The Brain From Planet Arous (1957)

arousTHE BRAIN FROM PLANET AROUS (1957) Resoundingly stupid, and all the greater for it, with a concocted plot about radioactivity at “Mystery Mountain.” Start a drinking game tied to that phrase to get this movie’s full effect. The producers filmed this one in the deserts behind the studios – a classic no-funds shortcut. The best scene is the opening credits, boasting a rousing score and a spooky, approaching light in the background. The “brain” is cheap, Outer Limits quality, and some of the music sounds like it’s from 30s serials, but the director (whose resume includes Attack Of The 50 Foot Woman and The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad) does his b-movie best by adding some atmospheric shots to a script that is little more than another body-snatcher type story, with a few twists. You gotta love the horny aliens, though. You can just imagine their carnal lust providing the cues for all the jocks at the drive-ins to feel-up their dates. B-movie great, John Agar stars. EXCLAMATION-MARKED TAG LINE: “Fantastic! Fearsome!” DIALOG ALERT: “Don’t expert me, Sally. I’m alright!” Find this one at Amazon, HERE. New Movies, Fridays ‘Round Midnight.


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SIMON & GARFUNKEL Bonus Tracks & Rarities

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Outtakes, Oddities, Rarities And Live Stuff

Simon & Garfunkel we’re a high quality fusion of the more adventurous elements found in the work of both Dylan and The Beatles. After their humble, Everlys-styled beginnings, S&G staked their claim as literate folkies, boasting a distinctive, original voice in Paul Simon’s songwriting, before electricity brought them to the masses. Their musical innovation and commercial success culminated in one of the era’s better “concept” albums, Bookends, before the duo – in a last gasp act on equal artistic footing – reached monster/American Songbook status with “Bridge Over Trouble Water.” Those not familiar with Bookends’ adventurous production, which spawned “Fakin’ It (Mono) (Single Version),” should give another listen to the album’s close, acoustic micing technique some day (dominant on “Mrs. Robinson”). Their many hits from the airwaves came from only five LPs. Four, actually, when you consider that their debut, Wednesday Morning, 3AM, had no radio hits (its lack of success nearly killed the partnership). Since there aren’t that many albums in their catalog, it stands to reason there wouldn’t be that many bonus tracks and/or rarities. But, there are enough to fill a couple of discs worth, which we’ve collected here for another edition of our Bonus Tracks Series. Disc 1 is all of the studio recordings that have surfaced on recent box sets and reissues, including the duo’s 1975 reunion single, “My Little Town,” and “Citizen Of The Planet” – a song that originated with an aborted 1983 reunion attempt, before eventually morphing into Simon’s Hearts And Bones album. This version is a studio bonus track from the 2004 live collection, Old Friends – Live On Stage. We’ve also included the radically altered versions of Simon & Garfunkel’s material from The Graduate, which are neither bonus tracks or rarities, but are quite cool if you’ve never bothered to check them out (“Scarborough Fair/Canticle” is twice the length of the original). Disc 2, the live stuff, is actually a pretty rewarding listen, too, because while many of these tracks have been repeatedly scattered, ad nauseam, across various best-ofs & box sets (Simon And Garfunkel’s Greatest Hits, The Essential Simon & Garfunkel, Old Friends), as well as live reissues (Live From New York City 1967 & Live 1969, both HERE the archives), interestingly, the duo haven’t issued (either accidentally or purposely) the same composition twice, so you’re not forced to suffer through any song duplication here. If should be noted, however, that there are some discrepancies – even in S&G’s own liner notes – about the dates of some of the live tracks. Access all of our exclusive Bonus Track collections HERE, or click on a cover, below.

Bleecker Street (Demo) (2:46) - Wednesday Morning, 3AM, 1964
He Was My Brother (Alt. Take 1) (2:52) - Wednesday Morning, 3AM, 1964
Sun Is Burning (Alt. Take 12) (2:46) - Wednesday Morning, 3AM, 1964
Blues Run The Game (2:55) - Sounds Of Silence, 1965
Barbriallen (Demo) (4:06) - Sounds Of Silence, 1965
Rose Of Aberdeen (Demo) (2:03) - Sounds Of Silence, 1965
Roving Gambler (Demo) (3:04) - Sounds Of Silence, 1965
Patterns (Demo) (2:56) - Parsley, Sage, Rosemary And Thyme, 1966
A Poem On The Underground Wall (Demo) (1:52) - Parsley, Sage, Rosemary And Thyme, 1966
Fakin’ It (Mono) (Single Version) (3:12) - The Best Of Simon And Garfunkel, 1967
You Don’t Know Where Your Interest Lies (2:19) - Bookends, 1967
Old Friends (Demo) (2:11) - Bookends, 1967
Comfort And Joy (1:50) - Old Friends, 1967
Star Carol (1:46) - Old Friends, 1967
Mrs. Robinson (1:15) - The Graduate, 1968
Scarborough Fair/Canticle (Interlude) (1:42) - The Graduate, 1968
Scarborough Fair/Canticle (6:22) - The Graduate, 1968
The Big Bright Green Pleasure Machine (1:46) - The Graduate, 1968
Whew (2:12) - The Graduate, 1968
Mrs. Robinson (1:13) - The Graduate, 1968
Feuilles-O (Demo) (1:45) - Bridge Over Troubled Water, 1970
Bridge Over Troubled Water (Demo Take 6) (4:46) - Bridge Over Troubled Water, 1970
My Little Town (3:52) - Old Friends, 1975
Citizen Of The Planet (3:14) - Old Friends, Live On Stage, 2004

Wednesday Morning, 3AM (Live) (2:45) - The Essential Simon & Garfunkel, 1967
Kathy’s Song (Live) (3:23) - The Essential Simon & Garfunkel, 1969
Sparrow (Live) (3:03) - The Essential Simon & Garfunkel, 1967
Leaves That Are Green (Live) (2:31) - The Essential Simon & Garfunkel, 1967
For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her (Live) (2:26) - The Essential Simon & Garfunkel, 1969
A Poem On The Underground Wall (Live) (4:30) - Old Friends, 1967
Red Rubber Ball (Live) (2:29) - Old Friends, 1967
Blessed (Live) (3:40) - Old Friends, 1967
Anji (Live) (2:29) - Old Friends, 1967
A Church Is Burning (Live) (3:28) - Old Friends, 1967
Overs (Live) (3:05) - Old Friends, 1968
A Most Peculiar Man (Live) (2:35) - Old Friends, 1968
Bye Bye Love (Live) (2:44) - Old Friends, 1968
Hey Schoolgirl/Black Slacks (Live) (1:33) - Old Friends, 1969
That Silver Haired Daddy Of Mine (Live) (3:26) - Old Friends, 1969
The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy) (Live) (1:50) - Simon And Garfunkel’s Greatest Hits, 1970
Homeward Bound (Live) (2:46) - Simon And Garfunkel’s Greatest Hits, 1970
America (Live) (3:40) - The Bridge School Concerts, Vol. One, 1993
The Sounds Of Silence (Live) (4:48) - The 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Concerts, Night 1, 2009
The Boxer (Live) (4:53) - The 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Concerts, Night 1, 2009
Bridge Over Troubled Water (Live) (5:23) - The 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Concerts, Night 1, 2009

