Greatest Hits/Live

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Greatest Hits/Live
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Cover photography by Neal Preston
Compilation album of greatest hits and live recordings by
ReleasedNovember 29, 1980
RecordedKaye Smith Studios, Seattle, Washington, September 1980 (new tracks)
GenreHard rock, folk rock
Length79:20 (Vinyl)
69:40 (CD)
LabelEpic
ProducerHeart (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
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauC+[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3/5 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 Billboard 200 chart for 25 weeks.

In the early 1980s, 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.TitleWriter(s)From the albumLength
1."Barracuda"Ann Wilson, Roger Fisher, Nancy Wilson, Michael DeRosierLittle Queen (1977)4:21
2."Silver Wheels" (instrumental)N. WilsonBebe le Strange (1980)1:24
3."Crazy on You"A. Wilson, N. WilsonDreamboat Annie (1975)4:54
4."Straight On"A. Wilson, N. Wilson, Sue EnnisDog & Butterfly (1978)5:09
5."Dreamboat Annie"A. Wilson, N. WilsonDreamboat Annie2:02
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)From the albumLength
6."Even It Up"A. Wilson, N. Wilson, EnnisBebe le Strange5:10
7."Magic Man"A. Wilson, N. WilsonDreamboat Annie5:28
8."Heartless"A. Wilson, N. WilsonMagazine (1978)5:00
9."Dog and Butterfly"A. Wilson, N. Wilson, EnnisDog & Butterfly5:22
Side three
No.TitleWriter(s)Recorded atLength
10."Bebe le Strange" (live)A. Wilson, N. Wilson, Ennis, FisherThe Forum, Los Angeles, August 19804:28
11."Tell It Like It Is" (Aaron Neville cover)George Davis, Lee Diamondstudio track4:29
12."Mistral Wind" (live)A. Wilson, N. Wilson, Ennis, FisherThe Coliseum, Phoenix, Arizona, August 19807:15
13."Hit Single" (omitted from CD)A. Wilson, N. Wilson, Ennis, Howard Leesestudio track2:35
14."Strange Euphoria" (omitted from CD)A. Wilson, N. Wilson, Ennisstudio track2:45
Side four
No.TitleWriter(s)Recorded atLength
15."Sweet Darlin" (live)A. WilsonAladdin Theater, Las Vegas, August 19804:11
16."Medley: I'm Down / Long Tall Sally" (live)Lennon–McCartney / Enotris Johnson, Robert Blackwell, Richard PennimanSports Arena, San Diego, August 19804:16
17."Unchained Melody" (live, omitted from CD)Alex North, Hy ZaretMcNichols Arena, Denver, September 19804:25
18."Rock and Roll" (live)John Bonham, John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page, Robert PlantThe Coliseum, Seattle, August 19805:56

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: 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. 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.nz. Media Control Charts. Retrieved June 1, 2014.
  10. ^ "Greatest Hits: Live Billboard Singles". AllMusic. Retrieved June 17, 2012.
  11. ^ "Heart Billboard Singles". Billboard. Retrieved January 28, 2015.