Cry Of The Werewolf (1944)

cryofthewerewolf01Cry Of The Werewolf (1944) a.k.a. Daughter Of The Werewolf Little known entry in the longstanding wolf/werewolf-related movie franchises, originally kickstarted by Universal, but picked up here by Columbia Pictures. A recap of the werewolf (& vampire) myth is neatly revisited by a museum tour guide in the movie’s opening 5 minutes. Made in 1944, Cry Of The Werewolf has all of the delicious atmospheric charm of the original (second wave) of monster movies, characterized by dramatic tension, film noir lighting and rousing original (though sometimes recycled) music. There are no real stars in this psychological whodunit, just gypsies, mythology and cinematic suggestion. Hard to imagine all of those Eastern Bloc accents aren’t meant to sound anything but suspicious, especially in 1944. The cigarette lighter-lit hallway scene is a treat. EXCLAMATION-MARKED TAG LINE!: When The Bells Toll At Midnight… Werewolves Prowl The Earth! DIALOG ALERT: “We will now proceed to the voodoo room.” Find Cry Of The Werewolf at Amazon, HERE. New Movies, Fridays ‘Round Midnight.


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LOSS LEADERS #18: Peaches (1974)

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Dedicated Capricorn Records Sampler

The 1970 Loss Leader, Zapped (HERE), was comprised solely of artists signed to Frank Zappa’s Bizarre/Straight labels. 1974’s Peaches (and a later follow-up, Peaches Vol. 2) is similar, in that it’s a collection dedicated to WB subsidiary, Capricorn Records, which was then only 5 years old and growing rapidly since first signing The Allman Brothers in 1969. Along with many of the artists we often associate with the Southern Rock explosion of the 70s – The Marshall Tucker Band, Wet Willie, Grinderswitch and, of course, the (by now) fractured Allman Brothers (with solo projects from Duane & Gregg Allman and Dickie Betts) – are a number of names that reflected Capricorn’s growth outside the genre, like Elvin Bishop, Percy Sledge, Arthur Conley, Maxayn… and even country legend Kitty Wells, who’s backed by the likes of Betts, Chuck Leavell, Toy Caldwell and others. Johnny Jenkins, an original member of The Pinetoppers (with Otis Redding), is joined by a bunch of The Brothers (Duane, Berry Oakley, Butch Trucks, Jaimoe) on a 1970 recording – reissued in ’74 – and included here. That’s Scott Boyer and Tommy Talton, a.k.a. Cowboy, performing “Houston,” below. Quite noticeably, Dr. Demento took the day off from compiling and penning liners notes on this Loss Leader, which some have speculated is not even an official entry into the series (as well as Vol. 2, coming up), primarily because the set wasn’t routinely included in much of the Warner’s regular advertising for the series, via inner sleeves and brochures. You can still rustle up an original vinyl copy at Amazon, HERE, and find all of our Loss Leaders posts, HERE.

LP 1
Richard Betts Highway Call (4:27)
Wet Willie
Lucy Was In Trouble (3:41)
Elvin Bishop
Let It Flow (3:54)
Johnny Darrell
Orange Blossom Special (3:14)
Percy Sledge
Walkin’ In The Sun (3:25)
Moonfunk (4:40)
The Marshall Tucker Band
Blue Ridge Mountain Sky (3:37)
Boyer & Talton (Cowboy)
Houston (3:03)
Johnny Jenkins
Voodoo In You (4:52)
The Allman Brothers Band
Come And Go Blues (4:55)
Bobby Thompson
Foxfire (2:13)
Captain Beyond
Sufficiently Breathless (5:12)

LP 2
Gregg Allman Dreams (7:55)
Larry Henley
I’ll Come Running Back To You (3:14)
Catch A Train (4:46)
James Montgomery Band
I’m Funky But I’m Clean (4:12)
White Witch
Black Widow Lover (4:49)
Glitter Queen (4:08)
Duke Williams And The Extremes
God Bless All The Girls In The World (2:54)
Kenny O’Dell
I Take It On Home (2:49)
Kitty Wells
I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (2:22)
Arthur Conley
Stop Knocking (2:54)
Chris Christman
Apron Strings (3:37)
Duane Allman
Happily Married Man (2:41)
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LOSS LEADERS #17: Hard Goods (1974)
Includes Neil Young’s “War Song” (w/ Graham Nash)

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Change Was In The Air…

The first Loss Leader of 1974 was issued during a year of turmoil and strife in America – which had manifested itself in a looming oil crisis, the climax of an unwinnable war and a shocking political upheaval. The inflationary times also brought changes to WB’s cost-conscious $2 2LP series. Gone were the six page inserts. Instead, the new format moving forward would print the commentary/liner notes on the inside of the gatefold sleeves. Barry Hansen (Dr. Demento) was still on board to annotate (thankfully), and so was the rewarding selection of new material available from Warners/Reprise and their associated labels; Bearsville, Brother (The Beach Boys’ label), Capricorn (soon to get their own dedicated promos), Casablanca, Chrysalis, DiscReet (Frank Zappa’s latest imprint), Palladium and Purple Records. Plus some rarities… or as Hansen referred to them, songs in the “collector’s item category,” including “War Song,” by Neil Young with Graham Nash (backed by The Stray Gators) – a 45 recorded to support the 1972 presidential bid of George McGovern. This rarity had been lost to time and had never resurfaced until Neil included it on 2009’s The Archives Vol. 1 1963–1972. Even rarer was the resurrected 1968 single from Denver, Boise And Johnson – a group that emerged from the ashes of The Chad Mitchell Trio – on their only released single, “The ’68 Nixon (This Year’s Model),” just in time to celebrate our soon-to-be-disgraced president, Richard Nixon. And, yes… that’s John Denver on this wicked parody of the then-candidate/punching bag, boasting some of the sharpest political satire ever committed to vinyl. As we’ve come to expect, there’s plenty of other cool music, too, including material from Terry Melcher (Byrds/Raiders producer), Alan Price, Steeleye Span (produced by Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson), Osibisa, and even Kiss. This was one I never heard back in the day, so hearing it now is a real treat. Find all the Loss Leaders, HERE.

LP 1
Graham Central Station We’ve Been Waiting (0:57)
Graham Central Station
Can You Handle It? (5:07)
Good Rockin’ Tonight (2:55)
The Doobie Brothers
Pursuit On 53rd St. (2:30)
Ted Nugent And The Amboy Dukes
Sweet Revenge (3:59)
The Talbot Brothers
Trail Of Tears (3:48)
That’ll Be The Day (2:36)
Van Morrison
Ain’t Nothin’ You Can Do (3:41)
Chunky, Novi & Ernie
Atlantic Liner (3:36)
Deep Purple
“A” 200 (4:05)
Frank Zappa
Cosmik Debris (4:21)
Todd Rundgren
Heavy Metal Kids (4:13)
Bob Seger
UMC (Upper Middle Class) (3:13)

LP 2
Kiss Strutter (3:08)
Steeleye Span
Thomas The Rhymer (3:07)
The Marshall Tucker Band
Another Cruel Love (3:53)
Take Your Trouble – Go (3:59)
Gregg Allman
Please Call Home (2:41)
Neil Young with Graham Nash
War Song (3:38)
Denver, Boise And Johnson
The ’68 Nixon (This Year’s Model) (1:31)
Alan Price
In Times Like These (2:35)
Seals & Crofts
Dance By The Light Of The Moon (4:39)
Terry Melcher
Dr. Horowitz (2:45)
Leo Sayer
The Show Must Go On (3:23)
The Beach Boys
Vegetables (2:05)
Robin Trower
About To Begin (3:43)
Dooley Wilson
As Time Goes By (3:08)
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LOSS LEADERS #16: All Singing – All Talking – All Rocking (1973)

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All Singing – All Talking – All Rocking (1973)
Includes Singing, Talking And Rocking…

