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Saturday, 28 December 2013
"Karla Bonoff / Restless Nights /Wild Heart Of The Young" by KARLA BONOFF (November 2013 Beat Goes On Reissue - 3LPs Remastered onto 2CDs) - A Review by Mark Barry...
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Me Sweet Things..."
most people I came to Karla Bonoff and her affecting songs via Linda Ronstadt.
I'd loved both "Someone To Lay Down Beside Me" and "If He's Ever
Near" - Bonoff originals issued as singles by Linda in the USA. This
excellent 2CD set is a great place to look for more...
released November 2013 – "Karla Bonoff/Restless Nights/Wild Heart Of The Young" by KARLA BONOFF on Beat Goes On BGOCD 1126 (Barcode 5017261211262) features 3
albums Remastered onto 2CDs and plays out as follows:
1 (74:20 minutes):
Someone To Lay Down Beside Me
I Can’t Hold On
Faces In The Wind
Isn’t It Always Love [Side 2]
If He’s Ever Near
Rose In The Garden
1 to 10 are her debut solo LP "Karla Bonoff" released in September 1977
on Columbia PC 34672 in the USA and January 1978 in the UK on CBS S 82455.
When You Walk In The Room
Only A Fool
Baby Don’t Go
Never Stop Her Heart
The Water Is Wide
11 to 19 are her 2nd album "Restless Nights" released in September
1979 on Columbia JC 35799 in the USA and January 1980 on CBS S 83587 in the UK
2 (37:56 minutes):
Please Be The One
I Don’t Want To Miss You
Just Walk Away
Gonna Be Mine
Wild Heart Of The Young
It Just Takes One
1 to 9 are her 3rd album "Wild Heart Of The Young" released in April
1982 on Columbia FC 37444
card wrap pictures all 3 albums and the detailed 16-page booklet outlines
session details and a history of her career and associations (John Tobler liner
notes). Quite apart from Ronstadt, the albums are littered with the West Coast
session mafia - Russ Kunkle, Waddy Watchel, the Eagles, Andrew Gold, Steve
Forman, Leland Sklar, Joe Walsh, and long-time producer and friend Kenny
Edwards. ANDREW THOMPSON at Sound Performances in London did the remastering
and they're beautifully clear and full of presence - reflecting the superb
original production values.
debut album is probably the best with gems like "Home" (lyrics
above), "Faces In The Wind" and "Falling Star" as well as
the fabulous "Someone To Lay Down Beside Me". In fact as the tunes
and ace musicianship go softly by - you're hit over and over by her affecting
song writing - rather like a female Jackson Browne on a good day. You could just
imagine the Eagles recording an entire album of her songs and making them sound
like their own compositions. Bonnie Raitt covered "Home" on her April
1977 LP "Sweet Forgiveness" and Warners even released it as a UK
7" single on K 16953 in May 1977 to promote the album. In the meantime
Linda Ronstadt arguably took "Someone To Lay Down Beside Me" to even
greater heights. She featured it on her April 1976 album "Hasten Down The
Wind" (a top 3 record in the USA) and the song turned up as a US and UK 45
in late 1976 and early 1977 (it was also featured on her May 1980
"Greatest Hits Vol.2"). Bonoff is like this – a songsmith – picked up
on by others who know a winning melody when they hear one. Her self-titled
debut rose to No. 52 on the US Pop LP charts and had a 40-week run – but it's
unfairly forgotten now and shouldn't be.
second and third albums saw the tunes drop too many times into terrible
late-Seventies Neil Diamond schlock territory. Jackie De Shannon provides
backing vocals on her own song "When He Walked Into The Room" and
another winner is her beautiful cover of the Traditional "The Water Is
Wide" (James Taylor does a gorgeous version of it on his "New Moon
Shine" album from 1991). The polished "Wild Heart..." from 1982
is unfortunately all production and too few actual tunes ("Just Takes
One" is a lovely exception with nice slide guitar from Joe Walsh). And
Kenny Edwards and Andrew Gold (long-time collaborators with Bonoff) have their
talent and presence on almost every track (both are now sadly passed on).
might not be everyone's idea of heaven - but those languid melodies I've
mentioned will affect you. If you're a Karla Bonoff fan - this superlative
sounding and well-presented reissue is a must own...especially for that lovely