12/02/2014

Holiday/Rock Review: Heart and Friends Home For The Holidays (CD/DVD)

Release Date: November 10, 2014
Label: Frontiers

Hall of Fame inductees Ann and Nancy Wilson had an incredible 2013 and they acknowledged and celebrated that with a Holiday gathering of stars on the Heart and Friends Home For The Holidaysrecording and DVD in their hometown of Seattle.

Certainly Ann and Nancy can stand on their own as performers but what made this so special besides it being the Holiday season was all the special guests that joined them on stage.

This deluxe set gives you the best of both worlds. The difference between the two formats is that “Even It Up” is only available on the CD version. It’s always nice to have both versions at hand for listening or just kicking back and watching.

The ladies look terrific in this performance, they always do and their vocals are spot on. They are without a doubt polished professionals in their element on stage. It was great to see the red rocker come out on stage and perform with them. Sammy is hard not to like, his personality is so laid back and friendly not mention the fact that he makes some great music. So with those thoughts it was easy to find “Santa's Going South” as one of my favorites.

Most people that have any familiarity with Heart know how strongly influenced they are by Led Zeppelin and usually one or two of their songs find a way into their set. This night was no exception as they make their way through a great version of the classic “Stairway To Heaven.” I know many people will say “Why is this song on a Christmas album?” Well my answer to that is this is rock ‘n’ roll baby! So crank it up, enjoy, and embrace the spirit and warmth it can bring to you. Yes, even a Led Zep song can bring joy during the holidays if you like to rock.

“Ring Them Bells” is quite a Christmas treat featuring all of the special guests with exception of Sammy.
Shawn Colvin, Richard Marx and Pat Monahan join the rockin’ sisters and their band to deliver a powerful and compelling version of the classic song.

This set is a great package of Holiday spirit and rock delivered by a legendary band and two incredibly talented and blessed ladies that have an ability to perform at a very high standard, even after several decades of bringing their music to the masses. If you want to bring the joy of music into your home this year pick up Home For The Holidays Deluxe CD/DVD.

4/5 Stars

Key Tracks: Santa's Going South (feat. Sammy Hagar), Stairway to Heaven, Ring Them Bells (feat. Pat Monahan, Richard Marx, Shawn Colvin)


Tracks:
Disc: 1 CD

01. The River
02. Seasons
03. Rockin'/Love Came Down at Christmas (feat. Shawn Colvin)
04. POEM
05. All through the Night( feat. Richard Marx)
06. All we need is an Island (feat. Sammy Hagar)
07. Santa's Going South (feat. Sammy Hagar)
08. Please Come Home for Christmas (feat. Pat Monahan)
09. Remember Christmas
10. Barracuda
11. Even it Up
12. Stairway to Heaven
13. Ring Them Bells (feat. Pat Monahan, Richard Marx, Shawn Colvin)

Disc: 2 DVD

01. The River
02. Seasons
03. Rockin'/Love Came Down at Christmas (feat. Shawn Colvin)
04. POEM
05. All through the Night (feat. Richard Marx)
06. All we need is an Island (feat. Sammy Hagar)
07. Santa's Going South (feat. Sammy Hagar)
08. Please Come Home for Christmas (feat. Pat Monahan)
09. Remember Christmas
10. Barracuda
12. Ring Them Bells (feat. Pat Monahan, Richard Marx, Shawn Colvin)

Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck-Write A Music Review Founder
December 2, 2014
Review Provided By Write A Music

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