Heart - Dog & Butterfly (1978)


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Feb 9, 2014
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Oh, please don't stop writing these erudite reviews! Otherwise I'll have to do it! I'm experiencing a Heart renaissance. I downloaded the New Year's Eve 1978 Seattle show [I was at the one the night before]. This has got to be the best Heart show from the 'classic' era. I've put together a playlist that's heavy on this show. I look forward to seeing your review of Bebe le Strange.


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General Info

Released: October 7, 1978
Recorded: 1978
Genre: Hard rock, folk rock
Label: Portrait
Producer: Mike Flicker

The Band

Michael DeRosier – drums
Howard Leese – guitar, keyboards
Roger Fisher – guitar, steel guitar
Steve Fossen – bass guitar, percussion
Rick Keefer – synthesizer, vocals
Ann Wilson – lead vocals, guitar, keyboards, violin
Nancy Wilson – vocals, guitar, piano

Track List

Side one
"Cook with Fire" (A. Wilson, N. Wilson, Fisher, Ennis, Leese) – 4:59
"High Time" (A. Wilson, N. Wilson, Ennis) – 3:24
"Hijinx" (A. Wilson, N. Wilson, Ennis) – 3:33
"Straight On" (A. Wilson, N. Wilson, Ennis) – 5:10

Side two
"Dog & Butterfly" (A. Wilson, N. Wilson, Ennis) – 5:22
"Lighter Touch" (A. Wilson, N. Wilson, Ennis) – 5:05
"Nada One" (A. Wilson, N. Wilson, Ennis) – 5:22
"Mistral Wind" (A. Wilson, N. Wilson, Ennis, Fisher) – 6:45

Welcome readers to another long winded Heart review. This time we have Dog & Butterfly, the last release from the "classic" era, before the Wilsons took complete control of the band and changed their direction. A good effort, D&B has a selection of songs that continue the now familiar formula that made Heart so popular in the 70's.

Cook with Fire - A good way to start off, Cook with Fire rips from the very beginning, offering plenty of guitar distortion, hammering drum fills, and the use of harmonica. Lyrics tell of a woman warning her potential date that he better stay away from others since they are meant for each other. A decent hard rock song, my only complaint is the album version lacks something. Both the vocals and music are missing a punch that is added in the live performances. The way it sounds on the clip I will include at the end of the review is what I wish the studio cut was like.

High Time - The most complicated song on the album, High Time has many cool time changes that accentuate Ann's up and down pitch perfectly. DeRosier once again stands out with a very strong drum effort. A positive song about life going well after enduring hardship, High Time grows quickly on the listener after a few spins.

Hijinx - Certainly the oddest song on D&B, it took me quite a few listens to appreciate Nancy's interesting guitar work and Ann's smooth singing about being conned. Decent drumming and tasteful use of keyboards help to create a good tune. Only negative is that Hijinx contains the word "jive".

Straight On - A sexually charged track about a persons determination to be with their chosen partner, Straight On has aged very well despite having a disco feel to it. Great drums, guitar (Fisher creates a nice solo), lyrics, vocal harmony, and of plenty of "ooohs" from Ann's sensual voice combine to make this a winner. I absolutely love this song.

Dog & Butterfly - One of the more popular Heart songs, this title track is a gentle acoustical number written after Ann watched her dog vainly chase after a butterfly, reflecting the struggles we have in life. Beautiful guitar work and another solid emotional effort by Ann make D&B a classic.

Lighter Touch - Another ballad but with a harder tone than D&B, offering an electric guitar solo and louder vocals. Lyrically standard love song about a relationship but well done.

Nada One - My favorite Heart ballad, Nada One tells of a person finding love in their dreams only to have it disappear when they awaken. Nancy's outstanding acoustical guitar work shines here, continuing throughout the entire track. A very good song, I wish it was slightly longer.

Mistral Wind - The grand finale, and what a way to end the album. Mistral Wind begins with haunting acoustic guitar for almost half the song before the electric kicks in, taking the listener away on a journey telling of the power nature can have on the human soul. Ann's best work on D&B, her voice ranges from soft to powerful all within 4 verses, leading to a very cool ending that includes the use of chimes. One of Heart's best.

Dog & Butterfly is a great album, offering everything from ballads to blistering rock tracks. With songs such as Straight On, Dog & Butterfly, and Mistral Wind, Heart created their fourth successful album in a row, a feat not to be taken lightly. After this the Wilsons would steer their band in a new direction with some success, ultimately fail, then be reborn as a massive power pop hit making machine. Dog & Butterfly represents the last of Heart's best, and I rate it 8.5/10

Cook With Fire- awesome

Straight On

This is a really old, well-written review but what motivated me to post is just how good that video of Cook with Fire is. For people who never "got" Heart in the 80s when they were singing hair metal and power ballads, that Cook with Fire video shows exactly what was great about this band during their classic years. They were an excellent hard rock band in the 70s, no pretentiousness or low cut dresses, just kick ass guitar and vocals. I do like much of their 80s/90s output, but mostly the deeper album tracks. But nothing past 1980 comes close to the early stuff.

Black Dahlia

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Mar 30, 2013
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With lovers, buggers, & thieves.
I love the 1980’s - 1990’s Heart, but I prob wouldn’t as much if they didn’t have albums like Dog And Butterfly in their past.

This one has forever been my fav of the ‘70’s Heart albums. I favor the Butterfly side, but the whole album is a solid, consistent listen; nothing stellar, but no stinkers, and as a whole, better than mediocre.

Nai Noswad

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Jul 17, 2019
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The lands of Marshall Stack.
I love the 1980’s - 1990’s Heart, but I prob wouldn’t as much if they didn’t have albums like Dog And Butterfly in their past.

This one has forever been my fav of the ‘70’s Heart albums. I favor the Butterfly side, but the whole album is a solid, consistent listen; nothing stellar, but no stinkers, and as a whole, better than mediocre.
Fully agree, I played it over the Christmas and really enjoyed getting reacquainted with it.

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