Heart's April 2007 stage performance of their 1976 debut LP has been issued as both a CD and this DVD. Please check the CD listing (Dreamboat Annie Live) for a review of the musical content.
The DVD edition includes the full contents of the CD: a start-to-finish run-through of the "Dreamboat Annie" LP, plus encore covers of Led Zeppelin, The Who and Pink Floyd, and Heart's ode to "Stairway to Heaven," "Mistral Wind." In addition, the DVD opens with a contemporary interview of Ann and Nancy Wilson in which they discuss the band's early days, an interview with the original LP producer, Mike Flicker, and a montage of vintage photos. The encores are introduced by additional interview footage in which the Wilson sisters discuss their early influences. All in all, there's 82 minutes of performance and interview footage.
Both the interviews and concert are shot in wide-screen, and the audio is available in both stereo and 5.1 surround. Recorded in front of a hand-picked audience of Heart fan club members, the band is charged up (Nancy Wilson proves herself to be an especially animated guitarist), and the intercut shots of the crowd add to the overall excitement. A few members of the audience turn up on a bonus feature, "Heart Mongers Speak," in which they're interviewed post-concert. A low resolution photo gallery is also provided on disc.
The DVD is a nice bonus for Heart completists, but with the band letting the album itself take center stage, the visual element isn't essential to enjoying this nostalgic run-through of this classic LP. [©2007 hyperbolium dot com]