Joan G. from INVERNESS, FL Reviewed on 8/8/2006...
all their best!
Telling it like it is
Shari | St Cloud, MN | 07/21/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This compilation package is that good that I bought both the CD and the cassette. The cassette, you may ask why, is due to the 3 tracks that were left off the disc, "Strange Euphoria", "Hit Single", and the beautiful "Unchained Melody." Why those three were left off the disc, I don't know. I know a CD can carry up to 78 minutes of music and I don't believe that by leaving the missing three off the disc that they would exceed the time."
Heart's greatest during their prime--and they play live too!
Daniel J. Hamlow | Narita, Japan | 06/20/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Four years and five albums into their career, the Seattle quintet led by those fiesty rock angel/devils the Wilson sisters, released a greatest hits collection (originally a double album) featuring singles on one record, live and new studio material on the other. Had they waited two more albums and included material from Private Audition and Passionworks, this would be a complete Sony/Epic compilation.The selection of studio singles is reasonable, although again, I wonder why "Even It Up" had to be a single. The sequence of the ferocious and biting "Barracuda," gentle acoustic interlude "Silver Wheels" and galloping bluesy-rock of "Crazy On You" demonstrates the repertoire they established, be it rocking demons or softly singing angels. With "Magic Man" and "Heartless," their blues roots show through, and it's dreamy ballads like "Dog & Butterfly" that show that other side of them.Then comes the live material, taken from various venues between August and September 1980, including LA, Seattle, and Las Vegas. A rousing version of "Bebe Le Strange" outdoes the original studio recording, especially the chugging guitar solo accompanying the "Ah, rock baby" segment.Within the live material is their cover of Aaron Neville's ballad "Tell It Like It Is", which became at that time their highest charting single. I like it but it seems unjust that considering their rock roots, they had to do something pop, complete with horns, to crack the Top Ten once again. At least that fiery guitar solo rockified it a little.A live version of "Mistral Wind" from Dog & Butterfly follows, and the guitar solo is like a blistering rock tidal wave, over which Ann lets loose with all emotion. I wonder if there were any lighters waving during this song.The same is true for "Sweet Darlin'," which highlights Ann's vocal talents. Despite the kind of even distribution of songs in the studio songs section, this is clearly a showcase for Bebe Le Strange.Then comes three cover songs, heralded by Ann's singing, "We're going to do old rock and roll for you. Is everybody feeling alright?" They do a rollicking and rocking medley of the Beatles' "I'm Down" and Little Richard's "Long Tall Sally." Ann is a real hellcat on the latter.The album closes with a barn-burning version of Led Zeppelin's "Rock And Roll" as a dedication to John Bonham, who had died that same year. Fitting, as Zeppelin was a prime influence of theirs. And hear those cheers when those legendary drum beats boom! Ann's strong vocal power is felt when she sings, "lonely lonely lonely" immediately before the drum solo. A fiery guitar solo and flurry of drums end this classic number.Three recordings were deleted due to CD space limitations. While I have no quarrel with the deletion of a selection consisting of weird nonsense talk and the minimalist jam "Strange Euphoria", their cover of the Righteous Bros' "Unchained Melody" should have been included.Next up would be an audition of a private kind. Stay tuned."
The Missing Links would make this 5 stars
James T. Mott | O'Fallon, MO USA | 05/25/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Will they ever release this CD remastered with the 3 missing songs, Strange Euphoria, Hit Single and Unchained Melody?
This was the first greatest hits package ever released by Heart. Heart is my favorite band and I am only able to give this 4 stars because of the missing songs and the missing inner sleeve photos.
Those of us who bought this album when it came out, simply wore the damn thing out. When you enjoy an album like that you should be able to hear it on CD in it's original state. It kills me when a record label omits songs to squeeze the release onto one CD. I would have paid and still will pay the price to have this release in it's original line-up of songs. Kansas did the same thing with their live album, Two For The Show, as did Nazareth and Jethro Tull with their live albums.