Celebrating Warner Film division’s 50th anniversary, the title, All Singing – All Talking – All Rocking, paraphrases the company’s advertising slogan from the dawn of the “talkies” – which was then wowing audiences weaned on the silent movies of the early 1900s. The audio dialog excerpts that dot this set’s track list come from two, 3LP sets WB released to celebrate their history in the movies (50 Years Of Film and 50 Years Of Film Music), helping compiler Barry Hansen to spice up this otherwise non-themed Loss Leader in typical Dr. Demento-styled fashion. Interesting musical inclusions in this 1973 two-fer include: Three Man Army, featuring drummer Tony Newman (Jeff Beck Group), Adrian Gurvitz (Baker-Gurvitz Army) and brother Paul (B-GA & Gun); Back Door, with rocker-about-town Colin Hodgkinson (produced by Felix Pappalardi); the re-formed Sopwith Camel; obscure DiscReet recording artist, Kathy Dalton (DiscReet was Frank Zappa’s new label, who also returns with The Mothers’ “The Slime”); the mysteriously cultish M. Frog (recording under his given name, Labat); Ex-Byrds drummer Gene Parsons (getting his bluegrass on) and Bedlam, featuring Cozy Powell (Jeff Beck Group) & Dave Ball (Procol Harum). Not to mention a few of the label’s favored regulars, like Jethro Tull and Tim Buckley alongside the rising tide of new stylists, like The Allman Brothers and The Marshall Tucker Band. Vinyl copies are gettable at Amazon, HERE. Find all of our Loss Leaders, HERE.

LP 1
Dialogue Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? (0:58)
Chip Taylor
(I Want) The Real Thing (3:17)
Jimmy Cliff
On My Life (2:42)
Maria Muldaur
Don’t You Feel My Leg (Don’t You Make Me High) (2:44)
Higher And Higher (3:53)
Bonnie Raitt
Let Me In (3:35)
Humphrey Bogart and Alfonso Bedoya in The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre (0:16)
The Allman Brothers Band
Ramblin’ Man (5:00)
JSD Band
Cuckoo (3:53)
Three Man Army
Take A Look At The Light (3:53)
Jethro Tull
Inside (3:42)
James Dean in Rebel Without A Cause (0:14)
Back Door
Plantagenet (1:38)
The Mothers
I’m The Slime (3:29)
The Section
Bullet Train (3:51)

LP 2
Robin Trower Twice Removed From Yesterday (3:49)
The Marshall Tucker Band
Hillbilly Band (2:31)
Sopwith Camel
Dancin’ Wizard (2:59)
Kathy Dalton
Long Gone Charlie, Hit And Run (3:01)
Bugs Bunny (Mel Blanc) and Barbra Streisand in What’s Up Doc? (0:15)
Uriah Heep
Seven Stars (3:48)
Muskrat Love (3:03)
Martin Mull
Santa Doesn’t Cop Out On Dope (2:21)
James Cagney in Yankee Doodle Dandy (0:35)
Amphibian Chaff (0:59)
Gene Parsons
Monument (2:06)
The Doobie Brothers
Natural Thing (3:14)
Sweet Sister Mary (2:45)
Wendy Waldman
Gringo en Mexico (2:44)
Jesse Colin Young
Evenin’ (3:11)
Tim Buckley
Sally Go ‘Round The Roses (3:37)
Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart and Dooley Wilson in Casablanca (2:22)
Peter Yarrow
Wayfaring Stranger (3:16)
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LOSS LEADERS #15: Appetizers (1973)

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Dig In…

Appetizing highlights include Bert Jansch’s more representative version of Ewan MacColl’s “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,” which was an old Scottish folk song before Roberta Flack’s award-winning re-interpretation. Bert’s co-vocalist, by the way, is none other than Mary Hopkin. Fanny’s “All Mine” is produced (kinda obviously) by Todd Rundgren, whose A Wizard, A True Star is also represented here. Deep Purple’s “I’m Alone,” was a non-LP single when it was first issued on Appetizers. Likewise, The Beach Boy’s “Susie Cincinnati” was a lowly B-side, left off of Sunflower. Here, it’s in mono. Lorraine Ellison cover’s Jimmy Cliff’s “Too Many Rivers To Cross,” as produced by Ted Templeman, and Flo & Eddie (a.k.a. The Phlorescent Leech & Eddie, a.k.a. Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan, a.k.a. former Mothers and Turtles)… all of their’s “Another Pop Star’s Life” is here. This Loss Leader is once again compiled by Dr. Demento (Barry Hansen), who also penned the multi-page liners and inserted some bizarre, old radio snippets between some of the selections. Another wonderful listen from another place and time. You can get a copy at Amazon, HERE. To grab all of the Loss Leaders, go HERE.

LP 1
Little Feat Dixie Chicken (3:48)
Arlo Guthrie
Lovesick Blues (2:32)
Bert Jansch
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (2:58)
Linda Lewis
Rock-A-Doodle-Doo (3:21)
Paul Butterfield
Baby Please Don’t Go (3:20)
Seals & Crofts
Jessica (2:53)
Van Morrison
Love (3:24)
The Faces
Borstal Boys (3:25)
Todd Rundgren
Is It My Name? (4:00)
All Mine (3:46)
Alice Cooper
Billion Dollar Babies (3:36)
John Cale
Paris 1919 (3:59)
Procol Harum
Toujours L’Amour (3:31)

LP 2
Incredible String Band Second Fiddle (2:49)
Steeleye Span
Misty Moisty Morning (3:27)
The Doobie Brothers
Dark Eyed Cajun Woman (4:10)
Wet Willie
Airport (3:40)
T. Rex
Born To Boogie (2:03)
Deep Purple
I’m Alone (2:59)
Lorraine Ellison
Many Rivers To Cross (3:04)
Martin Mull
Licks Off Of Records (2:57)
William Truckaway And Magic
Roller Derby Starr (3:42)
Flo & Eddie
Another Pop Star’s Life (3:52)
Bloodshot Eyes (2:58)
The Beach Boys
Susie Cincinnati (2:53)
What A Shame (4:04)
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LOSS LEADERS #14: The Days Of Wine And Vinyl (1972)

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The Days Of Wine And Vinyl (1972)
Both Folky And Funky…

The first disc of The Days Of Wine And Vinyl has a decidedly folky and funky feel, dominated by a number of acoustic artists groovin’ a little bit harder than their reps might suggest. Tim Buckley is rockin’ with some soulful background singers (and is heard wailing, “Ohh, I love me a black woman”), while even Captain Beefheart’s contribution, “Too Much Time,” is of the soulful, horn-driven variety, with background vocals by The Blackberries – unlike anything in his recorded catalog. Hell, the good Captain actually stylistically fits into his surroundings, for a change. Arlo Guthrie is practically unrecognizable on his original composition, the 45-only track, “The Ballad Of Tricky Fred” – with a sound so atypical it was never issued on any of his albums (I don’t think). Arthur Conley is always a groove, so his “Rita” is no surprise, except that it too was a non-LP cut at the time. The Section is a short-lived, all-instrumental group featuring session masters Danny Kortchmar, Russ Kunkel and Leland Sklar, while “Blind John,” from The Dead’s drummer, Mickey Hart, features the Tower Of Power horns and Grace Slick, among others. Variety is the watchword for side two, with Harpers Bizarre covering Harry Nilsson’s “Poly High” (their spelling), and contributions from Sparks, Roxy Music, Jethro Tull, the great Bobby Charles, Memphis Slim, and even a resurrected 1966 single from David Bowie, making for a curious addition to this 2LP set… and the series. Get a vinyl copy of The Days Of Wine And Vinyl at Amazon, HERE. Find all the Loss Leaders, HERE.

