I'm a little late getting to this new release of Heart, "Greatest Hits," but it was well worth the wait.
To begin, unlike many "hits" albums, this collection, as advertised, is loaded with hits...the best of Heart's radio successes as well as concert favorites. The 17 solid tracks alone would be worth the price of admission, but what makes this 24K gold CD so impressive is the spectacular sound achievement produced by the talented remastering engineers from the Audio Fidelity record company. This CD clearly has more dynamics than any of the other Heart CDs and this outstanding sound is displayed track-after-track and quite obvious to any non-partial and fair observer.
There's a full and rich clarity in Ann WIlson's mesmerizing rock vocals that I'd argue has not been heard on the
original recordings from which the hits have been taken. It would be difficult to prove that Nancy Wilson is
underrated among rock guitarists, but her playing on these superbly remastered popular recordings leaves little
doubt that she is among the best the rock world has produced - not just "good-for-a-girl," but every tone, strum, pick and lick is especially vividly present in her rhythm and lead which is not to dismiss her perfect vocal harmonies. This band has always rocked - especially on the early records - and this new release is an enhanced gathering of further evidence.
The 24K gold CD is beautifully presented in a unique case that features the original LP cover art. Inside the package is a wonderful and informative full color 16 page booklet containing old and new photos, some Heart memorabilia (such as a back-stage pass) and lyrics to all the songs.
Heart fans may want to own this new "Greatest Hits" release for the hits alone; "Barracuda," "Magic Man,"
"Dreamboat Annie," "Crazy On You," "Straight On," "Heartless," "Tell It Like It Is" and a live version of Led
Zeppelin's "Rock and Roll" plus all of the important songs covering about a ten year period beginning in the mid-'70's - but they will come away, blown away by the amazing - and never-before heard - sounds coming out of the speakers. I'm among the Heart fan base and I'm letting all my friends (and associates) know exactly how strongly I feel about this "fan-tastic" release.