Heart is one of the most respected bands in the music industry’s modern era. The band has performed around the world many times over the course of its four decade plus life. It has sold millions of records and has earned countless accolades for its talents and accomplishments. For all that the band has done and earned throughout its life, there is still likely a lot that it hasn’t yet done. Earlier this summer, though it knocked one item off of its to do list when it performed live at London’s famed Royal Albert Hall for the first time ever. The performance was a sold out show, exhibiting clearly the place that Heart still holds within the music community’s upper echelon. This Friday, December 2, audiences will get to own that performance for themselves on separate DVD and Blu-ray platforms as well as CD and digital platform in the form of Live at the Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Heart’s fans will find plenty to appreciate about the recording beginning with its set list. That will be discussed shortly. The band’s performance of that set list is just as important to note as the set list. The concert’s audio mix rounds out its most important elements. Each element is clearly important in its own right to the concert’s overall presentation. All things considered, it proves to be a piece that any devout Heart fan will be happy to have in his or her music library regardless of the chosen platform.
Heart’s latest live recording Live at the Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is a piece that any devout Heart fan will be happy to have in his or her music library. That is due in part to the concert’s set list. The seventeen-song set list goes all the way back to the band’s 1976 debut album Dreamboat Annie and even as recent as its latest album Beautiful Broken, which was released this past July. It also includes a cover of Led Zepplin’s hit song ‘No Quarter’ in its body, and a Lovemongers cover in ‘Sand,’ which was included in Heart’s own 2010 album Red Velvet Car. Obviously there’s no way that the band could cover every one of its 16 albums so far. But it still pulls from a healthy number of its albums. The band’s 2016 album Beautiful Broken is the most heavily represented of the band’s album in this concert with four total songs represented in the set list. The band’s 1976 debut record Dreamboat Annie comes in second with three songs. The other albums featured in the concert are: Little Queen (2 songs), Bebe le Strange (2 songs), Heart (2 songs), Bad Animals (1 song) and Fanatic (1 song). Considering the band pulled from half of its current albums to make the body of this concert is impressive. It showed the band really put some thought into its set list rather than just tossing a bunch of its songs together. It wanted to give its audiences and fans the best show possible if only in terms of its set list. Of course the set list is just one of the elements that makes the show such a welcome addition to fans’ music libraries. The band’s performance of its set list will entertain audiences just as much as the show’s set list.
The set list that is featured in Heart’s new live recording is by itself a key piece of the concert’s presentation. It pulls from half of the band’s extensive sixteen-album catalogue. That is including the band’s holiday album, and no there obviously are no Christmas songs in this set list since the concert was recorded this past June. The show’s set list is just one part of what makes the concert stand out for fans. The band’s performance of its set list is just as important to note as the set list itself starting with the work of guitarists Nancy Wilson and Craig Bartock. The pair expertly captures the emotion of every song with their talents. ‘I Jump’ is a prime example of that talent. The song has its heavier moments, but also has some softer moments. The attention to the song’s lyrical content makes every moment so powerful just from the pair. Its handling of the cover of ‘No Quarter’ exhibits that talent just as much. Stylistically, the song is not the best rendition of the song that has ever been crafted. But Wilson and Bartock still exhibit such talent here regardless. In the same vein, the soaring chorus of ‘These Dreams’ shows the duo fully embracing the heartfelt lyrics in that song, too. Nancy’s sister Ann shows just as much spark even as long as she has been performing. Her vocals are top-notch throughout the concert. That is exhibited most clearly as she as she soars through the choruses in ‘What About Love’ and in ‘No Quarter.’ She does a respectable job of trying to emulate Robert Plant here. It doesn’t fully reach Plant’s levels. But it is still respectable, regardless. Drummer Ben Smith and bassist Dan Rothchild shine just as much as their fellow musicians throughout the concert, too. When each musician’s talent is combined with that of his or her band mates, the whole of the collective’s performance shows clearly why the concert was sold out. That’s because every member of the band gives it his or her all, which will, again, impress any of the band’s fans. Even as important as this is to note, one can’t talk but so much about it without taking too much time. There is still at least one more item to discuss in examining this recording. That item is the recording’s audio mix.
The set list featured in Heart’s new live recording and the band’s performance of that set list are both key to the recording’s presentation. Both elements will please any devout Heart fan. They are not its only key elements either. The concert’s audio mix rounds out its most important elements. The Royal Albert Hall is a massive venue. Audiences who have never seen the inside of the building until now will be blown away by its size both in terms of its diameter and its ceiling. Considering that, handling audio duties for any concert here is a chore to say the least. The people behind the boards for this concert—both at the venue and in post-production—handled that chore with the utmost expertise. It is thanks to their efforts that audiences feel like they are right there at the venue with the rest of the audience without feeling like they can’t hear any one part of the performance. The vocals and instruments are balanced with full precision throughout the performance. Again, considering the size of the venue, that is its own powerful statement. It goes without saying that the camera work gives audiences the best seat in the house. So keeping that in mind, when the camera work and audio engineering are joined with the concert’s set list and the band’s performance of the show’s set list, the whole of this concert proves to be, once again, a work that any devout Heart fan will appreciate.
Heart Live at the Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is a recording that any devout Heart fan will appreciate. Being that it was the first time that the band ever performed at the legendary venue, it was a successful first time experience. Its set list pulls from half of the band’s 16-album catalogue. The band’s performance of its set list, audiences will agree, is just as impressive. It shows that even as long as Heart has been along, it is at the top of its game. The combined audio engineering and its camera work round out its most important elements. When all three elements are joined together, they make this recording a work that is on one level, more proof of why Eagle Rock Entertainment is still today the leading name in live recordings. On another level, it combines to show that, once more, this recording is a piece that any devout Heart fan will appreciate. It will be available this Friday, December 2 in stores and online. More information on this recording is available online now along with all of Heart’s latest news and more at:
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