CLICK THE COVERS for more exclusive collections… Elvis Costello (HERE), Jefferson Airplane (HERE), The Byrds (HERE), Spirit (HERE), The Ramones (HERE), Family (HERE), Warren Zevon (HERE), Mott The Hoople (HERE), Electric Light Orchestra (HERE), Pete Townshend (HERE), Procol Harum (HERE), The Doors (HERE and HERE), Janis Joplin (HERE), Creedence Clearwater Revival (HERE), Iron Butterfly (HERE), Tom Waits (HERE), David Bowie (HERE) & 10cc (HERE).
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FLO & EDDIE/THE TURTLES The History Of Flo & Eddie And The Turtles (1983) – Long Gone 3LP Set

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Essential Vinyl-Only 3LP Rarity

Never issued on CD, Rhino’s 1983 3LP collection, The History Of Flo & Eddie And The Turtles, is a fun collection of near-hits, misses, oddities and rarities… not to mention some excerpts from Mark Volman & Howard Kaylan’s beloved, and quite manic, 1970s radio show. The bulk of the material here comes from Flo & Eddie’s four albums for Reprise & Columbia, The Phlorescent Leech & Eddie (1972), Flo & Eddie (1974), Illegal, Immoral And Fattening (1975) and Moving Targets (1976), which have historically been treasured by fans, but largely ignored by the masses. This set kicks off with a 1963 high school recording of Mark and Howie’s class “Alma Mater,” before segueing into one of the early, regional surf hits they cut as The Crossfires (the group that would later morph into The Turtles). Rather than a cursory “best-of,” this set shuns many hits in favor of more esoteric Turtles material like “I Get Out Of Breath” (slated, but canned as a single), “We Ain’t Gonna Party No More” (from 1970’s Wooden Head) and live stuff from TV and radio (“Happy Together” comes from The BBC). There are also a few time capsule radio commercials for Battle Of The Bands, Pepsi Cola and Turtle Soup included. Sides 5 & 6 are sub-titled “The Flo & Eddie Show,” but, in reality, this is only a number of interview excerpts sandwiched between some of Flo & Eddie’s rarest studio material; including songs from the 1974 animated movie, Dirty Duck (“This Could Be The Day,” “Good Duck,” and “Livin’ In The Jungle”), and 1978’s Texas Detour (with their “Born To Run” rip/parody/homage, “The Big Showdown,” and “Getaway (Back To L.A.)”). The radio show excerpts are great fun – featuring Albert Brooks, Alice Cooper, Keith Moon, David Bowie, T-Rex, Ringo Starr, Harry Nilsson, Iggy Pop, members of ELO & The Move, Lou Reed and America – but their brevity only makes you pine for the lengthy original broadcasts that the two representative ‘medleys’ of the show’s cut-and-paste madness only hint at. Marc Bolan even performs an original Flo & Eddie theme song. I neglected to fawn over one of Flo & Eddie’s greatest recordings, a shoulda-been-a-‘big-hit-record’-if-there-ever-was-one, the Turtles-throwback, “Let Me Make Love To You.” Before you mention it, the back cover art (as well as some online sources) has sequencing errors, but the track listing below is correct. Thanks to Tom in Beacon for the 16 page booklet scans, which have now been added. We’ve got lots more from Flo & Eddie in the archives, including; Flo & Eddie (HERE), Illegal Immoral And Fattening and Moving Targets (both HERE), Live At The Roxy, 1976 (HERE), and from The Turtles; It Ain’t Me Babe (HERE), Turtle Soup, Wooden Head, Shell Shock and Chalon Road (all HERE), The Turtles Present The Battle Of The Bands (HERE) and Solid Zinc: The Turtles Anthology (HERE). Check the first few posts in Readers Links for Happy Together and You Baby/Let Me Be (HERE). For obsessives, there’s a Flo & Eddie track on the V/A Gumby collection (HERE). The History Of Flo & Eddie And The Turtles is @Amazon, HERE.

Side 1
THE CROSSFIRES Silver Bullet (2:07)
THE TURTLES I Get Out Of Breath (3:09)
THE TURTLES Outside Chance (2:05)
THE TURTLES Grim Reaper Of Love (2:33)
“Battle Of The Bands Radio Commercial” (0:57)
THE TURTLES Lady-O (2:47)
THE TURTLES Goodbye Surprise (2:51)
“Pepsi Cola Radio Commercial” (0:56)
THE TURTLES Turtles Medley: It Ain’t Me Babe/You Baby/She’d Rather Be With Me/Elenore (3:27)

Side 2
THE TURTLES Happy Together (Live) (2:47)
“Turtle Soup Radio Commercial” (0:54)
THE TURTLES There You Sit Lonely (3:37)
THE TURTLES We Ain’t Gonna Party No More (4:49)
FLO & EDDIE The Flo & Eddie Theme (0:56)
FLO & EDDIE Feel Older Now (4:19)
FLO & EDDIE Nikki Hoi (1:55)
FLO & EDDIE I’ve Been Born Again (3:42)

Side 3
FLO & EDDIE Best Part Of Breaking Up (3:55)
FLO & EDDIE Another Pop Star’s Life (3:40)
FLO & EDDIE Just Another Town (3:20)
“Wolfman Jack Interview” (0:31)
FLO & EDDIE Afterglow (3:14)
FLO & EDDIE You’re A Lady (2:37)
FLO & EDDIE Marmendy Hill (6:57)
“German Introduction To Flo & Eddie” (0:21)

Side 4
FLO & EDDIE Illegal, Immoral And Fattening (3:09)
FLO & EDDIE Rebecca (2:40)
FLO & EDDIE Let Me Make Love To You (2:19)
FLO & EDDIE Mama, Open Up (4:06)
FLO & EDDIE Keep It Warm (4:10)
“German Introduction To Moving Targets” (0:26)
FLO & EDDIE Moving Targets (4:30)

Flo & Eddie By The Fireside Radio Theme (1:22)
Guest: Albert Brooks (1:58)
FLO & EDDIE The Big Showdown (2:30)
Guest: Alice Cooper (1:43)
FLO & EDDIE This Could Be The Day (2:41)
Guest: Keith Moon (2:01)
FLO & EDDIE Good Duck (3:40)
Guest: David Bowie (2:24)
Medley #1 (3:08)
Guests: Marc Bolan & Mickey Finn (2:33)
The Flo & Eddie Show (featuring Marc Bolan) (2:06)

Guest: Ringo Starr (3:06)
FLO & EDDIE Getaway (Back To L.A.) (3:23)
Guest: Iggy Pop (1:29)
FLO & EDDIE Livin’ In The Jungle (3:40)
Guest: Harry Nilsson (2:35)
FLO & EDDIE Youth In Asia (3:05)
Guests: Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood, Bev Bevan & Rick Price (2:22)
Medley #2 (3:01)
Guest: Lou Reed (1:48)
Closing Theme (featuring America) (1:38)

Mark Volman & Howard Kaylan comically explain their convoluted management history in this clip, “The Turtles’ Management Lecture.”

