Heart’s Debut Album Dreamboat Annie

By | Mar 1, 2009

In March 1976 a little record company by the name Mushroom released the debut album by a Vancouver-based six-member band led by singer Ann Wilson and her guitarist sister Nancy. It was recorded at the Can-Base Studios in July/August 1975 and produced by Mike Flicker.

Ann and Nancy Wilson composed the songs, with the exception of “Sing Child” which included credit to Roger Fisher and Steve Fossen along with the sisters. Ann Wilson had the sole writing credit on “How Deep It Goes”.

The Album was on the Billboard Chart for 100 weeks reaching a top spot of #7 . It was Certified Platinum, selling 1 Million copies, on 11/5/76.

There were 3 songs released as singles from the Album. “Crazy on You” which peaked on the Billboard Chart at #35 , “Magic Man” peaking at #9 and “Dreamboat Annie” at #42.

A review by Rolling Stone in November said of the album, “…her scalding hard-rock attack not unlike Robert Plant’s; it is her performance which holds together the album’s sharply defined, if not coherently developed, themes of supernatural love and sexual hysteria. The music runs from guitar-and-synthesizer-oriented rock with blues-based vocal and guitar hooks (“Magic Man” and “Crazy on You”) to dreamy art-rock (“Soul of the Sea”). But the strongest piece is the haunting title theme, an acoustic folk fragment that is developed recurrently throughout the album. The success of Heart, in the wake of Fleetwood Mac, should point the way to still more acceptance of women rock singers in a field still very dominated by men.”

In 2007 Heart took the stage at The Orpheum Theatre to perform their debut album ‘Dreamboat Annie’ in its entirety in front of a live audience, for a DirecTV special. The performance aired Mother’s Day weekend beginning on May 11, 2007 and is now available on DVD.


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