1980 Linda Ronstadt – Mad Love

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 over one million copies. It was certified Platinum and nominated for a Grammy.

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 #65.

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. In 2018, Friday Music released a limited edition on pink vinyl.

Tracks

1  Mad Love (Mark Goldenberg) 03:38
2  Party Girl (Elvis Costello) 03:21
How Do I Make You (Billy Steinberg) 02:21
4  I Can’t Let Go (Al Gorgoni; Chip Taylor) 02:43
Hurt So Bad (Bobby Hart; Bobby Wilding; Teddy Randazzo) 03:14
6  Look Out for My Love (Neil Young) 03:26
7  Cost of Love (Mark Goldenberg) 02:40
8  Justine (Mark Goldenberg) 03:58
9  Girls Talk (Elvis Costello) 03:23
10  Talking In The Dark (Elvis Costello) 02:10

Musicians

1 Mad Love

BassBob Glaub
DrumsRuss Kunkel
Guitar (solo)Dan Dugmore
GuitarMark Goldenberg
KeyboardsBill Payne
Background VocalsMark Goldenberg
Background VocalsWaddy Wachtel
VocalsLinda Ronstadt


2 Party Girl

BassBob Glaub
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarDan Dugmore
GuitarMark Goldenberg
KeyboardsBill Payne
VocalsLinda Ronstadt


3 How Do I Make You

BassBob Glaub
DrumsRuss Kunkel
Guitar (solo)Mark Goldenberg
GuitarDan Dugmore
KeyboardsBill Payne
Background VocalsMark Goldenberg
Background VocalsNicolette Larson
VocalsLinda Ronstadt


4 I Can’t Let Go

BassBob Glaub
DrumsRuss Kunkel
Guitar (solo)Mark Goldenberg
GuitarDan Dugmore
KeyboardsBill Payne
TambourinePeter Asher
Background VocalsNicolette Larson
Background VocalsRosemary Butler
VocalsLinda Ronstadt


5 Hurt So Bad

BassBob Glaub
DrumsRuss Kunkel
Guitar (solo)Danny Kortchmar
GuitarDan Dugmore
KeyboardsBill Payne
VocalsLinda Ronstadt


6 Look Out for My Love

BassBob Glaub
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarDan Dugmore
DobroMike Auldridge
KeyboardsBill Payne
VocalsLinda Ronstadt


7 Cost of Love

BassBob Glaub
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarMark Goldenberg
KeyboardsBill Payne
Background VocalsMark Goldenberg
Background VocalsWaddy Wachtel
VocalsLinda Ronstadt


8 Justine

BassBob Glaub
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarDan Dugmore
GuitarMark Goldenberg
KeyboardsBill Payne
Background VocalsAndrew Gold
Background VocalsKenny Edwards
VocalsLinda Ronstadt


9 Girls Talk

BassBob Glaub
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarDan Dugmore
GuitarMark Goldenberg
Acoustic GuitarPeter Bernstein
KeyboardsBill Payne
PercussionPeter Asher
PercussionSteve Forman
Background VocalsNicolette Larson
Background VocalsRosemary Butler
VocalsLinda Ronstadt


10 Talking In The Dark

BassBob Glaub
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarDan Dugmore
GuitarMark Goldenberg
KeyboardsBill Payne
SynthesizerMichael Boddicker
VocalsLinda Ronstadt

Liner Notes

Producer – Peter Asher
Mastered By – Doug Sax, Mike Reese
Recorded By – Val Garay
Recorded By (Assistant) – Niko Bolas

Art Direction, Design – John Kosh
Photography By – Peter Howe

Distributed By – WEA Filipacchi Music
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Elektra/Asylum Records
Copyright (c) – Elektra/Asylum Records
Recorded At – Record One, Los Angeles
Mastered At – The Mastering Lab