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Heart Like a Wheel is the fifth solo studio album by Linda Ronstadt, released in November 1974. Her first to reach the top of the Billboard 200 and winning a Grammy Award, it is considered to be Ronstadt's breakthrough album. It was also Ronstadt's last album released by Capitol Records.

Heart Like a Wheel
Heart Like a Wheel Ronstadt.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 1974 (1974-11)
RecordedJune–September 1974
StudioThe Sound Factory and Clover Recorders, Los Angeles, Track Recorders, Maryland, Record Plant and The Hit Factory, New York City, Trident Studios and AIR Studios, London[1]
GenreRock, country rock
Length31:40
LabelCapitol
ProducerPeter Asher
Linda Ronstadt chronology
Don't Cry Now
(1973)
Heart Like a Wheel
(1974)
Prisoner in Disguise
(1975)
Singles from Heart Like a Wheel
  1. "You're No Good"
    Released: November 1974
  2. "I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love with You)"
    Released: November 1974
  3. "When Will I Be Loved"
    Released: March 1975
  4. "It Doesn't Matter Anymore"
    Released: July 1975

Contents

RecordingEdit

The album was released in 1974, on Capitol Records, and was co-produced by Peter Asher and Andrew Gold.

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic     [2]
Christgau's Record GuideA–[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide     [4]

ReceptionEdit

The album hit the top spot on the Billboard Top 200 album chart and spent four weeks at number 1 on the Billboard Country Album chart in early 1975. "You're No Good," a reluctant first single release from the record company, reached number 1 on Billboard's Hot 100. A version of The Everly Brothers' "When Will I Be Loved" spent two weeks at number 2 on the Hot 100 in June 1975 and reached number 1 on the Cash Box Pop singles chart and on the Hot Country Songs chart. Buddy Holly & the Crickets song, "It Doesn't Matter Anymore", also appeared on the Pop, Adult Contemporary and Country charts.[5]

Stephen Holden's 1975 review Rolling Stone described the title track as "a masterpiece of writing and arrangement" and lauded the album's expansive repertoire, production and song selection.[6] The album's cover of Hank Williams's "I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love with You)," peaked at number 2 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart.[7]

Heart Like a Wheel spent 51 weeks on the album chart[8].

An Allmusic writer described it as "a landmark of '70s mainstream pop/rock."[2]

In 1976 the album was nominated for 4 Grammy Awards including winning Best Country Vocal Performance Female for "I Can't Help It If I'm Still In Love with You". The entire album was nominated for Album Of The Year and Best Pop Vocal Performance Female. Producer Peter Asher was among the nominees for Producer of the Year, which is not a recording specific category.

It was inducted by the National Recording Registry in 2013.

Track listingEdit

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."You're No Good"Clint Ballard Jr.3:44
2."It Doesn't Matter Anymore"Paul Anka3:26
3."Faithless Love"J. D. Souther3:15
4."The Dark End of the Street"Chips Moman, Dan Penn3:55
5."Heart Like a Wheel"Anna McGarrigle3:10
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."When Will I Be Loved"Phil Everly2:04
2."Willin'"Lowell George3:02
3."I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love with You)"Hank Williams2:45
4."Keep Me from Blowing Away"Paul Craft3:10
5."You Can Close Your Eyes"James Taylor3:09
Total length:31:40

PersonnelEdit

Adapted from album's liner notes.[9]

  • Linda Ronstadt – lead vocals, backing vocals (2, 4, 6, 9)
  • Andrew Gold – acoustic guitar (7, 8), background vocals (6, 7), drums (1-3), electric guitar (4), electric guitar solo (1), electric piano (1, 3), guitars (6), percussion (1-3), piano (3-5, 8, 10), tambourine (4, 6), ukulele (8)
  • Peter Asher – background vocals (10), cowbell (6), percussion (2)
  • Eddie Black – electric guitar (1)
  • John Boylan – acoustic guitar (10)
  • David Campbellstring arrangements and viola (5)
  • Paul Craft – acoustic guitar (9)
  • Kenny Edwards – bass guitar (1, 2, 6-8), background vocals (6, 7)
  • Chris Ethridge – bass guitar (3)
  • Jimmie Fadden – harmonica (2, 7)
  • Richard Feves – double bass (5)
  • Glenn Frey – acoustic guitar (10)
  • Emory Gordy – bass guitar (4)
  • Tom Guidera – bass guitar (9)
  • Emmylou Harris – harmony vocals (8)
  • Don Henley – drums (10)
  • Cissy Houston – background vocals (4)
  • Dennis Karmazyn – cello (5)
  • Clydie King – background vocals (1)
  • Sneaky Pete Kleinow – pedal steel guitar (2, 7, 8)
  • Russ Kunkel – drums (6)
  • David Lindley – fiddle (5, 8)
  • Sherlie Matthews – background vocals (1)
  • Maria Muldaur – background vocals (5)
  • Lloyd Myers – drums (8)
  • Joyce Nesbitt – background vocals (4)
  • Herb Pedersen – banjo (3), background vocals (7)
  • Danny Pendleton – pedal steel guitar (9)
  • Gregory Rose - string arrangements and conductor (1, 2, 10)
  • Timothy B. Schmit – bass guitar (10)
  • J. D. Souther – acoustic guitar and harmony vocals (3)
  • Dennis St. John – drums (4)
  • John Starling – acoustic guitar (9)
  • Wendy Waldman – background vocals (2)
  • Bob Warford – acoustic guitar (2, 4, 8), electric guitar (7), electric guitar solo (4)
  • Fred White - drums

Production notes:

  • Peter Asher – producer
  • Gregory Rose – conductor, string arrangements
  • George Massenburg – engineer
  • Peter Kelsey – engineer
  • Peter Swettenham – engineer
  • John Haeny – engineer
  • David Hassinger – engineer, mixing
  • Val Garay – engineer, mixing
  • Dennis Ferrante – engineer
  • Bernie Grundman – mastering
  • Rod Dyer – design
  • Leandro Correa – photography
  • Eve Babitz – photography

Chart positionsEdit

Year Chart Position
1975 Billboard 200 1[10]

ReissuesEdit

Year Label Edition
2009 Audio Fidelity 24 Karat Gold HDCD
2017 Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab SACD

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Linda Ronstadt - Heart Like A Wheel (Vinyl, LP, Album)". Discogs.com. 1976-11-13. Retrieved 2017-07-12.
  2. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Heart Like a Wheel at AllMusic. Retrieved 3 December 2005.
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: R". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved March 12, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
  4. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). "Linda Ronstadt". The Rolling Stone Album Guide. London: Fireside. pp. 701–702. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. Retrieved 24 September 2011.
  5. ^ Linda Ronstadt > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles at AllMusic. Retrieved 28 July 2006.
  6. ^ Holden, Stephen (January 16, 1975). "Linda Ronstadt Heart Like a Wheel > Album Review". Rolling Stone (178). Archived from the original on 2 December 2008. Retrieved 28 July 2006.
  7. ^ "Country Charts". Billboard. Retrieved 2011-12-13.
  8. ^ Whitburn, Joel (April 1, 2007). Joel Whitburn presents The Billboard Albums (6th ed.). ISBN 978-0-89820-166-6. Cited in "Linda Ronstadt Top Pop Albums". Ronstadt-linda.com. Retrieved 28 July 2006.
  9. ^ Heart Like a Wheel (booklet). Capitol. 1974.
  10. ^ Heart Like a Wheel - Linda Ronstadt > Charts & Awards > Billboard Album at AllMusic. Retrieved 26 March 2008.

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