1993 Linda Ronstadt – Winter Light

Winter Light is an album by American singer Linda Ronstadt, released in late 1993.

Winter Light was Ronstadt’s first solo album since Don’t Cry Now not to be produced by Peter Asher; she elected to produce it herself, along with George Massenburg. The album marked Ronstadt’s increased responsibilities and confidence behind the boards, this time achieving a multi-layered Enya-styled New Age-oriented sound, as in Anna McGarrigle’s “Heartbeats Accelerating” — the album’s first hit single — and Brian Wilson’s “Don’t Talk (Put Your Head on my Shoulder)”. “Heartbeats Accelerating” featured a popular music video while another track, a remake of the classic 1960s R&B hit, “Oh No Not My Baby”, was a Top 30 Adult Contemporary hit for Linda in the spring of 1994.

Other aspects of the album show Ronstadt paying tribute to great female vocalists of the 1960s, with a combination of rock n roll, oldies, and rock ballads. Three of the songs – “Anyone Who Had A Heart”, “Oh No Not My Baby”, and “I Just Don’t Know What to Do with Myself” – had been previously recorded by Dusty Springfield. Ronstadt selected classic compositions from various songwriters such as Burt Bacharach, Carole King, and Jimmy Webb, as well as from contemporary ones such as Tish Hinojosa. The album also showcased Ronstadt the singer-songwriter and music arranger, introducing her own composition, “Winter Light,” which was notably covered by Sarah Brightman on her 2001 album, Classics and Chloë Agnew for her Walking In The Air album.

The title track was also prominently used in the 1993 film The Secret Garden, but was not featured on the film’s original soundtrack release.

Tracks

1  Heartbeats Accelerating (Anna McGarrigle) 03:49
2  Do What You Gotta Do (Jimmy Webb) 03:24
3  Anyone Who Had A Heart (Burt Bacharach; Hal David) 03:26
4  Don’t Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder) (Brian Wilson; Tony Asher) 03:16
5  Oh No, Not My Baby (Gerry Goffin; Carole King) 03:05
6  It’s Too Soon To Know (Deborah Chessler) 02:30
7  I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself (Burt Bacharach; Hal David) 03:11
8  A River For Him (Emmylou Harris) 04:31
9  Adónde Voy (Tish Hinojosa) 03:09
10  You Can’t Treat The Wrong Man Right (Jimmy Webb) 03:29
11  Winter Light (Eric Kaz; Linda Ronstadt; Zbigniew Preisner) 03:16

Musicians

1 Heartbeats Accelerating

BassBob Glaub
BassLeland Sklar
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarDean Parks
SynthesizerRobbie Buchanan
HarmonicaDennis James
PercussionRuss Kunkel
Background VocalsValerie Carter
VocalsLinda Ronstadt


2 Do What You Gotta Do

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsRuss Kunkel
Acoustic GuitarDean Parks
OrganRobbie Buchanan
PianoRobbie Buchanan
PercussionRuss Kunkel
Background VocalsAlex Brown
Background VocalsMortonette Jenkins
Background VocalsMarlena Jeter
VocalsLinda Ronstadt


3 Anyone Who Had A Heart

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarDean Parks
Electric PianoRobbie Buchanan
PianoRobbie Buchanan
SynthesizerRobbie Buchanan
SaxDave Boruff
VibraphoneEmil Richards
PercussionRuss Kunkel
Background VocalsAlex Brown
Background VocalsMortonette Jenkins
Background VocalsMarlena Jeter
VocalsLinda Ronstadt


4 Don’t Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder)

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarDean Parks
OrganRobbie Buchanan
PianoRobbie Buchanan
SynthesizerRobbie Buchanan
PercussionRuss Kunkel
VocalsLinda Ronstadt


5 Oh No, Not My Baby

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarDean Parks
PianoMatt Rollings
Background VocalsAlex Brown
Background VocalsMarlena Jeter
VocalsLinda Ronstadt


6 It’s Too Soon To Know

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarDean Parks
PianoMatt Rollings
SaxPlas Johnson
Background VocalsAaron Neville
Background VocalsArnold McCuller
Background VocalsDonny Gerrard
Background VocalsJosef Powell
VocalsLinda Ronstadt


7 I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarDean Parks
OrganRobbie Buchanan
PianoMatt Rollings
PercussionRuss Kunkel
Background VocalsAlex Brown
Background VocalsMortonette Jenkins
Background VocalsMarlena Jeter
VocalsLinda Ronstadt


8 A River For Him

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarDean Parks
PianoRobbie Buchanan
SynthesizerRobbie Buchanan
HarmonicaDennis James
FluteJon Clarke
VocalsLinda Ronstadt


9 Adónde Voy

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarDean Parks
MandolinDean Parks
SynthesizerRobbie Buchanan
HarmonicaDennis James
RecorderJon Clarke
PercussionRuss Kunkel
VocalsLinda Ronstadt


10 You Can’t Treat The Wrong Man Right

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarDean Parks
OrganRobbie Buchanan
PianoMatt Rollings
SynthesizerRobbie Buchanan
Background VocalsAlex Brown
Background VocalsMortonette Jenkins
Background VocalsMarlena Jeter
VocalsLinda Ronstadt


11 Winter Light

PianoRobbie Buchanan
SynthesizerRobbie Buchanan
Background VocalsValerie Carter
VocalsLinda Ronstadt

Liner Notes

Producer – George Massenburg, Linda Ronstadt
Co-producer – Peter Asher (Tracks 1, 4)
Co-producer – Steve Tyrell (Tracks 3, 5, 6, 7)
Arranged By – David Campbell (Tracks 5, 7, 8, 9)
Conductor – David Campbell (Tracks 5, 7, 8, 9)
Coordinator – Ivy Skoff
Engineer – George Massenburg, Linda Ronstadt
Mastered By – Doug Sax, Gavin Lurssen
Mixed By – George Massenburg, Linda Ronstadt

Design, Art Direction – John Kosh
Photography – Robert Blakeman

Recorded At The Site
Recorded At Conway Studios
Recorded At Skywalker Sound
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