12 September 2015 ~ 2 Comments

Bebe Le Strange on 180 grams Vinyl

Bebe Le Strange cover from the label.

Bebe Le Strange cover from the label.

The Dutch label “Music on Vinyl” is releasing Heart’s 1980 album “Bebe Le Strange” on 180 gram audiophile vinyl on October 12th 2015.

Pre Order on Amazon.co.uk: Click here (delivers to USA)
Pre Order on Amazon.com: Click here

This is likely the conclusion of a string of three Heart releases by this label in 2015. The label had reserved a set of three catalog numbers. The next number is taken though by Jeff Beck. But let us all buy this new release to let them know we want more! For instance: Red Velvet Car or The Road Home! This could also be the perfect label for Heart to release their vinyl boxset with? The label got into Heart when it released “Fanatic” in 2012.

Heart on Music on Vinyl:

MOVLP621 Fanatic, September 27th 2012: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk
MOVLP1332 Little Queen, March 16th 2015: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk
MOVLP1333 Dog & Butterfly, May 25th 2015: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk
MOVLP1334 Bebe Le Strange, October 12th 2015: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk

Music on Vinyl:

Originally released on Valentine’s Day of 1980, Bebe Le Strange was Heart’s first album without founding member Roger Fisher. Once Nancy Wilson and guitarist Roger Fisher had broken up, the creative powers in the band shifted. The Wilson sisters were now in full control and their lyrics more personal than ever before. Heart’s fifth album peaked at number 5 in the USA, and certified Gold.

Just before Heart recorded the album that became Bebe Le Strange, the band was faced with one of their biggest challenges. In October of 1979, founding member Roger Fisher was asked to leave the group (after the relationship between him and Nancy Wilson had already ended, and Wilson was now dating drummer Mike Derosier – while her sister Ann was still dating Roger Fisher’s brother Michael, the band’s manager). So, while Heart recorded their fifth LP in Seattle in Winter of 1979, it was their first album without Fisher’s guitar playing or song writing.

Instead, Sue Ennis (a longtime friend of Ann and Nancy Wilson’s) was brought in to help out co-writing tunes, and she also played some guitar and piano on the album. Collectively, Sue, Ann and Nancy called themselves “Connie” and their lyrics were more personal than ever before. Once Nancy Wilson and Roger Fisher had broken up, the creative powers in the band shifted. The Wilson sisters were now in full control. Originally released on February 14, 1980, the album contains the singles “Even It Up” and “Bebe Le Strange”, and eventually certified Gold.

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13 September 2014 ~ 2 Comments

New October release: BOX SET

Another new collectible on the horizon! Did you guess it?  On October 14th Sony Legacy will release a new BOX SET with as yet unknown contents. The Heartlinker will be keeping you updated on this new release in this post.

First update: it has FOUR discs! And the title “The Box Set Series” suggests a simple catalog release with some extra’s in this fashion.

Update September 17th: Thank you Manny for reporting on the BBS!: Since Legacy/Sony are involved with this project, they tend to get the artists involved with their “Boxset Series'” ie. providing liner notes. Other boxsets released by Sony/Legacy in this series include hits, deep album cuts and alternative outtakes/b-sides.

Update October 7th 2014: and here’s the cover art!

“The Box Set Series” CLICK TO ORDER

Update October 11th 2014: “2014 four CD release, an installment in the popular THE BOX SET SERIES, which come packed with original hit recordings by the biggest artists in music history. For the first time, the classic recordings of these household names are now packaged in box sets that virtually any household can afford. This set from the Classic Rock duo features 44 tracks including ‘Barracuda’, ‘Straight On’, ‘Even It Up’ and the previously unreleased ‘Stairway To Heaven’.”

Update October 15th 2014: the track list has appeared at Walmart.com and thanx to David G for posting the correct order. Disc 4 has the previously unreleased on CD track of the FAMOUS and HISTORIC Kennedy Center performance of “Stairway to Heaven”. Plus… and this is not confirmed… I think that many of the tracks on disc 4 are taken from their Sony DVD release “Night at Sky Church”, which was not released on CD (except for a small promo with a couple of songs). “Never” (live) is listed on the set as previously unreleased on CD: at first I thought it would be the “The Road home” version that was released on CD in Japan, but that version did see the laser light as part of “Strange Euphoria”. So what is this? Also nice to see that the disc includes singles from their latest studio efforts “Jupiter’s Darling”, “Red Velvet Car” and “Fanatic”!

