Time to wake up all over again to Linda Ronstadt's "Simple Dreams."
The momentous No. 1 album from 1977 has been remastered and is being reissued today, coinciding with the 40th anniversary of its original release. The new CD is listed at $14.98; the LP costs $24.98 and comes with a seven-inch single of three previously unreleased live tracks from a 1980 concert that aired on HBO. "Simple Dreams" will also be available to download and stream.
The album's bonus cuts are live versions of three cover songs that propelled "Simple Dreams" to No. 1 for five weeks in December 1977: Roy Orbison's "Blue Bayou," Buddy Holly's "It's So Easy" and Warren Zevon's "Poor, Poor Pitiful Me."
The singles "Blue Bayou" and "It's So Easy" at one point were both in the Top 5 on the Billboard Hot 100, the first time that feat had ever been accomplished by a female artist. It was also the first time any act had two simultaneous Top 5 hits since the Beatles.
In addition to selling more than 3.5 million copies nationwide in its first year, "Simple Dreams" achieved another impressive feat when it knocked Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours" out of the No. 1 spot after a record 29 weeks at the top of the Billboard 200.
Ronstadt was 29 when she released her eighth studio effort and fifth consecutive platinum album, which also featured a cover of the Rolling Stones' "Tumbling Dice" and a duet with Dolly Parton, "I Never Will Marry."
Now 71, Ronstadt retired in 2011 and announced a year later that she had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and can no longer sing.
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