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Album Review

If Karla Bonoff's debut album sounded like the sort of record that Linda Ronstadt or James Taylor were making at the same time, that shouldn't have been a surprise: the rhythm section of Leland Sklar and Russell Kunkel was the same, the tasteful chicken-scratching of guitarist Waddy Wachtel was present, and so was a cheering section including Ronstadt, Don Henley, Eagle associate J.D. Souther, and other charter members of the SoCal country/folk/rock club of the '70s. Also, Ronstadt had cut three of the songs on her last album and Bonnie Raitt had done one. All of this meant that, despite Bonoff's competent singing, which actually better accentuated the lyrics of her songs than Ronstadt's, it was hard for her to get out from under the shadow of the members of her peer group who had preceded her. Nevertheless, the album's ten songs paint an effective picture of the ups and downs of love, circa the mid-'70s.

Customer Reviews

Vinyl Replacement

Out of the stacks of old vinyl records stored for decades in my art studio, this was the one album repeatedly played as I was assembling a career as a oil painter. Unmistakable subtleties reveal authentic experience in these songs. Bonoff's lyrics are just the tip of the tip of the iceberg. My turntable is long deceased but this piece of music will live on and on. I downloaded the iTunes version and opened up years of forgotten emotions. It's alleged that Karla has moved away from music out of pressure from the record label to produce. That makes sense. You cannot push fine art.

Best Years

Were when I found Karla Bonoff. I know every word of every song. Passionate voice. Writer behind Linda Ronstadt. I am so proud to have her music back in my life. Fantastic voyage. - Becky

Karla Bonoff

Always loved her. From the first notes. Her melancholy, her melody, her introspective heart of gold. Tremendous production and such beautiful songs. How she did not prosper more, I'm puzzled, except to think she was always too shy, not ambitious enough, avoided the spotlight, was not comfortable with stardom, and so she stayed a bit of a recluse. Probably what I would have and done and why I adored her. Her work, later on, with Bryndle - also fantastic; not to be missed.


Born: December 27, 1952 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s

Singer/songwriter Karla Bonoff grew up in Los Angeles and briefly attended UCLA. Emerging from the Monday night hootenanny scene at the Troubadour nightclub, she was a member of Bryndle, a folk-rock group also featuring Wendy Waldman, Andrew Gold, and Kenny Edwards, that formed in 1969, signed to A&M, and cut an album that was never released. Edwards, a former member of the Stone Poneys (a band featuring Linda Ronstadt), and Gold were later part of Ronstadt's backing band, and they brought Bonoff...
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