I know it’s a cliche saying what a struggle it is to choose only ten albums, but this year it really has been a tricky one.
And so without being in any particular order, here they are –
A special mention goes out to not an album, but an EP, which I cannot stop playing –
And so onwards to 2014 and it’s already looking rather promising.
Frontiers Records are set to release Heart’s concert “Fanatic Live From Caesars Colosseum” on CD+DVD Deluxe Edition, DVD and Blu-ray in the UK on Monday 24th February 2014.
The history behind this recording began in 2012, which was a year of major achievements for Heart. In addition to Ann and Nancy’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and news that they had been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the year was filed with musical accomplishments.
Wilson combed their archives for a definitive four CD box set release in the early part of the year, and in the fall of 2012, released their “Fanatic” album to strong critical and fan acclaim. To support the release of “Fanatic,” the band embarked upon a major North American headline tour, which ended with a magnificent performance at Caesars Colosseum in Windsor, Ontario, which was filmed by AXS-TV. Heart will be performing shows in North America in February, March and April, 2014 as a continuation of the “Fanatic” tour.
Heart’s long been associated with Canada having broken out in Vancouver in 1976 with the release of Dreamboat Annie. Their return to Canada for the Fanatic tour was greeted with the kind of enthusiasm Canadians save for their own. Ben Mink, who produced the Fanatic CD and is another great Canadian musician, joined Heart on stage at Windsor, playing fiddle and leading a string ensemble.
In addition to songs from the “Fanatic” album which were performed for the first time for the television viewing audience, “Fanatic Live From Caesars Colosseum” also showcases many of Heart’s classic hits including Barracuda, Crazy on You, These Dreams, Alone, What About Love, and many more. A digital download is available via iTunes and includes an instant download of a new rendition of the Heart classic Dog And Butterfly.
Over the group’s four-decade history, Heart had different line-ups, with the constant centre of the group since 1974 being sisters lead singer Ann Wilson and guitarist Nancy Wilson. Heart has sold over 30 million records worldwide, including over 22 million in album sales in America. The group was ranked number 57 on VH1’s “100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock”. With Top 10 albums on the Billboard Album Chart in the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and 2010s, Heart is among the most commercially enduring bands in rock.
Ann Wilson: Vocals/Guitar/Flute
Nancy Wilson: Guitar/Vocals/Mandolin
Craig Bartock: Guitar/Vocals
Debbie Shair: Keyboards/Vocals/Percussion
Ben Smith: Drums/Percussion
Dan Rothchild: Bass
Swedish singer, guitarist & keyboard player Stefan Berggren (M3-Classic Whitesnake, The Company of Snakes, Razorback, Snakes In Paradise & Revolution Road) met legendary UK drummer Lee Kerslake (OZZY, Uriah Heep) for the first time 2005 in Friedrichshafen in Southern Germany when Berggren performed with M3 and Kerslake with Uriah Heep. A couple of years later they ended up in Zürich (Switzerland) and did some more shows. This time together in the same band, but not under the flag BKB yet.
In 2011 Kerslake phoned Berggren up and asked if he could do to do an acoustic show with him in Helsinki (Finland). Both musicians at the time were looking for a new challenge and Berggren Kerslake Band was born. Tomas Thorberg, a Snakes In Paradise/Michael Schenker/John Norum gunslinger, was asked to take over the bass guitar. Berggren also brought in another long time friend called Joakim Svalberg (Opeth,Yngwie Malmsteen) as guest who played some fantastic organ & Moog solos.
Drums, bass, some guitars and rough vocals were recorded live at Boo studio. The rest of the recordings took place at Berggren’s studios Stockholm. Lennart Östlund (ABBA, Led Zeppelin) handled the final mixes and mastering of the album at the PolarStudio except the song “Walk Tall” which was mixed by Berggren and mastered by Pete Lyman (Rival Sons)
Tracklist: 1.Walk Tall 2.Super Sonic Dream 3.MY MY 4.The Sun Has Gone Hazy 5.Free 6.Fools Asleep 7.As Time Goes By 8. Rock´n´Roll Gangsta 9.Back On The Road Again 10.Born Again
Soundfiles in advance: