Heart rocks, plain and simple
B. E Jackson | Pennsylvania | 04/28/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I know a lot of people out there are thinking "How can female singers in a rock band actually *rock*? It's because the songs are definitely written in a highly exciting, electric guitar-dominated way with a LOT of energy and passion, identical to any of the popular rock bands at the time such as Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, and Deep Purple.
Besides, if Heart doesn't really rock, then why is it that whenever I hear a song such as "Magic Man" I get a strong urge to live the same kind of lifestyle ALL the crazy rock stars do? This music most definitely rocks.
Of course the band can also whip out tender atmospheric ballads as well, such as "Dreamboat Annie", a song I will always associate with the one and only time a tornado ever hit my area.
This song came on the radio, suddenly the frequency went static and haywire, I got confused, and BAM! One second later all heck broke loose outside as the wind severely picked up, and telephone poles knocked down with wires lying everywhere. Strong memories are connected to that crazy, crazy night as a result of this song.
"Crazy on You" is just BETTER with that acoustic intro leading into those crashing guitar riffs. Seriously, I hate when radio stations remove that intro. The song's just not the same.
Something about this album... I can't quite figure out what it is that's so *awesome* about it. This music is just... unlike anything else I've ever heard. It must be the fact the lead singers are two talented female musicians packing the SAME kind of excitement and relentless rock energy as any male-dominated heavy rock band. As a result, this album in particular is one of Heart's best albums.
And hey!! The entire album is good, not just the three hit songs! "Dreamboat Annie (Reprise)" is basically the same thing as the version we all know and love except it's slowed down slightly and features piano and orchestration. "White Lightning and Wine" is a *perfect* rock song.
"Sing Child" has a wild Robin Trower-like guitar jam in the middle of it, along with a surprising choice to include flutes for a few seconds right before breaking out into a heavy guitar solo. I LOVE the entire instrumental section here. "Soul of the Sea" is a dreamy and delicate ride of pure atmosphere and fantasy. I love it.
I guess "(Love Me Like Music) I'll Be Your Song" is the weakest selection here. A slightly sappy ballad, but not *too* bad. It's still enjoyable.
You *need* to hear Heart's Dreamboat Annie to find out how female musicians rock out the correct way."
Dreamboat Annies still floating
B. E Jackson | 04/07/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This album could not be better. It starts out with the classic "Magic Man" which is one of the best songs in rock. Then heads to one of three Dreamboat Annies this one is quite slow and emotional. Then there's Crazy On You a hard rocking song that never loses its energy. Soul Of The Sea is a hidden gem it took me a while to get into this song but I finally listened to it all the way through and it is genius! Then the second Dreamboat Annie it's more of a rock song than the previous one. White Lightning And Wine it's more of a drinking song than anything else. (Love Me Like Music) I'll Be Your Song is next and it's one of those songs where you just sit back and enjoyt it. SING CHILD SING, SING CHILD SING It is one heck of a rocker. How Deep It Goes has a lot of emotion running through it. Then the final Dreamboat Annie probably the best one of the three It contains so many twists and turns in its orchestrated style that it's hard to stop listening to.
1.Magic Man 10/10
2.Dreamboat Annie (Fantasy Chlid) 10/10
3.Crazy On You 10/10
4.Soul Of The Sea 9/10
5.Dreamboat Annie 10/10
6.White Lightning And Wine 10/10
7.(Love Me Like Music) I'll Be Your Song 10/10
8.Sing Child 10/10
9.How Deep It Goes 7/10
10.Dreamboat Annie (Reprise) 10/10"
Dreamboat Annie Reborn!!
jartwo | Chattanooga, TN | 06/17/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I won't say anything here about the content that we all know and love, it's as fantastic as it was from the beginning. But, some clarification is in order concerning all the tons of "remastered" versions of it available. Of all the CD's of it that have been issued so far (about 10, at least), there's only ONE that offers superb sound quality (remarkably better that the original CD pressing, which itself is not all that bad, really, but a bit flat sounding) THAT'S STILL IN PRINT (as of 6/17/10). That's the version I'm reviewing here and it's one of TWO sonically very DIFFERENT Dreamboat Annies released in 2008. The one you want is the import issued from EMI/Japan (TOCP-70616). The other is a less expensive reissue in very similar-looking cardbord sleeve packaging that does not sound as good that's from the label Collectables Records. There may be two other CD versions that sound this good, but I can't confirm it as I haven't heard those, but they're both currently out of print and now have prices at least around 80 bucks. Some extinct, high fidelity versions have price tags that are now several hundred dollars(!) As it is now, this version is selling, new, for around $45 through Amazon, but, even so, I suspect you may want to strike soon, as I don't know when this title itself will go out of print - and, when it does, you KNOW what will happen to the price... One option may be to keep an eye on the Amazon sellers and wait for a bagain - I got mine through a trusted CD seller for about $19 (shipping included) around 3 weeks ago, so the deals may still be out there, you may just have to willing to wait for them. Be cautious with the other remaining "remastered" versions of Dreamboat, though. More than one or two have already garnered reputations (in these pages and others) as sounding rather worse than the original CD pressing, which itself, in turn, was worse than the original vinyl edition, and other versions, if you already have, for example, the original CD pressing, may not offer a significant enough of an upgrade in sound to warrant replacing it. But, in all honesty, I DO feel that THIS version would be worth the money, as the experience for me now surpasses even the towering impression it had on me back in the day, and, yes, the soundstage is once again not only wide, but plentifully deep. And instrument separation is remarkable. Now THIS is the kind of remaster that an album of this stature truly deserves."