10 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Heart’s 1976 debut album was recorded with a relatively small budget and released on the indie Mushroom Records. Then the irresistible big-riffers “Crazy on You” and “Magic Man” exploded all over American FM radio, and the female-fronted hard-rock band were suddenly a force to be reckoned with. This multiplatinum album is rich with Led Zeppelin–ish qualities (especially in the spaciousness of the title song), folky moments (the beautiful, Phoebe Snow–like “Soul of the Sea” and the flute- and strings-enhanced “How Deep It Goes”), floppy-fringed blues (“Sing Child”), and vibrant rockers about regret (“White Lightning and Wine”). American radio in the '70s would’ve sounded a lot different had Heart not existed. And for this album to have happened in the career-defining way that it did, the band's leaders—sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson—had to overcome formidable odds, namely the prevailing ’70s attitude that women couldn't rock. This is a fascinating and essential listen for anyone into rock ’n’ roll, or just the sound of women kicking down doors.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Heart’s 1976 debut album was recorded with a relatively small budget and released on the indie Mushroom Records. Then the irresistible big-riffers “Crazy on You” and “Magic Man” exploded all over American FM radio, and the female-fronted hard-rock band were suddenly a force to be reckoned with. This multiplatinum album is rich with Led Zeppelin–ish qualities (especially in the spaciousness of the title song), folky moments (the beautiful, Phoebe Snow–like “Soul of the Sea” and the flute- and strings-enhanced “How Deep It Goes”), floppy-fringed blues (“Sing Child”), and vibrant rockers about regret (“White Lightning and Wine”). American radio in the '70s would’ve sounded a lot different had Heart not existed. And for this album to have happened in the career-defining way that it did, the band's leaders—sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson—had to overcome formidable odds, namely the prevailing ’70s attitude that women couldn't rock. This is a fascinating and essential listen for anyone into rock ’n’ roll, or just the sound of women kicking down doors.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
83 Ratings
83 Ratings
IDontReallyHaveANicknameEither ,

Continues to be an all-time amazingly good album

I have this on vinyl (along with tons of other albums). I’ve been methodically converting all of them to MP3’s. Just got through Dreamboat Annie and was dumbfounded at how incredibly good the album is. I needed to get a pop and crackle free version so here I am feeling lucky that I buy a clean version. Crazy On You and Magic Man are the most popular songs - and for good reason - but if that’s all you listen to from this album you are definitely missing out. How Deep It Goes and Love Me Like Music are stunningly beautiful songs. Soul Of The Sea, is also a song you should really take the time to listen to. Great in its arrangement, lyrics that are actually pretty meaningful, music that shifts and supports the song without over-powering it. The last thing that struck me that I’ll share in this entirely too long review is that the art of song-writing and performing comes through very clearly - nothing is formulaic (song lengths are all over the place as are styles, and messages - the only consistent thing is the beauty of the music).

snorkfire ,

Simply one of the best albums ever made

These two sisters form the core of one of the greatest bands that ever hit musicdom. She plays a mean guitar, she sings and plays flute. Together they are Heart. Buy this one.

samoyedprincess ,

The Best

Ann and Nancy have been rocking for 40 years and have produced numerous hit albums, however their first, DREAMBOAT ANNIE, is still head and shoulders above all others. I reluctantly retired my turntable and cassette player and when my CD player kicked, I bought this album for the fourth time -- in the fourth format. It has never sounded better than it does on iTunes.
Here's to another 40 years of rocking with the Wilson sisters!

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