Dreamboat Annie Live
Reissuing Dreamboat Annie in its entirety as a live CD recorded April 2007 at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, the Wilson Sisters have created musical history by playing iconic songs that have remained viable since their birth three decades ago on vinyl. Ann’s voice alone is akin to a living, breathing creature; an entity unto itself and the defining element of the band. It’s still powerful, passionate and nuanced with expression and range untouched by the years. She belts out the classics “Magic Man” and “Crazy on You” with thrillingly primal abandon; she slinks, purrs and yowls suggestively through “White Lightning and Wine,” and delivers “Dreamboat Annie” as though her very voice were tenderly cradling a child.
Nancy’s fretwork is just as adept, a perfect and seamless complement to Ann’s voice, and a string ensemble even backs up several of the songs. New arrangements, such as on “Sing Child,” are also refreshing and exciting surprises. For their encores, the sisters keep no secrets about bands that influenced them like the Who and Pink Floyd, and particularly show their enthusiasm for Led Zeppelin. Few musicians can remotely sing or play like Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, but Ann and Nancy Wilson go shot-for-shot on “Black Dog” and “Misty Mountain Hop.” Dreamboat Annie Live, also available on DVD, clearly shows the heart of rock and roll is still beating — with the life force of Ann and Nancy Wilson thriving in its veins.
~ Merryl Lentz