Albums That Should Have Been On The List #3 – Dreamboat Annie

Missing Album #3

After receiving some suggestions from my co-workers of albums I should listen to and review, I have decided to bring back the posts of Albums That Should Have Been on the List. Heart’s Dreamboat Annie was their first studio album and it was actually recorded at Mushroom Studios in Vancouver, therefore making Heart somewhat Canadian artists (much of this album qualifies for Canadian Content). In fact, Seattle and Canadian radio stations were the first to play Heart’s music. This album has a very interesting back story. Heart’s label at the time, Mushroom Records, refused to promote the album because they felt Heart would be a one-hit wonder. Heart desperately wanted out of their contract and Mushroom Records went so far as to suggest that Ann and Nancy Wilson were lesbian lovers in a magazine article. The Wilsons are actually sisters and this statement infuriated them and caused Ann to write Heart’s biggest hit, Barracuda. The last straw was Mushroom releasing Heart’s supposed next album, Magazine, before it was finished as a bootleg.  Magazine was released officially in 1978. All these problems aside, Dreamboat Annie is a stunning debut album with a mix of rock, funk and folk. The Led Zeppelin influence is throughout including Ann Wilson’s Robert Plant-like vocals. It is not a surprise that Heart were asked to play an inspiring and heartfelt version of Stairway to Heaven this past December when Zeppelin received a Kennedy Center Honour. This album contains the hits Crazy on You, Dreamboat Annie and Magic Man but it also has good album cuts like Soul of the Sea, White Lightning and Wine, Sing Child and How Deep It Goes. This  makes Dreamboat Annie more than your typical mid 70’s rock album. Dreamboat Annie proved to be a perfect start to a great career for Ann and Nancy Wilson, who continue to perform and record and are still going strong even after their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction earlier this year. Overall, I give Dreamboat Annie, 5 out of 5.

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