Greatest Hits, Volume 2 is a hits compilation album from American singer/songwriter/producer Linda Ronstadt. It was released in 1980 on Asylum Records. The disc covers mostly Ronstadt's heavier rocking singles The album has sold close to two million copies in the United States alone and was Ronstadt's eighth consecutive Platinum certified album.
Greatest Hits was Linda Ronstadt's first major compilation album, released at the end of 1976 for the holiday shopping season. It included material from both her Capitol Records and Asylum Records output, and went back to 1967 for The Stone Poneys' hit "Different Drum".
The disc covers mostly Linda's heavier rocking singles The album has sold close to two million copies in the United States alone and was Ronstadt's eighth consecutive Platinum certified album.(wikipedia)
"Greatest Hits" remains the biggest-selling album of Ronstadt's entire career, being certified 7 times Platinum (over 7 million US copies sold) by the RIAA in America alone and has sold nearly 20 million worldwide as of 2010. It peaked at #6 on the main Billboard album chart and also reached #2 on Billboard's Country albums chart, where it remained for over three years.(wikipedia)
Following the same formula as her early records, Heart Like a Wheel doesn't appear to be a great breakthrough on the surface. However, Ronstadt comes into her own on this mix of oldies and contemporary classics…
Don't Cry Now 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 in 1974…
If Rhino had merely combined Linda Ronstadt's Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 and volume two, they would have a compilation that captured her at her peak. They didn't do that for 2002's The Very Best of Linda Ronstadt, but they did follow that basic blueprint very closely, with 16 of the 21 songs culled from her '70s heyday, with the remaining five drawing from her late-'80s/early-'90s adult contemporary comeback, including "Don't' Know Much" and "Somewhere out There." That these songs don't quite fit musically with the laid-back Californian soft rock of the '70s doesn't matter, nor does it matter that her excursions into other genres – her traditional pop albums with Nelson Riddle, her Mexican records, her country albums with Trio – are missing ("Different Drum" with the Stone Poneys is here), because this collection expertly delivers her biggest hits in an enjoyable fashion with very little fat. Those original hits records remain first-rate, but it's nicer to get all of these on one disc instead of two.
Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris have frequently collaborated over the course of their long careers. Their voices are made for each other in a yin-yang meeting of Ronstandt's rich velvet alto and Harris' songbird-sweet soprano. The Tucson Sessions takes their collaborations to new heights. A collection of covers and originals tracing various paths of love and loss, the performances seem to have breathed in the desert where they were recorded. Arrangements airy as the space between desert and sky are grounded by gritty guitars, splashed with color from folk instruments and filled with glorious harmonies.