Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Heart and Friends - Home for the holidays

Heart and Friends - Home for the holidays (2014) Frontiers Records
Produced by Heart
Tracks : 1.River 2.Seasons 3.Rocking 4.Love come down at christmas 5.Poem 6.All through the night 7.All we need is an island 8.Santa´s going south 9.Please come home for christmas 10.Remember christmas 11.Barracuda 12.Even it up 13.Stairway to heaven 14.Ring them bells
2,5 out of 5

If you ever wished for a christmas album with Heart, now is the time to fulfill your prayers. I can´t say I´m the biggest fan of christmas albums and I wasn´t exactly jumping high of joy when I heard about Heart and friends releasing the live album "Home for the holidays".
It was recorded in Seattle, December 2013 together with special guests Shawn Colvin, Sammy Hagar, Richard Marx and Pat Monahan (Train). They are doing a set of holiday songs and Heart´s favorite songs, the album opens really nice with "River", "Seasons" and the two songs "Rocking" and "Love come down at christmas" sung by Shawn Colvin.
It also ends well with the band rocking on "Barracuda", "Even it up", the Zep cover "Stairway to heaven" and the beautiful "Ring them bells".
But there are some mediocre tracks in the middle, especially the Hagar rocker "Santa´s going south". Only Sammy himself can enjoy that one.

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