LP 1
Tir Na Nog Come And See The Show (3:33)
Arlo Guthrie
The Ballad Of Tricky Fred (2:38)
Tim Buckley
Move With Me (4:48)
Jesse Winchester
Isn’t That So? (2:23)
Arthur Conley
Rita (2:39)
Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band
Too Much Time (2:44)
The Section
Doin’ The Meatball (2:52)
James Taylor
Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight (2:33)
Head And Heart (3:47)
Mickey Hart
Blind John (3:42)
Sea Gull (3:58)
The Incredible String Band
My Father Was A Lighthouse Keeper (4:17)
Bonnie Raitt
Too Long At The Fair (2:59)

LP 2
Alexis Korner and Snape Country Shoes (4:06)
Steeleye Span
Spotted Cow (3:03)
Jethro Tull
Living In The Past (3:18)
Dick Heckstall-Smith
Future Song (3:58)
Harpers Bizarre
Poly High (2:47)
Moon Over Kentucky (4:11)
The Youngbloods
Speedo (3:30)
Bobby Charles
Small Town Talk (3:24)
Memphis Slim
You’re The One (3:22)
David Bowie
Can’t Help Thinking About Me (2:41)
Roxy Music
Virginia Plain (2:56)
Norman Greenbaum
The Day The Well Went Dry (2:33)
John Hartford
Bye-Bye (3:23)
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LOSS LEADERS #13: Burbank (1972)

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The series returns to more of the groundbreaking music it’s best known for with Burbank, sporting a cover that parodies the band Chicago’s well-known logo and artwork. An extremely cool variety of artists, from Curved Air to John Cale to Alice Cooper, as both LPs stylistically ping-pong across the spectrum. Lots of funky stuff, from Tower Of Power, Labelle, The Meters and Maxayn. Plenty of rock from Jimi Hendrix (what the liner notes call “Hendrix’s grandest experiment in pure psychedelia”), Foghat (produced by Dave Edmunds), Captain Beyond (w/ members of Deep Purple, Iron Butterfly & Johnny Winter’s band). Strange bedfellows, in the form of Beaver & Krause, John Fahey And His Orchestra Of Rivers And Religion, Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan (Flo & Eddie from The Turtles and The Mothers) and Martin Mull. The Fanny track features horn men Jim Price and Bobby Keys, with production “under the hitful eye of” Richard Perry. Deep Purple and Arlo Guthrie each have non-LP tracks that were (previously) only available as singles. The strange selections by John Cale (“Days Of Steam”) and Van Dyke Parks (“G-Man Hoover”) have compiler Dr. Demento’s fingerprints all over the choice selection, picked for their optimum uniqueness over their promotional record-selling abilities. The multi-page inserts are a great read (below). Find it at Amazon, HERE. Find all the Loss Leaders, HERE.

LP 1
Tower Of Power Down To The Nightclub (2:47)
Curved Air
Phantasmagoria (3:14)
Alice Cooper
Public Animal #9 (3:47)
Van Dyke Parks
G-Man Hoover (2:52)
Arlo Guthrie
Voter Registration Rag (0:57)
John Cale
Intro/Days Of Steam (2:55)
Peace With Yourself (2:57)
Borrowed Time (3:35)
T. Rex
Telegram Sam (3:42)
Trying For Days (3:31)
Highway (Killing Me) (3:44)
The Meters
Cabbage Alley (3:22)
Jimi Hendrix
The Stars That Play With Laughing Sam’s Dice (4:12)

LP 1
Mark Volman And Howard Kaylan I Been Born Again (3:51)
Beaver & Krause
Bluebird Canyon Stomp (3:16)
Captain Beyond
Thousand Days Of Yesterdays (3:53)
Bob Weir
Cassidy (3:39)
John Fahey
Steamboat Gwine ‘Round De Bend (4:11)
Sunset Ride (3:49)
John Baldry
You Can’t Judge A Book By The Cover (4:12)
Deep Purple
When A Blind Man Cries (3:29)
Martin Mull
Ventriloquist Love (2:55)
John Renbourn
Kokomo Blues (3:50)
Matthew Ellis
Avalon (4:48)
Geoff & Maria Muldaur
Kneein’ Me (3:24)
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LOSS LEADERS #12: Middle Of The Road (1972)

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Truth in advertising…

NOTE: We’ve re-upped all of the early Lost Leaders posts (#1-#10), as some users reported issues with the artist/song title tags not showing up like they should. Hopefully, we’ve corrected the issue. Sorry for the extra download time. - The Management

I’m not sure if most of this Loss Leader can really be considered “MOR” (in the Frank Sinatra sense of the word… and yeah, he’s here), but Middle Of The Road does display a demographically softer side to the series, with plenty of acoustic offerings and quieter tunes. Which means… no Capt. Beefheart, no GTO’s and no Fugs. Instead you get selections from the likes of Jesse Colin Young, James Taylor, Dion, John Sebastian, Rod McKuen and Gordon Lightfoot. And that’s just the first disc. Once again, Dr. Demento compiles this collection (and annotates), but he keeps his noted wackiness in check, since this collection is, by nature, designed for the reflective nature within us all. Of course, for those of us who don’t buy a lot of these kinds of albums, this set does provides a valuable service – since you may not own much of this material already. The good Doctor’s interesting liner notes tell us; the opening track by Jennifer, “In The Morning,” was written by Barry Gibb and produced by The Velvet Underground’s John Cale, and… Dionne Warwick used to spell her name Warwicke. Go figure. The format does loosen up a little, with contributions from Randy Newman, Fleetwood Mac and T. Rex, but even those are on the softer side, as are tracks from The Beach Boys (“Caroline No”) and Todd Rundgren (“Dust In The Wind”). Vinyl copies of Middle Of The Road are at Amazon, HERE. For all of the Loss Leaders, go HERE.

LP 1
Jennifer In The Morning (3:00)
Sunshine Lady (2:26)
Rod McKuen
Friendly Sounds (2:40)
Jesse Colin Young
It’s A Lovely Day (2:26)
Gordon Lightfoot
Second Cup Of Coffee (3:04)
James Taylor
Hey Mister, That’s Me Up On The Jukebox (3:49)
Randy Newman
Political Science (2:03)
Gordon Lightfoot
Ode To Big Blue (4:48)
John Stewart
An Account Of Haley’s Comet (3:52)
Kenny Rogers and The First Edition
Calico Silver (5:15)
John Sebastian
Give Us A Break (3:40)
Fleetwood Mac
World In Harmony (3:28)

LP 2
Frank Sinatra Love’s Been Good To Me (3:25)
Seals & Crofts
Paper Airplanes (2:52)
Todd Rundgren
Dust In The Wind (3:48)
The Beach Boys
Caroline No (2:19)
I Need You (3:07)
Mary Travers
It Will Come To You Again (3:38)
T. Rex
Life’s A Gas (2:25)
Alex Taylor
Comin’ Back To You (4:13)
When I Get Home (4:59)
Peter Yarrow
Side Road (2:55)
Tony Joe White
The Family (3:29)
Dionne Warwicke
If You Never Say Goodbye (3:14)
Paul Stookey
Wedding Song (There Is Love) (3:44)
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LOSS LEADERS #11: The Whole Burbank Catalog (1972)

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The Whole Burbank Catalog (1972)
Dr. Demento Makes Himself Known…

Without question, The Whole Burbank Catalog is one of the Loss Leaders’ series most entertaining listens. Not only for the broad cross-section of talents, but also for the numerous audio tidbits that are scattered across the 2LP set, culled from old radio shows, musical advertisements and sound studio snippets. As a result, this collection has a personality, giving the entire set the feel of an alternative bizarro world radio broadcast. The reason for all this is because of who compiled this collection… one, Barry Hansen, a.k.a. Dr. Demento, who infused some of the lighthearted life of his own Los Angeles-based radio show into a sales-oriented record company project. Some of the regulars would handle the liner notes (Pete Johnson, John Mendelsohn, and others), but Hansen would also take over that aspect of production on a majority of future releases, too. As for the music, some of this material is just fabulous. I’ve personally never been the biggest fan of Jackie Lomax, but his “Lavender Dream” has always fascinated my ears. The track from Malo, “Nena,” is a departure from their Santana-ish sound (the band features Carlos’ brother, Jorge, of course), here they suggest a groovy, funky, ghetto-fied version of War. I’d never heard of Australia’s Daddy Cool in any context outside of this album, but their “Eagle Rock” rocks. While Seals & Crofts’ “Sudan Village” sounds exactly like the blueprint for Paul Simon’s Graceland… nearly 15 years in advance. Of course, there’s plenty of well-known history included here, too… a track from Jerry Garcia’s debut solo LP; a (then) non-LP 45 from Jethro Tull “Sweet Dream”; the strange pre-Sparks band, Halfnelson, featuring the Mael brothers; “Sandman” from America’s debut album, a selection from W. Carlos’ A Clockwork Orange soundtrack… and the Sesame Street cast. Those were the days, eh? It only takes just over four decades to truly appreciate that, but it’s all there in the grooves. Read the multi-page inserts below. Vinyl’s at Amazon, HERE. Find all the Loss Leaders, HERE.

