Heart, Alive in Seattle
by Sam Graham
Music’s most famous sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson have been successfully writing and performing chart-toppers since their 1975 debut album. From acoustic to folk to hard-driving rock ‘n’ roll the ladies instill emotional energy into every song. This special hometown concert showcases a rich musical legacy that’s distinctively Heart!SONGS: Barracuda Sister Wild Rose Mistral Wind Wild Child Dog and Butterfly Magic Man Crazy on You Dreamboat Annie Love Alive These Dreams Alone Two Faces of Eve Break the Rock Heaven Straight On Black Dog The Witch Mona Lisa and Mad Hatters Battle of Evermore.
Sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson and the rest of Heart are in good form in this solid if unspectacular 100-minute concert video, shot in 2002 in their hometown of Seattle. The sisters, of course, are a good deal older than in Heart’s ’70s heyday, and their bandmates have changed, but the group’s sound, led by Ann’s powerful vocals and Nancy’s instrumental versatility, hasn’t changed much; that’s a good thing for those who revel in the likes of “Barracuda,” “Magic Man,” and other oldies. There are several brand-new songs here as well, and the ongoing influence of Led Zeppelin is readily apparent, not only in the covers of Zep classics like “Black Dog” and “The Battle of Evermore” but also in Heart’s commingling of pastoral acoustic sounds and hard rock. And after 19 songs, even the most ardent Heart lovers should be well satisfied