Listen to James Hetfield Play on Heart’s New Song, ‘Beautiful Broken’
Here's your chance to check out James Hetfield's collaboration with Heart on the title track to the band's upcoming Beautiful Broken. The album, Heart's first in four years, features a series of new songs coupled with cherry-picked older tracks, like this one, that have been updated.
Heart's original version of "Beautiful Broken" was issued as a bonus track on the deluxe edition of 2012's Fanatic. "It blows the previous version out of the water," Nancy Wilson noted in a press release. "James just took the song on, and what he added was perfect with a bite and a rock accent."
Other reworked songs to be included on the new album, which is due July 8, were first found on 1983's Passionworks, 1982's Private Audition and 1980's Bebe Le Strange. Wilson says that gives Beautiful Broken a throwback sensibility. "There is really a '70s feel to this record both in the sound and the way we got to the emotional core of each song," she said. "We picked songs that we always wanted to re-do, plus we've added three new tracks. On both new and old, we have the band playing together the way we used to. This is classic Heart."
Beautiful Broken was co-produced by Heart bassist Dan Rothchild, son of Doors producer Paul Rothchild, and recorded at Sunset Sound in Los Angeles – the same studio where Jim Morrison and company did some of their most meaningful work. "There were eerie echoes in the hallway," added Wilson.
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