 2 million copies sold in the US alone and has estimated real sales of 3 million US units sold.[2]

In 2011 this album was deleted after 33 years in print.[citation needed]. The album returned to print in 2012 as part of the CD releases "Original Album Series" put out by Rhino (a division of Warner Music) which included four other albums by Ronstadt in miniature replicas of the LP jackets used for the original vinyl releases.

Contents

Release data

The album was originally released by Asylum in the LP format in September, 1978 (catalogue number 155 or 6E-155). Subsequently, in 1990, Asylum released the album in the Cassette format (TCS-155) and in the CD format (2-155).

In addition to the standard 1978 release, collector's-item editions of the LP were made in the same time period of the album in red vinyl (catalogue number K53085) and also of a picture disc (catalogue number DP 401) featuring a photograph of Linda's lacing up the roller skating boots that she is wearing on the front cover (this photograph is also included on the record sleeve in the standard release).

Single releases and radio play

The album's first single release was a revved up remake of Chuck Berry's "Back in the USA" which peaked at #16 on the Billboard Hot 100. (It was listed at #1 on many Album Rock playlists.) The disc's biggest success was Ronstadt's version of Smokey Robinson's "Ooh Baby Baby" (featuring alto-sax work from David Sanborn) that hit #7 Pop and #2 Easy Listening as well as the Country and even the Soul chart. "Just One Look" and "Alison" later became hit singles for Linda as well, while "All That You Dream" and the late Warren Zevon's "Mohammad's Radio" were popular tracks on AOR (Album-Oriented Radio) stations.

Although not released as a single, Linda's version of "Love Me Tender" was edited together with the original version of the song by Elvis Presley, creating a duet between the two famous singers that was played by many radio stations at the time. Elvis did the first verse alone, straight from his original recording, as Ronstadt didn't sing this verse on her version for some reason.

Critical Reaction

The album received largely positive reviews at the time of release. [3] [4] Ronstadt covered her last Warren Zevon song for this album ("Mohammed's Radio"). The album largely consisted of material that had previously been recorded and released by other artists including covers of written and performed previously by Little Feat, Elvis Presley and Elvis Costello.

Ronstadt's cover of Elvis Costello's "Allison" has been criticized by Costello himself after he heard her version of the song, although he did admit he "liked the money." Ronstadt had her management reach out to Costello and asked if he had any other material she could cover. He responded by sending her three songs that she recorded for her follow-up album. After the release of Mad Love, Ronstadt's follow-up album with the three Costello songs she solicited, Costello had negative comments about her versions of his songs. [5]

Track listing

Side 1

  1. "Back in the U.S.A." (Chuck Berry) - 3:02
  2. "When I Grow Too Old to Dream" (Oscar Hammerstein II, Sigmund Romberg) - 3:52
  3. "Just One Look" (Gregory Carroll, Doris Payne) - 3:20
  4. "Alison" (Elvis Costello) - 3:20
  5. "White Rhythm & Blues" (J.D. Souther) - 4:17

Side 2

  1. "All That You Dream" (Paul Barrere, Bill Payne) - 3:43
  2. "Ooh Baby Baby" (William "Smokey" Robinson, Warren Moore) - 3:18
  3. "Mohammed's Radio" (Warren Zevon) - 4:20
  4. "Blowing Away" (Eric Kaz) - 3:15
  5. "Love Me Tender" (Elvis Presley, Vera Matson) - 2:39

Personnel

References

Preceded by
Don't Look Back by Boston
Billboard 200 number-one album
November 4–10, 1978
Succeeded by
Live and More by Donna Summer