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5.0 out of 5 stars Ronstadt's best,
This review is from: Heart Like A Wheel (Audio CD)Whilst Fleetwood Mac and the Eagles remain popular as stalwarts of 70s and 80s LA rock, Linda Ronstadt has fallen out of favour and flavour over the last two decades. Some of this is probably due to her blurring of musical styles; after all, she has made big band albums, Spanish language albums and country duo/trio albums and light adult contemporary albums in the last 20 years. Unlike her 70s contemporaries, she explored all her musical interests and did not remain rooted in the country/rock of her early recordings. Pop fans in their 20s and 30s, if they remember her at all, think of her as an easy listening artist, unaware of her rootsy early work. Primarily an interpreter of other people’s songs, she excelled at choosing often disparate material and bringing it all together in a surprisingly cohesive package. Heart Like A Wheel is one her finest recordings. From the pop rock hits of You’re No Good with its surprisingly soulful vocal and When Will I Be Loved to the country blues of I Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love With You), Faithless Love and Keep Me From Blowing Away, the album is engaging from the beginning. The wistful You Can Close Your Eyes is one of my favourite Ronstadt covers. As the Amazon reviewer notes Heart Like A Wheel, like Rumours and Hotel California, is one of the seminal LA pop rock albums. It would be great to see this album regain its rightful place in pop history.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Linda Ronstadt at her Best,
This review is from: Heart Like A Wheel (Audio CD)Many years ago I was driving home from work and heard a totally marvelous version of the Buddy Holly classic -It dosn't Matter Any More - coming from my radio. On the strength of this I went out and bought Lida Ronstadt's LP Heart Like a Wheel for this one track. On playing it for the first time, I found many other old classics treated in the same smooth way .Many years on the old vinyl was worn and scratched and I was fortunate to obtain this CD as an Import back in 2002. now it has been released over here.The album contains many well known pop and country titals, all recorded in Linda's distinctive style,and is a must for any Linda Ronstadt fan.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous,
This review is from: Heart Like A Wheel (Audio CD)I first bought this on import cassette in the 70s on the strength of the single 'You're No Good'. Over 30 years later, it's still my favourite album. I think her version of 'Willing' (the Little Feat song) is the most uplifting song I've ever heard. The last two tracks, 'Keep Me From Blowing Away' and 'You Can Close Your Eyes', are stunning. There are no low points on the album. Linda Ronstadt is a brilliant singer with a unique ability to cover a huge range of different material. This is her best record, in my opinion, and a fantastic place to start for anyone wishing to buy one of her records.
5.0 out of 5 stars The album that made Linda a star in the USA,
This review is from: Heart Like A Wheel (Audio CD)In this CD appeared You are no good, Linda's top single of her career which reached nr. 1 in the US hit chart. The album is a typical Linda album of the 70s including a diversity of styles of music, from a fantastic country duet with Emmylou Harris in I can't help if I'm still in love with you to covers of songs by James Taylor. Her fantastic voice permits her to sing a big variety of songs producing her best albums in this period which also include Simple Dreams, Hasten down the Wind and Prisoner in Disguise.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Country Rock breakout for "finest female vocalist of her era",
This review is from: Heart Like A Wheel (Audio CD)When I was a young and stupid teenager, with no real clue about how the world worked, I used to hate country music. That, however, was a while ago now and with a few years on the clock I have since come to realise what a diverse, complex and, ultimately, rewarding genre of music it can be. As indeed 1974's Heart like a Wheel is a fantastic example of.
We're in steady territory here right from the outset. You're No Good is better than it has ever been by any other singer in its long history. It's clear from the opening few bars that we're in a Rockier territory than some purists may favour but, make no mistake; this is where Linda Ronstadt shines. Her voice, immaculate as ever, is as powerful and delicate a weapon as any singer could ever hope for. She can belt out the Rockier numbers stronger than Janis Joplin whilst still retaining that delicate Country croon for tracks like It Doesn't Matter Anymore, Faithless Love and the absolutely astonishing title track.
Accompaniment and production comes primarily in the form of multi-instrumentalists Peter Asher and Andrew Gold who provide a steady and gorgeous backdrop to Ronstadt's voice that retains all of Country music's finest values. Most notably; luscious harmony vocals and effective but not overly used pedal steel guitar solos.
Later on there's the Everly Brothers' When Will I be Loved refined into the most perfect two minutes and four seconds of country pop that you could ever imagine; and Ronstadt proves once again that Little Feat's Willin' is the greatest stadium rock anthem that never was.
If the album does fall down at all it's in the inclusion of Hank Williams' I Cant Help It If I'm Still in Love with You. It almost feels like a desperate attempt to remind the listener that we are still definitely in Country territory and it just feels unnecessary and, strangely, out of place.
For Ronstadt, Heart Like a Wheel marked the end of her contract with Capitol Records but the beginning of her most successful years as one of America's leading female artists and she was soon filling stadiums across the country. And from the evidence here it's easy to see why; unless of course, you're a stupid teenager who doesn't know what they're missing.
And of course; she is remarkably fit!
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you don't feel anything you're dead.,
This review is from: Heart Like A Wheel (Audio CD)This is another well rounded collection of songs from what I believe to Linda's best period. She followed this (loosely) with "Prisoner in disguise" and "Hasten down the wind" but then went more poppy and Mexican. OK but not for me.
The title track says it all unless you've never been in love. When you bend it, you can't mend it, and that happened to me very recently. Smacked upside the head when I didn't want it and didn't need it only to be turned down by the object of my affection. Love you Linda, you said it all for me.
"When will I be loved" (by the person I actually want) is a suitable track to follow although on the vinyl version you have first to turn over the record. Happy memories.
If you haven't felt any pain or joy by now then I doubt the heart breaking closing track will make much difference to you. You need to start breathing. "You can close your eyes" cos I won't sing the blues anymore. It's all about love and rejection and a beautiful collection from a beautiful woman with a beautiful voice. Rock on Linda.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars heart like a wheel ...cd,
This review is from: Heart Like A Wheel (Audio CD)bought this cd as a gift which was very well received. The packing was tidy the disc clean.
payment was a difficulty due to my failing to update my details, but seller was patient and eventually after funds were released shipment happened very quickly.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Love gone wrong songs,
This review is from: Heart Like A Wheel (Audio CD)This is a wonderful CD with Linda Ronstadt's unique voice singing forlorn love songs. The title song is from the sisters Anna and Kate McGarrigle. I like their rendition better than Linda's. Linda's also leaves out a stanza, the one Anna is singing when she sings it with her sister.
Linda has one of the best voices in country song history and it is always a pleasure to hear her as a virtuosa of Americana.
Melanie S, Belgium
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of her best,
This review is from: Heart Like A Wheel (Audio CD)Although I have the box set collection of Linda's, there are some tracks on this that are not in the set - would strongly recommend you listen to this album
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