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Heart's Back - And it's Bigger than Ever,
This review is from: Heart: Alive In Seattle [DVD]  (DVD)
With a new line up of musicians, Ann & Nancy Wilson return from their acoustic sabbatical and return to their roots in Rock with this tour; The last concert of which is shown on this DVD. The setting is intimate (no 75k seater stadium this time) and the whole atmosphere is friendly. Both Ann and Nancy engage and joke with the audience, introducing their songs in a humourous and crowd pleasing way. And on top of this, their performance of the songs themselves is great; The blend of classics, Album songs, covers and New songs is nigh on perfect.
One would expect that with age and over-use, these incredible sisters' musical talent would have diminished some from their days of early success. NOT SO! Ann's vocals have changed, but not for the worse, while Nancy's guitar work has never been anything short of fantastic. She even has the energy in her performance that made her such a rock icon in the 70s/80s. As with many heart CD releases there is also a message from Ann and Nancy in which they discuss the initiative and message behind their four new songs and also elaborate about the tracks they have covered and why.
All the classics: "Magic Man" "Crazy on You" "Barracuda" have been updated and given a different sound than that of their previous incarnations while some of Ann and Nancy's favourite songs like "Mistral Wind" and "Love Alive" have been included and are performed so well it is almost chilling. The cover's are also well chosen: Sonic's "The Witch" appearing early builds up the mood while the beautiful rendition of Elton John's "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters" (With exquisite vocals from Nancy) and crowd pleasing version of Led Zeppelin's "Battle of Evermore" bridge the middle of the concert with a delicate feel.
An 80s fan however may be disappointed when viewing the track list as the only REAL 80s mateirial is "Alone" and "These Dreams" but in my oppinion the Interpretation of the latter is almost enough to sell the DVD on it's own. Additionally the new songs are very strong. In fact I bought the CD of this concert aswell the day after watching the DVD because I loved the songs "Break the Rock" and "Sister Wild Rose" so much and simply had to have them on my iPod.
I would highly recommend this concert to Heart fans of all time periods as it has something for everyone and might even get you into something that you had previously disliked. It changed my mind about their 80s period and I am now a proud owner of the albums "Heart", "Bad Animals" and "Brigade" which I had previously shunned with all my might. All in all, a great comeback for a great band.
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Initial post: 26 Jun 2010 13:16:18 BDT
Last edited by the author on 26 Jun 2010 13:18:28 BDT
Mr. John C. Hubbard says:
Intelligent review - well done. Unlike you, I came late and became a fan in the 80s and didn't know too much about the earlier stuff. Now I see what I've been missing! Mistral Wind is surely their 'Stairway to Heaven' - absolutely blew me away. And Sister Wild Rose - what a great hard rocking new song!
Oh, and regarding Bad Animals - my favourite track is You Ain't So Tough - Ann's voice is possibly at its zenith here.
Posted on 3 Mar 2012 01:38:13 GMT
M. A. Bennett says:
Add to that album list the overlooked 1983's Desire Walks On, the best produced up to that time from them and the seeds of their great '80's sound to come.
All the dvds and blu rays by this band are worth picking up, nothing disappoints.
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