LP 1
Funky Fruit Sgt. Preston (1:06)
Jerry Garcia
The Wheel (4:03)
Arthur Alexander
It Hurts To Want It So Bad (2:14)
Allen Toussaint
Fingers And Toes (4:03)
Jackie Lomax
Lavender Dream (4:07)
Daddy Cool
Eagle Rock (5:04)
Heavy Herbs
Manhattan Merry-Go-Round (0:55)
Memphis (5:26)
Nena (6:25)
Fleetwood Mac
Show Me A Smile (3:21)
Jethro Tull
Sweet Dream (4:23)
Alice Cooper
Be My Lover (3:34)

LP 2
Wonderous Weeds Inner Sanctum (slightly abridged) (0:50)
T. Rex
Bang A Gong (Get It On) (4:23)
Captain Beefheart
Click Clack (3:46)
Biology II (3:00)
Seals & Crofts
Sudan Village (4:20)
Todd Rundgren
A Long Time, A Long Way To Go (2:10)
Sandman (5:08)
Hardy Perennials
The Lone Ranger (abridged) (0:23)
Walter Carlos
William Tell Overture (1:17)
Little Jerry And The Monotones
Mad! (2:23)
Ry Cooder
Money Honey (3:27)
Bonnie Raitt
Big Road (3:27)
William Truckaway
Bluegreens (2:43)
Ramblin’ Jack Elliott
Howdido (1:22)
Kenny Young
Simple Joys (3:12)
Arlo Guthrie
Ukulele Lady (4:29)
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LOSS LEADERS #10: Together (1971)

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The Last Single LP Loss Leader

I guess WB figured if they were going to go to all the trouble to press up records (and practically give them away), they might as well promote as many acts as they possibly could… and a single LP just wasn’t doing the trick. Which is why Together was the label’s last, single LP, Loss Leader… though it’s a questionable title in the series, another that didn’t get advertised on the inner sleeves. As always, there are plenty of interesting artists being offered up. Hitmakers? Sure… but long forgotten acts, too. Stoneground, which features the former lead vocalist of The Beau Brummels, covers a Kinks/Ray Davies tune, “Rainy Day In June.” Of course, it’s interesting hearing The Doobie Brothers from their debut album, without Michael McDonald (produced by Lenny Waronker and Ted Templeman). That’s Ry Cooder playing slide guitar on Crazy Horse’s “Dirty, Dirty,” from their debut album without Neil Young, and John Denver co-writes and performs on (ex-Peter, Paul and…) Mary Travers’ contribution, “Circus.” Fun blurbs and great music. Find all the Loss Leaders, HERE.

Mary Travers Circus (3:19)
The Doobie Brothers
Slippery St. Paul (2:14)
Jackie Lomax
A Hundred Mountains (3:28)
Rainy Day In June (2:39)
Mother Earth
Temptation Took Control Of Me And I Fell (3:26)
The Faces
Tell Everyone (4:21)
Earth, Wind and Fire
Help Somebody (3:41)
John Baldry
Let’s Burn Down The Cornfield (4:15)
Crazy Horse
Dirty, Dirty (3:36)
Alice Cooper
Long Way To Go (3:08)
T. Rex
Is It Love? (2:38)
Together back
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LOSS LEADERS #9: Hot Platters (1971)

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A Virtual Smorgasbord…

Many interesting tidbits are hidden in the liner notes of 1971’s Hot Platters… Ron Nagle’s “Marijuana Hell” is produced by the great Jack Nitzsche, for instance, and The Kinks “Animals In The Zoo” was “as-yet unreleased” when it first surfaced on this $2 Loss Leader, proving just how fanatical the WB boys were about The Kinks – always heaping higher-than-hyperbole praise on them and releasing their music faster than they could press them up for sales. The Stovall Sisters were the background singers heard on Norman Greenbaum’s hit, “Spirit In The Sky,” which they re-recorded as a solo act, and is offered here. Ry Cooder’s cover of Huddie Ledbetter’s “On A Monday” was only a 45 when it was included here. It wouldn’t show up on an LP until 1972’s Into The Purple Valley. Beaver & Krause, best known for their synth experiments, go full-on gospel on “Gandharva,” boasting a who’s who of players like Gerry Mulligan, Bud Shank and Mike Bloomfield, among others. Groundbreaking all female rock band, Fanny, sounds pretty soulful on “Soul Child,” and finally… everyone’s heard the classic, “Tobacco Road,” but have you ever heard it by the song’s author, J.D. Loudermilk? Now’s your chance. Get the original vinyl at Amazon, HERE. Find all the Loss Leaders, HERE.

LP 1
Deep Purple Strange Kind Of Woman (4:03)
John Baldry
It Ain’t Easy (4:48)
Shades Of Difference (3:19)
Beginning To End (2:34)
T. Rex
Hot Love (4:51)
Randy Newman
Last Night I Had A Dream (1:49)
Jackie Lomax
Helluva Woman (3:09)
Paul Stookey
Sebastian (4:08)
Norman Greenbaum
Circulate (3:07)
Ron Nagle
Marijuana Hell (2:54)
Gordon Lightfoot
10 Degrees And Getting Colder (2:41)

LP 2
The Beach Boys Feel Flows (4:43)
Soul Child (3:47)
The Kinks
Animals In The Zoo (2:19)
The Stovall Sisters
Spirit In The Sky (2:56)
Lullabye II (Summer Carol) (2:30)
Ry Cooder
On A Monday (2:48)
Big Mama Thornton
One More River (2:31)
John D. Loudermilk
Tobacco Road (2:59)
Beaver and Krause
Walkin’ By The River (2:41)
Ronnie Milsap
Please Don’t Tell Me How The Story Ends (2:58)
Mother Earth
Bring Me Home (3:30)
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LOSS LEADERS #8: Non-Dairy Creamer (1971)

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A Rare 1LP Loss Leader Anomaly

The arrival of this single LP Loss Leader was a bit unusual, and curious that it rarely showed up in any of the WB’s inner sleeve and brochure advertisements, so it’s been largely forgotten about over the years. Which is a shame, because it’s an excellent off-beat release, and I’ve enjoyed listening to it a number of times in the last week. Many of the artists here are of the low-profile variety – as Little Feat were still new in 1970 and Peter Green was freshly on his own after leaving Fleetwood Mac. So, the quietly progressive acoustic offerings that dot Non-Dairy Creamer, along with the lack of big star power, lend this album its own subdued vitality and charm. Rosebud is a short-live group featuring Jerry Yester (Modern Folk Quartet, Lovin’ Spoonful) and soon to be ex-wife Judy Henske; Ohio Knox features Peter Gallway, late of the 5th Avenue Band; Zephyr is young Tommy Bolin’s first signed band; Ron Nagle is produced by Jack Nitzsche and Tony Joe White was just on Letterman recently performing with The Foo Fighters. BIG thanks to Rebecca for ripping this LP from her own collection (and for bettering our back cover art). It’s gettable still at Amazon, HERE. Find all the Loss Leaders, HERE.

