With the decline in Heart's popularity in the 1990s, its guitarist/singer/songwriter Nancy Wilson made a first, tentative stab at a solo career by scoring the 1996 film Jerry Maguire and appearing on the soundtrack album. While working on the score, she began turning up at the hootenannies at the folk club McCabes Guitar Shop in Los Angeles, and the result is this album, which represents a second toe in the water for her. Playing acoustic guitar and mandolin, and accompanied only by a couple of friends on background vocals, Wilson covers Paul Simon ("Kathy's Song"), Joni Mitchell ("A Case of You"), and Peter Gabriel ("In Your Eyes"), strips down some Heart hits ("Even It Up," "Angels," "These Dreams"), and, most interestingly, performs some new originals. Wilson sounds more confident on the covers, and the guitar is sometimes mixed higher than the vocals, but several of her compositions sound promising. Maybe the next step is a real solo album.
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Live at McCabe's Guitar Shop based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
One of my instant favourites, this album showcases Heart's Nancy Wilson for both her soft yet surprisingly strong voice, and her incredible prowess with the acoustic guitar. It is a basic album - just Nancy, her guitar and a couple of friends on backing vocals - which makes it feel very raw and genuine, particularly when compared to Heart's highly produced, slick 80's rock. Her own compositions are really honest and have a simple beauty... but it was her covers of Joni Mitchell and Peter Gabriel that really left a lump in my throat. This is a true hidden gem.
Nancy's choice of covers and the sweet simplicity in which she delivers them as well as her originals makes this a surprisingly sweet, touching CD. The sound of her nervous laughter makes for a warm feeling...