Otherwise, Greatest Hits/Live is a masterpiece. Heart have released other greatest hits albums more recently and only one of them really defines the first years of their career better than this. However, I simply must have the 3 songs missing from this album. Won't somebody do something about this!"
Heart: GREATEST HITS LIVE (1980)
Chad DeFeo | Philadelphia, PA USA | 01/05/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"In November of 1980, Heart released their sixth album entitled, GREATEST HITS LIVE. This album, obviously, is Heart's first greatest hits compilation. The first nine tracks on this album are Heart's studio recorded greatest hits from the first five albums. There are three more of Heart's greatest hits included here, but those three hits are live performances from different concerts. And there are six new tracks on this album, where only five of them are live performances from different concerts, where the sixth new song is studio recorded. Read on for the info.
BARRACUDA From the album LITTLE QUEEN (1977). Still an ultimate Heart classic.
SILVER WHEELS (Instrumental) From the album BEBE LE STRANGE (1980). This song was never released as a single, but I'm guessing that Heart liked it so much, for they had to include it here. Not a bad instrumental piece.
CRAZY ON YOU From the album DREAMBOAT ANNIE (1976). A great song.
STRAIGHT ON From the album DOG & BUTTERFLY (1978). Awesome tune.
DREAMBOAT ANNIE From the album DREAMBOAT ANNIE (1976). Ah, the infamous relaxing title track to their 1976 debut album. Love this song.
EVEN IT UP From the album BEBE LE STRANGE (1980). Great song.
MAGIC MAN From the album DREAMBOAT ANNIE (1976). Killer tune.
HEARTLESS From the album MAGAZINE (1978). A good song, but not a favorite of mine.
DOG & BUTTERFLY From the album DOG & BUTTERFLY (1978). Great song.
BEBE LE STRANGE (Live) Original version from the album BEBE LE STRANGE (1980). I loved the original recording, and this live performances matches up with the original recording perfectly.
TELL IT LIKE IT IS New song. The first single from the album. Blah.
MISTRAL WIND (Live) Original version from the album DOG & BUTTERFLY (1978). Incredible live performance.
HIT SINGLE (Live) (Vinyl edition only) New song. This track was deleted from the CD & Cassette editions because of CD Limitations. This would be the first of three selections deleted from the CD edition.
STRANGE EUROPHORIA (Live) (Vinyl edition only) New song. Deleted song #2.
SWEET DARLIN' (Live) Original version from the album BEBE LE STRANGE (1980). Not a bad performance.
UNCHAINED MELODY (Live) (Vinyl edition only) New song. The second single from the album. I hate The Righteous Brothers' version, but I do like the way Heart does it here. Deleted song #3.
Medley: I'M DOWN/LONG TALL SALLY (Live) This is a great performance.
ROCK AND ROLL (Live) The third & final single from the album. I hate Led Zepplin and their music, but Heart's live rendition is just incredible. Just so you know, the members of Heart were huge Led Zepplin fans. Because of how in many of Heart's songs, Heart sounds like Led Zepplin, which is why the member of Led Zepplin call Heart, "Little Led Zepplin".
This is a great compilation to have. It gives you nothing, but the greatest of Heart from their first five albums, from 1976 to 1980. Great buy here."
Sounds like no other
Boojidad | Seattle | 02/07/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This was CBS' first compilation of Heart material, and the result is unique among the many 'greatest hits' releases that have come since. Maybe it was because of the digital remastering (a relatively new thing at that time). Maybe it was the running order: going from 'Silver Wheels' into 'Crazy On You' in the same manner as they were doing in their live shows really gives Nancy a showcase. Maybe it was the sheer power of 'Mistral Wind' which only increases in the live setting. Certainly it wasn't 'Hit Single' and 'Strange Euphoria' which were blessedly dropped when converted to CD. Maybe it was the original band (yes I know Roger isn't on the live tracks) at its height before the slide of 'Private Audition' and 'Passionworks' and the revamping of the band into 80's hair, cleavage, and power ballads. Whatever it is, nothing sounds like this disc, and it's worth having in your collection even if you've got all the discs that led up to it."