However, I have got round to playing two more albums from the previous weekend's boot sale - both cost £3 and both are by US hard-rockers Heart.
I kind of knew that they were a Big Deal in the US, but their earlier work was unknown to me. When I saw the albums for sale I was keen to hear them as I'd recently read an article in Classic Rock magazine's 1977 special about the complicated legal dispute surrounding Heart and their music at the time.
|Heart - Magazine (1978)|
This 1978 copy of Magazine is a completely re-vamped version of the album put out by Mushroom. Songs were subject to re-recording and remixing, and sequenced differently until they resembled Heart's original vision as much as possible.
As Heart technically still owed their former employers an album this seemed the best way to meet their contractual obligations.
It's a polished mix of hard rock and ballads, only marred by the inclusion of a bored-sounding cover of "Without You". After the way they were treated by Mushroom it's not surprising that they couldn't summon up much enthusiasm at this point, especially with a security guard employed at the studio to make sure they didn't nick the master tapes.
At the time of Mushroom's initial release of Magazine, Heart had just released their second album proper on Portrait Records - Little Queen:
|Heart - Little Queen (1977)|
Like Magazine, it's also an album of tight rockers and romantic slowies, but it also has a mildly medieval minstrel/folk tinge to some of the acoustic ballads, the intention being that tracks like "Dream of the Archer" and "Sylvan Song" be their answer to Led Zep's "Battle of Evermore".
Both albums are a little too well polished for my taste, but I can't deny Heart's talents and ability to rock. Although Ann takes the lead vocal on the majority of songs, both sisters have incredible voices, giving Heart an unmistakable sound. On balance I prefer Little Queen to Magazine, but they're both well worth a listen. Here they are on Spotify: