1973 Linda Ronstadt – Don’t Cry Now

Don’t Cry Now (1973) is Linda Ronstadt’s Gold-certified fourth solo LP and the first of her studio releases for Asylum Records, following six albums recorded for and released on Capitol Records.

It was reissued on Rhino’s Flashback Records in 2009 and has never been out of print. It has sold approximately 800,000 copies in the United States alone.

The tracks on Don’t Cry Now were produced individually, some by John Boylan, who produced Ronstadt’s preceding eponymous album; some by singer/songwriter J. D. Souther; and, for the first time in what would ultimately be a long and highly successful professional relationship, by British musician Peter Asher, former member of the ’60s rock duo Peter & Gordon. Asher was the head of A&R for Apple Records prior to his move to USA.

This album contains three songs composed by Souther (Souther and Linda would become romantically involved and he would write several songs for her) one by Randy Newman, a cover of a Neil Young ballad, one originally from the Flying Burrito Brothers, and a version of the Eagles’ “Desperado,” which the band had released earlier that year.

Tracks

1  I Can Almost See It (John David Souther) 3:51
2  Love Has No Pride (Eric Kaz, Libby Titus) 4:13
3  Silver Threads And Golden Needles (Dick Reynolds, Jack Rhodes) 2:25
4  Desperado (Don Henley, Glenn Frey) 3:32
5  Don’t Cry Now (John David Souther) 4:29
6  Sail Away (Randy Newman) 3:08
7  Colorado (Rick Roberts) 4:19
8  The Fast One (John David Souther) 3:41
9  Everybody Loves A Winner (Bill Williams, Booker T Jones, William Bell) 3:19
10  I Believe In You (Neil Young) 2:50

Media

Musicians

1 I Can Almost See It

BassJohn David Souther
DrumsDennis St. John
GuitarJerry McGee
Acoustic GuitarJohn David Souther
Steel GuitarPete Kleinow
PianoSpooner Oldham
HarmonicaJimmie Fadden
Background VocalsGinger Holliday
Background VocalsMary Holliday


2 Love Has No Pride

BassMike Bowden
DrumsMicky McGee
GuitarAndy Johnson
GuitarRichard Bowden
Steel GuitarPete Kleinow
PianoJohn Boylan
Background VocalsGinger Holliday
Background VocalsMary Holliday


3 Silver Threads And Golden Needles

BassMike Bowden
DrumsMicky McGee
GuitarRichard Bowden
Acoustic GuitarHerb Pedersen
Steel GuitarEd Black
PercussionLinda Ronstadt
FiddleGib Guilbeau
Background VocalsHerb Pedersen


4 Desperado

BassChris Etheridge
DrumsDennis St. John
GuitarJohn David Souther
PianoSpooner Oldham
SaxJames Gordon
SaxNino Tempo
TromboneGail Martin
TrumpetDarryl Leonard
TrumpetMac Johnson
Background VocalsClydie King
Background VocalsMarty McCall
Background VocalsSherlie Matthews


5 Don’t Cry Now

BassChris Etheridge
DrumsDennis St. John
GuitarLarry Carlton
Steel GuitarBuddy Emmons
PianoSpooner Oldham
Background VocalsWendy Waldman


6 Sail Away

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarLarry Carlton
Steel GuitarPete Kleinow
PianoCraig Doerge
Background VocalsClydie King
Background VocalsMarty McCall
Background VocalsSherlie Matthews


7 Colorado

BassMike Bowden
DrumsMicky McGee
GuitarEd Black
GuitarRichard Bowden
Acoustic GuitarRick Roberts
Steel GuitarPete Kleinow
Background VocalsGinger Holliday
Background VocalsMary Holliday


8 The Fast One

BassChris Etheridge
DrumsDennis St. John
GuitarGlenn Frey
Acoustic GuitarJohn David Souther
Steel GuitarEd Black
Background VocalsJohn David Souther


9 Everybody Loves A Winner

BassMike Bowden
DrumsMicky McGee
GuitarRichard Bowden
Steel GuitarGlenn Frey
SaxJames Gordon
SaxNino Tempo
TromboneGail Martin
TrumpetDarryl Leonard
TrumpetMac Johnson
Background VocalsHerb Pedersen


10 I Believe In You

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarRichard Bowden
Steel GuitarEd Black
PianoCraig Doerge
Background VocalsClydie King
Background VocalsMarty McCall
Background VocalsSherlie Matthews

Liner Notes

Producer – John David Souther
Co-producer – John Boylan (Tracks 2, 7)
Co-producer – John Boylan John Boylan (Tracks 3, 9)
Co-producer – Peter Asher (Tracks 6, 10)
Arranged By (Strings) – Jimmie Haskell (Tracks 2, 7, 10)
Arranged By (Horns And Strings) – Jim Ed Norman (Track 4)
Arranged By (Horns) – Jim Ed Norman (Track 9)
Engineer – John Haeny, Peter Granet, Ric Tarantini
Engineer (Remix) – Al Schmitt, John David Souther

Design (Cover Design) – Cathy Deeter, Glenn Ross
Photography By (Cover Photo) – Ed Caraeff
Photography By (Sleeve) – Terry Wright

Pressed By – Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Santa Maria
Manufactured By – Elektra/Asylum/Nonesuch Records
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Asylum Records
Copyright (c) – Asylum Records