TITLE: Little Queen
YEAR RELEASED: 1977
CHART ACTION: #9 US, #34 UK
SINGLES: Barracuda (#11), Little Queen (#62), Kick it Out (#79), Love Alive
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Probably not unless you had this
LINEUP: Ann Wilson, Nancy Wilson, Roger Fisher, Howard Leese, Steve Fossen, Michael DeRosier
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: The Wilson sisters and band rush released this album to capitalize on their monster hit, and it’s a diverse mix of rock, folk, and prog.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Though Magazine was to be their official second album, Ann and Nancy Wilson were rightfully angry at their record company for some shenanigans, resulting in the song “Barracuda”, a change in record company, and the old company releasing Magazine as a half-done, half-baked album.
A longer story ensues, needless to say this is the proper second album and I’m skipping Magazine for good reason.
Though most of their radio hits were hard rockin’, this second album picks up a lot of folk elements from their first, and even extends them into prog territory thanks to multi-everything Howard Leese. The diversity is impressive and instrumentally, they can pull it off.
Yet, showing some strain and some rushed out tracks, not everything works well. The second side especially shows some dreaded filler. It’s still a good record, but could have been better had they had time.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: They won a court order that allowed this album to be released, and they re-mixed Magazine as best they could.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, a version with a demo version and a live cut from 1976.
GRADE B+: Some interesting arrangements and good rock-and-roll, but some filler drags it down.