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Little Queen

HeartMiniDisc
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)


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Ann Wilson and her younger sister, Nancy Wilson first showed the world that women can rock when their band Heart stormed the charts in the '70s with hits like "Crazy on You," "Magic Man," "Barracuda," ‘Straight On,” “Even It Up,” “Kick It Out” and so many more. They continued topping the charts through the ... Read more in Amazon's Heart Store

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  • MiniDisc
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B0000025AF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,452,448 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Hot on the heels of their platinum debut Dreamboat Annie, Heart released the more ambitious, less accessible Little Queen. Fortunately for them, the record contained the monolithic "Barracuda," which included one of the meanest guitar chugs since Deep Purple's "Highway Star." The song rocketed to No. 11, and the album quickly went platinum. The rest of the album, however, is less than lustrous. The mandolins that are sprinkled through the album are supposed to sound mysterious, but they're pretty laughable, and songs like "Cry to Me," "Say Hello," and "Treat Me Well" don't pack enough punch to awaken even the lightest sleeper. --Jon Wiederhorn

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After a major explosion with their first release Dreamboat Annie in 1976, Heart bounced back to the top of the charts again a year later with their astounding second album Little Queen. This multi-platinum 1977 smash contained their most successful seventies hit singles and rock tracks like the guitar blazing Barracuda, the shouter Kick It Out and the acoustic rock power ballad Love Alive. It is with much respect and honor to announce the Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl release of this incredible masterwork. Mastered from the original Portrait Records tapes by Joe Reagoso. --This text refers to the Vinyl edition.

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Heart's classic 1977 album "Little Queen" finally gets the remastering it deserves. The sound quality is excellent and is much better than the old version on Epic Records. The album was slightly harder than Heart's debut released a year earlier called "Dreamboat Annie". Fm radio stations jumped on the Led Zeppelin influenced rocker "Barracuda" (it's still a favorite on many classic rock stations today) which in my opinion is the best song on the album, followed closely by "Kick It Out" and the funky "Little Queen". But the album contains some acoustic gems as well such as "Love Alive", "Treat Me Well" and "Cry To Me". There are several bonus tracks, "Too Long A Time" which is an early demo version of "Love Alive" and a "live" cover version of Led Zeppelin's "Stairway To Heaven" which is excellent (Heart lead guitarist Roger Fisher does a fine job copying Zep's Jimmy Page's guitar licks on this classic song). Unfortunately, the liner notes are minimal, but there are some colorful pics of the band. A classic Heart cd worth adding to any rock lover's collection. Also, out now and newly remastered are Heart's "Bebe Le Strange" and "Dog And Butterfly".
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm so glad to have this treasure again! February 3, 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I had this album on vinyl, 8Trac and casset. I wore every one out.

I remember seeing Heart just before this album was released. Like every other young man in the room I fell in love when Ann Wilson sang "Love Alive." I bought it the week it came out and have loved it ever since. Like Dreamboat, and now Jupiter.

So here's the deal...
This is an album that every Rock fan should own. The remastered values are good and the added tracks fit in whith the theme of the album well. Long live the Queens of Rock!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is probably my favorite album of all time December 11, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I used to play "Love Alive" every morning on my way to work, so I have strong memories of hearing that music play as the sun was coming up through the trees along the highway. What Heart created here, with their whole Renaissance thing, has been so strong, and it has lived on and on. For example, I've heard Outgrabe talk about the influence of Heart on them, and you can really hear it in their song "Witching Hour," which reminds me of "Dream of the Archer."

