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HEART FANATIC LIVE FROM CAESARS COLOSSEUM ALBUM REVIEW

 

HEART - FANATIC LIVE FROM CAESAR'S COLOSSEUM

FRONTIERS RECORDS

FEBRUARY 18 2014

 

 

After a couple of solid studio releases in ‘Red velvet Car’ and 2012’s ‘Fanatic’ Heart is back with a live album that is both immensely enjoyable and which brings the story up-to-date. Culled from a TV broadcast from Windsor Ontario on 28 July 2012 the album strangely omits ‘Magic Man’ which was also played that night as well as a cover of The Who’s ‘Love Reign over me’. Aside from that what you get is the complete show.

 

Heart is of course a band that has enjoyed various bursts of fame, with the folkier material of the seventies morphing into the big hair hits of the eighties. Today’s band sounds better than ever – managing to fine a great balance for all ages of the band and bringing out the best in Ann’s perfect voice. And that I guess is the key to it all, show the fans you are still making credible music like ‘Fanatic’; ’59 Crunch’ and ‘Mashallah!’ (all from their last outsing) whilst giving them what they want from the greatest hits package.

 

‘Fanatic Live…’ is in truth stunning and sees a band at the top of their game, with tracks from albums like Magazine (‘Heartless’) and Bebe Le Strange (‘Even It Up’) even getting a run out. In a way it’s a strange set ignoring as it does all but their latest album and ignoring everything between then and 1987!

 

Most fans will I’m sure appreciate these relative rarities, while Heart casuals will of course love tracks like ‘These Dreams’, ‘What About Love’ and ‘Alone’ (which gets a key heavy arrangement this time out). For us though it’s the timeless ‘Crazy On You’ and ‘Barracuda’ that win out just over a wonderful string arrangement on ‘Dog and Butterfly’.

 

A wonderful album and an even better DVD.

 

 

by Mark Diggins

 

HEART FANATIC LIVE FROM CAESARS COLOSSEUM ALBUM REVIEW