Little Feat Snakes On Everything (3:05)
Panama (3:59)
Peter Green
Hidden Depth (4:54)
Curved Air
It Happened Today (4:59)
Tony Joe White
Five Summers For Jimmy (3:48)
John and Beverley Martyn
Primrose Hill (2:56)
Ohio Knox
Pound or My Dog Dad For Robert Downey (A Prince) (3:50)
Jeffrey Cain
Mr. Governor (2:41)
Going Back To Colorado (4:18)
Ron Nagle
Family Style (2:37)
Brownsville Station
Rumble (3:12)
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LOSS LEADERS #7: Looney Tunes And Merrie Melodies (1970)

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3LPs For $3? Who’s Your Music Daddy??

Probably one of the more fondly remembered releases in the Loss Leader series… for those who acted fast enough to snag one, anyway. A big, colorful, 3LP box set, with some of the era’s best new music, all for 3 bucks… postage paid! It lavishly spoke to the inherent greed in all record collectors and music lovers. And just look at that track list. There’s barely an unknown name or non-classic in the bunch (well, a few… but not many). As usual, the liner notes are a great read from a historical perspective, as Warners reports that the “recently emerged” Black Sabbath (with singer John Osbourne) “has made our sales department very happy.” And an advance, non-LP single from The Faces (“Real Good Time”) isn’t even officially penciled in for the band’s next album yet. One record that caught my attention is John Simon’s album (that’s the name of it, by the way, John Simon’s Album). The famed producer for Big Brother, BS&T, Leonard Cohen, The Band and a slew of others, is joined by Leon Russell, Jim Gordon and Delaney Bramlett for his 1970 debut LP. To illustrate the Loss Leaders series’ grand design, I immediately went online to find a copy of it. Of course, that’s not exactly what Warners had in mind back in the 70s, but the concept’s mojo is still working its magic. As mentioned previously on #4 Schlagers!, Looney Tunes And Merrie Melodies claims it’s the 4th release in the series, but the catalog number (PRO423) suggests it was actually the 6th release (#7 if you count Zapped twice, like we did), so until we find some definitive answers about the actual release order, you’ll have to take our numbering-by-catalog number system with a grain of salt. Unfortunately, none of Warners’ artwork or liners after this point offer any specifics regarding numbering or order, so apparently even WB gave up making any linear/numerical sense of the series by this point. You can still find a vinyl copy at Amazon, HERE. Find all the Loss Leaders, HERE.

LP 1
FM Radio Spot It’s The Plastic (1:03)
Real Good Time (5:52)
Black Sabbath
Paranoid (2:48)
Little Feat
Strawberry Flats (2:22)
Hard Meat
Smile As You Go Under (3:04)
Fleetwood Mac
Tell Me All The Things You Do (4:13)
Jimi Hendrix
Stepping Stone (4:15)
John Simon
The Elves’ Song
Ry Cooder
Alimony (2:56)
Randy Newman
Let’s Burn Down The Cornfield (3:02)
Gordon Lightfoot
Me And Bobby McGee (3:42)
Jimmy L. Webb
P. F. Sloan (4:05)
Performance Soundtrack (Jack Nitzsche)
Harry Flowers (4:03)

LP 2
FM Radio Spot Chip Dip (1:02)
Little Richard
I Saw Her Standing There (3:29)
The Grateful Dead
Sugar Magnolia (3:17)
Van Morrison
Call Me Up In Dreamland (3:54)
The Kinks
Apeman (3:52)
Arlo Guthrie
Valley To Pray
The Beach Boys
It’s About Time (3:01)
The Youngbloods
It’s A Lovely Day (2:37)
Jeffrey Cain
Houndog Turkey (2:51)
Love Has Come To Me (3:05)
Just For You (9:39)

LP 3
Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band Lick My Decals Off, Baby (2:39)
The Mothers Of Invention
Directly From My Heart To You (5:18)
Alice Cooper
Return Of The Spiders (4:30)
Frank Zappa
Would You Go All The Way? (2:30)
Beaver and Krause
Spaced (3:51)
Pearls Before Swine
The Jeweler (2:46)
Beaver and Krause
Sanctuary (1:46)
James Taylor
Lo And Behold (2:35)
Harpers Bizarre
If We Ever Needed The Lord Before (2:56)
Van Dyke Parks
On The Rolling Sea When Jesus Speak To Me (2:28)
The Persuasions
It’s All Right
Turley Richards
I Heard The Voice Of Jesus (6:59)
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LOSS LEADERS #5 & #6: Zapped & Zappéd (1970)

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Two Slightly Different Leaders

Yeah, I know… we shouldn’t have numbered this one twice. But, it’s too late now. Besides, it will help to draw attention to the fact that there’s more besides the cover art that separates these two releases. Aside from the artwork (Zappéd is referred to as the “Collage Cover” in collector’s circles), there’s a slight variation in the album’s name, as well, with an accent added to one title (even though it appears on the back covers of both). More importantly, though, four tracks were switched out, which you can see below by following the asterisks (*) – one track each from Alice Cooper, Judy Henske & Jerry Yester, Lord Buckley and The Mothers Of Invention, with the running order remaining unchanged. I read somewhere that the alterations were designed to promote newer singles being released by Bizarre/Straight (Frank Zappa’s new label, distributed by WB), but I have no idea if there’s any truth to that… especially given this music’s lack of commercial potential in the first place. Which, then again, might also be a reason to believe they went to some extra trouble to sell a few more records. Listen below to the unmitigated Beat/poet, spoken word improv madness of Lord Buckley, and an early recording of a later Alice Copper hit (“Elected”), entitled “Reflected.” The liner notes are by music critic, John Mendelsohn. Vinyl copies of Zapped (HERE) and Zappéd (HERE) are gettable at Amazon. Find all the Loss Leaders, HERE.

Alice Cooper Titanic Overture (1:15)
Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band
The Blimp (Mousetrapreplica) (2:07)
Judy Henske and Jerry Yester
St. Nicholas Hall (3:41) *
Tim Buckley
I Must Have Been Blind (3:46)
Wild Man Fischer
Merry-Go-Round (1:50)
Alice Cooper
Refrigerator Heaven (2:00) *
Tim Dawe
Little Boy Blue (2:32)
Lord Buckley
Governor Slugwell
(5:18) *
Jeff Simmons
Lucille Has Messed My Mind Up (3:23)
Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band
Old Fart At Play (1:55)
The Mothers Of Invention
Holiday In Berlin, Full Blown (6:29) *
Do Me In Once And I’ll Be Sad, Do Me In Twice And I’ll Know Better (Circular Circulation) (2:23)
Frank Zappa
Willie The Pimp (9:33)

ZAPPÉD (Collage)
Alice Cooper Titanic Overture (1:15)
Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band
The Blimp (Mousetrapreplica) (2:07)
Judy Henske and Jerry Yester
Horses On A Stick (2:14) *
Tim Buckley
I Must Have Been Blind (3:46)
Wild Man Fischer
Merry-Go-Round (1:50)
Alice Cooper
(3:18) *
Tim Dawe
Little Boy Blue (2:32)
Lord Buckley
The Train (2:28) *
Jeff Simmons
Lucille Has Messed My Mind Up (3:22)
Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band
Old Fart At Play (1:54)
The Mothers Of Invention
Valarie (3:18) *
Do Me In Once And I’ll Be Sad, Do Me In Twice And I’ll Know Better (Circular Circulation) (2:23)
Frank Zappa
Willie The Pimp (9:30)
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LOSS LEADERS #4: Schlagers! (1970)

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The Tunes They Are A-Changin’…

