The Seattle-based band Heart formed in 1970, but it wasn’t until 1975 that they started to gain commercial success. Their 1975 record Dreamboat Annie was a staple at parties I attended as a high school student, and I followed them for their next three albums, Magazine (1977) Little Queen (also 1977), and Dog and Butterfly (1978). I used to listen to the band a lot at home, too, and have heard “Barracuda” (from Little Queen) several times over the last few years, as it is on one of my playlists. But I have not spun the old vinyl LPs in many years.
Sweety and I were lucky enough to see Heart, with some dear friends from our street, on June 22, 2014, at Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg for the Rockin’ Heaven Canada tour. Jason Bonham, son of the late Led Zeppelin drummer John, was on the kit for part of the concert as Ann and Nancy Wilson and the band played a set of Led Zep covers. It was a fabulous show that reminded me of many of the rock and roll bands I’d seen nearly 40 years earlier.
Today’s song is the title track from the 1975 breakout album. Interestingly, it appears three times on the record: Dreamboat Annie (Fantasy Child), a short, all-acoustic version at 1:10; Dreamboat Annie, a full-band version running 2:08; and Dreamboat Annie (Reprise), full-band plus piano, strings and winds, slowed down and playing for 3:49. The song is a little more sedate than a lot of Heart’s music, but I enjoy hearing the acoustic guitar played against Ann’s soft vocal.
Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.
Here’s the official audio for the 2:08 version of the song from Heart’s YouTube channel: