Offered for sale is a still sealed Dutch copy of the original withdrawn 1977 issue of Magazine by Heart.
As with the 1977 U.S. LP, this version was withdrawn shortly after release due to a lawsuit from the band and offers different mixes and recordings from the 1978 re-release. The cover has a disclaimer on the back cover stating that the album was completed without the band’s cooperation.
About this copy: This copy of Magazine is a 1977 Dutch pressing on the Arista label.
This version of the album was released only in the U.S., Germany and the Netherlands.
As the album is still sealed, the record is presumably new and unplayed.
The wrap is fully intact, with no rips, tears, or holes. There are a couple of small creases along the top edge and spine, caused by the tight shrink wrap.
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. The band 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, complete with a disclaimer on the back cover that indicated that the album was completed without participation from 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Heart immediately sued, and the record was withdrawn from sale as a result of a court order, but not before a few copies had been sold at retail.
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, including nearly all of the vocals, and the material that wasn’t re-recorded was remixed. In addition, the track lineup was altered considerably, and the final release was a record that was considerably different from the 1977 first issue.
Opinions vary, but we prefer this version to the later one.
When finally released worldwide in 1978, Magazine reached #17 on the U.S. charts.
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.
|Country of origin:||Netherlands|
|Year of Release:||1977|