DVD Review: Heart -- Alive In Seattle

A fantastic homecoming concert for Ann and Nancy Wilson and Heart.
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In 2002, Heart went on their "Summer of Love" tour. The tour mixed hits from their extensive catalog with well-chosen covers and a handful of new songs. The tour culminated with a memorable stop in the group's hometown of Seattle, WA. The show was filmed and makes up the DVD Heart -- Alive in Seattle.

Originally released in 2003, this strong performance is available once again on DVD. The group comes out swinging with a terrific "Crazy On You." Ann Wilson is in strong voice, challenging herself from the outset on this number with no shortage of high notes. For their part, the band is note perfect throughout. A new song, "Sister Wild Rose," follows that harkens back to the band's hard rocking 1970s heyday with its galloping guitar riff and tight vocal harmonies.

The band owns it on the hard funk rock of "Straight On." Wilson and her sister Nancy deliver passionate vocals on this fan favorite that features some fine interplay between Nancy Wilson and Scott Olson. Nancy Wilson gets to shine as lead vocalist on the 1980s hit "These Dreams." She also leads the way on a pretty, acoustic cover of Elton John's "Mona Lisas And Mad Hatters." Wilson gives great performances on both and could easily be a front woman in her own right, she just happens to be in a band with her powerhouse vocalist sister.

Heart's love of Led Zeppelin goes back decades with the group covering "The Battle Of Evermore" and "Black Dog" here. The former has Nancy Wilson on mandolin and reprising Sandy Denny's harmony vocals while the latter finds Ann Wilson giving Robert Plant a run for his money in the high note department.

Along those lines, the group offers a sizzling version of the Zeppelin-influenced "Barracuda" that finds Ann Wilson pushing her voice to its limits. The show ends with an excellent "Dreamboat Annie" featuring Ann Wilson on flute. The song, which goes back to the group's first album, seems a fitting way to end this hometown performance.

The video is presented in 16x9 Widescreen. Audio options include DTS Digital Surround 5.0, Dolby Digital 5.0 and Dolby Stereo. An interview with Ann and Nancy Wilson is included as a bonus feature.

In the last decade plus, heart has gone back to what made them great in the first place -- driving rock with powerful vocals. Heart -- Alive In Seattle showcases a group still capable of delivering, whether on old material, new material or covers, before an adoring hometown crowd. Well worth owning for fans.