Offered for sale is a U.S. promotional copy of the limited edition picture disc pressing of Magazine by Heart.
Promotional copies had specially printed covers and unlike the stock copies, were not individually numbered. The original release of this picture disc was intended to be a promotional item only. The record company later decided to issue the picture disc commercially.
About this copy: This copy of Magazine is a 1978 pressing on the Mushroom label.
The cover is VG++ with slight wear at the lower right hand corner. The cover still has the original shrink wrap.
The words “FOR PROMOTIONAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE” are printed at the bottom of the front cover. Unlike stock copies, this copy does not have a white box on the back cover for a number.
This copy also has the catalog number of the stock LP (MRS-5008) printed on the spine and not the catalog number of the picture disc edition (MRS-1-SP.)
The picture disc is VG++ with a couple of scuffs from the inner sleeve, but no significant marks. The plastic inner sleeve has a couple of splits.
A nice copy of a rare variation of the Magazine picture disc. This is the only copy we’ve ever seen, and the promotional version is not listed at all at Discogs.com.
Background: Released in 1978, the picture disc edition of Heart’s Magazine was the first picture disc LP to get widespread national distribution.
The numbered series was supposed to be limited to 100,000 copies, but due to the popularity of the LP, the record company reportedly pressed 130,000 copies, along with an additional 30,000 copies in Canada, which were numbered separately.
Magazine was the second album by Heart. The album was released in 1977 but was immediately withdrawn due to a lawsuit between the band and the record company, which had released the album in incomplete form without the band’s permission.
The album was reissued the following year with a different mix and a couple of rerecorded songs. The album reached #17 on the U.S. charts.
Allmusic.com gave Magazine this review:
Problems with the Mushroom label delayed the release of Magazine, which eventually went platinum and peaked at number 17 on the album charts. Only the hard-rocking “Heartless” made it into the Top 40, and the album didn’t really live up to Heart’s last few efforts.
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|Year of Release:||1978|