March 3, 2014 – 5:16 am

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Los Angeles 1980 [no label, 1CD]

Mad Love Tour. Live at the HBO Studios, Los Angeles, CA; August 24, 1980. Very good to excellent soundboard. Circulated as an FM broadcast, the audio could also have been extracted from the TV broadcast.

Legendary singer Linda Ronstadt, 67, told AARP ( August 23, 2013 that she “can’t sing a note” because she suffers from Parkinson’s disease. Diagnosed eight months ago, Ronstadt began to show symptoms as long as eight years ago.

In February 1980, Linda Ronstadt released the Mad Love album; and in August that year, taped this show for HBO, a show considered by many fans a high point in her career.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Can’t Let Go 3:27 (5.8MB)
Track 02. Party Girl 4:15 (7.1MB)
Track 03. It’s So Easy 3:01 (5.1MB)
Track 04. Willin’ 4:04 (6.8MB)
Track 05. I Can’t Help It If I’m Still in Love With You 3:13 (5.4MB)
Track 06. Just One Look 3:33 (6.0MB)
Track 07. Look Out For My Love 4:06 (6.9MB)
Track 08. Mad Love 3:52 (6.5MB)
Track 09. Cost of Love 3:06 (5.2MB)
Track 10. Blue Bayou 4:47 (8.0MB)
Track 11. Lies 3:16 (5.5MB)
Track 12. Faithless Love 3:58 (6.7MB)
Track 13. Hurts So Bad 3:45 (6.3MB)
Track 14. Silver Threads and Golden Needles 5:00 (8.4MB)
Track 15. Poor Poor Pitiful Me 4:22 (7.3MB)
Track 16. You’re No Good 6:26 (10.8MB)
Track 17. How Do I Make You 2:53 (4.8MB)
Track 18. Back in the USA 4:26 (7.4MB)
Track 19. Heatwave 3:21 (5.6MB)
Track 20. Desperado 4:09 (7.0MB)
79 mins

Linda Ronstadt - vocals
Peter Asher - percussions, backing vocals
Dan Dugmore - guitar
Kenny Edwards - banjo, guitar, backing vocals
Bob Glaub - bass
Danny Kortchmar - guitar
Russ Kunkel - drums
Bill Payne - piano
Wendy Waldman - backing vocals

In 2011, after 31 years, Mad Love was taken out of print. The album was put into print in 2012 as part of Warner/Rhino’s “Original Album Series” a group of five classic albums packaged in a box with each individual CD in a mini-replica of the original vinyl packaging. Click here to order Linda Ronstadt’s Original Album Series.

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  1. 23 Responses to “LINDA RONSTADT - LOS ANGELES 1980”

  2. Thanks BigO! Just read Simple Dreams… Incredible artist.. and what a voice..

    By Tom on Mar 3, 2014

  3. Thanks! Looks like a great show.

    By Ernie Clark on Mar 3, 2014

  4. Listening to “How Do I Make You” now…the band bashing away! This was LR’s response to New Wave; not close, but not bad. Thanks for the show.

    By Tony on Mar 3, 2014

  5. Wonderful show. RIP Lowell and Richie.

    By AndrewWild on Mar 3, 2014

  6. Great voice&great musos! Go Kootch! Thanks BigO

    By Stig on Mar 4, 2014

  7. Saw her on this tour, for the last time of 3. This band kicked ass! Great show with great sound. So many of my contemporaries being struck down. Aging sucks, eh? Thanks to the original liberator and,as always, the amazing BigO site.

    By Johnny Kinkdom on Mar 4, 2014

  8. Typo in the title of Track 5: I Can’t Help It If I’m STILL in Love With You.

    Thanks. Always love hearing Linda.

    By Woodstock69Vet on Mar 4, 2014

  9. Hello Woodstock69Vet


    By bigozine2 on Mar 4, 2014

  10. I can’t think of a single cover version of “Lies” by anyone else. Nice try, but give me the Knickerbockers. Still, she was trying. Credit for that.

    By Johnny Rotten on Mar 5, 2014

  11. JD Souther penned Simple Dreams, great song, great recording - Black Rose

    By Randolph on Mar 5, 2014

  12. This is my favorite period of Linda’s and this show is unbelievable! Thanks so much for posting this.

    By Robbie on Mar 6, 2014

  13. Does anyone know what album “BLACK ROSES WHITE RYTHUM AND BLUES” is on?

    By Theresa on Mar 7, 2014

  14. White Rhythm and Blues is from the Living in the USA album.

    By richard on Mar 7, 2014

  15. Rock on Linda. Wow what a voice. Pure and powerful.

    By lance on Mar 8, 2014

  16. Thank you for this and for all the other great music.

    By Jerry on Mar 8, 2014

  17. linda! thanks, big Oh!


    By I-) on Mar 10, 2014

  18. Thanks, Big O, for this tremendous concert. Incredible sound quality - and that voice!

    Listening to “Just One Look”, I thought “wow, who’s playing piano?!” Bill Payne

    Beautiful music!

    By dorgunr on Mar 12, 2014

  19. Need more LIVE Linda. To have seen and heard her sing live was transforming. If you brought a non-believer to her concert they were surely converted. No one had, has, such killer pipes.

    By lance on Mar 13, 2014

  20. wow, found this link and what a treat to hear these great songs. Made my day to hear this perfect voice……… THE Best Voice , just wonderful, thank you for sharing this !!!!!

    By David A on Aug 2, 2014

  21. Im sure you been asked many times, but this concert video is not available for purchase is it???

    By David E on Dec 27, 2015

  22. David E — a simple google search for Live at the HBO Studio linda ronstadt
    turned up this —
    cant speak for its quality or legality - but there you go

    By Dwight on Dec 27, 2015

  23. Dwight, thanks so much.

    By David E on Sep 14, 2016

  24. You folks should put this back up since rhino just released an incomplete version of the concert.

    By leesa on Apr 16, 2019

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