SOME STUFFS: Heart, Peter Paul & Mary to get gold SACD remasters

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Audio Fidelity will be releasing two new remasters on February 18th, and both are very different from one another.

  • While not as celebrated as their first two albums, Heart’s Magazine did get a bit of attention but perhaps not for the reasons assumed. Originally released in 1977 as the band’s follow-up to their debut Dreamboat Annie, the album was unfinished and therefore not authorized by either Ann or Nancy Wilson. When Magazine was released, Heart decided to part ways with their label, and released Little Queen. A lawsuit happened, and to make a long story short, Heart still owed their old label a proper album. Heart ended up touching up the rejected album to their satisfaction and it was released once more in 1978. Audio Fidelity have remastered the second version of the album. This is the second time Audio Fidelity has handled a Heart release, as Steve Hoffman did a remaster of their 1998 Greatest Hits album on Legacy/Epic.
  • When Peter, Paul & Mary were signed by Warner Bros., little did anyone know how popular the group would become. There was a folk movement, and the trio were very much at the forefront of that. Their debut album featured three hit songs: “Lemon Tree”, “Where Have All The Flowers Gone”, and “If I Had A Hammer”, and the reason you may find a copy of it at countless thrift stores shows how popular it was in their day. 52 years later, it gets the remastered treatment.

    Both albums, which you can pre-order below via Amazon, are being released as hybrid SACD’s, which means you are able to play it on both regular CD players and Super Audio CD players.

  • VIDEO: Art Zone with Nancy Guppy (September 21, 2012)
    Author Charles R. Cross made a visit to the Seattle Channel‘s TV show Art Show hosted by Nancy Guppy to speak about the new book he wrote with Ann & Nancy Wilson to share their stories about the origins, life, career, highs, and lows of their band, Heart. The close to 28-minute show also features Jennifer Jasper, Gail Grinnell, Poor Moon, and remembrances about Nap Ishikawa Cantwel. It’s a taste of Seattle, so if you’ve never visited the city or wanted to watch a decent Seattle-based show, try this one out. If you like it, you can also subscribe to it via iTunes. For more information on Art Zone with Nancy Guppy, click here for more information.

    VIDEO: Heart’s “Fanatic”

    Heart will be releasing a brand new album on October 2nd. Ann & Nancy Wilson are still rocking left and right, and while the group have gone through a number of different styles, phases, and labels, the Wilson core has always been there. Anyone who has ever been in denial of Ann’s voice and Nancy’s guitar work has probably not been a fan. If you love the abrasiveness of their brand of hard rock and loved it when they would get into a mean groove, that can be heard in their brand new song called “Fanatic”, the title track from their forthcoming album due out on October 2nd. This song easily measures up with their earlier Mushroom Records-era material, and the band members who also make up Heart also know how to play with a passion. When you have passion and Heart, you can’t deny that.

    REVIEW: Heart’s “Strange Euphoria” (box set)

    Photobucket If you are a diehard fan of Heart, you are sure to love Strange Euphoria (Sony Legacy), a 3CD box set that features a good amount of their hits, album tracks, and a healthy mixture of unreleased demos and live material, taken from all eras of their career plucked from various labels. One of the big highlights is the inclusion of Ann Wilson & The Daybreaks‘ “Through Eyes And Glass”. Released on the Seattle-based Topaz label, Wilson sounds as haunting as some of Grace Slick‘s or Linda Ronstadt‘s best, coming off like quaint psychedelic pop. One almost expects the mood to get more trippy, but instead it sounds introspective. With a line that simply goes “get off the train, get off the train, get off the train”, the song is then surrounded by celestial flutes, as Nancy Wilson plays melodically along with the rest of the Daybreaks. While not the first record for either Wilson sister, the song doesn’t quite begin to show what they would become known for, but they were both fully capable of creating something like this.

    Then it’s the familiar tracks, with demos of “Magic Man”, “Crazy On You”, and more, plus live versions of “Barracuda”, “White Lightning & Wine”, and the list goes on and on. For hits, there’s so much: “Dog & Butterfly”, “Even It Up”, “Little Queen”, “These Dreams”, “Straight On”, “Alone”. If you enjoyed their work as The Lovemongers, you’ll be satisfied with what’s here. If you get the hard copy version of this box, you’ll get a DVD along with a bonus fourth CD with nothing but Led Zeppelin covers.

    While Strange Euphoria does have hits, I wouldn’t consider this a greatest hits box. While there are album tracks here, all of them selected by both Ann and Nancy, this is far from being deep. Long time fans should be pleased with what’s on here, but I would have loved to have heard more unreleased songs, outtakes, alternate takes, songs that go to its proper conclusion, all of that. A few of my personal picks are not on here: their great cover of Aaron Neville‘s “Tell It Like It Is” or 1987’s “I Want You So Bad”. If anything, these songs show how strong their material was then as they are now. They rocked because they weren’t afraid to. They may have wanted to “be with the boys”, and some might say they wanted to “rock out with their cocks out”, but they are ladies who loved what they loved and didn’t care what people thought. The poppier side of their 80’s songs may have shocked many to the point where some called it a sell-out a move, but many of their album tracks showed hints of that long before the mid-80’s, and even the Daybreaks 45 was a sign of what could have been had they stayed that way.

    When Heart started gaining national attention, very few people understood what it meant to be a Seattle band because the city was not on the big musical map. Seattle could have been in the sticks for anyone concerned, so while being rooted in Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia helped them to become who they are, it was recording and performing elsewhere that finally made them a force to be reckon with, and this box is the proof of their success. Again, it’s not a box set to find the deep goodies, and perhaps that’s in the not-too-distant future. But for those who want a healthy amount of previously-existing goodies and some unpolished gems, pick up this box.