Disc 1: 1. Barracuda 2. Little Queen 3. Kick It Out 4. Magic Man (Live) 5. Dreamboat Annie (Live) 6. Mistral Wind (Live) 7. Sylvan Song 8. Dream Of The Archer 9. Love Alive 10. Cry To Me 11. Straight On

Disc 2: 1. Dog & Butterfly 2. Nada One 3. Bebe le Strange 4. Even It Up 5. Sweet Darlin’ 6. Silver Wheels 7. Rockin’ Heaven Down 8. This Man Is Mine 9. City’s Burning 10. How Can I Refuse 11. Allies

Disc 3: 1. Almost Paradise (Love Theme From Footloose) – Mike Reno & Ann Wilson 2. Nothin’ At All 3. All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You 4. Kiss – The Lovemongers 5. The Oldest Story In The World 6. The Perfect Goodbye 7. Hey You 8. WTF 9. Walkin’ Good – featuring Sarah McLachlan 10. Rock Deep (Vancouver) 11. Tell It Like It Is

Disc 4: 1. Crazy On You (Live) 2. Heartless (Live) 3. Never (Live) 4. What About Love (Live)  5. These Dreams (Live) 6. Alone (Live) 7. Unchained Melody (Live) 8. Misty Mountain Hop (Live) 9. Rock And Roll (Live) 10. Black Dog (Live) 11. Stairway To Heaven (Live at the Kennedy Center)

Added October 25th 2014: I received my copy of The Box Set Series today (picture) and the “Never” (live) is from “Night at Sky Church” DVD/Blu-Ray, so indeed that song has never been released on CD. The two tracks after that could’ve been credited the same way. Both “What About Love” and “These Dreams” (with Alison Krauss) are from that same DVD, but have been released to radio-stations on CD. The booklet lists these two tracks as released on the “Night at Sky Church CD Sampler”. Doesn’t really count eh? The box folds out nicely and has a booklet about Ann & Nancy. Several pictures can be found, but actually no one but Ann & Nancy can be found on them.

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14 February 2014 ~ 4 Comments

Nothing but Love for Magic Man

Heart performed at The Joint in Tulsa on February 13th 2014

Heart performed at The Joint in Tulsa on February 13th 2014

"Nothing but Love" was added for Valentine's Day :)

“Nothing but Love” was added for Valentine’s Day :)

Thank you Boogie! :)

And Thank you Bonnie for pointing out the unthinkable: Magic Man is not on it!

Antiquiet: I’m going to take a minute to elaborate on just how absolutely ridiculous Ann Wilson’s voice remains. At 63 years of age, Ann sounds precisely as she did on the original studio recordings for these tracks, which is saying quite a lot. She’s a powerhouse of a singer and makes it look quite effortless – the extended high notes on Alone triggered goose bumps throughout the audience while she nearly gave Robert Plant a run for his money during a three-song Zeppelin encore includingImmigrant SongThe Rain Song and Misty Mountain Hop. […] I will object a bit at the exclusion of Magic Man from the set (seriously guys?), but the rest of the show was so solid I can almost forgive them.

Nancy and Ann in Tulsa, from AntiQuiet

Nancy and Ann in Tulsa, from AntiQuiet

Nancy in tulsa, from Antiquiet

Nancy in tulsa, from Antiquiet

 

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10 December 2013 ~ 5 Comments

Colosseum AXS concert on CD, DVD and Blu-Ray

Sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson, better known as Heart, celebrated the release of their 14th studio album Fanatic with a very special performance at the Caesars Colosseum in Windsor, Ontario. Performing new songs and timeless hits like Alone , ‘Dog And Butterfly’, Crazy on You and Barracuda with brand new arrangements, this show is a must have for all fans! Originally broadcast on AXS TV, ‘Fanatic Live from Caesar s Colosseum’ shows Heart at their rockin’ best, captured in stunning HD and 5.1 surround sound.


Ann Wilson about the new release

14 tracks: 1. Fanatic 2. Heartless 3. What About Love 4. Mashallah! 5. Even It Up 6. 59 Crunch 7. Straight On 8. Dog And Butterfly 9. Walking Good 10. These Dreams 11. Alone 12. Dear Old America 13. Crazy On You 14. Barracuda

The set is coming in the US on February 25th 2014 in three different formats: DVD, Blu-Ray and a special Deluxe CD/DVD. It’ll also be released on MP3. European release is February 21st according to Frontier Records.

Click on pictures for Amazon.com

Blu-Ray

Blu-Ray (Region A)

DVD (Region 1!)

DVD (Region 1!)

CD / DVD DeLuxe edition. DVD is probably Region 1 as well.

CD / DVD DeLuxe edition. DVD is probably Region 1 as well.

