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article imageReview: Ann and Nancy Wilson from Heart mesmerize on new live CD and DVD Special

By Markos Papadatos     Mar 3, 2014 in Music
Windsor - Ann and Nancy Wilson from the rock band Heart released their newest "Fanatic Live from Caesars Colosseum" CD and DVD deluxe edition on Frontier Records on February 25.
The "Fanatic Live from Caesars Colosseum" DVD opens with their title track "Fanatic," as the stage alternates in brick red and blue lights. The song instantly grabs the viewer's attention and it is being met with a standing ovation.
They follow up with "Heartless," which features Ann's powerhouse pipes and Nancy on electric guitar and on backing vocals.
"Thank you very much everyone. How are you?" Ann asks. "We are going to bring up some fabulous musicians to help us out right now. A fabulous section of serious musicians," referring to their 5-piece string orchestra, which features their producer Ben Mink.
"What About Love" showcases Ann's raw and husky voice and it subsequently proves that both women are superb song stylists.
"Thank you very much," Ann says, and she continues with "Mashallah!" which is a song that deals with "going with the flow."
They harmonize well on "Even It Up" and "59 Crunch" is a true duet vocal that the Wilson sisters nail and it allows both of them to shine vocally. "Straight On" is another real treat.
"Thank you so much," Ann says, and they take their fans on a trip down memory lane as they sing "Dog and Butterfly," which features Ann on acoustic guitar and Nancy on angelic harmonies.
"Thanks for being here," Nancy says and dedicates the tune "Walking Good" to an audience member that was celebrating a birthday at that show. Nancy sings lead on "Walking Good" as Ann plays acoustic guitar and flute.
"Thank you," Nancy says graciously. "That's a little recovery-style love song."
Nancy introduces "These Dreams" as a love song from the 1980s that is for the "lovebirds who are sticking it out and are the bravest people in the world to stay in love." She accompanies herself on mandolin and delivers a heavenly rendition of "These Dreams" that was breathtaking, while Ann switches over to harmony vocals.
Ann brings down the house with her flawless version of their chart-topping, power-ballad single "Alone," and she subsequently introduces Ben Mink and the band.
They dedicate "Dear Old America" to the men and women in the military that put themselves over the edge, and Ben Mink joins them on stage as he plays the violin. The stage's large screens are graced in an American flag background.
Nancy showcases her prowess on acoustic guitar on "Crazy On You" and Ann displays her trademark pipes.
They close their show with another powerhouse performance of "Barracuda."
The Verdict
Overall, Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Ann and Nancy Wilson put on a fantastic live show, that their fans and listeners had a front-row seat thanks to this Blu-Ray DVD that was filmed in an exquisite venue, Caesars Colosseum, in Windsor, Ontario. The Wilson sisters continue to prove that they are at the top of their game vocally and they showcase songs from every era of their songwriting, which is a substantial indication that their music will stand the test of time. This CD and DVD garners an A+ rating.
To learn more about the rock band Heart and their new music, visit their official website.
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