LIVE AT ROYAL ALBERT HALL WITH THE ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
Released on November 25, 2016 (Eagle Rock Entertainment)
Heart‘s music is a staple in hard rock and classic rock radio. The Seattle band’s core is singer Ann Wilson and guitarist Nancy Wilson. They have been musically influential to women and men alike; this was validated when Heart were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.
Heart have continued to tour and perform over the years, even when hard rock was en vogue. Heart have been able to adapt with the times. They powered through the ’80s as they adapted and made an attempt to capitalize on the ‘second wave of glam rock.’ Now that ‘classic rock’ is cool again, Heart have come full circle. They are once again less about image and it’s all about the songs.
Ann and Nancy collaborated with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra which was conducted by Nick Davies. Heart and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performed a 16 track set that includes the classics “Magic Man,” “Dreamboat Annie,” “Crazy On You,” “Barracuda” and “Kick It Out.” There’s also lackluster ’80s stuff like “What About Love,” “These Dreams” and “Alone” which bogs things down a bit.
Ann and Nancy Wilson shine on the classic material and the inclusion of The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra breathes new life into these classics. And their take of Led Zeppelin’s “No Quarter” is simply fantastic. The Wilson sisters haven’t lost a step at all and they shine in this historic venue. If you’re a casual or a diehard Heart fanatic, you’ll enjoy their Live At Royal Albert Hall With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
01. Magic Man
03. Dreamboat Annie
04. What About Love
05. I Jump
06. Sweet Darlin’
08. These Dreams
10. Beautiful Broken
12. Silver Wheels / Crazy On You
14. No Quarter
16. Kick It Out
Ann Wilson – vocals
Nancy Wilson – guitar, vocals
Benjamin Smith – drums
Daniel Rothchild – bass
Craig Bartock – guitar
Christopher Joyer – keyboards
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with conductor Nick Davies – orchestra
Directed by James Russell
Produced by Jim Parsons
Reviewed by Ruben Mosqueda for Sleaze Roxx, December 2016
Heart with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra‘s video for “Alone”:
Heart Live At The Royal Albert Hall – released 25th November 2016. In a career spanning over 40 years it seems inconceivable that they have never performed at London’s most famous venue The Royal Albert Hall.