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Heart Greatest Hits (Gold)

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  • Audio CD (Aug. 23 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B005CVTV84
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #63,055 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Product Description

Limited 24kt Gold disc pressing of this collection from the Classic Rock band led by sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson. Focusing on the years 1975-83, this chronological collection features tracks culled from hit albums like Dreamboat Annie, Dog & Butterfly and Bebe Le Strange. Also includes a live cover of Led Zeppelin's 'Rock And Roll' and a 1998 studio track.

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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Love Early Heart 24K Sound Fantastic! Sept. 13 2011
By California Dreaming - Published on
I am a big fan of the early Heart hits and this compliation is right up my alley. The earlier hits album I have sounds very bright and edgy and very compressed.

This Audio Fidelity 24K really brings out all of the musical elements and the pacing even seems better. The brightness is gone and the compression has vanished and you can now hear the acoustic guitars and the drums which sound much more well rounded.

The vocals are much more life-like and this whole collection takes on new musical life.

This collection has never sounded as good as it does on this 24K Gold CD.

Way to go Audio Fidelity. IGNORE THE JAMIE TATE review. He is at it again with his personal attacks on Steve Hoffman and Audio Fidelity. This poor guy needs to get a life.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Hear What's Great About Heart, "Greatest Hits" Sept. 13 2011
By Maurice Broussard - Published on
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.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Excellent 24K gold remastering Feb. 28 2012
By chronometer - Published on
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Despite the many positive reviews here I felt compelled to write a review of the 24K remaster as like some of the other reviewers here I'm baffled at some of statements made here in the negative reviews. My wife has the original Sony disc released in 1998 (Not 1990 and this fact is verified in the original liner notes) and I purchased this 24K Audio Fidelity remaster for her. I did that based on the sound quality of the other AF 24K remasters I have which I've been very impressed with. I have been able to A/B the 24K remaster with the original and these discs are quite different. Right from the start the remaster has CD Text (the original doesn't) and from the opening track the sound difference is quite evident. Strong, Strong Wind on the remaster opens with the sound of sticks which is notably absent from the 1998 version. The overall sound level of the 24K disc is about 4dBs less than the original yet peak levels are the about the same with greater bass extension and weight. Not only is the dynamic range greater but it has a smoother sound with a deeper soundstage, superior separation and tonality that lacks the sibilance of the original. The original is louder, more compressed, shallower, and harsher. These differences are constant throughout both discs. How the differences could be missed on a lesser system, yet alone a high-end system, or by trained ears is beyond me. The version of Dreamboat Annie on 24K disc is the same as on the 1998 disc yet different than the version that got the most radio airtime. That was Track 2 on the same titled album but if IIRC this is the version that was the last track on that album.

Steve Hoffman is very highly regarded and I feel he lived up to his reputation by doing a great remastering job on this. Whether you prefer the shallower, harsher, more in your face sound of the compressed original is a matter of taste but there's no question that these discs sound quite different.
5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Decide for Yourself... Oct. 13 2011
By Richard Thompson - Published on
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I saw this Audio Fidelity "Gold" CD version of 1998's Heart Greatest Hits being offered for around $16 and decided to go ahead an order it, even though there were some "questionable" reviews regarding the sound quality.

The day I received my copy I first opened it up and ripped it to my computer hard drive. I have a nice Klipsch speaker system connected to the PC and as the disc played it did sound very good. So my first impression was positive. I went back and read all the mixed reviews from "spectacular sound", the "best I've ever heard" to "uneven mastering" and "hoped for better sound". At that point I decided to do a bit more critical listening and a little A-B comparison with some other original Heart CD's that I own.

Here are my impressions: first off, this disc is Not mastered dramatically different from the older standard versions that I have. I've got a 20+ year old copy of Dreamboat Annie, and when checking the levels and sound differences they are slight at best. For those worried about compression, this disc has been conservatively remastered with loads of head-room, similar to the '96 Eric Clapton Polydor remasters. They are a lot like how a vinyl record should sound (without the surface noise and pops and clicks of course...). The only difference with all the other CD versions I have, both old and new, is that the bottom-end has been slightly increased and, at the same time and about the same amount, the High-end has been lowered. The only reason I could think of for this being done would be to avoid excessive analog tape hiss, but Heart's music has never been plagued with that (unlike some other artists). It's not a lot, but it is just enough to be noticeable. In A-B comparisons, the standard discs are brighter. There is more semblance in the vocals and the high-hat, symbols, and acoustic guitars sound much better.

(For the audiophiles out there only, my system is a Denon 100 watt receiver, Denon CD player, Klipsch Heresey's and a Klipsch Synergy 12" powered sub-woofer)

The bottom line is if this is the only Heart disc you owned you would probably be thoroughly satisfied with it. It is loaded with some of the band's best material. If, however, you are very picky about your stereo sound quality and were hoping this might be the "definitive bench mark" in top sound quality of Heart's may well be disappointed.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Nice Sound & Selection Oct. 25 2011
By John J. Agnew, Jr. - Published on
As others mentioned, this CD has pretty nice detailed sound!! Good sound level, too. Includes a nice selection of Heart's early Top 40 hits! A tiny CD bonus is the barely audible studio chat in the intro to "Heartless"!

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