Here is where – early in the process – our research and numbering system begins to break down. By virtue of Schlagers! catalog number (PRO359), we’re calling this #4 in the series. But, the liner notes inside Looney Tunes And Merrie Melodies (still to come) state that it’s “the fourth epic sampler issued by Warner Brothers.” So, even though Warners should know best, we’re going to presume that the production of the 3LP boxed Looney Tunes may have been delayed and waited its turn, after Schlagers!… and Zapped. Which is why we’re going with the catalog numbers, until an expert steps forward to set us straight. Some not-so-subtle programming changes began to take place with Schlagers! (which is German for “hits,” by the way). New names began to crop up in the track list, like Frank Sinatra (founder of Reprise Records), Petula Clark, The Vogues, Trini Lopez and Herbie Hancock… replacing historically left field choices like The Mothers Of Invention, Wild Man Fischer, GTO’s and Captain Beefheart. All of whom would get their own, dedicated single LP Loss Leader, Zapped, right after this one (two different versions, incidentally, screwing up our numbering even more). Almost 45 years later, some of the inclusions here are fun and surprising. Theo Bikel covers Joni Mitchell, Miriam Makeba covers Stephen Stills, Dion covers Willie Dixon and Trini Lopez covers Randy Newman (a non-LP track, to boot). Curiously, the Everly Brothers track is the same non-LP single that appeared on the previous Loss Leader, The Big Ball. The cover art for Schlagers! was painted by Joe Smith, who created the advertising art for MGM’s Ben Hur. It’s at Amazon, HERE. Find all the Loss Leaders, HERE.

LP 1
Petula Clark Fill The World With Love (2:44)
The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band
Love Land (3:06)
Peter, Paul & Mary
The Song Is Love (2:47)
Ella Fitzgerald
I’ll Never Fall In Love Again (2:50)
Trini Lopez
Love Story (3:05)
Glenn Yarbrough
Sunshine Fields Of Love (3:20)
The Vogues
P.S. I Love You (2:32)
Theo Bikel
Urge For Goin’ (4:40)
Joni Mitchell
Chelsea Morning (2:33)
Gordon Lightfoot
Pony Man (3:28)
Miriam Makeba
For What It’s Worth (2:58)
You Can’t Judge A Book By Its Cover
The Everly Brothers
On My Way Home Again (2:22)
Arlo Guthrie
Stealin’ (2:49)

LP 2
Harpers Bizarre
Soft Soundin’ Music (4:10)
Frank Sinatra
Sabia (3:37)
The San Sebastian Strings
Body Surfing With The Jet Set
Rod McKuen
Jean (2:36)
Herbie Hancock
Fat Mama (3:47)
The Association
Dubuque Blues (3:17)
Vince Guaraldi
Alma-Ville (4:34)
The Neon Philharmonic
Cowboy (2:19)
The Fifth Avenue Band
Country Time Rhymes (3:45)
Mason Williams
Cowboy Buckaroo (3:47)
The Mike Post Coalition
Big Mouth Harp (3:19)
Kenny Rogers And The First Edition
Reuben James (2:48)
Randy Newman
Suzanne (3:20)
Doug Kershaw
Diggy Diggy Lo (2:25)
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LOSS LEADERS #3: The Big Ball (1970)

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The Loss Leaders Series Was On A Roll…

Back in 1970, Christine Perfect (McVie) had just joined Fleetwood Mac (she “performs with them but does not record with them,” the liners read). Seems things have (sort of) come full circle. As in all of the Loss Leaders, there’s a noticeable enthusiasm in Warners’ plugs for The Kinks, going beyond the usual publicity rhetoric, to the point of fanaticism. The Big Ball offered a “released-only-in England” Kinks track, “When I Turned Out The Living Room Light” (mono), while unabashedly heralding the band as the second coming equal to The Beatles, Stones and Who, “despite the widespread indifference of those of you out there in Radioland.” But, if you think WB is just trafficking in blind adulation for the sake of selling records, read what they had to say about The Fugs’ Ed Sanders: “We should feel no more regretful about weeding bathless degenerate Ed Sanders out of our society than we would about taking a rotten apple out of a barrel of good ones. He’s that creepy.” Listen to Ed’s legendarily incorrect (on so many levels), “The Illiad,” below. Of course, there’s the unusually usual amount of space devoted to Frank Zappa and his pals, Capt. Beefheart, Wild Man Fischer, GTO’s and The Mothers, along with another abridged live track from The Dead – plus a non-LP Everly Brothers tune, “I’m On My Way Home Again.” An introduction to the hipness of Warners is written by critic Richard Goldstein. Vinyl copies are at Amazon, HERE. Find all the Loss Leaders, HERE.

LP 1
The Fifth Avenue Band Nice Folks (2:27)
John Sebastian
Red-Eye Express (2:57)
The Beach Boys
This Whole World (1:56)
Geoff & Maria Muldaur
New Orleans Hopscop Blues (2:45)
Arlo Guthrie
Coming In To Los Angeles (3:04)
Eric Andersen
I Was The Rebel, She Was The Cause (2:36)
Norman Greenbaum
Jubilee (2:58)
Savage Grace
Ivy (4:09)
Van Morrison
Caravan (4:58)
Fleetwood Mac
Oh Well – Parts 1 & 2 (9:02)
The Pentangle
Sally Go Round The Roses (3:36)
Jethro Tull
Nothing Is Easy (4:24)
Small Faces
Flying (4:17)
No Mule’s Fool (3:18)
The Kinks
When I Turn Out The Living Room Light (mono)

LP 1
The Everly Brothers I’m On My Way Home Again (2:21)
Tim Buckley
Happy Time (3:12)
Joni Mitchell
Big Yellow Taxi (2:17)
Neil Young
The Loner (3:51)
Gordon Lightfoot
Approaching Lavender (2:53)
Randy Newman
Mama Told Me Not To Come (2:11)
James Taylor
Fire And Rain (3:24)
Sit Down Old Friend (3:26)
Ed Sanders
The Illiad
Kansas And The GTO’s (1:30)
The Captain’s Fat Theresa Shoes (1:56)
Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band
Ella Guru (2:27)
The Original GTO’s (1:06)
The Mothers Of Invention
WPLJ (2:53)
Wild Man Fischer
The Taster & The Story Of The Taster (2:57)
Pearls Before Swine
Footnote (1:18)
The Grateful Dead
Turn On Your Love Light (abridged) (6:45)
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LOSS LEADERS #2: The 1969 Warner-Reprise Record Show (1969)

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A Consumer-Friendly Concept Gains Traction…

The multi-page Loss Leaders inserts are a fantastic read… quick, irreverent and to the point, holding lots of surprises in the form of composers, producers and auxiliary musicians. At the time of its release, in 1969, all this was merely informative. Now it’s more like a history book, alerting us to hidden tidbits like; session guitarist Louie Shelton’s offering is produced by Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart; The Blue Velvet Band features members Eric Weissberg and Sea Train’s Richard Greene; and those spoken word excerpts from Joni Mitchell are from a Carnegie Hall concert. The liners also take the hot air out of the typical promotional hype usually associated with record labels. Like this excerpt regarding Van Dyke Parks: “We’ve discovered that people either dig Van wildly or find him, as one disgruntled ad-reader and self-appointed critic put it, ‘pretentious and boring.’ Make up your own mind. In the face of the unbelievable commercial failure of Song Cycle, Van has been keeping himself busy by composing music for commercials, rather like Buckminster Fuller tightening bolts in an aircraft factory.” Edited tracks from The Grateful Dead and David Blue, as well as non-LP tracks, b-sides and mono versions from Geoff & Maria Muldaur, The Everly Brothers and The Kinks are included. And, yes… that’s Theodore Bikel (of Frank Zappa’s 200 Motels fame, not to mention “seventeen albums of exotic folk songs”) tackling The Beatles’ “Piggies” (produced by Richard Perry). Look for vinyl at Amazon, HERE. Find all the Loss Leaders, HERE.

