Heart was dropped by Epic Records after their 1983 album Passionworks
. They signed with Capitol, which teamed them with producer Ron Nevison and insisted they use songs written by outside writers. The plan worked. The Heart
album contained three Top 10 hits: "What About Love
," "Never" and "These Dreams
In a Songfacts interview with Nevison
, he explained: "They had done an album called Passionworks
, and it didn't live up to Epic's expectations. It just didn't have the grit that it needed, so, they dropped them. That's when they got a new manager, Trudy Green, they got a new producer, me, and a new A&R guy at the record company, Don Grierson. And Don told them, 'I'll sign you if we can mutually agree on the producer, and mutually agree on the songs.' That meant that they had to be open to co-writing and outside songs. And I came up with a couple of songs, and Don came up with a song or two, Holly Knight wrote with the girls, and we upped the quality of the songwriting. That's exactly what they needed. They weren't that happy with the fact that they weren't the writers - their egos were bruised by it. But that's kind of what happens."