Heart - Passionworks (Purple vinyl)
Heart - Passionworks (Purple vinyl)
Heart - Passionworks (Purple vinyl)
Heart - Passionworks (Purple vinyl)

Heart - Passionworks (Purple vinyl)

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Ann Wilson – lead vocals, background vocals

Nancy Wilson – lead vocals, background vocals, rhythm guitars, lead guitars, acoustic guitars, synthesizers

Howard Leese – lead guitars, rhythm guitars, background vocals, synthesizers

Mark Andes – bass, background vocals

Denny Carmassi – drums

Additional musicians

Keith Olsen – arrangements

David Paich – piano (B1); synthesizers (tracks A1–3, B1, B5)

Steve Porcaro – synthesizers (B6); synthesizer programming

Lynn Wilson – background vocals (B1)


1 LP, Gatefold Cover

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : Purple

Speed : 33RPM

Size : 12”



Record Press : RTI

Label : Friday Music

Original Label : Epic

Recorded March - June 1983

Engineered & mixed by : Brian Foraker, Dennis Sager, Keith Olsen

Produced by Keith Olsen

Remastered by Joe Reagoso & Ann Wilson

Originally released in 1983

Reissued in 2016



Side A:

  1. How Can I Refuse
  2. Blue Guitar
  3. Johnny Moon
  4. Sleep Alone
  5. Together Now

Side B:

  1. Allies
  2. (Beat By) Jealousy
  3. Heavy Heart
  4. Love Mistake
  5. Language Of Love
  6. Ambush


Reviews :

"1983's Passionworks marked the end of an era for Heart; it was the last album that the Wilson sisters recorded for Epic, where they had recorded late-'70s classics like Little Queen and Dog & Butterfly. Unfortunately, Heart's relationship with Epic had turned sour by 1983; in a 1987 interview, Ann Wilson asserted that Epic didn't do nearly enough to promote either Passionworks or 1982's Private Audition. But all certainly wasn't lost; at Capitol, Heart enjoyed a major revitalization in 1985 -- both commercially and creatively. Although Passionworks was recorded under less-than-ideal circumstances, it isn't a bad album. Passionworks, which was produced by Keith Olsen, didn't go down in history as one of Heart's essential releases -- it isn't in a class with Dreamboat Annie, Little Queen, Bad Animals, or 1985's self-titled Heart, but it isn't an album that the Wilson sisters should be ashamed of either. Passionworks gets off to an impressive start with the hit "How Can I Refuse," an arena rock jewel. Most of the songs that follow aren't as strong, but they're decent. While "Sleep Alone," "Blue Guitar," and "Ambush" aren't masterpieces, they're likable examples of '80s hard rock/arena rock. "Allies," meanwhile, is a glossy power ballad that was written by Journey's Jonathan Cain and should have become a hit. In 1983, Cain's song was perfect for Heart because by that time, their ballads had become much more amplified. While early Heart ballads like "Dream of the Archer" and "How Deep It Goes" had a pastoral, acoustic-oriented folk-rock outlook, the Wilson sisters became masters of the high-volume power ballad in the '80s. Passionworks isn't recommended to casual listeners, but serious Heart devotees will find it to be an enjoyable way for the Wilson sisters to end their Epic period." AllMusic Review by Alex Henderson


Ratings :

AllMusic : 3 / 5 , Discogs : 3,61 / 5

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