The Analog Kid blog has been featuring out-of-print ’80s albums on “The Lost Boys” series for quite a while, and now it’s time for the ’70s to join the party! “Lost In The Flood: Hard-To-Find ’70s Albums” will give you the chance to listen to some great music from the ’70s that can no longer be easily acquired on-line or at your local record store (especially since many of you probably no longer even HAVE a local record store!).
Linda Ronstadt’s music was a constant in my household when I was growing up. Both of my parents were big fans– they had seen Linda open some L.A.-area shows for Neil Diamond back in the late ’60s/early ’70s, and both fell in love with her voice (and, in my Dad’s case at least, some of her other fine attributes). I can remember giving my parents Ronstadt records as Christmas or birthday presents on more than one occasion, and the truth is that I probably played those LPs more often than they did.
I have a vivid memory of the Different Drum album that dates back to 1974, the year it was released. I can remember sitting in front of the stereo and staring at both the front and back album cover, and I was absolutely fascinated with the images. Yes, it’s true: Linda Ronstadt may have been my first real crush, although I’m pretty sure that Chris Evert figures into that equation somewhere as well!
At the time, I didn’t realize that Different Drum was actually a compilation record. The album came out in early 1974, and featured cuts from Linda’s first three solo albums along with songs from her days fronting the ’60s band The Stone Poneys. One of those Stone Poneys songs was Laura Nyro’s “Stoney End,” my favorite from the record back then and still my favorite today– a bold statement considering the fact that Different Drum also contains “Long, Long Time” in addition to the amazing title track (written by the severely underrated Mike Nesmith).
Different Drum was briefly released on CD in the mid-’90s, but it has been out of print for quite a while. At this time, you can’t even download the album on Amazon (although many of the individual tracks are available on other releases). To create the copy of Different Drum featured below, I had to use multiple sources in order to capture the best version of each song. Some of the tracks are from CD, some are from the original Different Drum LP, and a few were taken from a vinyl rip of the Capitol compilation Linda Ronstadt: A Retrospective.
I don’t always go to this much trouble when I rip an album, but this time it was necessary. The release of Heart Like A Wheel in late 1974 would make Linda Ronstadt a star, but Different Drum will always be my favorite album from one of music’s best voices.
Linda Ronstadt: Different Drum
Capitol Records, 1974
* vinyl rip courtesy of The Analog Kid
1. “Different Drum” (Nesmith)
2. “Rock Me On The Water” (Browne)
3. “I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight” (Dylan)*
4. “Hobo” (Buckley)*
5. “Stoney End” (Nyro)*
6. “Long, Long Time” (White)
7.”Up To My Neck In High Muddy Water” (Wakefield/Herald/Yellin)*
8. “Some Of Shelley’s Blues” (Nesmith)*
9. “In My Reply” (Taylor)*
10. “Will You Love Me Tomorrow?” (King/Goffin)
The first rule of The Analog Kid blog is that if you write about a song on the Analog Kid blog, you share the song on the Analog Kid blog.
Laura Nyro: “Stoney End” (Nyro)
From the album More Than A New Discovery
Verve Folkways Records, 1967
Neil Diamond: “Glory Road” (Diamond)
From the album Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show
Uni Records, 1969
Linda Ronstadt: “You’re No Good” (Ballard, Jr.)
From the album Heart Like A Wheel
Capitol Records, 1974