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The Essential Heart Original recording remastered
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|1. Crazy On You|
|2. Magic Man|
|3. Dreamboat Annie|
|5. Little Queen|
|6. Kick It Out|
|7. Love Alive|
|9. Straight On|
|10. Dog & Butterfly|
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|1. What About Love?|
|3. These Dreams|
|4. Nothin' At All|
|5. If Looks Could Kill|
|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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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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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.
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.Read more ›
"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!
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.
Most recent customer reviews
Excellent synopsis of Heart's career so far. A good selection of hits from their vast catalogue representing the band over the years.Published 4 months ago by Charles Finch
Fabulous collection. Forgot about the great song, "All I Wanna Do...".Published 11 months ago by Bob Wallis