Hand Sown ... Home Grown

Hand Sown ... Home Grown

Hand Sown ... Home Grown is a 1969 album by Linda Ronstadt. Produced by Chip Douglas of the Turtles, it was Ronstadt's first solo release following three LPs by her folk band, the Stone Poneys. The album saw Ronstadt take a decisive turn away from the folk music of the Poneys toward country and rock. Among others, Hand Sown... features covers of songs by the Flying Burrito Brothers and Bob Dylan and a song written by her fellow Stone Poney Kenny Edwards, who would go on to perform in her band through the 1970s.

The album did not register on the Billboard 200 album chart. One single release from the album landed on Billboard magazine's Pop Singles chart late in 1970, after the release of Ronstadt's follow-up album, Silk Purse. Edwards' "The Long Way Around," was the B-side to a single-only release of a cover of The Merry-Go-Round's 1967 hit "You're a Very Lovely Woman," renamed "(She's a) Very Lovely Woman." Ronstadt's version has never been subsequently included on an album or released on CD. The single peaked at No. 70 in 1971 (link).

Despite lack of chart success, Hand Sown... helped Ronstadt gain exposure on television variety specials and in live performances. Of particular note is her performance of one of Hand Sown's songs, a cover of the country standard "Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line," renamed " Only Mama...," on Oct. 3, 1970, at the Big Sur Folk Festival in Monterey, Calif. (link)

Hand Sown ... Home Grown features an early version of "Silver Threads and Golden Needles," a cover of a 1962 hit by the Springfields. Ronstadt would record the song again for the 1973 album Don't Cry Now, a single release of which would reach the Top 20 of Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart in early 1974.

Track listing

  1. "Baby You've Been on My Mind" - Bob Dylan – 2:31
  2. "Silver Threads and Golden Needles" - Dick Reynolds/Jack Rhodes – 2:19
  3. "Bet No One Ever Hurt This Bad" - Randy Newman – 2:41
  4. "A Number and a Name" - Tom Campbell/Steve Gillette – 3:03
  5. "The Only Mama That'll Walk the Line" - Ivy J. Bryant/Earl Ball – 2:28
  6. "The Long Way Around" - Ken Edwards – 2:17
  7. "Break My Mind" - John D. Loudermilk – 2:52
  8. "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight" - Bob Dylan – 3:43
  9. "It's About Time" - Chip Douglas – 3:05
  10. "We Need a Whole Lot More of Jesus (And a Lot Less Rock & Roll)" - Wayne Raney – 2:30
  11. "The Dolphins" - Fred Neil – 4:06

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