Offered for sale is an original U.S. test pressing of the withdrawn 1977 version of Magazine by Heart, with the contractual disclaimer on the cover and alternate mixes.
This version was withdrawn immediately after release due to a lawsuit from the band and offers different mixes and recordings from the 1978 re-release. The lead vocal on “Heartless,” for example, is completely different from the one on the later release.
About this copy: This copy of Magazine is a 1977 U.S. pressing on the Mushroom label, though the disc has plain white labels.
The cover is VG, with edge and corner wear and a few minor creases along the spine. There are no holes, splits, or writing.
There is an orange sticker attached to the back cover that says “Promotional Copy NOT FOR SALE.”
The test pressing disc is VG++ and close to M- with a couple of very faint hairlines on each side. There are a few spindle marks on the labels. It’s a clean disc that plays well.
A nice copy of a terrific LP and a dramatically different one than the 1978 reissue.
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Heart immediately sued, and the record was withdrawn from sale as a result of a court order, but not before thousands of copies had been sent to distributors.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.
You can listen to the original withdrawn mix of “Heartless” here:
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