In the 31 years sinceÂ Dreamboat Annie, theÂ historicalÂ album that delivered Ann and Nancy WilsonÂ into the American rock scene, the duo has goneÂ on to create numerousÂ albums of varying celebrity with differentÂ incarnationsÂ of theirÂ iconic rock band Heart.Â On April 17,Â 2007, Shout! Factory and DirecTV commissioned a live performance of theÂ original album at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles.Â
The result is the first release in the new Legendary Albums Live Series. Opening with a quick ten minute documentary session, featuring an interview with the Wilson sisters, in which they discuss their influences from the Beatles toÂ LedÂ Zeppelin,Â and a brief description of the historical context of Dreamboat Annie, the DVD jumps into the performance almost right away.
Even though the Wilsons are quick to point out that this is their first time to revisit the album in its entirety in almost 30 years, the music is still resonant. Nancy’s still got the guitar prowess and energetic moves she’s known for, and though some of the oomph is initially missing from Ann’s voice, she compensates nicely by changing the tempo of some of the earlierÂ lyrics, and by the encore she’s back to full force. When the band covers The Who’s “Love, Reign O’er Me”, she lets it all out,Â with a tremendous expressive rock and rollÂ result.Â With the Stockholm Strings providing backup for much of the performance and an audience made up exclusively of invitation-only Heart fan club members, it’s clear that the arena is filled with energy and a little bit of magic.
Zach’s Rating: B-
Heart Monger’s rating: A
Heartless person’s rating: C-