Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind

Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind
Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind
Studio album by Linda Ronstadt
Released October, 1989
Recorded March – August, 1989 at Skywalker Ranch, Marin County
Genre Adult Contemporary, R&B, Pop, Art Rock
Length 42:57
Label Elektra/WEA
Producer Peter Asher
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Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind is a Grammy award winning, Triple Platinum-certified 1989 album by American singer/songwriter/producer Linda Ronstadt featuring American soul singer Aaron Neville. This album was taken out of print in 2009—twenty years after release.



The album is a collection of rock, R&B, pop and some ballads. Out of the twelve tracks, Ronstadt elected to include four duets with Aaron Neville, of Neville Brothers fame. In addition, the disc is noted for its big production values including backing musicians: The Skywalker Symphony, Tower of Power horns and the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir. There are also tracks by songwriters Jimmy Webb, Karla Bonoff and the appearance of Brian Wilson, as back up singer and musical arranger on the song "Adios".

The album put Ronstadt back at top of the charts. This resurgence was led by the noted critical acclaim for the disc, and the #1 Gold-certified smash hit "Don't Know Much", one of the duets with Neville. It and "All My Life", another chart-topping duet with Neville, won the 1990 and 1991, respectively, Grammy Awards for Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group. The album itself also earned Linda a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female.

The disc was a considerable hit for Ronstadt, reaching #7 on Billboard's album chart, spending well over a year on the chart, and selling over 3 million copies in the United States alone (certified Triple Platinum). It stands as one of Linda's three biggest selling studio albums of all-time in the US (along with Simple Dreams and What's New). It was also one of her biggest selling albums in the United Kingdom, selling over 100,000 copies (certified Gold).

This album is currently out of print.

Track listing

  1. "Still Within the Sound of My Voice" (Jimmy Webb) – 4:32
  2. "Cry Like a Rainstorm" (Eric Kaz) – 3:36
  3. "All My Life" * (Karla Bonoff) – 3:36
  4. "I Need You" * (Paul Carrack, Nick Lowe, Martin Belmont) – 2:52
  5. "Don't Know Much" *^ (Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, Tom Snow) – 3:35
  6. "Adios" (Jimmy Webb) – 3:36
  7. "Trouble Again" (Karla Bonoff, Kenny Edwards) – 3:19
  8. "I Keep it Hid" (Jimmy Webb) – 3:58
  9. "So Right, So Wrong" (Paul Carrack, Nick Lowe, Martin Belmont, J. E. Ceiling, James Eller) – 3:28
  10. "Shattered" (Jimmy Webb) – 2:54
  11. "When Something Is Wrong with My Baby" * (Isaac Hayes, David Porter) – 3:52
  12. "Goodbye My Friend" (Karla Bonoff) – 3:44

* indicates duet with Aaron Neville.

^ Co-produced by Steve Tyrell.




Year Chart Position
1989 Billboard 200 7


Year Single Chart Position
1989 "Don't Know Much" Adult Contemporary 1
Billboard Top 100 2
1990 "Adios" Adult Contemporary 9
"All My Life" Adult Contemporary 1
Billboard Hot 100 11
"When Something is Wrong With My Baby" Adult Contemporary 5
Billboard Hot 100 78

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