|Studio album by|
|Singles from Dreamboat Annie|
|Christgau's Record Guide||C+|
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
Dreamboat Annie is the debut studio album by American rock band Heart. At the time, the band was based in Vancouver, British Columbia; the album was recorded in Vancouver and first released in Canada by the local label Mushroom Records in September 1975 eventually reaching number 20 on the RPM Album Chart and being certified double platinum in sales. It was released in the United States on February 14, 1976, through the US subsidiary of Mushroom Records in Los Angeles, peaking at number 7 on the Billboard Album Chart. It also made the top ten in the Netherlands and Australia in early 1977. The album contains three commercially successful singles, two of which, "Crazy on You" and "Magic Man", became staples on North American FM radio. Producer Mike Flicker helped the group to polish their sound and obtain a recording contract with the label.
The album was recorded on an Ampex MM1000 16-track tape recorder (which formerly belonged to United Western Recorders) at the Can-Base Studios in Vancouver, which were later renamed to the current Mushroom Studios. It was the first commercially successful album recorded there.
Heart's first single, "How Deep It Goes" (backed with "Here Song"), received little attention when released in Canada by the small Mushroom label in early 1975. The second single, "Magic Man" (backed with "How Deep It Goes"), was first picked up for radio play by CJFM-FM 96 in Montreal, while the band was on tour playing small club dates.
Dreamboat Annie was released in Canada in September 1975 following the success of "Magic Man". The album cover was designed by current Emily Carr University of Art and Design communication design instructor Deborah Shackleton Heart's first radio success earned them a spot opening a Montreal concert for Rod Stewart in October 1975 which prompted sales and airplay to increase in that region and then gradually across other regions of the country, partly because Heart's recording qualified as Canadian content thereby assisting radio stations in meeting their Canadian content requirements. The album sold an impressive 30,000 copies across Canada in its first few months, eventually being certified as double platinum for sales of 200,000. Due to the gradual nature of the sales it only entered the Canadian Album Chart on September 4, 1976, peaking at number 20 on October 9, 1976.
After the sales of Dreamboat Annie in Canada in fall 1975, Mushroom formed a US division and released Dreamboat Annie on Valentine's Day 1976 in the Seattle area, where Heart's members had lived and played before relocating to Canada in the early 1970s. The album was played by Seattle stations KISW and KZOK and promptly sold another 25,000 copies in the local area. The group and their label then began working together to build success for the album city by city. According to Flicker, this was part of a plan to convince record distributors that Mushroom had a hit record, so that the album would get national distribution. "Crazy on You" was the first single released in the US, around the same time as it was released in Canada, "Magic Man" was then released in the US as the second single there followed by title track as the third single (fourth in Canada).
Dreamboat Annie was released in the Netherlands in January 1977 and peaked at number 7 on the Netherlandic Album Chart,  at number 9 in Australia and made the top 40 in the UK. "Magic Man" was the first single in these countries followed by "Crazy on You."
The success of the album indirectly led to a break between the band and label. The first cracks appeared when the group tried to renegotiate their royalty rate to be more in keeping with what they thought a platinum band should be earning. For this Michael Fisher, who was Ann Wilson's boyfriend at the time, stepped aside as de facto manager and Ken Kinnear was hired. Mushroom's tough stance in negotiations, and their opinion that perhaps the band was a one-hit wonder, led to Mike Flicker leaving the label. He did, however, continue to produce for Heart.
The relationship broke down completely when the label bought a full-page ad in Rolling Stone mocked up like a National Enquirer front page. The ad used a photo similar to the one on the Dreamboat Annie album cover, showing Ann and Nancy back to back with bare shoulders. The caption under the photo read "It Was Only Our First Time". The band had not been consulted and was furious with the double meaning of the caption.
Since the label could no longer provide Flicker as producer as the contract specified, the band took the position that they were free to move to another label and signed with Portrait Records. Mushroom insisted that the band was still bound to the contract which called for two albums. So, Mushroom released Magazine with incomplete tracks, studio outtakes and live material and a disclaimer on the cover.
The band got a federal injunction to stop distribution of the 1977 ion of Magazine. Most of the initial 50,000 pressings were recalled from stores. The court eventually decided that the band could sign with Portrait, but that they did owe Mushroom a second album. The band returned to the studio to re-record, remix, , and re-sequence the recordings. Magazine was re-released in 1978 and sold a million copies in less than a month.
Shelley Siegel, the promoter behind the "First Time" ad and vice president of the record label, died a few months after the re-release, and Mushroom Records went bankrupt two years later. The episode had at least one more repercussion. Not long after the ad appeared, a radio promoter asked Ann about her lover; he was referring to Nancy, thus implying that the sisters were incestuous lesbian lovers. The encounter infuriated Ann who went back to her hotel and wrote the words to what became one of Heart's signature songs, "Barracuda".
In the 1980s, after Mushroom Records folded, Capitol Records acquired the rights to the album and re-released it in 1986.
|2.||"Dreamboat Annie (Fantasy Child)"||1:10|
|3.||"Crazy on You"||4:53|
|4.||"Soul of the Sea"||6:33|
|6.||"White Lightning & Wine"||3:53|
|7.||"(Love Me Like Music) I'll Be Your Song"||3:20|
|9.||"How Deep It Goes"||A. Wilson||3:49|
|10.||"Dreamboat Annie (Reprise)"||3:50|
Crs adapted from the liner notes of Dreamboat Annie.
|Canada (Music Canada)||2× Platinum||200,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||Platinum||1,000,000^|
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.