Offered for sale is a still sealed limited edition picture disc pressing of Hemispheres by Rush, released in 1978.
This is the original 1978 issue, and not the recent 2019 Record Store Day pressing.
About this copy: This copy of Hemispheres is a still sealed limited edition picture disc, released in the U.S. in 1978.
As the album is still sealed, the record is presumably new and unplayed.
This copy is in exceptionally nice condition, and the wrap is mostly intact. There is a tear in the upper left hand corner and a 4 inch (10 cm) break at the mouth of the cover. We have secured this with tape to prevent further splitting.
Unlike most copies, this one does not have a cut corner. This picture disc sold poorly when new and most copies were sold with cut corners as cutouts at discounted prices.
A nice copy of a terrific record, and the first sealed copy we’ve had in a while.
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.
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