Monday, September 24, 2012

"Even It Up" by Heart

Song#:  0043
Date:  02/09/1980
Debut:  82
Peak:  33
Weeks:  12
Genre:  Rock



Pop Bits:  Heart was on a roll in the 70s with four platinum albums out of the gate. But the 80s began with label problems, producer issues, and changes within the band. Their first album of the 80s was "Bebe le Strange" and it signaled a definite decline only reaching gold status. Although they continued to put some songs on the chart like "Even It Up," this began a low period in the band's history. A drastic change would take place mid-decade that would push them to superstardom, but for the early 80s they were struggling with their musical identity and losing ground quickly.

ReduxReview:  Oh how I loves me the Wilson sisters! Even though they slumped at the beginning of the decade, they still put out some quality songs. This straight-forward rock and roll jam is a highlight off of the mixed bag "Bebe le Strange" and it showed they still had some gas left in the tank. Tower of Power (see below) are a bit lost in the mix unfortunately, but overall I think it is a quality song in the Heart catalog.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  The horn section heard on this song is from the famous Tower of Power R&B/Funk group. TOP provided backup a slew of top recording artists like Elton John, Bonnie Raitt, Rod Stewart, and Aerosmith.

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