Although any discussion of the band Heart begins with the Wilson sisters, their bandmates had been plugging away at the rock grind for several years by the time singer Ann and guitarist Nancy joined. But once they did, magic was made. A little bit proggy, a little bit arena, a little bit glam, a little bit Zep, Heart had an impressive knack for creating songs like “Crazy on You” that were blistering yet radio-friendly. Massive hit albums like Dreamboat Annie, Little Queen and Dog and Butterfly gave way, though, to a fallow period in the early ’80s before they embraced the use of outside songwriters and a more glossy arena-rock sound. It was during this period that they had their biggest commercial successes, including the No. 1 power ballads “These Dreams” (see above) and “Alone.” After one more big smash, “All I Wanna Do Is Make Love to You” (rock’s only hit song about a sexual surrogate, as far as we can tell), the Wilson sisters scaled back their schedules and continue, with rotating Heart-mates, to release the occasional new CD.
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