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One of the greatest debuts of all time
on 18 March 2005
Dreamboat Annie (1976.) Heart's first album.
In the mid seventies, two sisters named Ann and Nancy Wilson joined an all-male group that had previously gone under the name Army and White Heart. Although they had joined an all-male group, they quickly became the dominant members of the band. The band name was changed to Heart, and they eventually got a record deal - but it was on a little-known Canadian label known as Mushroom. The band's debut release, Dreamboat Annie, was released in 1976. How would this album fare in a world in which rock and roll was mostly considered a male-oriented genre? Read on for my review.
To put it simply, this is an excellent album. Although only ten tracks and forty mintues long, the album covers a lot of musical ground. The band manages to combine the classic hard rock stylings of the day with softer, more folk-oriented ones. This makes for a listening experience that is pleasing from start to finish. The first two big hits that the band scored, Crazy On You and Magic Man, can be found on this LP. But, as with most bands, there are many equally-good songs that aren't as popular. A good example of this is the bluesy rocker, White Lightning And Wine. One of the really good soft tracks the album has to offer is the sorely-underrated Soul Of The Sea. But the true attraction here would have to be the title track. Dreamboat Annie (the song) is divided into three, non-continuous parts which follow the same basic formula but throw in just enough new elements to keep things fresh. Many people call this album an essential rock classic, and why not? It rocks!
There is only one version of this CD readily available in America (as of September 11, 2004), and that's the original CD release. Since I don't really have any production quality issues, I don't really think there's a need for reissues of the band's material, at least not yet.
Whoever says women can't rock has obviously never listened to Heart. Their 1976 debut is one of their most popular albums, and one of their best ones, as well. If you're a fan of the band, or just of classic rock in general, this is one of those albums you really can't go wrong with.