Browne is a meticulous crafter of songs and some of his complex compositions have the right people in this collection to convey their subtlety.

The Indigo Girls, given the tough task of covering the very personal and moving Fountain of Sorrow, also triumph.

Springsteen, incidentally, performs Linda Paloma with Patti Scialfa and it's a vibrant cover, without trying to sound like Browne There are treats galore (Joan Osborne’s Late for the Sky, Marc Cohn’s Too Many Angels and Keb Mo’ offering a delicious version of Rock Me on the Water) on an album issued by an indie Texas label called Music Road Records.

Packing one of the pre-eminent voices in pop — after fueling Los Angeles' 1970s country-rock sound, she went on to embrace Broadway musicals, the American songbook and Mexican standards — the Tucson native is being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame April 10 at New York's Barclays Center along with Cat Stevens, Nirvana, Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates and Kiss.

As if to mark the occasion, Linda Ronstadt Duets bows Tuesday, featuring previously released musical liaisons with Frank Sinatra (Moonlight in Vermont) and Aaron Neville (All My Life).

"In the '70s, she had a string of hits that were both commercial and artistic successes.

But she's an adventurous singer, and I'm not sure she's ever really been given credit for all that."Ronstadt grew up in a musical family in Arizona, "where you couldn't bring a book to the table for dinner, but you were allowed to sing," she says, one of many memories detailed in her recent memoir, Simple Dreams."My father would play everything from flamenco records to Frank Sinatra to mariachi music," she says.

Ronstadt will not, however, make it to the induction ceremony.

For starters, traveling is difficult because the most comfortable position for her these days is either lying down flat or sitting in an overstuffed chair with an ottoman, as she is today in her neatly appointed house on the western edge of town.

Or I have to take a wheelchair, but I can't last that long in a wheelchair."While she is pleased by the Rock Hall honor, Ronstadt makes it clear that she doesn't consider most of her early work to be that good."I'm grateful, but it's astounding to me that people like (the early hits, such as You're No Good or Blue Bayou)," she says. I'll hear it and go, 'I don't know why I thought I could sing, I never could sing, I never should have been singing,' " she says, then laughs. I could write you a long list."Atop that list would be her conviction that in those early days her sense of rhythm was subpar.

So she really can't turn on When Will I Be Loved and enjoy it? "Rhythm was a problem for me, so phrasing was a problem," she says.

Looking Into You: A Tribute to Jackson Browne: Music Road Records.