Passionworks

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
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,...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972495026
  • Catalog Number: 724950
  • Sales rank: 8,971

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 How Can I Refuse (3:54)
  2. 2 Blue Guitar (3:58)
  3. 3 Johnny Moon (4:03)
  4. 4 Sleep Alone (4:15)
  5. 5 Together Now (3:56)
  6. 6 Allies (4:41)
  7. 7 (Beat by) Jealousy (3:24)
  8. 8 Heavy Heart (3:52)
  9. 9 Love Mistake (3:30)
  10. 10 Language of Love (3:39)
  11. 11 Ambush (3:17)
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Album Credits

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, Guitar, Piano, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Mark Andes Composer
Denny Carmassi Composer
Sue Ennis Composer
Brian Foraker Engineer
Greg Fulginiti Mastering
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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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Great Transitional Album For Heart

    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.

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