Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

Oooooohhh…Barracuda! With this lead off song, 1977’s Little Queen by Heart fully captivated my young imagination with vivid images of the fabulous Wilson sisters rocking out in all their glory. I got to see them live the following year and my fantasy was pretty close to the mark. Ann sang with a fierceness to rival Robert Plant’s, while her sister Nancy kicked major ass on both acoustic and electric guitars and sang angelic counterpoint whenever needed. The guys in Heart were all amazing as well. Roger Fisher was a severely underrated lead guitarist. Another Led Zeppelin trait that Heart excelled at was the range of lighter folk inspired tunes to balance out the hard rock attack. Love Alive is one of my favorite of all Heart’s songs, and Kick It Out rocked nicely. Nancy got to show off her lead vocal skills on Treat Me Well, and the song Little Queen displayed a bit of a funk influence. Heart had proven conclusively that Magic Man off their debut was no fluke. This band was here to stay.

Written By Braddon S. Williams

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