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Heart Like a Wheel

Linda Ronstadt

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iTunes Editors’ Notes

"Heart Like A Wheel(1974) lifted Linda Ronstadt out of the second tier of female rock singers and launched her into the pop stratosphere. For the first time in her career, she was given an album's worth of exceptional songs that allowed her to fully unleash her interpretive talents. She also benefited from her new association with producer Peter Asher, who surrounded her voice with full-bodied yet uncluttered arrangements. The results are striking on the hits "When Will I Be Loved"and "You're No Good," featuring Andrew Gold's Beatles-influenced guitar work. Ronstadt plunges into a range of moods here, getting down in the highway grit for "Willing" and ascending like a honky-tonk angel on "I Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love With You)." Most of all, she excels on the album's ballads, wringing the last drop of sorrow out of the title track and embodying the heartache of "The Dark End Of The Street." Heart Like A Wheel became the template for further Asher-produced Ronstadt albums, though its freshness was never quite duplicated. Linda and her studio partners fashioned a true country-rock milestone with this release."

Customer Reviews

Linda’s Early Gold

With this album Linda comes into her own. Her powerful alto is used to great effect with “When Will I Be Loved”” You’re No Good”, and the Hank Williams classic “I Can’t Help It(if I’m still in love with you)”.This Cali rock at its best!

One of the Best Albums from the 70s

This album was one of Linda's best if not the best. College radio at the time was playing the hell out of it.

Willin’ …

Although Little Feat’s original has a classic, simple, clarity to it the twang, energy, and power of Linda Ronstadt’s version of Willin’ has anthem proportions. A country rock classic.


Born: July 15, 1946 in Tucson, AZ

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

With roots in the Los Angeles country and folk-rock scenes, Linda Ronstadt became one of the most popular interpretive singers of the '70s, earning a string of platinum-selling albums and Top 40 singles. Throughout the '70s, her laid-back pop never lost sight of her folky roots, yet as she moved into the '80s, she began to change her sound with the times, adding new wave influences. After a brief flirtation with...
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