Offered for sale is a limited edition picture disc pressing of Hemispheres by Rush, released in 1978.
About this copy: This copy of Hemispheres is a limited edition picture disc, released in the U.S. in 1978.
This is the original 1978 issue, and not the new 2019 Record Store Day pressing.
The cover is VG, with moderate general wear and a cut corner in the lower left.
The picture disc is VG++, with a few minor sleeve scuffs. The disc has clearly had little play.
A nice copy of a terrific record.
Background: Hemispheres, released in 1978, was the sixth album by Rush, reaching #14 on the Canadian charts and #47 on the U.S. charts, though it was later certified platinum by the RIAA for sales of one million units.
Shortly after the album’s release, Mercury Records released Hemispheres as a limited edition picture disc LP. Due to the high price, which was nearly twice that of the regular black vinyl edition, the picture disc version sold poorly, and most copies found today have cut corners, indicating that they were originally sold in the discount bins.
While such albums as 1980’s Permanent Waves and 1981’s Moving Pictures are usually considered Rush’s masterpieces (and with good reason), 1978’s Hemispheres is just as deserving. Maybe the fact that the album consists of only four compositions (half are lengthy pieces) was a bit too intimidating for some, but the near 20-minute-long “Cygnus X-1 Book II: Hemispheres” is arguably the band’s finest extended track.