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The Essential Heart [Original recording remastered]

Heart Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
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Disc: 1
1. Crazy On You
2. Magic Man
3. Dreamboat Annie
4. Barracuda
5. Little Queen
6. Kick It Out
7. Love Alive
8. Heartless
9. Straight On
10. Dog & Butterfly
See all 18 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. What About Love?
2. Never
3. These Dreams
4. Nothin' At All
5. If Looks Could Kill
6. Alone
7. Who Will You Run To
8. There's The Girl
9. I Want You So Bad
10. All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You
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Product Description

The baddest babes in rock had two eras of success, their '70s Mushroom/Portrait/Epic period and their '80s Capitol years. This 2-CD set brings it all together for the first time: Barracuda; Crazy on You; Magic Man; What About Love?; These Dreams; Who Will You Run To; Heartless; Straight On; Even It Up; Alone; Stranded , and 26 more. Over two hours of hard-rockin' Heart!

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stand-up triple into third. June 5 2003
By Stretch
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
5.0 out of 5 stars The Wilson sisters are pure talent March 23 2004
By William
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars how can you refuse......? Dec 24 2005
By A Customer
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart is fantastic April 9 2012
By JohnnyP
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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5.0 out of 5 stars The only Heart you'll ever need May 12 2004
Format:Audio CD
"The Essential"? More like "The Complete". This stuffed 2-disc set is a godsend for Heart fans, and a perfect starting point for those looking to discover some of the Wilson sisters' gems. Disc 1 is the mid-'70s-through-early-'80s complilation (featuring classics like "Barracuda", "Crazy On You", "Magic Man", "Straight On", and "Dog and Butterfly"), and Disc 2 is late-'80s-through-early-'90s (with the uber-ballads "What About Love?", "These Dreams", and "Alone", among others).
Both discs are invaluable. The first is full of earthy ballads and ass-kicking rock, glazed with undeniably '70s flourishes, and is arguably the higher "quality" of the two. But the second disc, while more formulaic (in keeping with the times of '80s pop), is still worthy. "These Dreams" and "What About Love?" are classic guilty pleasure ballads (and well-deserved hits) that most anyone will recognize instantly.
THE ESSENTIAL HEART showcases an unerringly solid female rock act that deserves to be rediscovered by all. Well worth the price of admission.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a good compilation of Heart's music
Exactly what I wanted, a good compilation of Heart's music.
Published 1 month ago by Danney Bartlett
1.0 out of 5 stars not happy
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.
Published 8 months ago by dan hinks
5.0 out of 5 stars I recommend
this band is by far my fav these girls know how to rock & Ann Wilson sure knows how to sing
Published 17 months ago by debbie johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
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.. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Langer
3.0 out of 5 stars it's ok
I shouldn't have chose this cd because I only know a few songs and the second cd has songs that I don't know and don't care for.
Published on March 17 2010 by B. Cavener
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
This C.D is awesome full of great songs all I have to say is, BUY IT!
Published on March 2 2006 by "reggae7"
5.0 out of 5 stars Remastered Perfection!
It took the talents of not one but two top level producers to digitally remaster this compilation. It shows- big time. Read more
Published on July 16 2004 by Hilow
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad they are back
As a 48 yr. old female rocker, I am in awe of Ann and Nancy Wilson. And now that they are back, I feel a piece of myself that has been missing for so long has been returned. Read more
Published on July 10 2004 by Cynthia E Ingram
3.0 out of 5 stars Where are the original releases?
Great overall collection. I have 5 other Heart CDs but wanted this new remastered disc. Second disc is great... Read more
Published on June 15 2004 by C. Borchert
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't start now
You can play checkers or chess with the Wilson sisters. I think they're great!
Published on June 15 2004
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