Press release:

HEART LIVE FROM CAESARS COLOSSEUM CD AND DVD WILL BE RELEASED IN NORTH AMERICA ON FEBRUARY 25TH

Heart’s Classic Hits Including ‘Barracuda,” “Crazy On You,” “These Dreams, “Alone” And “What About Love” Are Featured Along With Songs From Their Most Recent “Fanatic” CD

 

LOS ANGELES—December 10, 2013—Heart’s “ Fanatic Live From Caesars Colosseum” will be released in North America as CD and DVD/Blu Ray on February 25, 2014, it was announced today by Frontiers Records. The history behind this recording began in 2012 which was a year of major achievements for Heart. In addition to Ann and Nancy’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and news that they had been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the year was filed with musical accomplishments. Ann and Nancy Wilson combed their archives for a definitive four CD box set release in the early part of the year, and in the fall of 2012, released their “Fanatic” album to strong critical and fan acclaim. To support the release of “Fanatic,” the band embarked upon a major North American headline tour, which ended with a magnificent performance at Caesars Colosseum in Windsor, Ontario, which was filmed by AXS-TV.  Heart will be performing shows in February, March and April, 2014 as a continuation of the “Fanatic” tour.

“Heart is one of my personal favorites, said Frontiers Records President Serafino Perugino, “and it is more than a pleasure to have them joining the Frontiers family. We look forward to a great partnership together!”

Heart has long been associated with Canada having broken out in Vancouver in 1976 with the release of “Dreamboat Annie” and their return to Canada for the “Fanatic” tour was greeted with the kind of enthusiasm the Canadians save for their own.  Ben Mink, who produced the “Fanatic” CD and is another great Canadian musician, joined Ann and Nancy on stage at Windsor, playing fiddle and leading a string ensemble.

In addition to songs from the “Fanatic” album which were performed for the first time for the television viewing audience, “Fanatic Live From Caesars Colosseum” also showcases many of Heart’s classic hits including “Barracuda,” “Crazy on You,” “These Dreams,” “Alone,” “What About Love,” and many more.

“Fanatic Live From Caesars Colosseum” will be released in Deluxe edition CD/DVD (housed in a glossy Digipak) and Blu Ray and DVD standalone editions which can be pre-ordered via Amazon.com here http://www.smarturl.it/Heart_CDDVDAmazon (CD/DVD), here http://www.smarturl.it/Heart_DVDAmazon (DVD) and here http://www.smarturl.it/Heart_BLURAYAmazon (Blu-Ray).  A digital download is also available via iTunes here XXX and includes an instant download of a new rendition of the Heart classic “Dog And Butterfly”.

CD audio track listing will include:

Fanatic, Heartless,  What About Love, Mashallah!, Even It Up, 59 Crunch, Straight On, Dog And Butterfly, Walking Good, These Dreams, Alone, Dear Old America, Crazy On You, Barracuda.

DVD/Blu Ray track listing will include:

Fanatic, Heartless,  What About Love,  Mashallah!,  Even It Up,  59 Crunch,  Straight On,  Dog And Butterfly,  Walking Good,  These Dreams,  Alone,  Dear Old America, Crazy On You, Barracuda.

 

 

 

Thanx to Tylew for the scoop!

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26 June 2013 ~ 9 Comments

YES! “Smiles of a Summer Night”

In 2012 Heart released their latest studio-album “Fanatic”. Best Buy had a version with three bonustracks. One bonustrack was available only when you bought a mobile-phone plan from Cricket, “Smiles of a Summer Night”. I only know of one fan who did that and got the song and this fan sat on it ever since . The track became the most sought after song and it was nowhere to be found. In this digital age? Seriously: I’ve seen people writing down that they doubted it existed.

Now, with the Heartbreaker Tour, VIP’s get four exclusive songs including this song. And somebody has put on YouTube! (Not me)

“Smiles of a Summer Night”, Thanx Manny for finding the YouTube vid!

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06 February 2013 ~ 0 Comments

7″ / T-shirt boxset coming to Amazon

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The collector’s box

The “Fanatic” vinyl single boxset that includes a Tshirt was only available at Target, but now gets a release on Amazon.com as well. They ship internationally, thus now all Heartmongers can get this collectable. It will be released February 12th for a reasonable 20-something dollars.

 

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02 January 2013 ~ 6 Comments

Classic Rock Mag’s Top 50 female AOR: Ann #1

AOR 7

AOR 7

Ann Wilson has been named Leading Lady of AOR and finest female AOR singer alive. She leads the top 50 taking gold, where Stevie Nicks takes the silver and Pat Benatar takes the bronze. Cher is at number 7. The top 50 was published in the, rather expensive, newest edition of Classic Rock Magazine AOR, the special edition of Classic Rock Magazine, “Classic Rock Presents AOR 7: BOSTON”. This special issue features HEART: Their new LP is called Fanatic. We send AOR’s very own Heart fanatic, Siân Llewellyn, to chat with celebrated sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson.

Ann Wilson of Heart is number 1.

Ann Wilson of Heart is number 1.

Indeed the same issue not only features the top 50, but also a four page interview with Ann Wilson, where she tells about the new album Fanatic. the interview was done in New York city in October 2012. Most interesting quote:

It’s a different experience seeing them play on their home turf rather than on one of their sporadic visits to the UK – something which is “in our plan for 2013, definitely,” says Ann.

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