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The Essential Heart (Remastered) Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (Jan. 14 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00007E8W2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #194 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stretch on June 5 2003
Format: Audio CD
"The Essential Heart" is probably the one stop Heart record casual fans will need, which is fine, because as a compliation it does it's job gathering all of their big hits and (nearly) all of their noteworthy album cuts.
Their are noteworthy tunes abound. Disc 1 walks through their 70's work, Stand-outs being the mystical feel of "Magic man", the heavy distortion of Barracuda". And the folky riff of "Crazy on you". The latter being the ideal opener.
After a brief dry spell, the hits kept coming, which brings us to Disc 2. Many of these songs have a lighter, more radio friendly sound. Ballad-fare such as the sentimental and heartfelt (no pun intended) "These Dreams".
If there's one questionable omission, it's from the "Little Queen" album: the acoustic "Cry to me". Which was also released as the B-Side to the "Barracuda" single. It definetely deserves it's place alongside these classics and it's absence made my head itch. So for that I must deduct a star from my rating.
Anyways despite that, "The Essential Heart" is definitely one of the better titles in the series. In hindsight given Sony's botched Ozzy Osbourne, Bob Dylan, Blue Oyster Cult, and Billy Joel compilations, they for once got it right. If you're on a budget looking for Heart's music, "The Essential Heart" is the way to go.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JohnnyP on April 9 2012
Format: Audio CD
This CD is worth twice the asking price. Love it !!! It is Heart at their talented best. If you never buy another Heart CD, don't pass on this one
Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Langer on Nov. 27 2012
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Prolific sister team from Seattle still make the arena circuit. It's easy to see why..they rock. a LOT is included in this collection..great for die-hard fans, but a 2-disc set probably isnt necessary for the casual fan like me
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Dec 24 2005
Format: Audio CD
got 'round to this at last.
"crazy on you" is totally wicked, cool opening track
"barracuda" - brilliant - good to play when someone's p..ssed you off!
"love alive" - quite beautiful,
the early accoustic tracks are simplistic & airy,
this band is quite unique in it's overall style, they don't follow any rules musically,
"ring them bells" - this is my heart christmas song, but also can be played at other times!
"rock & roll" - totally cool rock chicks - totally rockin' out - brilliant! - when i saw this live @ wembley arena, i totally fell in love with the band!
the '80s collection "what about love" etc, of these all, "never" is my fave, really positive & catchy - love the chorus
they have made some completely blow away anthems - "alone", "what about love", "these dreams" - they go off the richter scale, surely!
the end track - "the road home" - a great drivin' track & the perfect round up to this album - excellent stuff!
these women really can kick ass!
old & new, their sound is very different, but each in their own way, is pure magic, man!
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By dan hinks on Feb. 11 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
First disc has s scratch effects 2 songs. This is the second order for the same CD set. First order the second CD was broken.
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By debbie johnson on May 19 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
this band is by far my fav these girls know how to rock & Ann Wilson sure knows how to sing
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Hilow on July 16 2004
Format: Audio CD
It took the talents of not one but two top level producers to digitally remaster this compilation. It shows- big time. With the exception of the songs from the 1st album all songs sound like they were recorded and produced yesterday. The re-mastering brings out nuances not heard on the vinyl or original recording CDs. The bottom end and guitar solos are tight. Ann's voice soars like never before with expanded headroom and endless clarity. The producers knew what they were doing it really, really shows.
Playing air guitar really pisses my girlfriend off to the point were she will not even speak to me for hours if I rock out in public. Well this CD had me in my isolated splendor. She can't dig my riffs! Funny she does not mind my air drums though.
This is the best compliation album representing esoteric selections that you would not want to buy the whole album for, (rock 'n roll), commercial hits like Magic Man, and gems that received short lived air play like "How Can I Refuse".
I hate greatest hits compilations. This one truly is "Essential".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By William on March 23 2004
Format: Audio CD
The 70's gave the Wilson Sisters a chance to demonstrate their talents and they surely did. Not only could they write some of the nicest ballads I have ever heard (Dreamboat Annie, Love Alive), but they could belt out some of great rock tunes too. All of which have become rock classics (Magic Man, Crazy on You, Barracuda).
If you have followed Heart the way I have, you will know that there were 2 journeys for this band. The fab 70's where they played the way they wanted to play, and recorded songs they wanted to record. However, record companies in the 80's weren't so accepting or generous and groups had to conform to 'standards'. My first impression of Heart's 1985 album "Heart" was "omigod, they have died". Gone were the great rock and folks songs. Here we had big hairdo's, big power ballads and synthesizer city. But that's what the 80's were about. Heart still received hit after hit (What about Love, Never, Alone) and the 80's albums kept coming. I was disappointed with the change that Heart adopted, by understand it so much better now. Alot of the 80's stuff wasn't their choice. Interesting to note, that none of the 80's hits that Heart sang, were actually written by Heart. This pleased me because I just felt that Anne or Nancy couldn't write such crappy songs (eg. All I Want to Do is Make Love to You).
The Wilson sisters, have said, in one way or another, that they are glad the 80's have passed, and that they can return to what they really do best ie. folk and rock.
What 'Essential' does, is give an impressive look at the career of this great band.
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