I never get tired of listening to this CD and Dreamboat Annie. I guess it's the combination of wistfulness and power. Something about this music speaks right to the core of who I am.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very Poor Sound! Can't Believe Review's Are So Good January 31, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Like other Heart fans, I awaited this release to be re-mastered, and was happy it finally had been. But oh no...a very tin-eared engineer has poorly performed such an enjoyable task! The other glowing reviews about sound (on this page and elsewhere) are way off. Apparently, they are unfamiliar with the original sound of the vinyl...the depth, detail, and richness that the LP had. So, it's a great release that sounds awful...stick with the LP for now!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Little is right, 'cause this ain't big June 29, 2003
Format:Audio CD
If this entire album had sounded like "Barracuda," this might have been called Big Queen. What this song did establish with that galloping, snarling guitar was that women could rock. Although they did reach rock peaks with the Bebe Le Strange and Heart albums, this set the standard, something that would be duplicated in the song "Back In Black II" from Desire Walks On.
The next three songs have a kind of nature theme sound to them. Must be that album cover with the gypsy-like caravan. The mellow "Love Alive" features some exotic instruments, such as a flute, tabla and an autoharp. The tempo then picks up with drums and electric guitar, mirroring that "sunbeam arch thrilled me to my weary heart/It was the prettiest thing I ever seen" line sung a few verses earlier. In some ways, this reminds me of a stripped down "Magic Man."
The brief instrumental "Sylvan Song" has Nancy Wilson and Roger Fisher on mandolins. That and the moog bass by Howard Leese gives it an alternately folky and new age sound to it.
This segues into "Dream Of The Archer", which gives an medieval lyrical image, with Wilson and Fisher still on mandolins. The sylphs in the forest have clearly bewitched the archer here.
"Kick It Out" is the other rocker about a wild child. Her motto: "Kick out your motor and drive/while you're still alive--kick it out."
The next three songs make a sagging midsection that causes me to deduct a point. The title track is a mid-paced number with a prominent bass. Then comes Nancy's solo vocal number, the ballad "Treat Me Well", which has a touch of blues, and is helped out by piano and drums accompaniment. However, this isn't one of their better songs. The quasi-skiffle of "Say Hello" is lively with the mandolin riffs, with Ann's echoing vocals, but...
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good December 29, 1998
Format:Audio CD
Most of the time, my reviews reflect the critics, but this is not one of those times. This is a wonderful CD. Every Song either rocks or is beautiful. "Barracuda" rocks and I think that's what led to the downfall of this album. Everyone heard "Barracuda" on the radio and thought the whole album was going to be some female heavy metal excursion. Instead they got songs like "Love Alive" which is much prettier than anything Jewel is putting out right now. "Sylvan Song/Dream of the Archer" has lovely Mandolin riffs, a tuly beautiful pair of songs. "Kick It Out" and "Little Queen" get the band rocking again and "Treat Me Well" is another beautiful song in the "Love Alive" vein. The last three tracks, while passable are not up to the level of the rest and keep this from being a 5 star album. P.S. The Wilson sisters we're definitely at their most beautiful on the cover of this album.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
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Published 22 days ago by Dave
5.0 out of 5 stars The best female rock band in my Opinion
These two woman are the root of all female bands today. The best female rock band in my Opinion.
Published 1 month ago by El373
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart is Great!
This is Heart!!! This was one of my favorite albums and finally got around to purchasing the CD. Haven't listen to "Little Queen" in years and was really blown away... Read more
Published 1 month ago by psdreamer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love this alblum, love heart!!!
Published 2 months ago by Kathy Carhuff
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Nice!
Published 2 months ago by D. Ely
5.0 out of 5 stars Memories....ah...
Sometimes I forget just how good bands used to be back in the days when musicians actually played instruments. This is just classic. It never gets old.
Published 5 months ago by Lance L. Logan
5.0 out of 5 stars class act
you can never go wrong with music by Heart! they captured my interest and imagination as a teen and i still feel that cool vibe from them after all these years.
Published 6 months ago by Marsha Webb
5.0 out of 5 stars (180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl/Limited Edition/Gatefold Cover)
Well this is a review of Friday Music release of Heart Little Queen! The album weight is good. The vinyl is flat and the center hole is centered correctly. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Todd Crookham
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous
At the time of it's release, this album featured completely original arrangements...a totally 'new' sound from what was on the radio at the time. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Fred M. Jeffers
4.0 out of 5 stars Best Led Zep Album They Never Made
More varied and, at times, aggressive than DREAMBOAT ANNIE, this album defined all that Heart was capable of. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Vincent Basilicato
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