MOJO Presents… The Best Of 2014 (2014)

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Better late than never. Is this really the ‘best’ of 2014, or the best of what MOJO could get the licensing for? You be the judge. Besides… does it really matter if it’s free? Hit the archives to find all 153 of MOJO‘s freebie CDs, HERE, dating back to 1997. See the complete list, HERE.

Beck Blue Moon (4:00)
Jack White
Lazaretto (3:38)
Robert Plant
Turn It Up (4:03)
Sharon Van Etten
Nothing Will Change (3:12)
Keep In The Dark (4:37)
Ty Segall
The Faker (4:05)
Steve Gunn
Milly’s Garden (5:31)
Sturgill Simpson
Turtles All The Way Down (3:06)
Julie Byrne
Holiday (2:36)
The War On Drugs
Under The Pressure (8:48)
Kasai Allstars
Yangye, The Evil Leopard (7:05)
Wild Beasts
Wanderlust (4:51)
Your Love Will Set You Free (5:45)
Sleaford Mods
I Keep Out Of It (3:00)
The Bug
Dirty (2:55)

The Warner Bros. “Loss Leaders” Series (1969-1980)

Depending On How You Count Them, 35 Essential Various Artist Collections From Another Time

We figured it was about time to pull together all of the incredible Warner Bros. Loss Leaders releases dating back to 1969 (and even a little earlier). For those who lived through the era, Warner Bros. Records was winning the sales of an entire generation by signing and supporting some of music’s most uniquely groundbreaking recording artists… during music’s most uniquely groundbreaking time. With an appealingly irreverent style (“targeted youth marketing,” it would be called today), WB was making lifelong fans of the kids who entered into the label’s vast catalog of artists via the Loss Leaders series – advertised on inner sleeves & brochures, and offering generous selections priced at $1 per LP, $2 for doubles and $3 for their sole 3LP release, Looney Tunes And Merrie Melodies. jan 12 70 - zapped - ny magAnd that was including postage. Yes… those were the days, but back then there were very few ways, outside of cut-out bins or a five-finger discount, to score bulk music as cheaply. Warners unashamedly admitted that their intentions were to sell more records, by introducing listeners to music they weren’t hearing on their radios, or finding in many of their (still weakly distributed) record stores. And it seemed to work… because the series continued until 1980, and the program issued approximately 35 titles, by our questionable count (detailed in later posts). But, the oldsters among us all fondly remember the multi-paged, gatefold sleeves and inviting artwork/packaging that beckoned from the inner sleeves of our favorite albums, not to mention the assorted rarities, b-sides and oddities that dotted many of the releases. No big deal in this age of bonus tracks and “complete” session reissues, but in the early 70s, this stuff was gold. What I’ve jan 4 1971 - looney tunes - ny maglearned listening to these releases again, is that they’re still a great source for hearing “new” artists… the ones that didn’t make the grade 35-45 years ago. So… over the next month, we’re going to be posting all of Warner’s Loss Leaders, which were never sold in stores (only mail-order) and never re-issued on CD (so, you will hear a few pops and crackles now and again) – along with the best artwork we could muster. We’ve also had some generous help from a few of our readers, including Rebecca, Narcosislabs and Slipperman, who took the time and trouble to rip and scan some of the Leaders from their collections to help us complete this series of posts.

SEPERATING THE LOSS LEADERS: Below is a list of everything we are calling Loss Leaders, with the caveat that there are a few titles that may be in dispute. There’s one promo release (Some Of Our Best Friends Are PRO290) which pre-dates the “official” series, and was simply given away before the Loss Leaders campaign even began. A few other titles are often seen online as being a part of the program, but almost all were promo LPs meant for radio or in-store play, not sold via mail order; titles like The Warner/Reprise Radio Show(s), Alternatives, New Music That Stays New, Burbank’s Greatest Hits, Gold Medal and a handful of others.nov 13 1972 -  burbank - ny mag Truth is, WB released hundreds of promo/compilation LPs back in the day. Some were for radio, others sold in stores, some are low-priced UK Loss Leaders with different covers and track listings. We are focusing on the US mail order variety and, to make the short list, we required some verification in the form of print ads or first hand knowledge… as opposed to online speculation. We’ll play it by ear and hope that more viable information surfaces to verify any questionable titles. Our first post, Some Of Our Best Friends Are (1968), helped to launch the series, even looking like future Loss Leaders, using the same design and format, though… it wasn’t advertised as being available via mail order. Two titles we won’t be posting, are the promo-only, never-sold to the public CDs Warners released that are Loss Leaders in name only; Loss Leaders Revisited (1995 PRO-CD-7955) and Loss Leaders 2 (1999 PRO-CD-9949). Many thanks to Rebecca and Slipperman for the advertisements that litter this post (click them for pop-up enlargements), and feel free to leave a comment with any thoughts, recollections or corrections. ALL ARE 2LP SETS UNLESS NOTED!


#03 1969 PRO351 – OCTOBER 10, 1969 (1LP) (HERE)
#04 1970 PRO358 – THE BIG BALL (HERE)
#05 1970 PRO359 – SCHLAGERS! (HERE)
#06 1970 PRO368 – ZAPPÉD (1LP) (Two Versions) (HERE)
#08 1971 PRO443 – NON-DAIRY CREAMER (1LP) (HERE)
#09 1971 PRO474 – HOT PLATTERS (HERE)
#10 1971 PRO486 – TOGETHER (1LP) (HERE)
#13 1972 PRO529 – BURBANK (HERE)
#15 1973 PRO569 – APPETIZERS (HERE)
#17 1974 PRO583 – HARD GOODS (HERE)
#18 1974 PRO588 – PEACHES (HERE)
#19 1974 PRO591 – DEEP EAR (HERE)
#20 1975 PRO596 – THE FORCE (HERE)
#21 1975 PRO604 – ALL MEAT (HERE)
#22 1975 PRO605 – PEACHES VOL. 2 (HERE)
#24 1975 PRO610 – THE WORKS (HERE)
#25 1976 PRO630 – SUPERGROUP (HERE)
#27 1977 PRO660 – COOK BOOK (HERE)
#28 1977 PRO691 – LIMO (HERE)
#30 1979 PRO-A-773 – PUMPING VINYL (HERE)
#31 1979 PRO-A-794 – A LA CARTE (HERE)
#32 1979 PRO-A-796 – MONSTERS (HERE)
#33 1980 PRO-A-828 – ECLIPSE (HERE)


