I was a frequent shopper of the cutout bins when I was a kid.
That was mostly an economic decision. With as little money as I made mowing lawns, paying full retail for a record was a luxury. The dollar bin always promised bargains. Most of what was in there was junk, of course, but if you were willing to dig for deals they were there.
For a while, the picture disc edition of Heart’s Magazine could be found in any cutout bin, no matter the record store — that and Yes’s Tormato. The Yes album didn’t do much for me, but I liked Heart. Tracks like “Barracuda,” “Crazy On You,” and “Magic Man” were undeniable, and “Heartless” off of Magazine received some pretty good airplay. Besides, it was a picture disc, and I was sure that these rare treasures would be worth a fortune someday.
Now, if I were a brighter kid I might have noticed on the back cover that this limited edition was limited to 100,000 copies, which hardly made this picture disc the Hope diamond, but it was still cool. I wonder how many of those never made their way out of the cutout bins and instead found themselves in the crusher.
The real collectible here is an original Mushroom Records pressing of Magazine, which was withdrawn due to a legal dispute with the band, but the picture disc version is good for a couple bucks. Expect to pay in the 5-10 dollar range, but you can double that for sealed copies and low serial numbers. Happy hunting.
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