Offered for sale is a scarce German copy of the scarce original withdrawn 1977 issue of Heart’s Magazine LP.
About this copy: The copy offered for sale is a German copy of the withdrawn 1977 version of the album, complete with the original track lineup and the contractual disclaimer on the back cover.
This version of the album was released in the U.S., Germany and the Netherlands, and the German pressing seems to be the rarest of the tree.
The cover is M-.
The disc is M- and looks as though it might be unplayed.
A nice copy of a terrific LP and a dramatically different one than the 1978 reissue. It’s also the only German copy we’ve ever had for sale.
Background: After the success of Dreamboat Annie, Heart went back into the studio to record the intended follow-up LP, Magazine. In the process of recording the album, the band and the record company got into a dispute over royalties, and the band walked away from the recording sessions, leaving the album unfinished. They signed a contract with Portrait Records and proceeded to record the Little Queen LP.
Mushroom Records, without the band’s permission or participation, took the unfinished material recorded for Magazine, added a couple of live cuts and a B-side from a previously released single and released the album in April 1977, complete with a disclaimer on the back cover that indicated that the album was completed and released with neither the cooperation nor the endorsement of the band.
“Mushroom Records regrets that a contractual dispute has made it necessary to complete this record without the cooperation or endorsement of the group Heart, who have expressly disclaimed artistic involvement in completing this record. We did not feel that a contractual dispute should prevent the public from hearing and enjoying these incredible tunes and recordings.”
Heart immediately sued, and the record was withdrawn from sale as a result of a court order, but not before thousands of copies had been sent to distributors. A few copies managed to reach stores before the order to recall them was issued.
The following year, the band and the record company resolved their issues and Heart returned to the studio to complete the album. In the process, much of the album was re-recorded, and the material that wasn’t re-recorded was remixed. In addition, the track lineup was altered considerably, a song title was altered, and the final release was a record that was considerably different from the 1977 issue.
The redone album was released in April, 1978 and reached #17 on the charts. It was certified platinum by the RIAA, helped by the single, “Heartless,” which reached #24 on the charts.
|Country of origin:||Germany|
||1C 064-60 008|
|Year of Release:||1977|