Personnel: Linda Ronstadt (vocals, hand claps); Dan Dugmore (electric & steel guitars); Charles Veal (violin, viola); Ken Yerke (violin); Paul Polivnick (viola); Dennis Karmazyn (cello); Richard Feves (acoustic bass); Kenny Edwards (bass, mandolin, background vocals); Russ Kunkel, Michael Botts (drums); Peter Asher (percussion); Herb Pederson, Becci Louis, Pat Henderson, Sherlie Matthews, Gerry Garrett, Jim Gilstrap, Clydie King, Ron Hickland (background vocals).
HASTEN DOWN THE WIND was a number three smash and Ronstadt's first million- selling disc. It also garnered her a Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. It's a very real, raw album with Ronstadt's sweet vocals pierced by a touch of grit. "Lose Again" is a country rock ballad written by Karla Bonoff. Linda decides it's time to rock out with a kickin' version of Buddy Holly's "That'll Be The Day."
Ronstadt delves into Spanish territory with "Lo Siento Mi Vida," a beautiful acoustic number. The title track is a ballad written by Warren Zevon and features fellow Californian Don Henley on harmony vocals. Ronstadt goes the Jamaican route with "Give One Heart," a reggae love song. Linda does a powerful and searing rendition of Patsy Cline's "Crazy," as her soprano sheds new light on an old classic. Ronstadt has explored many musical styles in her career, and HASTEN is no exception, as country, rock, pop, Spanish music and reggae come together to form a winner.