On this day in music history: October 7, 1978 – “Dog & Butterfly”, the fourth album by Heart is released. Produced by Mike Flicker, Heart and Michael Fisher, it is recorded at Sea-West Studios in Seattle, Capitol Studios in Hollywood, and The Centreplex Coliseum in Macon, GA from early – mid 1978. It is the Seattle-based rock bands first album following their long legal battle with their former label Mushroom Records over their aborted second album “Magazine” and is the official follow up to their Portrait/Epic Records debut “Little Queen”. The first side (or “Dog” side) of the album features harder rocking songs, while the second side (or “Butterfly” side) feature mostly gentle acoustic ballads. The album is also the last to feature guitarist Roger Fisher (Nancy Wilson’s boyfriend at the time) who is voted out of the band after the couple split due to Fisher’s infidelity and drug problems. Roger’s brother and band manager Mike Fisher (Ann’s boyfriend and the subject of the classic song “Magic Man”) also departs from Heart’s inner circle shortly after his relationship with Ann Wilson ends. The album is remastered and reissued on CD in 2004, with three additional bonus tracks added. It is also reissued as a 180 gram vinyl LP by Music On Vinyl in 2015, and by Friday Music in 2016 as blue vinyl LP, limited to only 500 copies. “Dog & Butterfly” peaks at number seventeen on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
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