Heart – Dreamboat Annie – Our Shootout Winner from 2012


A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock Hall of Fame and another in the long list of recordings that really comes alive when you Turn Up Your Volume.

MASTER TAPE SOUND and QUIET VINYL on BOTH SIDES! If you’re an audiophile who loves classic rock, you just haven’t lived until you’ve heard Magic Man and Crazy On You on a Hot Stamper pressing, and they don’t get ANY hotter than this copy! We play dozens upon dozens of these every year, and based on that experience this Hot Stamper will be virtually unbeatable for EITHER side.

We’re pretty fond of these ladies here at Better Records. Their second album, Little Queen, has been a favorite test disc around here lately. When Heart is at their best, the music is wonderful. On the right pressing such as this one, the band can sound OUT OF THIS WORLD.

What A Hot Copy Gets You

On a great copy like this, the music just JUMPS out of the speakers. There is so much more LIFE to this recording than I ever thought was possible, and only a Hot Stamper pressing lets that energy really come through.

Take for example that deep synthesizer bit on Magic Man. Normally, the synthesizer goes down low behind the music, disappears for a bit and then comes back up. On this copy, it doesn’t disappear. You can hear it rumbling underneath the music all the way through. That gives you some idea of the kind of bass that’s on this record.

Amazing Sound

Both sides here are AWESOME — punchy, lively and super three dimensional with lots of presence and tubey magical guitars. The sound here is richer, fuller and sweeter than on nearly every other copy we’ve heard. The cymbal crashes are positively KILLER here and the vocals are breathy and full-bodied with lots of texture. This copy also gives you some seriously deep bass as well as silky, grain-free highs — not something you’d say about the typical pressing you might pick up in the bins,

The Nautilus: Not Bad, But…

The Nautilus pressings for this album can actually be pretty good. The best copies are sweet, open and transparent. Still, they tend to lack the kind of bass and dynamics that are critical if you want this album to REALLY ROCK. And if Heart ain’t rockin’, then why bother?


Side One

Magic Man
Dreamboat Annie (Fantasy Child)
Crazy On You
Soul of the Sea
Dreamboat Annie

Side Two

White Lightning & Wine
Love Me Like Music
Sing Child
How Deep It Goes
Dreamboat Annie (Reprise)

AMG 4 1/2 Star Rave Review

In the 1980s and ’90s, numerous women recorded blistering rock, but things were quite different in 1976 — when female singers tended to be pigeonholed as soft rockers and singer/songwriters and were encouraged to take after Carly Simon, Melissa Manchester, or Joni Mitchell rather than Led Zeppelin or Black Sabbath.

Greatly influenced by Zep, Heart did its part to help open doors for ladies of loudness with the excellent Dreamboat Annie. Aggressive yet melodic rockers like “Sing Child,” “White Lightning & Wine,” and the rock radio staples “Magic Man” and “Crazy on You” led to the tag “the female Led Zeppelin.” And in fact, Robert Plant did have a strong influence on Ann Wilson. But those numbers and caressing, folk-ish ballads like “How Deep It Goes” and the title song also make it clear that Nancy and Ann Wilson had their own identity and vision early on.