An often told true story of triumph against all odds in classic rock history, this year marks a remarkable four decades since the U.S. release of Heart's groundbreaking debut album, Dreamboat Annie, which contained such indelible songs as "Magic Man," Crazy On You," "White Lightning and Wine" and its ethereal title track. The album, which originally came out on the indie Vancouver-based label Mushroom Records in August 1975, became the springboard to the group's legendary Hall of Fame career.
UMe is now celebrating that milestone by reissuing the Dreamboat Annie on 180-gram heavyweight black vinyl in an old-school gatefold sleeve, including lyrics, June 17, and for ultimate fans and record collectors, a red translucent vinyl version has been pressed and is limited to only 500 copies worldwide. It can only be purchased through the uDiscover online store at www.smarturl.it/heartdreamboatlp.
The vinyl arrives just in time for the band's U.K. tour and a subsequent series of U.S. concerts with fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Cheap Trick and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, starting in July. Full tour dates can be found at www.heart-music.com/tour.
Heart returns on July 8 with Beautiful Broken, their sixteenth album and their first on Concord Records. Heart has sold over 35 million records, and this anticipated album is their first in four years. Beautiful Broken finds Ann and Nancy Wilson exploring new songs, as well as taking some of their favorite "cherry picks" from their catalog and rerecording and reimagining them. The album spans a wide range of musical flavors, though all wrapped up in the Wilson sisters' unique brand of hard hitting rock, and even draws a few friends of the band into the mix. The title track features a dynamic guest vocal contribution by Metallica's James Hetfield with Ann Wilson, while another of the brand new songs, "Two," was penned by hip-hop artist, Ne-Yo.
Ann and Nancy Wilson formed Heart when the idea of two women leading a rock band was still groundbreaking. From the moment 1976's Dreamboat Annie was released, they became stars. With hits like "Magic Man," "Dreamboat Annie," and "Crazy On You," and subsequent albums and hits "Barracuda," "Alone," "What About Love," and "These Dreams," the band became one of the biggest hit-makers in the seventies and eighties. In 2012, their memoir Kicking & Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul and Rock & Roll became a New York Times bestseller, and in 2013 they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They have sold more records than any sister act in the history of popular music, but they've done so keeping their vision--that women can both rock and put forth emotional intimacy--central to their sound.
"As I told both Ann and Nancy (and the band), it was a master class in How It's Done. On the one hand, they were providing a shining example of how to aim high right out of the gate with your first album (Dreamboat Annie being the unholy hybrid of Zeppelin, Joni Mitchell, the Stones, CSN&Y, etc that it is) and on another level, they were also giving Ninja lessons on how to maintain 30 years into the game…At the end, I stood up and applauded as one would after just having witnessed an excellent opera (or a wonder of Nature). Because that's exactly how I felt." – William Duvall, Alice in Chains
Ann and Nancy Wilson have released classic, raw rock and roll hits for more than four decades and scored a Top Ten album in every decade. As the only sisters in rock who write their own music and play their own instruments, Ann and Nancy have always stood apart - certainly from their male counterparts - but also from their female peers. By refusing to let themselves and their music be defined by their gender, and by never allowing their sexuality to overshadow their talent, the Wilson sisters have made their mark, and in the process paved the way for many of today's female artists.
Dreamboat Annie was an anomaly when it first came out. At a time when disco dominated the airwaves, Heart's debut album was an eclectic affair that ran the gamut from hard-core rockers to acoustic ballads, made all the more unique by two young women fronting a group that sounded more like a distaff Led Zeppelin.
Dreamboat Annie was released in Canada by Mushroom Records, following the success of the second single, "Magic Man," an autobiographical song about Ann leaving home for Vancouver to pursue a romance. "Magic Man" initially got airplay on a Montreal station, earning the band a slot opening for Rod Stewart in that city in October 1975. To meet the demand, Mushroom Records formed a U.S. division, releasing the album in the U.S. in February 1976, attracting airplay in Seattle, and gradually spreading across the country, as the group went personally from station to station to promote it.
The album was a great success – it peaked at #7 on the Billboard 200 and went platinum, selling one million copies. The three singles all became FM rock radio staples and pop hits: "Magic Man" went to #9 on the Billboard Hot 100, followed by "Crazy On You," which peaked at #35, while the epic title track climbed to #42. Heart's follow-up album, Little Queen, was released on their new label, CBS Records, in 1977, and the rest is history.
Dreamboat Annie track listing:
2. "Dreamboat Annie (Fantasy Child)"
3. "Crazy On You"
4. "Soul of the Sea:
5. "Dreamboat Annie"
1. "White Lightning & Wine"
2. "(Love Me Like Music) I'll Be Your Song"
3. "Sing Child"
4. How Deep It Goes"
5. "Dreamboat Annie (Reprise)"