LP 1
Neil Young (with Crazy Horse) Cinnamon Girl (2:59)
The Grateful Dead
Doin’ That Rag (abridged) (2:22)
Geoff & Maria Muldaur
All Bowed Down (2:47)
The Everly Brothers
Empty Boxes (mono) (2:46)
Doug Kershaw
Son Of A Louisiana Man (2:16)
David Blue
Atlanta Farewell (abridged) (1:48)
Arlo Guthrie
Every Hand In The Land (2:21)
The Blue Velvet Band
Weary Blues From Waitin’ (3:07)
Theo Bikel
Piggies (3:13)
Joni Mitchell
“My American Skirt” (0:35)
Joni Mitchell
The Fiddle And The Drum (2:47)
John Renbourn
Transfusion (1:58)
Bert Jansch
Poison (3:11)
The Pentangle
Once I Had A Sweetheart (4:41)
Joni Mitchell
“Spoony’s Wonderful Adventure” (0:38)
Peter, Paul & Mary
Going To The Zoo (3:16)

LP 2
Sweetwater Day Song (1:46)
Louie Shelton
A Walk In The Country (1:59)
Lorraine Ellison
Stay With Me (3:35)
Van Dyke Parks
Music For Ice Capades TV Commercials (1:49)
Randy Newman
Yellow Man (2:15)
Pearls Before Swine
These Things Too (3:24)
Hamilton Camp
Star Spangled Bus (2:44)
Ella Fitzgerald
The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game (3:01)
The Fugs
Yodelin’ Yippie (2:17)
The Mothers Of Invention
Electric Aunt Jemima (1:41)
Jethro Tull
Fat Man (2:45)
Take A Jet (2:33)
The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Stone Free (3:37)
The Kinks
Nothing To Say (mono) (3:15)
Fats Domino
Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey (2:44)
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LOSS LEADERS #1: The 1969 Warner/Reprise Songbook (1969)

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Official Debut Of WB’s Incredible Loss Leaders

A lot of Warners’ record buyers found themselves going back to buy the debut Loss Leader, Songbook, once they realized the merits of the quickly expanding series. With every LP purchase came another inner sleeve boasting a growing number of $1 and $2 albums, all filled with discoveries to be made. Van Dyke Parks, The Fugs, Van Morrison, Jethro Tull, Miriam Makeba (singing Dylan)… a sumptuous cross-section of greats. Songbook includes an early Everly Brothers country-rock experiment, a then-rare B-side, while the Mothers Of Invention material was a unique mix of three tracks from Uncle Meat – with “The Voice Of Cheese” and “Our Bizarre Relationship” (edits of the originals) sandwiching The Mothers’ live Albert Hall version of “Louie Louie.” The Arlo Guthrie track is a live monologue about the FBI that’s twice as long as the musical offering, “The Pause Of Mr. Clause,” and a little of Van Dyke Parks’ rare music for television advertisements is also included. Even after all these years, The 1969 Warner/Reprise Songbook is still a great listen. I’ll be posting some of the more obscure titles on the streaming players, to replicate the Loss Leaders mission statement of introducing listeners to unheralded acts… even though, back in the day, most of these acts were considered “unheralded.” Big thanks to Rebecca for supplying the Songbook scans (a later edition, with post-1969 LP plugs). The sound is a bit rank on this one. Vinyl copies can be found at Amazon, HERE. Find all the Loss Leaders, HERE.

LP 1
Wild Man Fischer Songs For Sale (0:32)
Jethro Tull
My Sunday Feeling (3:36)
The Pentangle
Sweet Child (5:09)
Van Morrison
Slim Slow Slider (3:18)
Second Generation Woman (3:13)
Neil Young
I’ve Been Waiting For You (2:30)
Tom Northcott
Sunny Goodge Street (2:59)
Wild Man Fischer
Songs For Sale (0:19)
The Everly Brothers
T For Texas (3:46)
The Everly Brothers
Lord Of The Manor (4:45)
Van Dyke Parks
The All Golden (3:45)
Van Dyke Parks
Music For A Datsun Television Commercial (1:02)
Sal Valentino
Alligator Man (2:36)
The Beau Brummels
Deep Water (2:30)
Randy Newman
Davy The Fat Boy (2:47)

LP 2
Tiny Tim Mr. Tim Laughs (0:25)
The Mothers Of Invention
The Voice Of Cheese/The Mothers Play “Louie Louie” At The Royal Albert Hall In London/Our Bizarre Relationship (3:47)
The Mothers Of Invention
The Air (2:50)
The Fugs
The Divine Toe (Part I)/Grope Need (Part I)/Tuli, Visited By The Ghost Of Plotinus/More Grope Need (Grope Need Part II)/Robinson Crusoe/The National Haiku Contest/The Divine Toe (Part II) (3:06)
The Fugs
Wide, Wide River (2:48)
Arlo Guthrie
The Pause Of Mr. Claus (7:56)
Why Oh Why (3:01)
Joni Mitchell
Nathan La Franeer (3:15)
Eric Andersen
So Good To Be With You (3:08)
The Electric Prunes
Finders Keepers (3:01)
The Kinks
Picture Book (2:35)
The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Red House (3:49)
Miriam Makeba
I Shall Be Released (2:54)
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The Warner Bros. “Loss Leaders” Series (1969-1980)

Depending On How You Count Them, 34 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 34 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.

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, nov 13 1972 -  burbank - ny magbut almost all were promo LPs meant for radio or in-store play, not sold via mail order, like October 10, 1969, The Warner/Reprise Radio Show(s), Alternatives, New Music That Stays New, Burbank’s Greatest Hits, Gold Medal and a handful of others. We’ll play it by ear and hope that more viable information (as opposed to online speculation) surfaces to verify any questionable titles. We’ll first be posting two unofficial Loss Leaders, Some Of Our Best Friends Are (1968) and October 10, 1969, because each helped to launch the series, even looking like Leaders and using the same design and format, though… neither seem to have been advertised as being available via mail order. We are going to include a questionable title, 1980s Music With 58 Musicians, Volume One, a joint WB/ECM 2LP promo that may or may not be an official part of the series. Two titles we won’t be posting, are the promo-only, never-sold compact discs 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 1970 PRO358 – THE BIG BALL (HERE)
04 1970 PRO359 – SCHLAGERS! (HERE)
05 1970 PRO368 – ZAPPED (1LP) (HERE)
06 1970 PRO368 – ZAPPÉD (Collage Cover) (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
20 1975 PRO596 – THE FORCE
21 1975 PRO604 – ALL MEAT
22 1975 PRO605 – PEACHES VOL. 2
24 1975 PRO610 – THE WORKS
25 1976 PRO630 – SUPERGROUP
27 1977 PRO660 – COOK BOOK
28 1977 PRO691 – LIMO
30 1979 PRO-A-773 – PUMPING VINYL
31 1979 PRO-A-794 – A LA CARTE
32 1979 PRO-A-796 – MONSTERS
33 1979 PRO828 – ECLIPSE

We’ll Also Be Posting…
1969 PRO351 – OCTOBER 10, 1969 (1LP) (HERE)

LOSS LEADERS BLUEPRINTS: Some Of Our Best Friends Are (1968) + October 10, 1969 (1969)

Some Of Our Best Friends Are...Some Of Our Best Friends Are Back...
Some Of Our Best Friends Are (1968)
And So It (Sort Of) Begins…

One of Warner’s first forays into the Loss Leaders concept was this 1968 promo LP, Some Of Our Best Friends Are (PRO290), which, according to the liner notes, was simply given away free. “This album is free, and it’s yours to do with, at no obligation. Our idea is that you may be appetized by some of what you hear here, and want to dig down deeper.” It’s a pretty obvious concept…now… to give away music in the hopes of winning new listeners who will buy associated product, but it took Warners to invest in the practice on a company-wide scale, leading directly to the debut of $1 & $2 Loss Leader LPs. The template is in place here, however, with pics and quick blurbs on the back cover introducing listeners to new albums from 14 Warners/Reprise/Seven Arts acts, from Kensington Market (not bad) to The Grateful Dead (every heard of ‘em?). Interestingly, the Jimi Hendrix album being promoted is called Electric Circus Lady (Reprise 2XS 6307), but the skewed title and 2XS catalog number suggests it’s supposed to be the future double LP, Electric Ladyland. “If 6 Was 9″ originally appeared on Axis: Bold As Love. The back cover artwork isn’t the best, so if you have better, let us know. An old vinyl copy can be found at Amazon, HERE. Find all the Loss Leaders, HERE.

