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Passionworks

Passionworks

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by Heart
     
 
1983's Passionworks marked the end of an era for Heart; it was the last album that the Wilson sisters recorded for Epic, where they had recorded late-'70s classics like Little Queen and Dog & Butterfly. Unfortunately, Heart's relationship with Epic had turned sour by 1983; in a 1987 interview, Ann

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1983's Passionworks marked the end of an era for Heart; it was the last album that the Wilson sisters recorded for Epic, where they had recorded late-'70s classics like Little Queen and Dog & Butterfly. Unfortunately, Heart's relationship with Epic had turned sour by 1983; in a 1987 interview, Ann Wilson asserted that Epic didn't do nearly enough to promote either Passionworks or 1982's Private Audition. But all certainly wasn't lost; at Capitol, Heart enjoyed a major revitalization in 1985 -- both commercially and creatively. Although Passionworks was recorded under less-than-ideal circumstances, it isn't a bad album. Passionworks, which was produced by Keith Olsen, didn't go down in history as one of Heart's essential releases -- it isn't in a class with Dreamboat Annie, Little Queen, Bad Animals, or 1985's self-titled Heart, but it isn't an album that the Wilson sisters should be ashamed of either. Passionworks gets off to an impressive start with the hit "How Can I Refuse," an arena rock jewel. Most of the songs that follow aren't as strong, but they're decent. While "Sleep Alone," "Blue Guitar," and "Ambush" aren't masterpieces, they're likable examples of '80s hard rock/arena rock. "Allies," meanwhile, is a glossy power ballad that was written by Journey's Jonathan Cain and should have become a hit. In 1983, Cain's song was perfect for Heart because by that time, their ballads had become much more amplified. While early Heart ballads like "Dream of the Archer" and "How Deep It Goes" had a pastoral, acoustic-oriented folk-rock outlook, the Wilson sisters became masters of the high-volume power ballad in the '80s. Passionworks isn't recommended to casual listeners, but serious Heart devotees will find it to be an enjoyable way for the Wilson sisters to end their Epic period.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/01/2008
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886972495026
catalogNumber:
724950
Rank:
33428

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Performance Credits

Heart   Primary Artist
Mark Andes   Bass,Vocals,Background Vocals
Denny Carmassi   Drums
Howard Leese   Synthesizer,Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
David Paich   Synthesizer,Piano
Steve Porcaro   Synthesizer
Ann Wilson   Guitar,Violin,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Howard Lesse   Synthesizer,Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals
Lynn Wilson   Background Vocals
Nancy Wilson   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Mark Andes   Composer
Denny Carmassi   Composer
Sue Ennis   Composer
Brian Foraker   Engineer
Howard Leese   Composer
Keith Olsen   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Steve Porcaro   Programming
Ann Wilson   Composer
Brian Boraker   Engineer
Dennis Sager   Engineer
Tony Lane   Art Direction
Neal Preston   Concept
Nancy Wilson   Composer

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Passionworks 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
footpathcowboy More than 1 year ago
PASSIONWORKS was a great transitional album for Heart, bridging their late-70s style and sound with the hit-making style of the mid 80s-early 90s. This album is glossier and slicker than, say, DREAMBOAT ANNIE, but not quite as overly commercial as BAD ANIMALS. Instead, a balance is found here, and it's unfortunate that it wasn't promoted better, as it could have been a big hit given the proper push.