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Heart Live at Royal Albert Hall- Ann Wilson, Nancy Wilson

When considering the impressive four decade resume’ of Heart, it would be easy to assume that there are no more creative mountains to climb. After all, the band led by sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson have released sixteen studio albums and sold over thirty-five million of them worldwide, with a much-deserved 2013 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. What possible career heights could be yet to scale?

Truth be told, Heart’s cinderella story from their 1976 debut onward was a curiously North American phenomenon until the latter Eighties, with their first Top Ten sellers in the UK not until 1987’s Bad Animals and its follow-up Brigade in 1990. No doubt the reasons for this delayed disconnect include the vagaries of the international music business playing a role, but upon closer inspection the reason might just be cultural. Quick, name some successful female UK rockers. Chrissie Hynde’s Pretenders , you say? Okay, that’s one. But like Heart bandleaders Ann Wilson (right) and guitarist sister Nancy, Chrissie Hynde was born and raised in America.

heart-57fd0d03-heart-live-at-the-royal-albert-hall-with-the-royal-philharmonic-orchestra-multi-format-release-due-in-december-teaser-video-streaming-imageSo it’s no stretch to imagine that the regal setting of London’s Royal Albert Hall, with its long rich history of hosting the world’s greatest entertainers, would be one to cross off the bucket list, which Heart did in spectacular fashion this past summer backed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. As Ann and Nancy prove here, there is no amplifier stack yet made that can match the visceral power and majesty of a live symphony orchestra in full gallop through “What About Love” or “Barracuda“! –Redbeard