The story of Heart’s debut “Dreamboat Annie” remains one of the Cinderella fairy tale chapters in rock history, but the major label follow up released this week in 1977, “Little Queen”, was made amidst a legal battle prompted precisely because initial big money, & the potential for more.
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No less than four of Joe Cocker’s many albums have significant anniversaries: “Joe Cocker (1972)”,”Sheffield Steel”(’82),”Unchain My Heart”(’87), & “Night Calls” in 1992…By way of a “best of” these, here is my 2004 interview with the late Joe Cocker at the time of his excellent “Heart and Soul” release.
It is a miracle that “American Girl”, on the 1976 debut Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers released forty-five years ago, was ever discovered to be played on album rock radio: it was sequenced tenth, last song on side 2! Here TP and the best working band in America then stripped it down to its essence in order to “make it last all night…” during a multi-night stand at San Francisco’s Fillmore in February 1997.
On the twenty-fifth anniversary of the”She’s the One” original motion picture soundtrack by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers comes “Angel Dream”, the film soundtrack recordings remixed and remastered, which are integrated here into the original North American radio broadcast classic rock interview, where the late Tom Petty explains unequivocally his reasons for doing them.
Here is a rare recorded concert performance of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers doing the one-off “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” which did not quite make the 1991 album Into the Great Wide Open and instead was a surprise hit on their Greatest Hits package. Hyperbole warning: in my humble opinion, along with the E Street Band, […]
“In the Studio” with Ann & Nancy Wilson of Heart for the real rock fairy tale of “Dreamboat Annie” on its 45th anniversary.
Greg Lake of Emerson, Lake, and Palmer and the original King Crimson showed up In the Studio in Dallas on Q102 one afternoon in 1992 with a curvy blonde (guitar) on his lap and serenaded us with this spine-tingling rendition of “Affairs of the Heart”.
It was at a rare club show in New York City during the press roll out of “Earth and Sun and Moon” in April 1993 that Midnight Oil performed this terrific version of native aboriginal anthem “The Dead Heart”.
Two of my all-time faves remain the cinderella story beginnings of Heart in 1976 with “Dreamboat Annie” and the “comeback” album almost a decade later, “Heart” . This hit machine in 1985 reinvented Heart for the MTV Eighties with “If Looks Could Kill”,”What About Love”,”Never”,”These Dreams”, and “Nothing at All”. Wow. Nancy Wilson and singing sistuh Ann Wilson join me here In the Studio on the thirty-fifth anniversary of “Heart” (’85).
Queen headlining the Rainbow Theatre for the first time in late March 1974 were so impressive in concert that when they booked the same venue in November later that same year to premiere their third studio album, “Sheer Heart Attack” , the young foursome had to add a second night.