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is the fifth solo Heart Like a Wheel 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.
Recording [ edit ]
The album was released in 1974, on
Capitol Records, and was co-produced by Peter Asher and Andrew Gold.
Reception [ edit ]
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.
 Stephen Holden's 1975 review described the title track as "a masterpiece of writing and arrangement" and lauded the album's expansive repertoire, production and song selection. Rolling Stone 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.
 Heart Like a Wheel spent 51 weeks on the album chart .
Allmusic writer described it as "a landmark of '70s mainstream pop/rock."
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.
ranked Rolling Stone Heart Like a Wheel at number 164 on its list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
It was inducted by the
National Recording Registry in 2013.
Track listing [ edit ]
Personnel [ edit ]
Linda Ronstadt – lead and backing vocals
Andrew Gold – guitar, percussion, piano, drums, keyboards, electric piano, tambourine, ukulele, background vocals
Peter Asher – guitar, percussion, background vocals, cowbell Ed Black – guitar
John Boylan – guitar
David Campbell – viola, string arrangements Paul Craft – guitar
Kenny Edwards – bass guitar, background vocals
Chris Ethridge – bass guitar Jimmie Fadden – harmonica
Richard Feves – bass guitar
Glenn Frey – guitar
Emory Gordy – bass guitar Tom Guidera – bass guitar
Emmylou Harris – harmony vocals
Don Henley – drums, background vocals Dennis Karmazyn – cello
Sneaky Pete Kleinow – pedal steel guitar
Russ Kunkel – drums Lloyd Myers – drums
Fred White - drums
David Lindley – fiddle
Cissy Houston – background vocals
Sherlie Matthews – background vocals
Maria Muldaur – background vocals
Clydie King – background vocals
Wendy Waldman – background vocals Joyce Nesbitt – background vocals
Herb Pedersen – banjo, background vocals Danny Pendleton – pedal steel guitar
Dennis St. John – drums
Timothy B. Schmit – bass guitar
J. D. Souther – guitar, lead and background vocals John Starling – guitar
Bob Warford – guitar
Gregory Rose - string arrangements
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 ]
Reissues [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
"Linda Ronstadt - Heart Like A Wheel (Vinyl, LP, Album)". Discogs.com. 1976-11-13 . Retrieved . 2017-07-12
^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas.
Heart Like a Wheel at AllMusic. Retrieved 3 December 2005.
Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: R". . Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X . Retrieved – via robertchristgau.com. March 12, 2019
Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). "Linda Ronstadt". . London: Fireside. pp. 701–702. The Rolling Stone Album Guide ISBN 0-7432-0169-8 . Retrieved . 24 September 2011
Linda Ronstadt > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles at AllMusic. Retrieved 28 July 2006.
Holden, Stephen (January 16, 1975). "Linda Ronstadt . Heart Like a Wheel > Album Review" (178). Rolling Stone Archived from the original on 2 December 2008 . Retrieved . 28 July 2006
"Country Charts". Billboard . Retrieved . 2011-12-13
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
Levy, Joe; Steven Van Zandt (2006) . "164 | Heart Like a Wheel - Linda Ronstadt". (3rd ed.). London: Turnaround. Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time ISBN . 1-932958-61-4 OCLC 70672814 . Retrieved . 11 February 2005
at Heart Like a Wheel - Linda Ronstadt > Charts & Awards > Billboard Album AllMusic. Retrieved 26 March 2008.
External links [ edit ]