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Live At The Royal Albert Hall With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Heart

Eagles Records 2016

Review by David Bowling

 

Heart is a Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Band and Ann Wilson has one of the best voices in rock and roll. As the old saying goes; “she could sing the phone book and make it listenable.” Any Heart release, and especially a live album, that features her voice has a lot going for it.

Heart’s decision to perform at the legendary Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic orchestra was a sound one. It was a new way to present their music, which for a band four decades into their career is interesting. I wish the orchestra could have been a little more involved in the overall creation of the sound, but all in all they do add so extra layers and textures to the material.

They mostly take the safe route in the selection of material, combining many of their well-known classics with some newer material.

Songs such as “What About Love,” “These Dreams,” and “Alone” fit the approach of The Royal Philharmonic well. The all have an atmospheric quality to them and Wilson’s voice soars above the music.

The hard rock tracks such as “Magic Man,” “Barracuda,” “Crazy On You,” “Dreamboat Annie,” and “Kick It Out” are more challenging for combining the rock group sound with the orchestra. They may not be as consistently excellent but they are interesting as they present they songs in an unique way,

I have read that the sound of the Blu-ray release is not up to modern standards but to my ear the CD sound is excellent.

Rather than release another straight forward concert album, Heart decided to travel in a different direction. Live At The Royal Albert Hall should be a treat for their fans,

 

Rating: ***

 

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