Little Queen Heart

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Album-Release:
1977

HRA-Release:
02.02.2016

Label: Epic / Portrait

Genre: Rock

Subgenre: Hard Rock

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  • 1Barracuda04:24
  • 2Love Alive04:23
  • 3Sylvan Song02:12
  • 4Dream of the Archer04:30
  • 5Kick It Out02:45
  • 6Little Queen05:13
  • 7Treat Me Well03:24
  • 8Say Hello03:36
  • 9Cry to Me02:51
  • 10Go On Cry05:52
  • Total Runtime39:10

Info for Little Queen

Heart's sophomore effort, 1977's „Little Queen“, was another strong and classic release for the band, despite the fact that they were caught up in a nightmarish legal wrangle with their former record label (who issued the half-finished album „Magazine“ shortly after „Little Queen“, against the band's wishes).

The raging and venomous 'Barracuda' remains one of Heart's best rock tracks, while the gorgeous 'Love Alive' is an engaging acoustic number. With „Little Queen“, Heart solidified their standing as one of the late-'70s biggest hard rock acts, possessing the perfect mixture of good looks and great hooks.

„After acquiring a substantial following with Dreamboat Annie, Heart solidified its niche in the hard rock and arena rock worlds with the equally impressive Little Queen. Once again, loud-and-proud, Led Zeppelin-influenced hard rock was the thing that brought Heart the most attention. But while 'Barracuda' and 'Kick It Out' are the type of sweaty rockers one thought of first when Heart's name was mentioned, hard rock by no means dominates this album. In fact, much of Little Queen consists of such folk-influenced, acoustic-oriented fare as 'Treat Me Well' and 'Cry to Me.' Anyone doubting just how much Heart's ballads have changed over the years need only play 'Dream of the Archer' next to a high-volume power ballad like 'Wait for an Answer' from 1987's Bad Animals.“ (Alex Henderson, AMG)

Ann Wilson, lead vocals, flute
Nancy Wilson, guitars, autoharp, mandolin, piano, lead vocals on 'Treat Me Well', backing vocals
Roger Fisher, lead guitar, mandolin
Howard Leese, guitars, synthesizer, piano, Moog bass, mellotron, mandolin, backing vocals, orchestral arrangement and conductor on 'Treat Me Well'
Steve Fossen, bass
Michael DeRosier, drums, chimes, tabla, percussion, timpani
Additional musicians:
Lynn Wilson Keagle, vocals on 'Cry to Me' and 'Go On Cry'
Seal (Celia) Dunnington, vocals on 'Cry to Me' and 'Go On Cry'

Recorded February–April 1977 at Kaye Smith Studios, Seattle, Washington
Engineered by Buzz Richmond, Winslow Kutz, Mike Flicker
Produced by Mike Flicker

Digitally remastered


Heart
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees Ann and Nancy Wilson first showed the world that women can rock when their band, Heart, stormed the charts in the ‘70’s with hits like “Crazy on You,” “Magic Man,” “Barracuda,” “Straight On,” and so many more. Not only did the Wilson sisters lead the band, they wrote the songs and played the instruments too, making them the first women in rock to do so. Heart continued topping the charts through the ‘80’s and ‘90’s with huge hits like “These Dreams,” “Alone,” “What About Love,” “If Looks Could Kill,” “Never,” and a string of other hits that showcased the sisters’ enormous talents as musicians, singers and songwriters.

As individuals, the sisters have also achieved significant success. Ann sang on songs that were both chart successes and motion picture themes, like “Almost Paradise” from Footloose, “Best Man in the World” from The Golden Child, and “Surrender to Me” from Tequila Sunrise, while Nancy composed and performed the scores to a half dozen motion pictures including the award winning “Jerry Maguire” and “Almost Famous.”

Along the way, music by Ann and Nancy Wilson and their band Heart sold more than 35 million albums, sold out arenas worldwide, and found their way into the soundtrack of American life through radio, motion pictures, television, and associations with branded sponsors. Today, songs made famous by Heart are heard in every aspect of contemporary culture.

Nearly 35 years after their first big hit, Ann and Nancy Wilson were back in the Billboard Top 10 in 2010 with Heart’s “Red Velvet Car” album, and a Top 5 DVD (“Night at Sky Church”). 2012’s “Fanatic” continued Heart’s current chart success, spawning two hit singles (“Fanatic” and “Dear Old America”) and debuting in the Billboard Top 25. They also released a comprehensive CD box set entitled “Strange Euphoria,” filled with rarities and previously unreleased treasures that met with acclaim from critics and fans alike.

In September 2012, Ann and Nancy released their first-ever memoire (Kicking & Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul and Rock & Roll). The book spent several weeks on the New York Times “Best Sellers” chart and was released by HarperCollins on paperback on September 25, 2013.

2012 also brought well-deserved lifetime honors to the Wilson sisters. In June, they were awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and in December, they learned that, 36 years after the release of “Dreamboat Annie,” Heart had been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony was held at Nokia Live in Los Angeles on April 18, 2013, and aired on HBO on May 18, 2013.

As a fitting finale for an extraordinary year, Ann and Nancy were asked to perform “Stairway to Heaven” as the finale to the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors tribute to Led Zeppelin. In addition to visibly moving Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, and John Paul Jones, their rendition brought the entire Kennedy Center audience to its feet.

In 2013, the Wilson sisters fulfilled a personal goal and created a special once-in-a-career holiday concert with special guests in their hometown of Seattle. Entitled “Heart & Friends: Home for the Holidays,” this special show featured guest performances by Shawn Colvin, Sammy Hagar, Richard Marx, and Pat Monahan. This special concert will be released on DVD/CD and Blu-ray on November 10, 2014, and will air on AXS-TV throughout December.

2014 was a fun year for Heart. Ann sat in with The Roots on the Tonight Show; Ann and Nancy sat in with the Foo Fighters on the Late Show with David Letterman. In May, Ann and Nancy celebrated ASCAP’s 100th birthday in Washington DC at a star-studded event at the Library of Congress attended by members of the joint houses of Congress. On November 7, Heart memorabilia and personal belongings are featured in the Julien’s Rock “N” Roll Icons & Idols auction. Later that month, Heart will appear alongside Stevie Wonder and many other great performers at the 83rd Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade. That show will air on Hallmark Channel and the Hallmark Movie Channel in December.

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