With MANY thanks to our friends and readers, we’ve made a few changes to our original Loss Leaders posts. First and foremost, October 10, 1969 – which we categorically dismissed as being a real Loss Leader – has been upgraded. Thanks to Tom in Beacon, who pointed us to an advert in Rolling Stone magazine (November, 1969) that advertised the album for a buck… proving that it was not just a promotional LP, but was sold to the public via mail order just like the others in the series. As a result, we have a new, solo post for #3 October 10, 1969 (HERE). Additionally, thanks to the tenacity of a couple of our readers we are now convinced that the “Collage” version of #6 Zappéd (HERE) was, indeed, the first of the two versions of Zappéd to be issued. We’ve added new information to the post to illustrate why. As a result, we’ve had to re-number a couple of early posts, but all seems in order now… as best as we can tell, and until better information comes along. We appreciate all the help in trying to verify 45 year-old details that no one else in their right minds really cares about anymore. Any other corrections or updates? Just leave a comment.

We had a lot of help putting all this together, from readers with info to friends of this blog who made rips and scans from their own collections to help us complete these posts. Slipperman, narcoislabs and, especially Rebecca, who really went above and beyond by ripping and scanning numerous LL’s found here – as well as providing advertisements and last-minute, on-deadline, late night work to help us pull it all together. We can’t thank her (and everybody) enough.

It took while, but we finally finished poring through over 350 issues (almost 15 years) of Rolling Stone magazine to retrieve the numerous Leaders ads that ran over the years. In a few cases, helping to verify that some titles were, indeed, official entries in the series (October 10, 1969 & Music With 58 Musicians, Volume One). We’ve added links to the individual posts so you can see the print campaigns yourself. Interestingly, the debut Loss Leader, Songbook, originally sold for $1.98, while the two volumes of Peaches each cost $2.50. For those wanting a zip of the 40+ Rolling Stone ads we’ve gathered (plus others from New York Magazine, Billboard and Ebony – thanks again to Rebecca), you can DOWNLOAD THEM ALL HERE.

Tom in Beacon kindly put together a .PDF Song Index that includes all of the artists and titles found in the 35 Loss Leaders posted here. Many thanks, Tom. DOWNLOAD THE .PDF HERE.

Uncle Michael, who hosts Hinky Dinky Time on WFMU’s Give The Drummer Radio, put together a six-hour broadcast back in July featuring nothing but Loss Leaders music (and anecdotes) that you can listen to any time you’d like, HERE @

Here are two 1970 ads from Rolling Stone that show how other labels (Mercury, A&M) tried, but failed to follow up on, the lead set by Warners’ Loss Leaders concept. Click each for pop-up enlargements.
MERCURY Zig Zag Festival 4-16-70A&M 9-3-70

According to a Billboard magazine news item about the Loss Leaders series, dated March 10, 1973, “14 Warner samplers during the past three years have averaged 80,000 unit sales apiece.” That’s all, folks!

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LOSS LEADERS #35: Troublemakers (1980)

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Troublemakers (1980)
Admirably Sticking To The Concept’s 60s Premise To The Very End

It’s ironic that just as the Loss Leaders program was beginning to sound fresh once again (thanks to the late-70s D.I.Y. years), it was all coming to an end. Troublemakers is generally acknowledged as the series’ last, and it’s a fun musical time capsule. The set was compiled and annotated by Jim Bickhart, who successfully infused the spirit and vitality of the earliest Loss Leaders into this collection’s purposeful dedication to music’s newest movement (punk/new wave/indie), while adding lots of previously unreleased material. It’s one of the reasons so many fondly remember (and favor) Troublemakers to this day. The Urban Verbs (a group I must have ignored back in the day) are a blast, and Brian Briggs’ cover of Eddie Cochran’s “Nervous Breakdown” is a real treat. Pearl Harbour sounds a bit contrived these days, but Marianne Faithfull’s rendition of “Working Class Hero” is still far more chilling than John Lennon’s own. His lyrics somehow just ring truer coming from her. I’ve never been the biggest fan of Jonathan Richman’s Modern Lovers, but their two previously unreleased contributions here, produced by Kim Fowley, really hit the spot. And… there are plenty of other groundbreakers from the era, including Public Image Ltd., Devo (an outtake from Are We Not Men?), Wire and Gang Of Four – bands that WB were having a hard time getting radio programmers (and consumers) to even listen to, much less buy. WB Editorial Director Gene Sculatti reflected; “The bias against punk/new wave was formidable. I can only imagine what it was like for those guys to go to radio stations with those records – in the midst of media coverage focused on gobbing, anti-social bands — and ask for spins. Especially when the programmers (probably even more conservative in their tastes than the promo men) were used to WB reps coming in with the next Doobies/Rod Stewart/Marshall Tucker Band record that they knew their listeners would love.” It’s interesting, though, to contrast the new kids on the block with what some of what the old troublemakers were up to. John Cale is represented by a previously unreleased outtake from 1972’s The Academy In Peril, while Nico and Marianne Faithfull (newly statused as a ‘veteran’), were both into something markedly different by 1980…a lesson, perhaps, for the new crop, who would eventually get old themselves. An experience most of us got to witness in real time.

1980-7-24 TroublemakersThere are a few reasons the Loss Leaders series ceased to exist. The world’s oil wars of the 70s took its toll on vinyl costs, and the packaging became more expensive to produce. Further, the Independent/D.I.Y. crowd was making cheap music discoveries a major part of their own game plan. WB could have financially absorbed the costs to continue spearheading the movement they instigated in the 60s, but by the 1980s all of the labels were shifting their resources over to video (and MTV), as the freshest way of promoting new artists. It’s no coincidence that Troublemakers includes The Buggles’ “Video Killed The Radio Star,” which even Jeopardy contestants know was the first vid to air on MTV. Vinyl, as the industry was about to find out, was living on borrowed time. So, maybe it’s fitting that this set should begin and end with live excerpts from the doomed Sex Pistols’ final show in San Francisco (the city that also killed The Beatles), as Johnny Rotten asks (not-so-rhetorically, it turns out), “Why should I carry on?” BIG thanks to Slipperman for providing us with the top-notch rip and scans for this final entry. Check out the ad that ran in Rolling Stone in July, 1980, which uses the ‘Loss Leaders’ name for the first time since the early 70s. Find the vinyl at Amazon, HERE. Collect all the Loss Leaders, HERE.

Side 1
Sex Pistols Anarchy In The U.S.A. (Live) (3:52) (Previously Unreleased)
Urban Verbs
Subways (3:42)
Robin Lane And The Chartbusters
Don’t Wait Till Tomorrow (3:38)
Map Reference 41 N 93 W (3:40)
Marianne Faithfull
Working Class Hero (4:46)
John Cale
Temper (5:00) (Previously Unreleased)

Side 2
Urban Verbs The Only One Of You (4:56)
Gang Of Four
Damaged Goods (3:29)
I Should Have Known Better (3:54)
Modern Lovers
I’m Straight (4:22) (Previously Unreleased)
Social Fools (2:55) (Previously Unreleased In The US)
Public Image Ltd.
Public Image (3:02) (Previously Unreleased In The US)

Side 3
The Buggles Video Killed The Radio Star (3:27)
Pearl Harbor And The Explosions
You Got It (Release It) (2:31)
My Only Child (3:29)
Modern Lovers
Government Center (2:04) (Previously Unreleased)
Robin Lane And The Chartbusters
Kathy Lee (3:32)
Brian Briggs
Nervous Breakdown (3:48) (Pre-LP Single)

Side 4
Marianne Faithfull Broken English (4:41)
Pearl Harbor And The Explosions
Busy Little B Side (3:04)
The Buggles
Clean, Clean (3:56)
Gang Of Four
Anthrax (4:23)
Public Image Ltd.
Swan Lake (4:17)
Sex Pistols
No Fun (Excerpts) (4:42) (Previously Unreleased)
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LOSS LEADERS #34: Music With 58 Musicians, Volume One (1980)

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Celebrating WB’s Union With ECM Records

Surely the sore thumb, or odd man out, of the Loss Leaders series, Music With 58 Musicians, Volume One is a dedicated, label-centic release (like Zappéd, Peaches and Peaches Vol. 2), that celebrates Warner Bros. distribution deal with the esoteric, experimental jazz label, ECM Records. With only 14 lengthy tracks spread across two LPs (again, selling via mail order for the newly inflated price of $3) Music With 58 Musicians, Volume One may not be like the other rock, blues and folk-oriented entries in the series, but its adventurous musical selections are just as groundbreaking for those who like their jazz off the beaten path. Taking its name from the famed, 1978 release by Steve Reich (Music For 18 Musicians, an excerpt of which is included here), this ECM collection is a wonderfully varied listen, with selections from the Pat Metheny Group, Gary Burton & Chick Corea, Terje Rypdal, Art Ensemble Of Chicago, (mumbling) Keith Jarret, John Abercrombie & Ralph Towner, the great Jack DeJohnette, Paul Motian and others. It’s not for everybody, of course. It’s not even for all jazzers, as ECM was as subtly subversive in the jazz idiom as Warners was in the transitioning rock world of the 60s. But, those who take the plunge will not be disappointed. It helps that this LP’s sound is gorgeous, too, with a million thanks to Rebecca who expertly ripped this from her own collection, along with scanning the artwork, so we could include this in the series at the very last minute. So… show some love. The liner notes state that a “further, specially-priced double album of extras from ECM productions projects” was coming soon, but (to the best of our knowledge) the Loss Leaders series came to an end with the next/last known $3 2LP release, Troublemakers, so no Volume Two materialized. View one of Music With 58 Musicians‘ four easy to miss mail order ads from Rolling Stone, HERE. Get a vinyl hard copy at Amazon, HERE. Find all of our Loss Leaders posts, HERE.

Side 1
Keith Jarrett and Belonging Country (4:59)
Old And New Dreams Lonely Woman (12:04)
Terje Rypdal Group Avskjed (5:40)

Side 2
Steve Reich and Musicians Excerpt From Music For 18 Musicians (6:34)
Codona Codona (6:09)
Gary Burton and Chick Corea Señor Mouse (6:14)
John Abercrombie and Ralph Towner Over And Gone (2:44)

Side 3
Jack DeJohnette’s Special Edition Journey To The Twin Planet (8:41)
Paul Motian Trio Cabala/Drum Music (6:08)
Art Ensemble Of Chicago JA (8:37)

Side 4
Steve Kuhn/Sheila Jordan Band The Zoo (4:31)
John Abercrombie Quartet Nightlake (5:28)
Haden/Garbarek/Gismonti Magico (7:36)
Pat Metheny Group (Cross The) Heartland (6:48)
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LOSS LEADERS #33: Eclipse (1980)

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A Price Increase… And The End Is Near

Eclipse is one of the least-known, Loss Leaders, whose low profile may not have been helped by the 50% price increase levied on it. Beginning with this set, the remaining WB 2LP samplers would sell for a whopping $3 (*sarcasm*), as the oil embargoes, shortages and economic recession of the mid-70s began to take their toll on Warner’s bottom line. Despite its obscurity, however, Eclipse is a warmly diverse listen. Leo Sayer teams up with writing partner, Ray Parker, Jr., for the rockin’ LP opener, “When The Money Runs Out.” Bonnie Raitt covers Robert Palmer’s “You’re Gonna Get What’s Coming.” There’s solo stuff from The Doobie Brothers’ Tom Johnston. Laurie Wood is better known as Chunky, of Chunky, Novi & Ernie, whose biggest claim to fame just may have come from the Loss Leaders series. Vapour Trails features guitarist Larry Carlton and one-time Wings drummer, Steve Holly. The Korgis is comprised of Andy Davis & James Warren, formerly of Stackridge, something I didn’t know (or remember), despite owning a couple of their synth-heavy LPs since the early 80s. Alda Reserve is a name I don’t remember at all, but the liner notes by Jim Bickhart (who will soon hit a home run compiling the last Loss Leader, Troublemakers) tell us they were discovered by Marshall Chess on the streets of NYC, during the punk/new wave explosion. A few sound clips from Monty Python’s Life Of Brian are welcomed, as is an appearance by the great Roy Wood (ex-Move/ELO). Carlene Carter (a.k.a. Mrs. Nick Lowe) covers Elvis Costello’s “Radio Sweetheart.” Ry Cooder conjures up a completely new arrangement for “Little Sister.” And… The Dukes includes former members of Stone The Crows, Keef Hartley, Savoy Brown, Be-Bob Deluxe and the Tom Robinson Band. The sole oddity/rarity here is the 1966 non-LP 45 of The Beau Brummels’ first single for WB, Bob Dylan’s “One Too Many Mornings.” And, while the musical landscape of the early 80s continues to shift, with acts like Talking Heads and the Ramones, familiar names (Randy Newman, Little Feat, Ry Cooder and Van Morrison) are still on board. Find all the Loss Leaders, HERE.

Side 1
Leo Sayer When The Money Runs Out (3:41)
Tom Johnston
Outlaw (3:32)
Lauren Wood
Where Did I Get These Tears (4:33)
Vapour Trails
True Love (3:45)
Danny Douma
Carnival Boy (3:59)
Van Morrison
Troubadours (4:39)

Side 2
Roy Wood Dancin’ At The Rainbow’s End (3:37)
The Korgis
If I Had You (3:58)
I Want You Around (3:04)
Alda Reserve
Whiter Than White (4:59)
Talking Heads
Drugs (5:15)

Side 3
Monty Python
Excerpts from Monty Python’s Life Of Brian (1:49)
Randy Newman
It’s Money That I Love (3:39)
Monty Python Excerpts from Monty Python’s Life Of Brian (0:40)
Nicolette Larson
Isn’t It Always Love (3:01)
Ry Cooder
Little Sister (3:48)
The Beau Brummels
One Too Many Mornings (2:53)
Carlene Carter
Radio Sweetheart (3:27)

Side 4
Bonnie Raitt You’re Gonna Get What’s Coming (3:29)
Sly & The Family Stone
Remember Who You Are (3:16)
Field Maneuvers (2:25)
Little Feat
Down On The Farm (4:19)
The Dukes
Who’s Gonna Tell You (3:28)
Bob Marley & The Wailers
Wake Up And Live (edit) (4:25)
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LOSS LEADERS #32: Monsters (1979)

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Dr. Demento Bids Farewell…

Monsters’ opening track offers a pleasant reminder of how refreshingly inviting Rickie Lee Jones was when she first came onto the scene in the late 70s. Her “Danny’s All-Star Joint” is always a joy to hear, which is why it’s on the streaming player, below, so I can revisit it whenever I feel like it. As with many later Loss Leaders, all of the tracks here come from albums already available in the Warner Bros. catalog. But there are some new names here that were recently added to the WB family roster, including George Harrison, performing a song that was previously rejected by The Beatles in the late 60s, “Not Guilty.” According to the included quote, George was glad the song wasn’t released in 1967-68, “because it wouldn’t have been as good as it is now.” It’s not hard to imagine what his sentiment was back then, when The Beatles were frustratingly racking up 100 takes of the tune. Also new… Osiris, a funky 9-piece DC outfit whose name is still new to me today; Mary Russell, from her debut solo album apart from hubby Leon; Chaka Khan from her first solo LP; The American Standard Band (Joe Cocker’s backing band); Wornell Jones, whose credits include Koko Taylor, Eddie Kendricks, Sly Stone & Nils Lofgren; and Tin Huey, featuring Chris Butler, who would later pen the infectious, “I Know What Boys Like,” as a member of The Waitresses in 1980. If nothing else, you’ve gotta love the self-penned theme song The Roches wrote for themselves, entitled “We.” This is the last Loss Leader “programmed by Dr. Demento,” who reveals he’s one of a thousand of Alice Cooper’s friends yelling “We’re All Crazy” on the album, From The Inside. HERE is an August, 1979 ad for Monsters, though the 1967 date mentioned in the copy is inaccurate. Get vinyl at Amazon, HERE. Find all our Loss Leaders, HERE.

Side 1
Rickie Lee Jones Danny’s All-Star Joint (4:01)
The Doobie Brothers
Here To Love You (4:01)
What’s The Use (3:56)
Ashford & Simpson
It Seems To Hang On (5:08)
George Benson
Livin’ Inside Your Love (6:37)

Side 2
Lowell George Can’t Stand The Rain (3:22)
Randy Crawford
I Stand Accused (4:51)
George Harrison
Not Guilty (3:36)
Bob Marley And The Wailers
Stir It Up (5:26)
Gary Wright
Love’s Awake Inside (4:35)
Kate & Anna McGarrigle
Na Cl (2:35)

Side 3
Van Halen Dance The Night Away (3:09)
Mary Russell
Heart Of Fire (4:06)
Inner Circle
Everything Is Great (6:04)
Chaka Khan
Sleep On It (4:21)
Gino Soccio
Dance To Dance (7:08)

Side 4
American Standard Band Got What It Takes (3:33)
Wornell Jones
Lay It On The Line (3:34)
Tin Huey
Hump Day (2:59)
Alice Cooper
From The Inside (3:52)
Michael Franks
Underneath The Apple Tree (5:52)
The Roches
We (2:34)
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LOSS LEADERS #31: A La Carte (1979)

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To Quote The Liners… A Diverse Menu

A La Carte boasts yet another food and beverage-related title in the Loss Leaders series (including; Non-Dairy Creamer, Hot Platters, The Days Of Wine And Vinyl, Appetizers, Peaches, All Meat and Cook Book), which might lead one to believe that the boys at WB were hashing these titles out over extended lunches at the corporate headquarters. And… if that front cover art is in any way representative, it’s no wonder. Be warned, however, that the liner notes totally O.D. on foodie metaphors, which gets old real quick. A number of rarer, single edits are included here from The B-52’s, Bootsy’s Rubber Band, Mavis Staples, The Gibson Brothers and a few others. St. Paradise opens the set with the rockin’, “Jackie.” The band features former Ted Nugent vocalist, Derek St. Holmes. Jr. Walker’s “Wishing On A Star” is produced by the great Norman Whitfield (Temptations), who had previously produced the original version of the tune by Rose Royce. Whitfield is also on board with an edited tune from Nytro’s debut LP. Candi Staton plunges into disco with an edited version of “When You Wake Up Tomorrow.” Adam Mitchell is a former member of The Paupers (we’ve got one of their LPs in the archives, if you’re curious), who covers his own composition, “Don’t Let Papa Know,” previously recorded by Nicolette Larson. Mannfred Mann’s Earth Band offers up an odd, not-all-that-pleasing cover of Dylan’s “You Angel You,” while a new band, Runner, is made up of four second-tier vets, including Steve Gould (Rare Bird), Mickey Feat (Streetwalkers), Allan Merrill (Arrow) and Dave Dowle (Brian Auger, Streetwalkers). Big thanks to narcosislabs for ripping this set and scanning the artwork for us all. Get a vinyl copy at Amazon, HERE. Find all of our Loss Leaders posts, HERE.

