Rolling Stone (10/31/02, p.136) - Ranked # 23 in Rolling Stone's "Women in Rock: The 50 Essential Albums" - "...It rocks..."
Q (4/04, p.136) - 4 stars out of 5 - "Students of Americana will find plenty to admire in her innate grasp of country music, audible sense of soul, and peerless interpretative talent."
Personnel: Linda Ronstadt (vocals); Andrew Gold (vocals, guitar, ukulele, piano, drums, percussion); John David Souther (vocals, guitar); Kenny Edwards (vocals, bass); Bob Warford, Eddie Black (guitar); Herb Pedersen (banjo, background vocals); Danny Pendleton, Sneaky Pete Kleinow (steel guitar); David Lindley (fiddle); David Campbell (viola); Dennis Karmazyn (cello); Jimmy Fadden (harmonica); Tom Guidera, Emory Gordy, Chris Ethridge (bass); Russel Kunkel, Dennis St. John (drums); Peter Asher (percussion); Maria Muldaur, Cissy Houston, Joyce Nesbitt, Wendy Waldman, Clydie King, Shirley Matthews (background vocals).
Recorded at The Sound Factory, Los Angeles, California. Originally released on Capitol.
Audio Mixers: Dave Hassinger; Val Garay.
Audio Remasterer: John Boylan.
Recording information: Air Studios, London; Clover Studios, L.A.; Record Plant, NY; The Sound Factory, L.A.; Track Recorders, MD; Trident Studios, London.
Photographer: Len Correa.
There are just no two ways about it: if you call yourself a fan of '70s music, you simply must have Linda Ronstadt's HEART LIKE A WHEEL. Like Fleetwood Mac's RUMOURS and The Eagles HOTEL CALIFORNIA, this is a masterpiece that has earned a spot in every record collection that's worth its salt. Ronstadt, the '70s queen of southern California country-rock, is in pristine form. Her angelic voice is flawless as each track flows from one to the other like a gentle stream.
Not only do you get the hit "You're No Good" and the Everly Brothers' classic "When Will I Be Loved," but the sorrowful title track and Hank Williams' "I Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love With You)" give testament to Ronstadt's legendary feel for driving the emotion home. What's more, if the powerful "Willing" doesn't have you longing for the days of bell bottoms and bandanas, you just aren't feeling it. With production by Peter Asher and guests like Emmylou Harris, Maria Muldaur, J.D. Souther and most of the aforementioned Eagles, Ronstadt crafted a magnificent blend of country, rock and folk that is among the greatest records made in a generation.