Back in the Seven­ties when di­nosaurs walked the earth, Heart was a pret­ty big one, and unique among hard (oc­ca­sion­al­ly) rock bands in be­ing woman-fronted, by sis­ters Anne and Nan­cy Wil­son. Crazy on You was their de­but sin­gle and for my mon­ey their best song ev­er, and one of the bet­ter ar­gu­ments why Rock & Roll at its peak reach­es above all oth­er forms of mu­sic.

Dreamboat Annie by Heart

While their line-up changed around over the ears it was al­ways Anne on ear-splitting vo­cal­s, Nan­cy on hot acous­tic gui­tar and har­mony, and Some Guy on elec­tric. On Dream­boat An­nie, the won­der­ful al­bum con­tain­ing Crazy on You, That Guy was Roger Fish­er, a found­ing mem­ber who sound­ed fab­u­lous when he was play­ing be­hind Anne and Nan­cy but nev­er re­al­ly amount­ed to much there­after. I on­ly saw Heart once and they’d just fired Some Guy so Nan­cy was try­ing to play all the hot elec­tric parts that night and frankly it didn’t work out that well.

Any­how, Crazy on You is melod­ic and ro­man­tic and elec­tric, with a huge back­beat and a love­ly acous­tic in­tro. On the record­ed ver­sion, Anne Wilson’s lead vo­cals are just cos­mic and, on the se­quence be­gin­ning I was a wil­low last night in my dream / I bent down over a clear run­ning stream, go to that place that Rock mu­sic, but no oth­er kind, can go.

This is part of the Song of the Day se­ries (back­ground).

Links · Spo­ti­fy playlist. This tune on Ama­zon, iTunes, Spo­ti­fy. As for video, the pic­ture is fuzzy here, but wow, the flame is burn­ing bright. Here’s an­oth­er take with bet­ter pic­ture and elec­tric gui­tar, and al­so Nancy’s sharp­er on the in­tro; but less di­vine mad­ness.

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