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Sometimes when you’re waiting for an artist to release some long-overdue music, you’ll do anything to find a smidge of her voice anywhere. And I did. I found Faith Hill singing on an old Linda Ronstadt song — with actress Rita Wilson, of all people. In this unlikely collaboration, the two women sound amazing together on the 1973 “Love Has No Pride.” (Written by Eric Kaz and Libby Titus, Bonnie Raitt recorded the song before it appeared on Ronstadt’s 1973 album, Don’t Cry Now.) The new version is featured on AM/FM, a collection of Wilson’s favorite pop songs from the ’60s and ’70s. She also duets with Sheryl Crow on “Angel of the Morning” (singer Merrilee Rush’s 1968 hit that Juice Newton took to the country charts in 1981) and Carole King’s “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” (a hit for the Shirrells in 1960). Wilson has talked about growing up on the push button AM radio in her car and then the singer-songwriters on the FM radio and how that inspired this anthology. I don’t know much more of the back story of how Hill and Wilson came together, but the result is all good.