Ann Wilson of Heart: Her Top 10 Live Albums

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Ann Wilson of Heart

In the spirit of launching her 2017 solo concert tour, Ann Wilson of Heart shared her top 10 favorite live albums of all time. If you were anticipating that the list would be filled solely with fellow classic rock legends, you would be incorrect. While gems from Deep Purple, The Who, and Elton John did, indeed, make her list, it also includes Aretha Franklin, Johnny Cash and even Duke Ellington. Her top choice will surprise you. The full list of Wilson’s albums and her comments are below.

The singing legend, born June 19, 1950, has a brief 2021 tour scheduled, billed as An Evening With Ann Wilson. See below for the dates.

Ann Wilson’s Top 10 Favorite Live Albums

10) Duke Ellington, Ellington at Newport: “The sophistication and elegance of the Duke live. Perfect for an afternoon in.”

9) Muse, Live at Rome Olympic Stadium: “Perhaps the most powerful, creative band of today powering it out live. Incredible playing, singing and drama! This record really takes you places.”

8) Johnny Cash, At Folsom Prison: “This is Johnny with his people. There is a connection here that is palpable. Cash in his prime.”

Related: Our Album Rewind of At Folsom Prison

7) James Brown, Live at the Apollo: “The hardest working man in show business working hard. The grooves and the soul are to die for.

6) Joni Mitchell, Miles of Aisles: “Joni at her live best with a great band. Just before jazz and just after folk. Maybe one of the best lyricists and singers of all time. This album is a treasure.”

5) Deep Purple, Made in Japan: “The stuff ’70s rock was made of. Great songs and power performances.”

4) The Who, Live at Leeds: “This one is raw, exciting and truly iconic. The Who on all cylinders.”

3) Elton John, 11-17-70: “Elton in his early trio; Nigel Olsson on drums and Dee Murray on bass. This is a fantastic listen!”

2) Aretha Franklin, Aretha Live at Fillmore West: “The queen with all her fires blazing. Super inspiring!”

1) Harry Belafonte, Belafonte at Carnegie Hall: “When I was a child my parents used to play this. It made me want to perform! Harry Belafonte’s version of “Danny Boy” on this album just put me over the edge.”

The Ann Wilson dates followed the release of Heart’s critically acclaimed 2016 Beautiful Broken album.

Related: Our review of Beautiful Broken

Ann Wilson 2021 Tour Dates (Tickets for many of the dates are available here)

Jun 22 – Fort Myers, FL – Barbara B. Mann Arts Center
Jun 24 – Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live Orlando
Jun 27 – St. Augustine, FL – St. Augustine Amphitheatre Backyard Stage
Aug 14 – Alexandria, VA – Birchmere
Aug 15 – Annapolis, MD – Maryland Hall
Aug 23 – New York, NY – City Winery
Aug 24 – New York, NY – City Winery

Watch an entire concert from her 2017 tour that she has shared

Related: Links to 100s of current classic rock tours

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  1. Pete
    #1 Pete 20 June, 2021, 11:22

    Couldn’t agree with Ann more on the Belafonte album. I too grew up with that record and it’s still one of my favorites. “Mama Look a Boo Boo” indeed!

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  2. Ice X
    #2 Ice X 21 June, 2021, 13:32

    Great list! Back It Up! by Nils Lofgren would make my list. I have to say that Heart always delivered every time I saw them live.
    Ice X says “Rock on!”

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