Cover photography by Bob Seidemann
|Studio album by|
|Released||14 May 1977|
|Studio||Kaye Smith Studios, Seattle, Washington|
|Genre||Hard rock, folk rock|
|Singles from Little Queen|
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
The group intended Magazine to be the official follow-up album to the debut Dreamboat Annie. However, a contract dispute with their label, Mushroom Records, resulted in the group signing with the newly formed Portrait Records, a division of CBS Records (now Sony/BMG).
The Mushroom contract called for two albums and the label took the position that they were owed a second one. On that basis, Mushroom attempted to prevent the release of Little Queen and any other work by Heart. They took the five unfinished tracks for Magazine and added a B-side and two live recordings. The first release of the album in early 1977 came with a disclaimer on the back cover.
The dispute dragged on and ended with the court deciding that Heart was free to sign with a new label, but added that Mushroom was indeed owed a second album. So, Heart went back to the studio to rerecord, remix, edit, and resequence the Magazine recordings in a marathon session over four days. A court-ordered guard stood nearby to prevent the master tapes from being erased.
Little Queen was released 14 May 1977 and Magazine was re-released 22 April 1978. With the hit single "Barracuda", Little Queen outsold Magazine handily, eventually achieving 3X Platinum status. However, the almost contemporary release also gave the band the distinction of having all three of their albums on the charts at the same time.
After the first album became a million seller, Mushroom took out a full-page ad in Rolling Stone magazine touting the band's success, using the headline "Million to One Shot Sells a Million". The ad looked like the front page of a tabloid newspaper and included a photo from the Dreamboat Annie cover shoot. The caption read: "Heart's Wilson Sisters Confess: 'It Was Only Our First Time!'".
Just after this ad appeared, a Detroit radio promoter asked Ann Wilson where her lover was (referring to sister, Nancy). Ann was outraged and retreated to her hotel room to write a song. When she relayed the incident to Nancy, she, too, was outraged. Nancy joined Ann and contributed a melody and bridge. The song became "Barracuda", which peaked on the charts at number 11 and remains one of the band's signature songs.
|1.||"Barracuda"||Ann Wilson, Roger Fisher, Nancy Wilson, Michael DeRosier||4:21|
|2.||"Love Alive"||A. Wilson, Fisher, N. Wilson||4:22|
|3.||"Sylvan Song" (instrumental)||N. Wilson, Fisher||2:12|
|4.||"Dream of the Archer"||A. Wilson, Fisher, N. Wilson||4:30|
|5.||"Kick It Out"||A. Wilson||2:45|
|6.||"Little Queen"||A. Wilson, N. Wilson, Fisher, DeRosier, Howard Leese, Steve Fossen||5:10|
|7.||"Treat Me Well"||N. Wilson||3:25|
|8.||"Say Hello"||A. Wilson, Fisher, N. Wilson||3:36|
|9.||"Cry to Me"||A. Wilson, N. Wilson||2:52|
|10.||"Go On Cry"||A. Wilson, Fisher, N. Wilson||5:53|
|Remastered issue 2004 bonus tracks|
|11.||"Too Long a Time" (early demo version of "Love Alive")||A. Wilson, Fisher, N. Wilson||3:33|
|12.||"Stairway to Heaven" (live, Aquarius Tavern, Seattle, WA, 1976)||Jimmy Page, Robert Plant||9:20|
- Ann Wilson – lead vocals, flute
- Nancy Wilson – acoustic and electric guitars, autoharp, mandolin, piano, lead vocals on "Treat Me Well", backing vocals
- Roger Fisher – lead guitar, mandolin
- Howard Leese – acoustic and electric guitars, synthesizer, piano, Moog bass, mellotron, mandolin, backing vocals, orchestral arrangement and conductor on "Treat Me Well"
- Steve Fossen – bass guitar
- Michael DeRosier – drums, chimes, tabla, percussion, timpani
- Lynn Wilson Keagle, Seal (Celia) Dunnington – vocals on "Cry to Me" and "Go On Cry"
- Produced by Mike Flicker
- Recording and Mix (Engineering) by Mike Flicker, Buzz Richmond and Winslow Kutz; Recorded at Kaye Smith Studios from February to April 1977
- Mastered at Kendun Recorders
- Mike Doud, Marilyn Romen – art direction
- John Kehe – design
- Bob Seidemann – photography
- Michael Fisher – "special direction"
- Tracks 1, 2, 4, 8 and 10 published by Wilsongs/Know Music/Play My Music. Track 3 published by Know Music/Play My Music. Track 5 published by Wilsongs. Track 6 published by Wilsongs/Know Music/Play My Music/Rosebud Music/Fozbass Music/Primal Energy Music. Track 7 published by Know Music. Track 9 published by Wilsongs/Know Music.
|USA||RIAA||1994||3x Platinum (+ 3,000,000)|
|Canada||CRIA||1977||2x Platinum (+ 200,000)|
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