Update June 18th: Reviews from Rock My Monkey, another one from Seattle PI and PowerLineMag.
Update June 15th
: Another raving review, this time The Morton Report, Caller.com and The Nation.
Update June 10th
: Two reviews: Hyperbolium and Buffalo News.
Update June 9th
: The interview with Ann & Nancy continues at UltimateClassicRock.com about Strange Euphoria, Kicking and Dreaming and Fanatic. And here is a review at RealRock
Update June 8th
: From Heart’s Facebook come the handwritten lyrics of “Barracuda”! Plus the review from about.com.
Update June 7th
: A review from Seattle PI.
Update June 6th
: an extensive interview with A&N on UltimateClassicRock.com and did you find the mistake in your box set? If so: click here.
Update June 5th
: “Strange Euphoria is now available!” Click here to order on Amazon and here to download on iTunes. Here’s an interview and audio on MSN (Thanx to Heartmonger Blog) and here are a couple of reviews: SomethingElseReviews, BackstageAxxess, Yahoo, Glorious Noise, Zoiks, Sound&VisionMag, AllMusic and Cheeky Monkey… (more coming up). Win the radiosampler here and here. And here’s the second Legacy Podcast!

Update June 4th
: “Strange Euphoria” will be available in the US tomorrow! Amazon has started shipping! Here’s a fab video of Ann & Nancy seeing the box set for the first time!

Update June 1st: “Strange Euphoria” has hit the Dutch stores! See the vid of the unpacking :o)

Update May 29th: See the soundcloud window below for a listen to the FULL “Skin to Skin”!

“ANN WILSON: We had a lot of fun with this song. It’s got a dance beat, but still rocking. It’s only got one chord, and we had a hard time selling it to anyone who wanted stereotyped “Heart” songs. But our perception of Heart, and how wide Heart is and can be, never has matched what others perceive. We grew up in the era of the Beatles’ White Album, and that was as wide as we thought all rock albums could be. Our spectrum of Heart is always evolving, and widening. Our spectrum can encompass “Magic Man,” and “Barracuda,” and “Alone,” but also “Boppy’s Back,” and “Hey You.” And sometimes, as with this box set, Heart returns to places we began from, even as we move forward.”

Update May 28th: Amazon.com has posted sound clips of all the tracks on the box set. You can listen in the window below or click here and click through to the MP3 version.

Update May 27th
: A one hour radio show about “Strange Euphoria” (including the song “Fanatic”) can be heard here.
Update May 22nd
: More below on sound cloud. A totally new demo! “Any Woman’s Blues”!
Update May 21st
: From RollingStone, a song from the DVD of “Strange Euphoria”!

Update May 20th: NewburyComics ships autographed posters with their copies of “Strange Euphoria”!
Update May 18th: More previews of Strange Euphoria! (Though I think “Desire Walks On Beach Demo” is the normal album version?)
Update May 16th: Check out this interview with Ann about “Strange Euphoria” and here’s part 1 of the the Legacy Recordings Podcast!
Update May 15th: Heart has shared audio! Like “Love Alive” and “Magic Man” demo! From Heart’s Facebook.

Update May 9th: UK and Dutch releasedate is June 4th. No extra tracks.
Update May 5th:
 International distribution will be done by Sony.
Update April 30th:
 2 of the 5 tracks on the Amazon.com EXCLUSIVE 5th disc are previously unreleased. I think the 1st & the 3rd: Going to California, Battle Of Evermore, What Is And What Should Never Be, Immigrant Song & Misty Mountain Hop.
Update April 27th
: PRESS RELEASE NEW YORK, April 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Epic Records and Legacy Recordings proudly announce the release of Strange Euphoria, the first definitive career-spanning, multi-label boxed set retrospective chronicling the seminal American rock band Heart, personally curated by Ann Wilson and Nancy Wilson.

A carefully-considered anthology of biggest hits and best-loved songs set alongside deep catalog treasures, rarities, demos and live performances, Strange Euphoria, three compact discs and one DVD in a deluxe box, will be available everywhere Tuesday, June 5.

“In all the years we have been making music we have seen trends come and go,” said Ann Wilson.   “We have always felt that to try and chase the latest ‘it’ sound is pointless, and we have tried to remain true to ourselves as songwriters and musicians.  Sometimes we have had amazing success and heard ourselves on the radio… other times not so much, but the music is always playing in our house.  In this box we have included many things that until now have never seen the light of day.  Also here are our favorite deep tracks and live moments that really speak to who we are on the stage and the connection between us and the people who show up to rock.  Enjoy this collection.  It has many facets just like we do, but the spirit running through it is all Heart. “

Ann Wilson and her younger sister, Nancy Wilson, first showed the world that women can rock when their band Heart stormed the charts in the 1970s with hits like “Crazy on You,” “Magic Man,” “Barracuda,” ‘Straight On,” “Even It Up,” “Kick It Out,” and many more.  Not only did the Wilson sisters lead the band, they wrote the songs and played the instruments, making them the first women in rock to do so.  Heart continued topping the charts through the ’80s and into the ’90s with huge hits like “These Dreams,” “Alone,” “Never,” and a string of other hits that showcased the sisters’ enormous talents as both musicians and singers. Along the way, Heart sold more than 35 million records, had 21 top 40 hits, sold out arenas worldwide, and profoundly influenced the sound and direction of American rock music while inspiring women (and guys too!) around the world to rock out in bands of their own.

Heart were 2008 recipients of VH1 Rock Honors, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Northwest Grammy Foundation,  and received ASCAP’s award for Excellence in Songwriting in 2009.

In August 2010, Red Velvet Car, the first new studio album in six years from Heart, entered the Billboard 200 best-selling album charts at #10, becoming the seventh Top 10 album of the group’s career.  The group’s first album for Legacy Recordings, Red Velvet Car marked the return of the group to the Sony Music Entertainment family, reaching #1 in sales on Amazon.com in September.

What’s made Heart endure across four decades and 13 studio albums, from Dreamboat Annie (1976) through Red Velvet Car (2010), is simply the quality of the music and the Wilsons’ ability to connect to the emotions and experiences of their audience.  Strange Euphoria represents the first time Ann and Nancy have personally curated a collection of their work and is the only time they’ve opened up their vaults for demos and rarities never heard by the public. The set includes song-by-song annotations, anecdotes, and commentary by the Wilson sisters.

Heart – Strange Euphoria – track listing

CD 1: 1. Through Eyes And Glass (by Ann Wilson & The Daybreaks) 2. Magic Man (demo)* 3. How Deep It Goes (demo)* 4. Crazy On You (demo)* 5. Dreamboat Annie (Fantasy Child) + Dreamboat Annie Reprise (edit)* 6. Love Alive 7. Sylvan Song 8. Dream Of The Archer 9. White Lightning And Wine (live at the Aquarius)* 10. Barracuda (live from BBC Radio Concert)* 11. Little Queen 12. Kick It Out 13. Here Song (demo)* 14. Heartless (demo)* 15. Dog & Butterfly (acoustic demo)* 16. Straight On 17. Nada One
CD 2: 1. Bebe le Strange 2. Silver Wheels II 3. Even It Up 4. Sweet Darlin’ 5. City’s Burning 6. Angels 7. Love Mistake 8. Lucky Day (demo)* 9. Never (live, with John Paul Jones)* 10. These Dreams 11. Nobody Home 12. Alone 13. Wait For An Answer 14. Unconditional Love (demo)* 15. High Romance (demo)* 16. Under The Sky (demo)* 17. Desire Walks On (“Beach demo” version)*
CD 3: 1. Kiss (by The Lovemongers) 2. Sand (live) (by The Lovemongers) 3. Everything (live) (by Nancy Wilson) 4. She Still Believes (live)* 5. Any Woman’s Blues (demo) (with the Seattle Blues Revue Horns)* 6. Strange Euphoria 7. Boppy’s Back (demo)* 8. Friend Meets Friend (live)  (by The Lovemongers)* 9. Love Or Madness (live) * 10. Skin To Skin* 11. Fallen Ones 12. Enough 13. Lost Angel (live) 14. Little Problems, Little Lies (by Ann Wilson) 15. Queen City 16. Hey You 17. Avalon (Reprise)
* previously unreleased
DVD: KWSU “The Second Ending – featuring Heart” program circa February-March 1976 1. Pre Show 2. Heartless 3. White Lightning & Wine 4. Dreamboat Annie 5. Silver Wheels 6. Crazy On You 7. Sing Child 8. Soul Of The Sea 9. Devil Delight 10. Magic Man

Close up. (Screengrab by TDHS)

Update April 26th: A close up of Ann & Nancy on the cover of “Strange Euphoria”. See above.
Update April 23rd
: A bigger version of the cover art is here! (See above). And here’s the track list for DVD:  1 Intro 1:29 2 Pre Show 4:21 3 Heartless 5:05 4 White Lightning and Wine 6:35 5 Dreamboat Annie 2:27 6 Silver Wheels 0:32 7 Crazy On You 4:48 8 Sing Child 9:13 9 Soul of the Sea 7:02 10 Devil Delight 5:23 11 Magic Man 8:05 12 Credits 1:47

Box Set “Strange Euphoria” with Amazon.com exclusive “Zeppish” CD. Photo collage by TDHS

Update April 20th: Amazon has removed the picture. So the picture above will have to do.
Update April 19th
: Management has confirmed that the ZEPP bonus disc (the 4th cd, but 5th disc in total) is an Amazon.com exclusive, named “Zeppish”. So make sure you pre-order the correct version on Amazon.com, as there are two. This will be the only Led Zeppelin exclusive. Also, the record company could work out other exclusives with other retailers, so you could consider waiting with your pre-order. I hope this does not mean too many difficult choices. And the artwork is revealed! GREAT! Looking at the size of the CD’s, the packaging looks huge! Wow! (Thanx to Michelle B. for the scoop!)
Update April 17th: Amazon has posted the tracklist for “Strange Euphoria”! CLICK HERE TO CHECK IT OUT  (thanx to Seattleboy!). The 5th disc might be an Amazon exclusive?
Update April 16th: from an Amazon email (thanx Seattleboy!): “Epic Records and Legacy Recordings proudly announce the release of Strange Euphoria, the first definitive career-spanning, multi-label boxed set retrospective chronicling the seminal American rock band Heart, personally curated by Ann Wilson and Nancy Wilson. A carefully-considered anthology of biggest hits and best-loved songs set alongside deep catalog treasures, rarities, demos and live performances. Strange Euphoria consists of three compact discs, one DVD, and a bonus CD of five Led Zeppelin cover tracks in a deluxe box.”
Update April 14th: based on the publicly accessible ASCAP database, I’m making a wild guess that the following tracks might be included on “Strange Euphoria” (this is all HIGHLY unconfirmed, based solely on their very recent registrations at ASCAP, which could very well have a very different reason): “Nothing But Love”, “High Romance”, “Friend meets Friend”, “Love or Madness”, “Lucky Day” (written with Lisa Dalbello), “Skin to Skin”, “Through Eyes and Glass” (Ann Wilson & The Daybreaks!), “Unconditional Love”, something from “Almost Famous”, “Avalon (reprise)” and “Any woman’s blues”.
Update April 13th
: PRE-ORDER is now available on AMAZON.COM and AMAZON.CO.UK
Update March 24th: Sue Ennis twittered:Just listened to the new Heart box set. Surprising. Deep. Rare. Grateful to producers for not caving to commercial pressure.”
Update March 20th: A nice summary of Heartlinker info on UltimateClassicRock :) Thanx for the link back! :)
Update March 15th: Heart just posted on their Facebook that “Strange Euphoria” will be out June 5th 2012!
Update March 11th: Sue Ennis posted a comment on heartlinker.nl: “Believe me, it IS too cool! So many unearthed rarities. A gold mine for Heartmongers who really know this band. I can’t wait

March 10th: Thanx to heartmonger Bad Manimal all heartmongers can now see the flyer that was handed out at the second ’12 USA Heart show in Newkirk Oklahoma. It has lots of information about the upcoming career-spanning box set “Strange Euphoria”! The flyer lists the information as follows:

Strange Euphoria
HEART’s first-ever career-spanning box set!
4-disc, 50 song collection featuring:
-Previously unreleased demos and rarities
-Live performances & chart-topping hits
-New track-by-track commentary by Ann and Nancy Wilson
-DVD of the rare 1976 TV performance, DREAMBOAT ANNIE
visit www.heart-newsletter.com for more information

Back of “Strange Euphoria” flyer (THANX to bad manimal)

Front of “Strange Euphoria” flyer (THANX to bad manimal)