Thursday, November 20, 2014

Heart's HEART & Friends: Home For The Holidays!

I was NOT compensated for this review. I received a FREE copy of Heart's HEART & Friends: Home For The Holidays to review. All thoughts/opinions are my own. Your experience may differ.

I absolutely love Heart. I don't know where it all started but ever since, I have listened to Heart even in my adult years. Guess what? Heart has come out with a brand spankin' new CD/DVD  and BluRay called Heart's HEART & Friends: Home For the Holidays!


Last December, HEART’s Ann and Nancy Wilson returned to their hometown of Seattle to stage a celebration of the season, gathering a few of their friends to join them in singing holiday classics, personal favorites and some of their own hits. Special guests Shawn Colvin, Sammy Hagar, Richard Marx and Pat Monahan from Train joined HEART for this unique concert which was taped on December 12 at the Benaroya Symphony Concert Hall. The Wilson sisters performed an array of holiday songs originally written by Joni Mitchell, Harry Nilsson, Bob Dylan and Sammy Hagar in their Christmas set as well as some of HEART’s favorite songs. Colvin, Hagar, Marx and Monahan helped sing a couple of songs and some of them even sang duets with the Wilson sisters!
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Like I said, I love Heart. So I could hardly contain my excitement when I got the chance to hear Heart's HEART & Friends: Home For The Holidays. Unfortunately, I won't be rating each song (though that review is available for those interested), but the album as a whole. No matter where they sing, Heart sounds great live.

This album includes 13 tracks like Santa's Going South, Remember Christmas, Stairway to Heaven, and Barracuda. Yeah, most of the tracks are Christmasy, and some are not. My favorites of the whole album were Barracuda, Santa's Going South, Please Come Home For Christmas, River, and Remember Christmas. The tracks that just were still wonderful but baffled me were All We Need Is An Island, and Stairway to Heaven.

My favorite duets were Pat Monahan and Sammy Hagar. We don't hear a lot from Richard Marx, which I wish he would have at least sang a verse instead of background. Shawn Colvin's voice (when she sings Rockin'/Love Came Down At Christmas) sounded so strained that it made the song seemed forced. If I had to rate it out of 10, I would probably give it a 7.6 or 8. It would have been better if a few songs didn't make it onto the album and if Richard Marx sang more than just backup.

This would make a wonder stocking stuffer for any HEART lover!


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