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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.
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on 7 December 1999
I first heard Heart back in the seventies, and this album was their finest. A classic mixture of powerful, soaring female vocals and guitar-led rock, with the occasional acoustic interlude, the whole thing hangs together beautifully. If this music doesn't make you feel something, get a medical check-up pronto !!!
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on 19 October 2010
Many of the tracks on this stunning debut album are now rightly regarded as classics in the canon, and who could dispute that with the magnificent 'Magic Man' and 'Crazy on You' as the jewels in the crown?

But there is a whole lot more here than just those two major hits - the funky 'White Lightning and Wine' has never showcased Heart in more sexy style, and 'Soul of the Sea' reaches epic porportions in its beautiful harmonies and string arrangements. Three versions of the title track might seem like overkill, but with three very different approaches, you're actually left wanting a FOURTH when the album closes.

Ann and Nancy have rarely reached such a zenith since ('Dog and Butterfly', 'Little Queen', and new CD 'Red Velvet Car' are comparables), and with its 35th anniversary fast approaching, it's about time that this was given the deluxe remastering treatment it so richly deserves!! There must be tons of outtakes, demos and live tracks to add into this to make a fine package - if anyone with any influence is reading this, PLEASE get the men in suits to listen!!!

Now, anyone for a remastered 'Magazine', with both 1977 and 1978 versions included - or am I really just dreaming??
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on 3 October 2015
Dreamboat Annie was the debut album by Heart and was released in America in February 1976 on Mushroom Records.
Their debut single was Crazy On You which reached number 35 on the Billboard chart in summer 1976.
The follow up single was Magic Man which was their first top ten hit reaching number 9 on the Hot100 chart.
The third single was the title track which reached number 42. The version of the single that was released does not appear on the album.
The album was produced by Mike Flicker and became a million seller. At this point the group consisted of 6 members - Ann and Nancy Wilson, Roger Fisher, Steve Fossen, Michael De Rosier and Howard Leese. This line up would continue until October 1979 when guitarist Roger Fisher left the band before the release of the Bebe Le Strange album.
Dreamboat Annie is a great example of how strong the band was right from the start of their recording career .
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on 19 May 2016
I bought this record years ago, mid 1970's on vinyl. What a great album I thought. As life goes, you either mislay it, lose it, or swap it. I did the latter. But now I have purchased the cd, I'm as happy or happier than a pig in s--t! Great CD 💿. Would give more than five stars 🌃 if I could.
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on 25 February 2014
Music how it used to be. The origional Heart .
The first album from this Canadian rock band. So9me great ballads and memorable tracks.
A must for any rock fan.
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on 2 May 2014
I used to listen to this album many years ago, its was great getting re-acquainted, easy listening, enjoyed all of the tacks on this album, great music to unwind to.
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on 20 August 2016
Superb album I've had on vinyl since it's 1976 release....& just checking out the cd releases I'm stunned by the prices - £7 approx - or £70 approx - or £190 approx - or £1200 approx + £1.25 P&P ......Yes I did say that last price......So lets read the reviews for each of these different versions of the same some are for the 1999 version.....or 2005 version ....or remastered 2010 version ....or Import version ......All different cds on completely different pages of the same album.....So why don't the reviews reflect that ? ......They are exactly the same reviews for the £7 version & the remastered version & the imported version........& the photos of the cds are the same - meaning - nothing to suggest " Remastered " ......Sorry but until this is sorted I wont be buying any cd that has so many choices but are actually All the same ! So annoying !
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on 6 May 2014
Love the tracks, all in good order, well packaged, and arrived promptly. Would happily recommend. Have to play Crazy on You and Magic Man with the volume turned up. Gorgeous
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on 5 September 2014
Love this album. Prefer Heart's earlier work as it is more original. Crazy on you was the first single of theirs I heard and had to buy the vinyl.
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