1974 Linda Ronstadt – Heart Like A Wheel

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.

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.

Tracks

1  You’re No Good (Clint Ballard Jr) 3:44
2  It Doesn’t Matter Anymore (Paul Anka) 3:26
3  Faithless Love (John David Souther) 3:15
4  Dark End of The Street (Chips Moman, Wallace Pennington) 3:55
5  Heart Like A Wheel (Anna McGarrigle) 3:10
6  When Will I Be Loved (Phil Everly) 2:05
7  Willing (Lowell George) 3:01
8  I Can’t Help It If I’m Still In Love With You (Hank Williams) 2:46
9  Keep Me From Blowing Away (Paul Craft) 3:10
10  You Can Close Your Eyes (James Taylor) 3:08

Media

Musicians

1 You’re No Good

BassKenny Edwards
DrumsAndrew Gold
Guitar (solo)Andrew Gold
GuitarEd Black
PianoAndrew Gold
PercussionAndrew Gold
Background VocalsClydie King
Background VocalsSherlie Matthews
VocalsLinda Ronstadt


2 It Doesn’t Matter Anymore

BassKenny Edwards
DrumsAndrew Gold
Acoustic GuitarBob Warford
Steel GuitarPete Kleinow
HarmonicaJimmie Fadden
PercussionPeter Asher
PercussionAndrew Gold
Background VocalsWendy Waldman
VocalsLinda Ronstadt


3 Faithless Love

BassChris Ethridge
DrumsAndrew Gold
Acoustic GuitarJohn David Souther
BanjoHerb Pedersen
PianoAndrew Gold
PercussionAndrew Gold
Background VocalsJohn David Souther
VocalsLinda Ronstadt


4 Dark End of The Street

BassEmory Gordy
DrumsAndrew Gold
Guitar (solo)Bob Warford
GuitarAndrew Gold
Acoustic GuitarBob Warford
PianoAndrew Gold
PercussionAndrew Gold
Background VocalsCissy Houston
Background VocalsJoyce Nesbitt
VocalsLinda Ronstadt


5 Heart Like A Wheel

Double BassRichard Feves
DrumsAndrew Gold
CelloDennis Karmazyn
FiddleDavid Lindley
ViolaDavid Campbell
PianoAndrew Gold
Background VocalsMaria Muldaur
VocalsLinda Ronstadt


6 When Will I Be Loved

BassKenny Edwards
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarAndrew Gold
PercussionPeter Asher
PercussionAndrew Gold
Background VocalsAndrew Gold
Background VocalsKenny Edwards
VocalsLinda Ronstadt


7 Willing

BassKenny Edwards
DrumsAndrew Gold
Steel GuitarPete Kleinow
Acoustic GuitarAndrew Gold
HarmonicaJimmie Fadden
Background VocalsAndrew Gold
Background VocalsKenny Edwards
VocalsLinda Ronstadt


8 I Can’t Help It If I’m Still In Love With You

BassKenny Edwards
DrumsLloyd Myers
Steel GuitarPete Kleinow
Acoustic GuitarAndrew Gold
Acoustic GuitarBob Warford
UkeleleAndrew Gold
FiddleDavid Lindley
PianoAndrew Gold
Background VocalsEmmylou Harris
VocalsLinda Ronstadt


9 Keep Me From Blowing Away

BassTom Guidera
Steel GuitarDanny Pendleton
Acoustic GuitarJohn Starling
Acoustic GuitarPaul Craft
VocalsLinda Ronstadt


10 You Can Close Your Eyes

BassTimothy B Schmit
DrumsDon Henley
GuitarGlenn Frey
GuitarJohn Boylan
PianoAndrew Gold
Background VocalsPeter Asher
VocalsLinda Ronstadt

Liner Notes

Producer – Peter Asher
Arranged By (Strings), Conductor – Gregory Rose (Tracks 1, 2, 10)
Mastered By – Bernie Grundman
Mixed By – Dave Hassinger, Val Garay
Recorded By (Additional) – Dennis Ferrante, George Massenburg, John Haeny, Peter Kelsey, Peter Swettenham
Recorded By – Dave Hassinger, Val Garay

Design – Rod Dyer
Photography – Len Correa
Photography (Innersleeve) – Eve Babitz

Manufactured By – Capitol Records, Inc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Capitol Records, Inc.
Recorded At – The Sound Factory
Recorded At – Clover Recorders
Recorded At – Record Plant, N.Y.C.
Recorded At – Track Recorders
Recorded At – Trident Studios
Recorded At – Air Studios
Mixed At – The Sound Factory
Mastered At – A&M Mastering Studios
Mastered At – EMI MFG.