Category: Heart

Heart – Little Queen

ARTIST: Heart                                              Little_Queen_Heart

TITLE: Little Queen

YEAR RELEASED: 1977

CHART ACTION: #9 US, #34 UK

SINGLES: Barracuda (#11), Little Queen (#62), Kick it Out (#79), Love Alive

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Probably not unless you had this

LINEUP: Ann Wilson, Nancy Wilson, Roger Fisher, Howard Leese, Steve Fossen, Michael DeRosier

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: The Wilson sisters and band rush released this album to capitalize on their monster hit, and it’s a diverse mix of rock, folk, and prog.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Though Magazine was to be their official second album, Ann and Nancy Wilson were rightfully angry at their record company for some shenanigans, resulting in the song “Barracuda”, a change in record company, and the old company releasing Magazine as a half-done, half-baked album.

A longer story ensues, needless to say this is the proper second album and I’m skipping Magazine for good reason.

Though most of their radio hits were hard rockin’, this second album picks up a lot of folk elements from their first, and even extends them into prog territory thanks to multi-everything Howard Leese. The diversity is impressive and instrumentally, they can pull it off.

Yet, showing some strain and some rushed out tracks, not everything works well. The second side especially shows some dreaded filler. It’s still a good record, but could have been better had they had time.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: They won a court order that allowed this album to be released, and they re-mixed Magazine as best they could.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, a version with a demo version and a live cut from 1976.

GRADE B+: Some interesting arrangements and good rock-and-roll, but some filler drags it down.

Heart – Dreamboat Annie

ARTIST: Heart Dreamboatannie
TITLE: Dreamboat Annie
YEAR RELEASED: 1975
CHART ACTION: #7 US, #20 Canada, #36 UK
SINGLES: How Deep It Goes, Crazy On You (#35 US, #25 Canada), Magic Man (#9 US, #26 Canada), Dreamboat Annie (#42 US, #53 Canada)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Sing Child got some airplay
LINEUP: Ann Wilson, Nancy Wilson, Roger Fisher, Steve Fossen, with Howard Leese, Michael DeRosier and Kat Hedrikse
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Seattle / Canadian band releases record that straddles hard rock and fantasy / folk.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Despite the presence of Magic Man and Crazy on You, the debut from Heart was equal hard rock and equal folkie – as the title cut was featured three times on the record itself. That song works each time; it’s a great framing devise. The other three mellowish songs don’t – they fall into clichés and / or just meander.

Meanwhile, two classics (noted above) and Sing Child prove that Heart’s strengths, at this juncture, was rocking out. Crazy on You is especially strong and well put together for a rookie band. Anyone listening to this should have known there was something about them that would have staying power.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: This was released in Canada in 1975, and only after Magic Man (the second single), started to hit. It hit the states in 1976.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.

GRADE: B+: The non-Dreamboat Annie mellow cuts drag this down. Fortunately they can be skipped over easily. The rest of it is top notch.