Sunday, December 11, 2016

December 11th, 2016 - I'm Passionately Pinned By The Live Wilson Sisters!

Good evening my friends!  The Meista here tonight rocking out with one more pairing for ya... Heart's "Greatest Hits/Live" (consisting of studio greatest hits, 3 new studio track, and live tracks) and a Passion Fruit Pinner Throwback IPA from Oskar Blues Brewery!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Heart
  • Title: "Greatest Hits/Live"
  • Recorded: Various venues and dates.  New tracks recorded September 1980 at Kaye Smith Studios in Seattle, Washington
    Release date: November 29th, 1980 (1st greatest hits and live album by Heart)
  • Record company: Epic Records
  • Production: Mike Flicker Ann Wilson, Nancy Wilson, Sue Ennis, Howard Leese, and Heart
  • Album cover art: Neal Preston
  • Personnel: Michael DeRosier (drums), Roger Fisher (guitars), Steve Fossen (bass guitar), Howard Leese (guitars and synthesizers), Ann Wilson (lead vocals, guitar, and flute), Nancy Wilson (guitars, piano, and vocals)
  • Additional musicians: Greg Adams, Emilio Castillo, Mic Gillette, Steven Kupka, and Lenny Pickett (horns)
  • Musical style: Hard rock, rock and roll, folk rock
  • Sound: This album is a great overview of Heart's ability to craft heartfelt rockin' songs with lots of hooks, warm melodies, and live, powerful energy!
  • Major themes: Love, lust, desire, honesty, heartbreak, rock and roll, life, etc.
  • Tracks:  
  1. "Barracuda"
  2. "Silver Wheels"
  3. "Crazy On You"
  4. "Straight On"
  5. "Dreamboat Annie"
  6. "Even It Up"
  7. "Magic Man"
  8. "Heartless"
  9. "Dog And Butterfly"
  10. "Bebe Le Strange" (live)
  11. "Tell It Like It Is"
  12. "Mistral Wind" (live)
  13. "Hit Single"
  14. "Strange Euphoria"
  15. "Sweet Darlin" (live)
  16. "Medley: I'm Down / Long Tall Sally" (live)
  17. "Unchained Melody" (live)
  18. "Rock And Roll" (live)

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Oskar Blues Brewery (Longmont, Colorado)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Passion Fruit Pinner Throwback IPA
  • Style: American India Pale Ale (IPA) with Passion Fruit
  • Serving: 12 ounce can
  • ABV: 4.9%
  • IBUs: 40
  • Ingredients: with pureed Passion Fruit and a small spike of pureed Blood Orange
  • Pour: Hazy, light straw-gold with a sudsy and frothy 2-finger, bright white head with good sustain and intricate, sticky lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is very fruity, citrusy, earthy, and grainy.  There are aromas of passion fruit, pineapple, kiwi, orange, tangerine, lemon zest, light pine, and crackery biscuit.
  • Taste: The taste of the Passion Fruit Pinner is filled with lots of zesty and juicy citrus and tropical fruit flavors along with a bit of pine and light grains.  There are notes of passion fruit, lemon juice, lemon zest, blood orange juice and zest, pink grapefruit, toasted biscuit, and hints of grassy and piney hops.
  • Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and well-carbonated, the mouthfeel is very crisp, refreshing, and a bit tart with a clean, slightly bitter finish.
Overall pairing: The straightforward, punchy, yet very drinkable Passion Fruit Pinner Throwback IPA from Oskar Blues is a perfect beer to pair with the rock and roll passion, depth, and talent of the Wilson sisters and friends... especially when blasting their greatest hits and some really kick-ass live tracks!!

Cheers!!  Rock on!!

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