Today the 218th post of GoldyRhox, classic pop rock in the darklight an American rock band that first found success in Canada and later in the United States and worldwide. Over the group's four-decade history it has had three primary lineups, with the constant center of the group since 1974 being sisters Ann Wilson (lead singer) and Nancy Wilson (guitarist). In the 1980s and '90s, numerous women recorded blistering rock, but things were quite different in 1976 -- when female singers tended to be pigeonholed as soft rockers and singer/songwriters and were encouraged to take after Carly Simon, Melissa Manchester, or Joni Mitchell rather than Led Zeppelin or Black Sabbath.
To date, the band has sold over 35 million records worldwide, including over 22.5 million in album sales in the U.S. The group was ranked number 57 on VH1's "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock". With Top 10 albums on the Billboard Album Chart in the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and 2010s, Heart is among the most commercially enduring hard rock bands in history. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.
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Today's mystery album is the debut album by an American rock band. At the time, the band was based in Vancouver British Columbia, and the album was recorded in B.C. and first released in Canada by the local label Mushroom Records in the summer of 1975. It was released in the United States on 14 February 1976 (Valentine's Day) through the subsidiary of Mushroom Records in Los Angeles. The album contains three hit singles which became staples on FM radio, "Crazy on You" , "Magic Man" and the title track.
Mushroom then formed a US division and released the mystery album on Valentine's Day 1976 in the Seattle area, where the band's members had lived and played before relocating to Canada in the early 1970s. The album was played by Seattle stations KISW and KZOK and promptly sold another 25,000 copies in the local area. The group and their label then began working together to build success for the album city by city, so that the album would get national distribution.
The success of the album indirectly led to a break between the band and label. The first cracks appeared when the group tried to renegotiate their royalty rate to be more in keeping with what they thought a platinum band should be earning. For this Michael Fisher, who was Ann Wilson's boyfriend at the time, stepped aside as de facto manager and Ken Kinnear was hired. Mushroom's tough stance in negotiations, and their opinion that perhaps the band was a one-hit wonder, led to Mike Flicker leaving the label. He did, however, continue to produce for the group.
The relationship broke down completely when the label bought a full-page ad in Rolling Stone mocked up like a National Enquirer front page. The ad used a photo similar to the one on the mystery album cover showing Ann and Nancy back to back with bare shoulders. The caption under the photo read "It Was Only Our First Time". The band had not been consulted and was furious with the double meaning of the caption.(they were 26 and 22 at the time). Unrepentant sreleased another album yes Greedy label manegement no surprise then that the label went bust a few years later..
Greatly influenced by Zep, today's mystery act did its part to help open doors for ladies of loudness with the today's excellent mystery album (reissued on a gold audiophile CD by DCC Compact Classics in 1995). and available here
Goldy Rhox 218 (flac 245mb)
Goldy Rhox 218 (ogg 95mb)
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