Heart (Heart album)

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Studio album by Heart
Released July 6, 1985
Recorded January–April 1985
Studio The Record Plant, Los Angeles and The Record Plant, Sausalito, California
Genre Hard rock, pop rock, glam metal[1][2]
Length 39:28
Label Capitol
Producer Ron Nevison
Heart chronology
Bad Animals
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Singles from Heart
  1. "What About Love" / "Heart of Darkness"
    Released: June 1, 1985
  2. "Never" / "Shell Shock"
    Released: September 14, 1985
  3. "These Dreams" / "All Eyes"
    Released: January 18, 1986
  4. "Nothin' at All" / "The Wolf"
    Released: April 19, 1986
  5. "If Looks Could Kill" / "What He Don't Know"
    Released: July 19, 1986
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[3]
Rolling Stone(unfavorable)[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide2.5/5 stars[5]

Heart is the self-titled eighth studio album, released by the American rock band Heart. Released in 1985, the album continued the band's transition into mainstream 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,[6] reaching quintuple platinum status. It also yielded the first number-one single for the band, "These Dreams",[7] along with four other hit singles: "What About Love", "Never", "Nothin' at All" and "If Looks Could Kill". The first three cuts also made the U.S. top ten.[7]

In 1986, the album was nominated for a Grammy Award in the category Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.

"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. The guitar solo (played by Frankie Sullivan from Survivor) 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]

Side one
1."If Looks Could Kill"Jack Conrad, Bob Garrett3:42
2."What About Love"Brian Allen, Sheron Alton, Jim Vallance3:41
3."Never"Holly Knight, Greg Bloch, Connie (pseudonym for Ann Wilson, Nancy Wilson, Sue Ennis)4:07
4."These Dreams"Martin Page, Bernie Taupin4:15
5."The Wolf"A. Wilson, N. Wilson, Howard Leese, Mark Andes, Denny Carmassi, Ennis4:03
Side two
6."All Eyes"Knight, Bloch, Connie3:55
7."Nobody Home"A. Wilson, N. Wilson, Ennis4:07
8."Nothin' at All"Mark Mueller4:13
9."What He Don't Know"A. Wilson, N. Wilson, Ennis3:41
10."Shell Shock"A. Wilson, N. Wilson, Leese, Andes, Carmassi, Ennis3:42

Additionally, the "B" side of the single "What About Love" was an 11th track from this time called "Heart of Darkness" (3:18). It was later replaced with "Never" as "back-to-back hits".



Additional musicians[edit]


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



Country Organization Year Sales
USA RIAA 1992 5x Platinum (+ 5,000,000)[19]
Canada CRIA 1993 6x Platinum (+ 600,000)[20]
UK BPI 1988 Silver (+ 60,000)[21]


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