Heart (Heart album)

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Heart
Studio album by Heart
Released July 6, 1985
Recorded January–April 1985 at The Record Plant, Los Angeles and The Record Plant, Sausalito, California
Genre Pop rock
Hard rock
Glam metal
AOR
Adult contemporary
Length 39:24
Label Capitol
Producer Ron Nevison
Heart chronology
Passionworks
(1983)
Heart
(1985)
Bad Animals
(1987)
Singles from Heart
  1. "What About Love / Heart of Darkness"
    Released: 1 June 1985
  2. "Never / Shell Shock"
    Released: 14 September 1985
  3. "These Dreams / All Eyes"
    Released: 18 January 1986
  4. "Nothin' at All / The Wolf"
    Released: 19 April 1986
  5. "If Looks Could Kill / What He Don't Know"
    Released: 19 July 1986
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
Rolling Stone (unfavorable) [2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 2.5/5 stars [3]

Heart is the self-titled eighth studio album, released by Heart. Released in 1985, the album continued the band's transition into mainstream hard rock, a genre that yielded the band its greatest commercial success. Marking the band's Capitol Records debut, it spent 92 weeks on the U.S. Billboard 200 and became the only Heart album so far to hit number one, reaching quintuple platinum status. It also yielded the first number-one single for the band, "These Dreams", along with four other hit singles: "If Looks Could Kill", "What About Love", "Never", and "Nothin' at All". The latter three cuts also made the U.S. top ten.

"Never" and "Nothin' at All" remixes[edit]

The tracks "Never" and "Nothin' at All" both have alternate mixes (as featured in their music videos), and these mixes had also been pressed onto some early release runs of the album, be it on LP, CD or cassette. One may get a copy with both songs in their original mixes; both in their alternate mixes, or only one song in a different mix. Copies with serial No. SL-12410, for example, features the alternate mix for "Never", but the original mix for "Nothin' at All". It appears that the original mix of "Nothin' at All" only appeared on various editions of early LP and cassette runs, and more featured on the "Essentials" Collection. The 45 RPM record featured the remix, thus receiving the most airplay on Top-40 radio formats of that day. The two different versions of "Nothin' at All" greatly differ from one another, rather than the two mixes of "Never" which are similar. The original mix of "Nothin' at All" features a very subdued lead vocal from Ann Wilson, with no ad-libs and extras. Howard Leese's guitar solo is also very tame and mellow/melodic. In the remix, a vibrant alternate lead vocal take from Wilson is featured with striking embellishments; Leese's guitar solo is vastly different. Drum treatment was mixed with restraint in the original, with heavy reverb as to blend with other instruments; louder, dryer and "cuts-through" on the remix. But while these two versions greatly differ from one another, the underscoring rhythm tracks are exactly the same, hence it appears the two final mixes do not derive from different basic track recording sessions.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "If Looks Could Kill" (Jack Conrad, Bob Garrett) – 3:42
  2. "What About Love" (Brian Allen, Sheron Alton, Jim Vallance) – 3:41
  3. "Never" (Ann Wilson, Nancy Wilson, Greg Bloch, Holly Knight) – 4:07
  4. "These Dreams" (Martin Page, Bernie Taupin) – 4:15
  5. "The Wolf" (A. Wilson, N. Wilson, Howard Leese, Mark Andes, Denny Carmassi, Sue Ennis) – 4:03
  6. "All Eyes" (A. Wilson, N. Wilson, Bloch, Knight) – 3:55
  7. "Nobody Home" (A. Wilson, N. Wilson, Ennis) – 4:07
  8. "Nothin' at All" (Mark Mueller) – 4:13
  9. "What He Don't Know" (A. Wilson, N. Wilson, Ennis) – 3:41
  10. "Shell Shock" (A. Wilson, N. Wilson, Leese, Andes, Carmassi, Ennis) – 3:42

Personnel[edit]

Band members[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Produced by Ron Nevison
  • Engineered by Ron Nevison, Mike Clink and Brian Foraker
  • Mastered by Mike Reese at The Mastering Lab

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1985) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart[citation needed] 37
Canadian Albums Chart[4] 22
German Albums Chart[5] 57
Swedish Albums Chart[6] 22
UK Albums Chart[7] 19
U.S. Billboard 200[8] 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Heart - Heart". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-08-03. 
  2. ^ Guterman, Jimmy (1985-10-24). "Heart: Heart : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2007-12-28. Retrieved 2013-04-21. 
  3. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 372. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  4. ^ "Results - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  5. ^ "charts.de". charts.de. Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  6. ^ Steffen Hung. "Swedish Charts Portal". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  7. ^ "Heart - Heart". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 2012-07-22. Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  8. ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/303367/heart/chart?f=305
Preceded by
Miami Vice I by Various artists
Billboard 200 number-one album
December 21–27, 1985
Succeeded by
Miami Vice I by Various artists