A sealed copy of the limited edition half speed mastered pressing of Heart's Little Queen LP.
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Offered for sale is a sealed copy of the limited edition half speed mastered audiophile pressing of Heart’s 1977 LP, Little Queen.
Little Queen was Heart’s second album, issued after they moved to CBS/Portrait following a dispute with their original label, Mushroom Records that delayed the release of the intended second album, Magazine. Little Queen sold well, largely on the success of the single, “Barracuda.” The album reached #9 on the Billboard charts and eventually reached triple platinum status.
This particular pressing was part of Columbia Records’ short-lived (1980-1983) audiophile series, in which they released a number of then-new and vintage titles in high-quality, half speed mastered editions in order to compete with Mobile Fidelity and Nautilus. These records were mastered with both the tape deck and the cutting lathe running at half speed, which produces deeper bass and better imaging than standard pressings. In addition, these records, which sold for a substantial premium over the regular pressings of the album, were pressed on high quality virgin vinyl. Mobile Fidelity’s audiophile pressings are better known than those from Columbia, but Columbia’s half speed mastered pressings are, for the most part, exceptionally good ones, and this album is no exception.
Sales of this series didn’t meet expectations and were hindered by the then-emerging compact disc format as well as the sticker price, which was about five dollars more than that of Columbia’s regular pressings. As a result, most of the titles were only in print for a short time. Columbia’s half speed mastered LPs weren’t sealed with shrink wrap, but instead were issued in thick polyethylene bags that were sealed at the factory with a paper sticker. These days, it’s rather hard to find sealed copies.
We’re big fans of this particular pressing, and side one in particular sounds terrific.
The copy offered for sale is still sealed in the original factory plastic bag, and the sticker is fully intact. The record is presumably new and unplayed.
A terrific pressing of an equally terrific album.
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