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Album Review

Karla Bonoff seems to have had some trouble coming up with material for her second album, which may explain why it took two years (a long time in the '70s) and contained covers of "When You Walk in the Room" and "The Water Is Wide," and also why the originals weren't as uniformly excellent as those on her first album. True, leadoff track "Trouble Again" was a gem (as Linda Ronstadt proved when she recorded it on her Cry Like a Rainstorm — Howl Like the Wind album in 1989). As usual, half of L.A. was playing and singing on the record, which meant that you got people like Don Henley and James Taylor for your money. But Restless Nights did not represent the leap that would have been required to vault Bonoff into the ranks of her star friends (it didn't have a big hit single, either), and so it caused a rethinking of career direction reflected on her third album.

Customer Reviews

Why Didn't This Catch on BIG?

With Karla's writing and singing, coupled with the "all of LA" backing (Russ Kunkel, Leland Sklar, Andrew Gold, etc), this was solidly within the Warner-Elektra-Asylum sound that was so big back then. A good mix of rockers and ballads. If you're a fan of Linda Ronstadt's mid-1970's sound, then this one is for you. You won't be disappointed.

Restless Nights

Powerful lyrics, lovely music. Bonoff vs Ronstadt.....no contest. Lovely, soulful Karla

Biography

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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