Side 1
St. Paradise Jackie (3:42)
Jr. Walker
Wishing On A Star (6:01)
Con Hunley
Since I Fell For You (3:04)
Candi Staton
When You Wake Up Tomorrow (edit) (3:35)
Adam Mitchell
The French Waltz (3:44)

Side 2
Robert Palmer Bad Case Of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor) (3:12)
Bellamy Brothers
If I Said You Had A Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me (3:16)
Gibson Brothers
Cuba (edit) (4:17)
Danny O’Keefe
On The Wheel Of Love (2:35)
The Sanford/Townsend Band
Shady Grove (3:53)
Climax Blues Band
Fallen In Love (For The Very Last Time) (3:26)

Side 3
Duncan Browne The Wild Places (5:59)
Madleen Kane
Forbidden Love (edit) (3:35)
Sooner Than Later (3:24)
Roger Voudouris
Does Our Love (Depend On The Night) (3:11)
Nytro Express (edit) (3:51)

Side 4
The B-52’s Rock Lobster (edit) (4:55)
Mavis Staples
Tonight I Feel Like Dancing (edit) (3:38)
Emmylou Harris
Save The Last Dance For Me (3:40)
Manfred Mann’s Earth Band
You Angel You (3:59)
Maria Muldaur
Love Is Everything (4:21)
Bootsy’s Rubber Band
Jam Fan (Hot) (edit) (3:50)
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LOSS LEADERS #30: Pumping Vinyl (1979)

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I Couldn’t Think Of A Sub-Title…

You learn something new every day. I’ve heard “Voila, An American Dream” a thousand times, but never knew its name or that it was a Rodney Crowell original until revisiting this album. The song was a minor hit – or at least a known recording – for both The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Linda Ronstadt, but I was always totally convinced it was a Jimmy Buffett tune all these years. Goes to show. What it goes to show, I’m not sure. Pumping Vinyl doesn’t have any noted rarities to speak of, but there’s a fun variety that makes this 2LP set a great listen – sliding gracefully from easy-going acoustic fare (Bruce Cockburn, Michael Franks) to funky reverberations (Funkadelic, Graham Central Station) to upbeat dance music (Flora Purim, Donna Fargo!?) to rockers (The Pirates, Thin Lizzy) to new kids (Devo, The Pirates) and, of course, a few familiar names from the series’ past (Captain Beefheart, Arlo Guthrie). Producing wizard Norman Whitfield’s softer side is represented here, via Rose Royce’s “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore” and Willie Hutch’s “Paradise.” The Staples (formerly The Staple Singers) nail a unique cover of Electric Light Orchestra’s “Showdown.” And compiler and annotator Barry Hansen, finally uses the name he’s best known for in the liner notes for the first time, Dr. Demento. Find all of our Loss Leaders posts, HERE.

Side 1
Nicolette Larson Come Early Mornin’ (2:42)
Rodney Crowell
Voila, An American Dream (3:53)
Michael Franks
Wrestle A Live Nude Girl (4:31)
Rose Royce
Love Don’t Live Here Anymore (4:00)
The Staples
Showdown (3:58)
Thin Lizzy
Jailbreak (4:35)

Side 2
Funkadelic Who Says A Funk Band Can’t Play Rock?! (6:20)
Larry Graham and Graham Central Station
It’s The Engine In Me (5:19)
Larry Carlton
Nite Crawler (5:21)
Third World
Now That We Found Love (3:59)
Forget About Tomorrow (4:48)

Side 3
Van Morrison Natalia (4:09)
Lonette McKee
Maybe There Are Reasons (4:22)
Donna Fargo
Sweet Sexy Guy (3:41)
Flora Purim
I Just Don’t Know (4:58)
Carlene Carter
Never Together But Close Sometimes (2:22)
Willie Hutch
Paradise (4:02)
Todd Rundgren
Fade Away (3:06)

Side 4
Devo Mongoloid (3:48)
The Pirates
Shake Hands With The Devil (3:32)
Jimmy Cliff
Bongo Man (5:05)
Leon Russell
Elvis And Marilyn (3:11)
Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band
Love Lies (5:03)
Bruce Cockburn
Laughter (3:43)
Arlo Guthrie
(Last Night I Had The) Strangest Dream (2:41)
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LOSS LEADERS #29: Collectus Interruptus (1978)

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The Times They Were A-Changin’

As the liner notes state, Collectus Interruptus contains plenty of “unequivocable party music,” and nearly 25 minutes of music per side. But this little known entry in the series also boasts its fair share of rock, pop and future troublemakers, most notably, the 1978 Loss Leaders debut of the freshly disintegrated Sex Pistols (“God Save The Queen”) and the Ramones (“Rockaway Beach”)… not to mention Prince (“Soft And Wet”). Ahhh, the times they were a-changin’. No rarities or singles here, but a great cross-section of material, including The Band, with Emmylou Harris, performing “Evangeline,” from The Last Waltz, Allen Toussaint’s “Night People,” Van Halen’s “Runnin’ With The Devil,” from their debut, and contributions from Renaissance, Deodato, Bootsy’s Rubber Band and Shaun Cassidy. With added support from the label’s old guard – Randy Newman, Ry Cooder, Gordon Lightfoot and Seals & Crofts – so the 30-something, newly-corporatized, ex-hippies wouldn’t be frightened away by the sudden influx of disco and punk. The liners, by Steven X. Rea, go on to point out that Prince was the youngest artist (at 18) to ever produce an album for Warner Brother Records; Mo Austin and Ted Templeman signed Van Halen a day after seeing them perform at LA’s Starwood club; Mannfred Mann’s “Davey’s On The Road Again” was penned by Robbie Robertson & producer John Simon; and the Ramones “kinda look like hoods.” It was a new day. Vinyl copies are at Amazon, HERE. Find all the Loss Leaders, HERE.

Side 1
Allen Toussaint Night People (4:20)
John Handy
Go For Yourself (3:36)
Ashford & Simpson
Don’t Cost You Nothing (4:57)
Soft And Wet (3:06)
Etta James
Deep In The Night (4:57)
Seals & Crofts
Sunrise (5:39)

Side 2
David Sanborn Solo (3:21)
Dan Hicks
Cloud My Sunny Mood (3:22)
George Benson
Down Here On The Ground (4:59)
Northern Lights (4:07)
Ronnie Montrose
Mandolinia (3:14)
Gary Wright
Sky Eyes (4:53)
Chariot Of The Gods (3:06)

Side 3
Ambrosia Life Beyond L.A. (4:50)
Van Halen
Runnin’ With The Devil (3:37)
Sex Pistols
God Save The Queen (3:22)
Bootsy’s Rubber Band
Bootzilla (5:41)
Manfred Mann’s Earth Band
Davy’s On The Road Again (5:52)

Side 4
Leo Sayer Something Fine (3:56)
Shaun Cassidy
Teen Dream (2:38)
The Ramones
Rockaway Beach (2:09)
Wendy Waldman
Strange Company (3:09)
Gordon Lightfoot
The Circle Is Small (4:07)
Randy Newman
Sigmund Freud’s Impersonation Of Albert Einstein In America (2:53)
The Band/Emmylou Harris
Evangeline (3:11)
Ry Cooder
We Shall Be Happy (3:18)
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LOSS LEADERS #28: Limo (1977)

