Strange Euphoria Box set
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A carefully-considered anthology of biggest hits and best-loved songs set alongside deep catalog treasures, rarities, demos and live performances. Strange Euphoria consists of three compact discs, one DVD, and a bonus CD of five Led Zeppelin cover tracks in a deluxe box.
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Epic/Legacy cures this problem with a 3-CD, 1-DVD set that expands across Heart's entire recorded legacy, including hits, album sides, live performances, demos and rarities. And rounding out the Wilsons' legacy are solo selections and a pair by the Lovemongers.Read more ›
This is a great set and truly one for the fans, if you want the hits, pick up one of their many hits collections. Also included is a DVD of an one hour live performance from 1976 just after the release of "Dreamboat Annie". Compiled by Ann and Nancy along with their notes on each track. Really nice set!!
The Amazon bonus disc of Led Zeppelin covers is a cool addition. As every Heart fan knows, Ann and Nancy are huge Zep fans and have covered their material many times over the years. The only track missing from the Zep CD is Ann's incredible live take on "Stairway To Heaven" with the British Rock Symphony from 1999.
The packaging is nice, but being oversized, this set won't really fit too well in your CD rack. A minor complaint to an otherwise stellar collection.
The purpose of this collection is mainly to highlight Ann and Nancy Wilson's songwriting.
So it draws consistently from their first albums in the 70s and early 80s, when they wrote arguably most of their best material and the band was at the top of their game, playing fresh, often semi-acoustic arrangements which suited like a glove the sisters' beautiful singing (mainly Ann's but also Nancy) and guitar playing (mostly Nancy, but Ann plays some wonderful acoustic on occasion).
The collection addresses very briefly (and thanks God for that) the heavy metal/heavy production material from mid 80s to early 90s, when Heart did have quite a few hits actually, often with songs written by other composers. But Ann and Nancy don't seem to look back to that period with great fondness, and for a reason, as in the eighties the music industry seemed mostly interested in exploiting their good looks and stage presence - while their songwriting was being put aside a bit.
"Strange Euphoria" sets the record straight. It gathers their finest things, along with various unreleased acoustic demos or rare live versions which enhance the beauty and the purity of the songs; and it leaves out most of their bombastic and synthetic tracks (and even some hit singles) from the power-pop era.
So it may not be an "objective" anthology, nor a greatest hits, and yes it does leave out some of their big anthems; but it certainly is a personal, almost intimate selection of material from the artists' point of view; and I'm thankful they did it that way.
PS: The DVD (a 1976 television broadcast) is a fine addition; the book has lots of beautiful pictures and track-by-track recollections from Ann and Nancy; and if you order the Amazon Exclusive version you will also get "Heart Zappish", a 5-tracks CD of Led Zeppelin covers.
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Legendary band Heart has a new box set out called, “Strange Euphoria.” The three discs and one DVD chronicle the group’s 30 plus years in music. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Reader
I had sent for this prior to a February trip to Florida and so did not get through all of it in the 30 day return window period. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Gweedo Murray
Just Love all of Hearts Music, really nice addition to my collection thanks, RonPublished 21 months ago by Ron Martino-Meuret