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If Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris were characters in a classic Hollywood western, Harris would likely play the wise and skeptical older sister while Ronstadt would be the vivacious and headstrong younger sister. In reality, Ronstadt is a year older than Harris, and they've been friends since the early '70s. The Western Wall, however, is their first album-length collaboration. Recorded entirely at a historic hotel in Ronstadt’s hometown of Tucson, the album does have a sororal feel to it. Harris and Ronstadt have very different personalities as singers, yet their voices become one when they sing together. In keeping with the album’s Western theme, the songs adopt a tone that's in turns homespun and spacious. Even though it's very much a contemporary album, there are prominent echoes of the '60s, especially in the vestal folk of “Sisters of Mercy” and the Byrds-like chiming of “Raise the Dead” and “He Was Mine.” Ronstadt sings Jackson Browne’s “For a Dancer” like a birthright, but it's the quieter moments that really astonish, especially “Western Wall,” “1917,” and “All I Left Behind.”

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1999 and No Reviews?? Brilliant Album

Can't imagine anything less than magnificent from the two most gorgeous, timeless voices in country/pop. Add to this brilliant, complex, back-up instrumentation which give these songs strong rhythmic depth and backbone. If this were not enough, toss in top-of-the heap composers and collaborators (as always with Harris). I would have to disagree with iTines pick of 1917 as the "best" song; there are half-dozen others which equal or surpass it. Not to be missed.

Two Great Voices

I love this album…it’s so full of wonderful material performed with surpassing beauty by two of my favorite singers. It doesn’t get much better than this!

Incredible Colleberation from 2 of the finest voices ever!

The 2 records the did with Dolly rocked and I knew this would be a jewel as well. I think I like it even more! Wish they had done a 2nd. You can really hear both of their influences evenly all across the board. I think it's one of the best balanced albums ever recorded but like most 90s albums from senior recording artists, it was lost. I love the haunting ballads'1917' 'Fallen Down' 'This Is To Mother You' & 'All I Left Behind'. Definitly worth checking out esspecially for die hard fans. With 2 women who can cross into any genre they choose without missing a beat, there is bound to be nothing but pure musical enjoyment.


Born: July 15, 1946 in Tucson, AZ

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

With roots in the Los Angeles country and folk-rock scenes, Linda Ronstadt became one of the most popular interpretive singers of the '70s, earning a string of platinum-selling albums and Top 40 singles. Throughout the '70s, her laid-back pop never lost sight of her folky roots, yet as she moved into the '80s, she began to change her sound with the times, adding new wave influences. After a brief flirtation with pre-rock pop, Ronstadt settled into a pattern of adult contemporary pop and Latin albums,...
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