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Greatest Hits/Live
Cover photography by Neal Preston
Compilation album of greatest hits and live recordings by Heart
Released November 29, 1980
Recorded Kaye Smith Studios, Seattle, Washington, September 1980 (new tracks)
Genre Hard rock, folk rock
Length 79:20 (Vinyl)
69:40 (CD)
Label Epic
Producer Heart (live recordings and new tracks)
Mike Flicker, Ann Wilson, Nancy Wilson, Sue Ennis, Howard Leese (tracks from Bebe le Strange)
Mike Flicker & Heart (tracks from Dreamboat Annie, Little Queen, Magazine and Dog & Butterfly)
Heart chronology
Bebe le Strange
(1980)
Greatest Hits Live
(1980)
Private Audition
(1982)
Singles from Greatest Hits Live
  1. "Tell It Like It Is" / "Strange Euphoria"
    Released: November 1980
  2. "Unchained Melody" (live) / "Mistral Wind (live)"
    Released: March 1981
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau C+[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars[3]

Greatest Hits/Live is a compilation album of greatest hits, live recordings and new tracks released in 1980 by the American hard rock band Heart. Their sixth album overall, it was issued in North America as a double LP. The first disc was a collection of the band's most famous songs, while the second was mostly a live album, although it contained three new studio recordings, including a cover of "Tell It Like It Is", the first single. The second single released from the album contained a live cover of "Unchained Melody".

Three songs were left off the compact disc version of the album due to initial limitations in CD technology, even though the total album running time would now be easily accommodated on a single disc:

  • "Hit Single", a giddy and sometimes maniacal hodgepodge of voices (Ann, Nancy and others) and sounds that seemed to be culled from recording studio outtakes.
  • "Strange Euphoria", a non-typical Heart dance number (named after the group's publishing company).
  • "Unchained Melody", the Righteous Brothers song, despite being a single release in 1981.

"Unchained Melody" would later resurface on various compilations, while "Hit Single" and "Strange Euphoria" would only become available on the limited three-CD edition of The Essential Heart in 2009. "Strange Euphoria" is also on the 2012 box set of the same name.

The double album was a success in the U.S., reaching double platinum[4] and staying on the US Billboard 200 chart for 25 weeks.

In the early 80's, Heart was by far not as popular in Europe as they were in North America. In fear that European record buyers would ignore an expensive double album, it was decided to release a single disc with five studio and five live recordings (see track listing below). In 2002, Sony Europe re-released this 10-track version with different artwork in their "Simply the Best" budget series.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) From the album Length
1. "Barracuda"   Ann Wilson, Roger Fisher, Nancy Wilson, Michael DeRosier Little Queen (1977) 4:21
2. "Silver Wheels" (instrumental) N. Wilson Bebe le Strange (1980) 1:24
3. "Crazy on You"   A. Wilson, N. Wilson Dreamboat Annie (1976) 4:54
4. "Straight On"   A. Wilson, N. Wilson, Sue Ennis Dog & Butterfly (1978) 5:09
5. "Dreamboat Annie"   A. Wilson, N. Wilson Dreamboat Annie 2:02
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) From the album Length
6. "Even It Up"   A. Wilson, N. Wilson, Ennis Bebe le Strange 5:10
7. "Magic Man"   A. Wilson, N. Wilson Dreamboat Annie 5:28
8. "Heartless"   A. Wilson, N. Wilson Magazine (1978) 5:00
9. "Dog and Butterfly"   A. Wilson, N. Wilson, Ennis Dog & Butterfly 5:22
Side three
No. Title Writer(s) Recorded at Length
10. "Bebe le Strange" (live) A. Wilson, N. Wilson, Ennis, Fisher The Forum, Los Angeles, CA, August 1980 4:28
11. "Tell It Like It Is" (Aaron Neville cover) George Davis, Lee Diamond studio track 4:29
12. "Mistral Wind" (live) A. Wilson, N. Wilson, Ennis, Fisher The Coliseum, Phoenix, AZ, August 1980 7:15
13. "Hit Single" (omitted on CD) A. Wilson, N. Wilson, Ennis, Howard Leese studio track 2:35
14. "Strange Euphoria" (omitted on CD) A. Wilson, N. Wilson, Ennis studio track 2:45
Side four
No. Title Writer(s) Recorded at Length
15. "Sweet Darlin" (live) A. Wilson Aladdin Theater, Las Vegas, NV, August 1980 4:11
16. "Medley: I'm Down / Long Tall Sally" (live) Lennon–McCartney / Enotris Johnson, Robert Blackwell, Richard Penniman Sports Arena, San Diego, CA, August 1980 4:16
17. "Unchained Melody" (live, omitted on CD) Alex North, Hy Zaret McNichols Arena, Denver, CO, September 1980 4:25
18. "Rock and Roll" (live) Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, John Bonham The Coliseum, Seattle, WA, August 1980 5:56

Track listing (European version)[edit]

Side one (studio)
  1. "Tell It Like It Is" - 4:29
  2. "Barracuda" - 4:21
  3. "Straight On" - 4:52
  4. "Dog and Butterfly" - 5:20
  5. "Even It Up" - 5:08
Side two (live)
  1. "Bebe le Strange" - 4:28
  2. "Sweet Darlin" - 4:11
  3. "Medley: I'm Down / Long Tall Sally" - 4:16
  4. "Unchained Melody" - 4:30
  5. "Rock and Roll" - 5:56

Credits[edit]

Band members
Additional musicians

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Country Organization Year Sales
USA RIAA 1992 Double Platinum (+ 2,000,000)[4]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Consumer Guide Reviews: Heart". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved April 21, 2013. 
  3. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon & Schuster. p. 372. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  4. ^ a b "RIAA Database Search for "Greatest Hits: Live"". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved June 17, 2012. 
  5. ^ Saulnier, Jason (March 15, 2012). "Roger Fisher Interview". Music Legends. Retrieved May 7, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Greatest Hits: Live Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved June 17, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 34, No. 9, February 07 1981". Library and Archives Canada. February 7, 1981. Retrieved June 1, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 34, No. 10, February 14 1981". Library and Archives Canada. February 14, 1981. Retrieved June 1, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Heart –Tell Like It Is (song)". Charts.org.nz. Media Control Charts. Retrieved June 1, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Greatest Hits: Live Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved June 17, 2012.