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Take A Spin…

Limo is a Loss Leader mixture of some of WB’s favorite artists (Ry Cooder, Bonnie Raitt, Little Feat, The Doobies) along with some new blood (Jonathan Cain Band, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Deaf School & The Gabby Pahinui Hawaiian Band). Only the 45, “In The Mood,” by Henhouse Five Plus Too (featuring the clucking vocals of Ray Stevens) is a non-LP rarity, and it’s obviously a favorite of Dr. Demento, who returns to compile and annotate this set. The good doctor’s liner notes provide way too many fun quotes and tidbits to count… like Bonnie Raitt’s reasoning for doing so many charity concerts (“I just want to throw something back to the community, rather than buy a new pair of racing gloves for my Ferrari”); how Little Feat got their name (ex-Mother Jimmy Carl Black commenting on co-founder Lowell George’s shoe size); the origins of Leo Sayer’s “You Make Me Feel Like Dancing” (a bass riff from session master Willie Weeks, who didn’t get a songwriting credit, by the way); the tale of Funkadelic’s Eddie Hazel biting an air marshall who was trying to calm him after he saw a UFO while in mid-flight – resulting in Hazel spending a year in jail (is that true?); how Jesse Winchester was discovered in Canada by The Band’s Robbie Robertson (after moving there as a Vietnam draft resister); that Derek Taylor (The Beatles’ former press officer) signed Deaf School to WB; that Gary Wright (the Dream Weaver himself) was a child actor; how Attitudes (featuring Danny Kortchmar, David Foster, Paul Stallworth and Jim Keltner) was signed by George Harrison’s Dark Horse Records, and… Chicago (the locale) is only the 16th windiest city in America. HERE is a Dec ’77 ad for Limo from Rolling Stone. Vinyl copies are at Amazon, HERE. Find all the Loss Leaders, HERE.

Side 1
Ry Cooder Alimony (4:36)
Sandford And Townshend
Moolah Moo Mazuma (Sin City Wahh-oo) (3:56)
Jonathan Cain Band
Windy City Breakdown (4:17)
Bonnie Raitt
Runaway (3:51)
Little Feat
Red Streamliner (4:41)
Van Morrison
Flamingos Fly (4:39)

Side 2
Leo Sayer You Make Me Feel Like Dancing (3:40)
Al Jarreau
Better Than Anything (5:07)
Kate & Anna McGarrigle
Walking Song (3:31)
Danny O’Keefe
The Runaway (4:18)
Eddie Hazel
California Dreamin’ (6:13)
Fleetwood Mac
Dreams (4:16)

Side 3
Mylon Le Fevre Goodbye Miss Sadness (3:26)
Chunky, Novi & Ernie
Didn’t Wanna Hurt Cha For Another Guy (3:35)
Jesse Winchester
Nothing But A Breeze (4:05)
Wendy Waldman
Living Is Good (3:29)
Jesse Colin Young
Higher & Higher (3:15)
Deaf School
What A Way To End It All (2:54)
The Gabby Pahinui Hawaiian Band
Aloha Ka Manini (2:30)
Henhouse Five Plus Too
In The Mood (2:40)

Side 4
Hirth Martinez Nothin’ Iz New (3:12)
Emmylou Harris
She (3:13)
Gary Wright
Phantom Writer (3:29)
In A Stranger’s Arms (3:55)
Ted Nugent And The Amboy Dukes
Call Of The Wild (4:43)
The Doobie Brothers
You’re Made That Way (3:30)
Rod Stewart
Tonight’s The Night (Gonna Be Alright) (4:00)
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LOSS LEADERS #27: Cook Book (1977)

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Warners’ Tasty Soul And R&B Catalog Sampler

When it was released in 1977, Cook Book featured a disproportionate number of 45RPM contributions. According to the liner notes, some of those tracks did appear on albums, but for reasons unknown to us, WB purposely referenced the singles, instead of taking the opportunity to promote the albums they were trying to sell with this sampler/collection. As a result, I have no idea if any of the following are obscure 45 rarities, edits and alt mixes, or just the regular ol’ album tracks. But, since WB went to the trouble to list them as singles, I’ll point them out for you, too, just in case… Charles Wright And The Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band “Express Yourself,” The Meters “Trick Bag,” Graham Central Station “Love Covers A Multitude Of Sins,” Dionne Warwick “Once You Hit The Road,” The Staples “Love Me, Love Me, Love Me,” Curtis Mayfield “Only You Babe,” The Doobie Brothers “Takin’ It To The Streets,” Funkadelic “”Comin’ Round The Mountain,” Ashford & Simpson “Tried, Tested And Found True,” Roy Redmond “Good Day Sunshine,” New Birth “Long And Winding Road” and Undisputed Truth “You + Me = Love.” There’s also a nifty little set of three Beatles covers on Side 3, beginning with Randy Crawford’s funky reading of John Lennon’s “Don’t Let Me Down.” This set was compiled and annotated by WB’s Bob Merlis and Gene “The Genius” Sculatti (Warners’ Editorial Director from 1975 to 1981, and editor of 1982’s influential, The Catalog Of Cool, HERE), who told us that this set wasn’t easily put together, since “WB didn’t have a helluva lot of soul acts” at the time. Very big thanks once again to Rebecca for taking the time to rip and scan this collection for inclusion here. She also provide this ad (HERE) from a July 1977 Ebony magazine. Find all the Loss Leaders, HERE.

Side 1
Charles Wright And The Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band Express Yourself (3:48)
The Meters
Trick Bag (3:14)
Jimmy Cliff
Struggling Man (3:50)
Graham Central Station
Love Covers A Multitude Of Sin (3:28)
Dionne Warwick
Once You Hit The Road (3:26)
George Benson
Nature Boy (5:49)

Side 2
Candi Staton Run To Me (4:13)
The Staples
Love Me, Love Me, Love Me (3:10)
Curtis Mayfield
Only You Babe (3:28)
The Doobie Brothers
Takin’ It To The Streets (3:18)
Bootsy’s Rubber Band
Rubber Duckie (3:17)
Comin’ Round The Mountain (3:46)

Side 3
Ashford & Simpson Tried, Tested And Found True (3:23)
Banks & Hampton
Loving You (3:55)
Take Me To The Bridge (4:24)
Randy Crawford
Don’t Let Me Down (3:52)
Roy Redmond
Good Day Sunshine (2:39)
New Birth
The Long And Winding Road (3:29)

Side 4
Undisputed Truth You + Me = Love (3:32)
Paul Kelly
(Loving You) Ain’t Nothin’ Better (3:13)
Tony Wilson
I Like Your Style (2:59)
Al Jarreau
Somebody’s Watching You (3:40)
Lamont Dozier
It’s The Same Old Song (4:12)
What Would The World Be Without Music (6:31)
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