Offered for sale is a rare limited edition audiophile pressing of Lionheart by Kate Bush, released by ATR Records in Germany.
About this copy: This copy of Lionheart is a rare “Mastercut” audiophile pressing, issued by (or pressed for) ATR, a German distributor of audio equipment.
The liner notes on the back cover (translated from German) say:
ATR-MASTERCUT RECORDINGS meet the highest standards of today’s record technology and are produced uncompromisingly for the serious Hi-Fi and music lover. Without any filters and limiters, the high-speed original recording of the master tape gets directly onto the cutting stylus.
The result is an unprecedented range of frequencies and extremely enhanced dynamics. which can only be scanned by high quality, well-tuned tonearm / pickup combinations. If scanning distortions are detected, especially in the case of sibilants, then it is absolutely necessary to check the record player to avoid damage to the valuable records.
This copy comes from our personal collection, and it does sound quite good.
The cover is M-, with traces of wear at the corners.
The disc is M- and appears to have had little, if any, play.
A nice copy of a very rare Kate Bush LP.
Background: Lionheart, released in 1978, was the second album by Kate Bush. While it didn’t chart in the U.S., it reached #6 on the UK charts, where it was certified platinum.
Proving that the English admired Kate Bush’s work, 1978’s Lionheart album managed to reach the number six spot in her homeland while failing to make a substantial impact in North America. .. Lionheart acts as a gauge more than a complete album, as Bush is trying to see how many different ways she can sound vocally colorful, even enigmatic, rather than focus on her material’s content and fluidity. Hearing Lionheart after listening to Never for Ever or The Dreaming album, it’s apparent how quickly Bush had progressed both vocally and in her writing in such a short time.
You can listen to “Symphony in Blue” here:
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