Heart Like a Wheel

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Heart Like a Wheel
Heart Like a Wheel Ronstadt.jpg
Studio album by Linda Ronstadt
Released November 1974
Recorded June–September 1974 at The 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]
Genre Rock, country rock
Length 32:19
Label Capitol
Producer Peter 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 19, 1974
  2. "When Will I Be Loved"
    Released: April 1975

Heart Like a Wheel is the fifth solo studio album by Linda Ronstadt, released in November 1974. It received a Grammy Award and is regarded by some as Ronstadt's breakthrough album. It was also Ronstadt's last album released by Capitol Records.

Recording[edit]

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

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau A-[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 5/5 stars[4]

Reception[edit]

The album spent four weeks at number 1 on the Billboard Country Album chart in early 1975. The follow-up single release, 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] An Allmusic writer described it as "a landmark of '70s mainstream pop/rock."[2]

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] and Billboard picked Ronstadt as top female pop artist of the year.[citation needed] 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.

In 2003, Rolling Stone ranked Heart Like a Wheel at number 164 on its list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.[9]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "You're No Good" Clint Ballard, Jr. 3:44
2. "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" Paul Anka 3:26
3. "Faithless Love" J. D. Souther 3:15
4. "The Dark End of the Street" Chips Moman, Dan Penn 3:55
5. "Heart Like a Wheel" Anna McGarrigle 3:10
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "When Will I Be Loved" Phil Everly 2:04
2. "Willin'" Lowell George 3:02
3. "I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love with You)" Hank Williams 2:45
4. "Keep Me from Blowing Away" Paul Craft 3:10
5. "You Can Close Your Eyes" James Taylor 3:09

Personnel[edit]

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 positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
1975 Billboard 200 1[10]

Reissues[edit]

Year Label Edition
2009 Audio Fidelity 24 Karat Gold HDCD

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.discogs.com/Linda-Ronstadt-Heart-Like-A-Wheel/release/2621539
  2. ^ a b c Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Heart Like a Wheel at AllMusic. Retrieved 3 December 2005.
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Linda Ronstadt > Consumer Guide Reviews". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 16 April 2006. 
  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". http://www.ronstadt-linda.com. Retrieved 28 July 2006.  External link in |work= (help)
  9. ^ Levy, Joe; Steven Van Zandt (2006) [2005]. "164 | Heart Like a Wheel - Linda Ronstadt". Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time (3rd ed.). London: Turnaround. ISBN 1-932958-61-4. OCLC 70672814. Retrieved 11 February 2005. 
  10. ^ Heart Like a Wheel - Linda Ronstadt > Charts & Awards > Billboard Album at AllMusic. Retrieved 26 March 2008.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Fire by Ohio Players
Billboard 200 number-one album
February 15–21, 1975
Succeeded by
AWB by Average White Band