Heart – Dog & Butterfly - Used LP
Heart 1978. The last of three albums Heart put out in the 1970s (not counting the contract obligatory set Magazine), this set still in their signature hard-rock style but headed toward the sound of 1980s Bebe Le Strange (which fits more with their 1970s output than their 1980s sound), a relatively straight-forward rock sound that focused more on rhythm than guitar excess, owes much more to R&B than their early Zeppelin inspired material. This was common in 1978 when the bombastic qualities of early 70s hard rock was being put in question and hard rock bands like this weren't ready to go full-fledged pomp rock, pop rock or new wave. "Straight On" still rocks but it's also funky, quite a bit different than "Magic Man" from earlier in the decade, and while closer to "Barracuda" still quite different as well, the one cuts that clearly seems headed toward the sounds of Bebe Le Strange. Of course, they weren't quite ready to let go of the early 1970s, with the second side ("Butterfly" side) giving some final focus on folk rock for this band, offering perhaps their most successful material in this style.
sometimes the mellow sounds with the arrangements hints to where they'd head in the 1980s, the focus on acoustic guitars clearly places this in the 1970s. The closer "Mistral Wind" clearly recalls the early 1970s--the mini-epics of the head-rock leanings of hard rock that would go on to inspire so many bands many years later. While they perhaps climaxed with the Little Queen album from 1977, this album (and Bebe le Strange) are worthwhile grabs for fans. -- winch
"Like their Magazine album, Dog & Butterfly peaked at number 17 on the charts, but the material from it is much stronger from every standpoint, with Anne and Nancy Wilson involving themselves to a greater extent. The light, afternoon feel of the title track peaked at number 34, while the more resounding punch of "Straight On" went all the way to number 15 as the album's first single. With keyboard player Howard Leese making his presence felt, and the vocals and guitar work sounding fuller and more focused, the band seems to be rather comfortable once again. Average bridge-and-chorus efforts like "Cook with Fire" and "High Time" aren't spectacular, but they do emit some appeal as far as filler is concerned, while "Lighter Touch" may be the best of the uncharted material. After this album, guitarist Roger Fisher left the band, but Heart didn't let up. 1980's Bebe le Strange showed an even greater improvement, peaking at number five in April of that year."