Vinyl – – “Little Queen” by Heart



There is no mistaking the guitar work that sounds like the onslaught of an approaching army. That is the sound of “Barracuda” by Heart. It is just one of the sonic treasures on “Little Queen.” The other standout track is the title song. From 1977, there is no question why Heart remains one of the most beloved bands that helped to craft what is thought of as America’s classic rock sound. Yes, a number of bands contributed to that, but few with the energy and lyricism of Heart.


When it comes to “Little Queen,” there are few rock songs with the panache and flair of that track. The throaty groove of guitars exchanging lines, and Ann Wilson’s moody soprano floating above them, weaving a story about a young woman in a band and the resultant pressures.  And when Wilson sings “You better shine,” fascinated listeners think they can, even a little bit, just by listening to this song.


“Little Queen” the album is Heart’s sophomore effort and it shows the development of the band. However, even this album couldn’t predict that the group would have throughout the rest of the 1970s and 1980s. Still, “Little Queen” is perfect for those who want to chart the development of one of the most original bands in rock ‘n’ roll history. Get it at the LemonWire store today.

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Dodie Miller-Gould is a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana who lives in New York City where she studies creative nonfiction at Columbia University. She has BA and MA degrees in English from Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, and an MFA in Fiction from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Her research interests include popular music and culture, 1920s jazz, and blues, confessional poetry, and the rhetoric of fiction. She has presented at numerous conferences in rhetoric and composition, and creative writing. Her creative works have appeared in Tenth Muse, Apostrophe, The Flying Island, Scavenger's Newsletter and elsewhere. She has won university-based awards for creative work and literary criticism.

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