Heart Like a Wheel

Heart Like a Wheel

Infobox Album |
Name = Heart Like a Wheel
Type = Album
Artist = Linda Ronstadt

Released = November 1974
Recorded = June-September 1974
Genre = Rock, Country rock
Length = 32:19
Label = Capitol
Producer = Peter Asher
Reviews =
* Allmusic Rating|5|5 [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:twazqj5bojfa link]
*Robert Christgau (A-) [http://www.robertchristgau.com/get_artist.php?name=Linda+Ronstadt link]
*"Rolling Stone" (favorable) [http://www.rollingstone.com/artists/lindaronstadt/albums/album/208307/review/5946498/heart_like_a_wheel link]
Last album = "Don't Cry Now" (1973)
This album = "Heart Like a Wheel" (1974)
Next album = "Prisoner in Disguise" (1975)

Heart Like a Wheel (1974) is Linda Ronstadt's fifth solo album release and the last-ever of her studio projects for Capitol Records, arriving a year after 1973's "Don't Cry Now", by her outgoing contract, Ronstadt owed Capitol one more album and, as such, brought in producer Peter Asher, who worked with her on "Don't Cry Now", and multi-instrumentalist and arranger Andrew Gold. Asher and Gold have been credited over the years as being a collaborative part of the album's artistic success.

The result — a more refined and streamlined mix of country and rock music than her previous releases, with less of a folk influence — proved to be Ronstadt's commercial breakthrough, the album that many critics later said would standardize the musical formula for her subsequent albums in the 1970s. Released in November 1974, "Heart Like a Wheel" became the first of her three No. 1 peaks on the Billboard 200 album chart, reaching the perch for the week ending Feb. 15, 1975, right alongside the No. 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100, "You're No Good." Ronstadt was featured for the first time on the cover of "Rolling Stone" magazine in its March 27 1975, issue. The B-side of the single for "You're No Good," a cover of Hank Williams's "I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love With You)," peaked at No. 2 on "Billboard"'s Hot Country Songs chart ( [http://www.ronstadt-linda.com/topcount.htm link] ). The recording features harmony vocals by Emmylou Harris.

The follow-up single release, a cover of the Everly Brothers' "When Will I Be Loved," spent two weeks at No. 2 on the Hot 100 in late June 1975. It peaked at No. 1 on the Hot Country Songs chart ( [http://www.ronstadt-linda.com/topcount.htm link] ). The B-side of "When Will I Be Loved," a melancholy cover of a Buddy Holly & the Crickets song, "It Doesn't Matter Anymore," reached the lower end of both the pop and country charts ( [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:56nsa9tgb238~T51 link] ).

"Heart Like a Wheel" spent 51 weeks on the album chart ( [http://www.ronstadt-linda.com/toppopa.htm link] ). Based on her performance on the singles and album charts, "Billboard" magazine named Ronstadt the top female pop artist of the year. The album was certified gold in January 1975 by the Recording Industry Association of America and double-platinum in 1991.

Ronstadt won a Grammy Award in 1976 for Best Country Vocal Performance/Female for "I Can't Help It." She was nominated for Best Pop Female Vocalist (losing to Janis Ian for "At Seventeen"), and the album was nominated for Album of the Year (losing to Paul Simon's "Still Crazy After All These Years").

"Rolling Stone" ranked "Heart Like a Wheel" No. 164 on its list of the 500 greatest albums of all time ( [http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/6599098/164_heart_like_a_wheel/ link] )

There have been numerous subsequent covers of "You're No Good" by artists including Van Halen, the Swinging Blue Jeans, Aswad, Reba McEntire and Wilson Phillips. Likewise, "When Will I Be Loved" has been recorded by the Little River Band, Dave Kelly, Rockpile, Vince Gill and Silk, among others. And "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" has been recorded by Don McLean, Martin Simpson, Vince Gill, Daniel O'Donnell, Danny Gatton, Suzy Bogguss and Eva Cassidy, among others. In 2005, the Corrs included a cover of the Anna McGarrigle-penned title track, "Heart Like a Wheel," on their album "Home".

Track listing

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

Chart positions

External links

* [http://www.superseventies.com/spronstadt.html Album review]

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