It is a tragedy that Nelson Riddle died before this album was even finished, because on For Sentimental Reasons, Rondtadt really hit her stride with singing standards.
The song choice is excellent throughout, her pitch and control impressive, but most importantly she seems to be at one and comfortable with these songs.
Her rendition of ˝Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered˝ moves from playful to powerful by the songs riveting ending.
˝I Get Along Without You Very Well˝ is one of Ronstadt’s great accomplishments with Riddle; I disagree with those who say it pales against Sinatra’s. If anything, it builds on it. It is both delicate and passionate at the same time--a rare feat.
Linda offers the most affecting rendition of ˝My Funny Valentine˝ I’ve heard, swings through ˝Am I Blue,˝ and adds a wonderful male doo-wop to the background of ˝I Love You For Sentimental Reasons.˝ It is ludicrous to compare Linda Ronstadt with Ella (there’s only one Ella); this is a whole different ball game and must be judged on its own merits. Riddle’s string arrangements are as layered and beautiful as ever.
One of Ronstadt’s best albums in her entire, versatile career.
I saw Linda and Riddle at Radio City in 1983 and it remains, musically, one of the best concerts I’ve ever experienced.