Heart "Dreamboat Annie" LP (1976)
Details: Heart "Dreamboat Annie" LP (1976, Mushroom). Gatefold design with original glossy cardstock insert. Record media shows medium to heavy wear, cover has light to medium wear (US pressing).
Description: Heart's debut: at the time, the band was based in Vancouver, British Columbia and the album was recorded in Vancouver and first released in Canada. "Make no mistake, ... Dreamboat Annie was completely the vision of sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson. The pair demoed these songs together, bonding them with their natural gift for harmonies and an intuitive musical connection. They fed off of each other's strengths.
"Crazy on You" begins with Nancy Wilson's brisk acoustic guitar, which has almost flamenco accents, before evolving into a thunderous electric track with a dreamy bridge and Ann Wilson's howl. The classic "Magic Man" — which was inspired by Ann Wilson's then-relationship with Mike Fisher — utilizes proggy flourishes and mystical grooves, while "White Lightning & Wine" is a bluesy boogie, and "Sing Child" betrays the band's love of Led Zeppelin.
The way Dreamboat Annie mixes these loud, aggressive moments with more nuanced, stripped-back songs — notably the string-kissed "How Deep It Goes" — is perhaps more impressive, though. (In fact, the title track appears in three separate guises: dreamy '70s soft rock, fantastical folk, and easygoing, banjo-tinged rock.) It's a template and approach Heart would employ on all of their future albums, and signaled the band as a unique, thoughtful entity.
"It was a real first to see two women who were not just the ornaments, but the writers and the singers and the players too," Nancy Wilson told In the Studio With Redbeard. "I think if anything that it did for other women in the biz, it gave them a lot of encouragement and a lot of hope." - Ultimate Classic Rock
TRACK LISTING SIDE A:
A1. Magic Man
A2. Dreamboat Annie (Fantasy Child)
A3. Crazy On You
A4. Soul Of The Sea
A5. Dreamboat Annie
TRACK LISTING SIDE B:
B1. White Lightning & Wine
B2. Love Me Like Music (I'll Be Your Song)
B3. Sing Child
B4. How Deep It Goes
B5. Dreamboat Annie (Reprise)