Heart - Alive In Seattle
Artist: Heart (www.annandnancy.com)
Title: Alive In Seattle
Label: Sony/Legacy (www.legacyrecordings.com)
Genre: Rock/Album Rock, Arena Rock, Pop/Rock, Hard Rock
Format: 2 CDs
I was so happy to find Alive in Seattle in my mailbox one day. I had no idea it was coming, in fact, I did not think that Heart was active any longer. I think many people felt that way. Their last studio album was Heart Presents a Lovemonger's Christmas in 2001and there last legitimate studio rock album was 1993's Desire Walks On, so it comes as no surprise that most folks would have considered that they were at least semi-retired as a group. Much to my delight there is this new double live CD and DVD out featuring the legendary sister rock music team. The play all of their hits from the ‘70s like "Magic Man," "Dreamboat Anne" and "Dog & Butterfly," great new songs "Heaven," "Sister Wild Rose" and "Break The Rock," and brilliant rocking covers of "Battle of Evermore" and "Black Dog" (Led Zeppelin), "Mona Lisa and Madhaters" (Elton John) and "The Witch" (Sonics).
I grew up in the ‘70s so many fine memories come tied up into this music for me. This music gets me all choked up with emotion. When I hear the beautiful Nancy and Ann Wilson sing and play their music, especially when I hear "Alone," (the acoustic version on this CD is just as spine tingling as it was with the electric guitar) there is nothing like it in the world, it is something special. Just as one line in the song states-"It chills me to the bone," but in a nice way.
I remember reading the magazine Circus (back in the days when it was good) and the commentary about Heart. They made many comparisons to Zeppelin regarding their sound and influence. The sisters were smart enough to embrace that and run with it, and here we are nearly 30 years later listening to that music all over again in all its glory and magnetic appeal. There will also be a SACD of this same set released in June, which I look forward to hearing.
To be honest, I was not to sure what to expect when I played this. I realize that this band has had some good years and felt that probably their best years were now behind them, just another rock dinosaur trying to make a comeback right?, I was so wrong. This is an incredible performance! The band is really cookin' right along and the Wilson sisters have not lost too much over the years concerning vocal range, impact, and stage presence. This performance was the last of their "Summer of Love" 2002 tour in the comfort of their hometown, Seattle. The crowd is full of energy and they react with enthusiasm to the music and interact with the sisters quite a bit. Watch for the "Alive in America Tour" in 2003 if you would like to see for yourself what it is like experiencing live Heart music. Get ready, this two CD set is something that will get you warmed up for the real deal.
ANN WILSON: Vocals, acoustic guitar, autoharp, flute, ukulele
NANCY WILSON: Guitars, acoustic guitar, vocals, mandolin, ukulele
SCOTT OLSON: Guitar, acoustic guitar, lap steel, backing vocals
MIKE INEZ: Bass guitar, Marley burns, dinner rolls
BEN SMITH: Drums, percussion
TOM KELLOCK: Keyboards
1. Crazy On You - 5:03 (Ann Wilson, Nancy Wilson)
2. Sister Wild Rose - 3:29 (Ann Wilson, Nancy Wilson, Sue Ennis)
3. The Witch - 2:59 (Gerald Rosalie)
4. Straight On - 5:22 (Ann Wilson, Nancy Wilson, Sue Ennis)
5. These Dreams - 5:38 (Bernie Taupin, George Martin Page)
6. Mistral Wind - 7:39 (Ann Wilson, Nancy Wilson, Sue Ennis, Roger Fisher)
7. Alone - 4:58 (Billy Steinberg, Tom Kelly)
8. Dog & Butterfly - 6:16 (Ann Wilson, Nancy Wilson, Sue Ennis)
9. Mona Lisa's and Mad Hatters - 5:50 (Elton John, Bernie Taupin)
10. Battle of Evermore - 5:50 (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant)
1. Heaven - 5:51 (Ann Wilson, Nancy Wilson, Sue Ennis)
2. Magic Man - 6:00 (Ann Wilson, Nancy Wilson)
3. Two Faces of Eve - 4:16 (Ann Wilson, Nancy Wilson, Sue Ennis)
4. Love Alive - 5:53 (Ann Wilson, Nancy Wilson, Roger Fischer)
5. Break the Rock - 3:55 (Ann Wilson, Nancy Wilson, Sue Ennis)
6. Barracuda - 6:10 (Ann Wilson, Nancy Wilson, Roger Fischer, Michael Derossier)
7. Wild Child - 4:37 (Robert John Lange, Craig David Joiner, Anthony William Mitman)
8. Black Dog - 6:12 (Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones)
9. Dreamboat Annie - 3:27 (Ann Wilson, Nancy Wilson)
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