Kensington Market I Would Be The One (2:39)
Joni Mitchell
Night In The City (2:28)
Eric Andersen
Avalanche (3:50)
The Collectors
What Is Love (3:53)
Tiny Tim
Then I’d Be Satisfied With Life (2:39)
David Blue
Ambitious Anna (3:29)
The Grateful Dead
Born Cross-Eyed (2:09)
Jimi Hendrix
If 6 Was 9 (5:34)
Arlo Guthrie
The Motorcycle Song (2:47)
Randy Newman
I Think It’s Going To Rain Today (2:58)
The Fugs
Crystal Liaison (3:07)
The Electric Prunes
Kyrie Eleison (3:22)
Tom Northcott
1941 (2:30)
Van Dyke Parks
Donovan’s Colours (3:42)

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October 10, 1969 (1969)
A Loss Leader In Spirit And Style

Surely not a Loss Leader (despite what some online might insist), October 10, 1969 is most likely a retail in-store play record that may have doubled as an FM DJ promo. It didn’t appear in any of the inner sleeve adverts I ever saw for the series, and its time-sensitive title is representative of the day’s industry radio promotion and monthly release sheets. Besides, the catalog number (PRO351) would have placed this album third in the series, a distinction The Big Ball seemingly lays claim to in its liner notes. We’re including it here, however, because the design so closely adheres to the look, tone and scope of the Loss Leader format – from the back cover design to the entertainingly wise-ass (and informative) artist introductions. Liner notes are by WB Publicity Director, Pete Johnson, and music critic, John Mendelsohn. It can still can still be found at Amazon, HERE.

Norman Greenbaum Spirit In The Sky (4:01)
Levitt & McClure
Reflections (2:45)
Denny Brooks
I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free (3:33)
Ruthann Friedman
People (3:36)
The Kinks
Shangri-la (5:16)
Frank Zappa
Peaches En Regalia (3:38)
Fleetwood Mac
Rattlesnake Shake (3:34)
Eric Andersen
Lie With Me (3:38)
The Fifth Avenue Band
Fast Freight (3:39)
The Mike Post Coalition
Bubble Gum Breakthrough (3:34)

YATHA SIDHRA A Meditation Mass (1974)

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Soundtrack For A Flashback

Mystical, meandering and untethered, with floating, disembodied vocals, flighty flutes and spacial effects. In short, all you need for soundtracking your next inner journey of self-discovery (a.k.a. LSD party) – in four parts. I’ve owned this record in one form or another (LP/digitally) for decades, but have never known the first thing about it, or the band that made it. In fact, preparing it for posting is what prompted me to even bother looking into the origins of A Meditation Mass and its creators for the first time. And… I didn’t find out shit. Though, I didn’t look too hard, either. They’re German and this is their only release. Maybe that’s all that needs to be known. If you like your 70s drug music with a discerning quality, but no identities attached, this might be right up your alley. Re-issues have various psychedelic covers that might be more appealing to the counter-culture crowd, but A Meditation Mass is music of a more serious, slightly jazzy and subdued nature. You could do worse when scoring your next trip. Find it at Amazon, HERE.

Part 1 (17:44)
Part 2 (3:00)
Part 3 (12:00)
Part 4 (7:17)


Home To You (2005)
O Brother… This Is Good!

The cover cleverly hides the fact that The Peasall Sisters are just teenagers, who debuted in 2000 as the voices of George Clooney’s singing daughters for the Depression-era Coen Brothers film, O Brother Where Art Thou? Since then, this talented trio has released two essential albums of their own, steeped in the rich mountain tradition first handed down by the Carter Family and since woven into the fabric of all country music. It doesn’t hurt that a direct descendant, John Carter Cash, produces this 2005 offering with a delicate minimalism that captures the music’s longing and authenticity. The Peasall’s harmonies are a wonder of child-like perfection, soft, fragile and endearing. But, don’t let the “kid” thing throw you. These girls are accomplished writers and instrumentalists, too (guitar, violin & mandolin). Listen to two tracks below for a taste of Home To You‘s style and consistency; the original composition “Logtown” and “I Never Will Marry,” which draws a tender contrast to the legendary Ralph Stanley’s original (we’ve got his version with Emmylou Harris HERE). This is one of my go-to Sunday morning albums, and if you like the T-Bone Burnett-produced O Brother, you’ll find this a suitable companion. Find it used at Amazon, HERE.

Home To You
Rushing Around
Freight Train Blues
Gray County Line
Angel Band
I Never Will Marry
The Old Church Yard
Fair And Tender Ladies
The Old Account
Carrick Fergus
Where No One Stands Alone


SPLITSVILLE Pet Soul EP (1998) + The Complete Pet Soul (2001) – Must-Have 60s/Beach Boys Homage

Pet Soul (1998)
Cool 60s/Beach Boys Homage

FIRST POSTED IN 2011 A pal ‘o mine dropped this in the mail to me last century, figuring it was up my alley. The idea is an easy sell for 60s harmonies fans. Some of the melodies aren’t all that surprising, but repeated listens will uncover the human characteristics lurking under the cloak of Beach Boys vocals, instrumentational quirks and nods to, as the back cover states, “a little bit of The Association and Herman’s Hermits, for good measure.” It’s only 11 minutes, coverbut it packs in a lot of ideas, and happens to be right up my alley. The back cover states this EP was manufactured exclusively for the Poptopia Festival, in LA, 1998. So, maybe it’s rare, I don’t know. It fell off the shelf when I was pulling out all my Spirit discs for a previous post (HERE). I don’t know jack about these guys and still haven’t bothered to look them up. Wait… hold on… one moment, Dave… I’m getting a reading… Amazon tells me that this sampler preceded The Complete Pet Soul (HERE, at Amazon), so we’re adding that to the download page, too. A few spins and you’ll love it. Hear almost all of the EP, below.

Overture (0:49)
Caroline Knows (3:07)
Sunshiny Daydream (2:59)
The Love Songs Of B. Douglas Wilson (4:10)

Pretty People
Caroline Knows
Sunshiny Daydream
Tuesday Through Saturday
You Ought To Know
Love Songs Of B Douglas Wilson
I’ll Never Fall In Love Again

VARIOUS ARTISTS People Take Warning! Murder Ballads & Disaster Songs 1913-1938 (2007)

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Chronicling Man’s War With Nature, And Himself

While reviewing this 2007 3CD set, music critic Steve Leggett made a salient point about how people are always drawn to the scene of an accident. It was no different at the turn of the previous century. The difference at the turn of this century is that the 24-hour news channels have essentially replaced the need for a once-prominent form of populous communication… song. Music was once a kind of journalistic gossip (like the news channels), just ruled by a different kind of media; old 78s and nickel sheet music. Almost half of these recordings are on CD for the first time, and while virtually all of these ghostly voices from the past are distant, distorted and challenged, not unlike history itself, there’s an intriguing, can’t-look-away quality that inhabits many of the folk tales and story boards that chronicle man’s wars with mother nature… and himself. The 3CDs are split into themes, Man vs Nature, Man Vs Machine and Man Vs Man, while the listener gets a guided tour though some of the “OJ Trials” of a long-gone era (1913-1938), characterized by great floods, the sinking of great ships and the trials and tribulations of great men… both large and small. Fascinating on many levels, musically, historically and personally – as these recordings are of an intimate nature that capture a different kind of man in a different kind of place, even if the emotional response to death and disaster remain pretty much the same. The set comes with a .pdf of liner notes, and the elongated book/CD package (with an intro by Tom Waits) is a worthwhile investment if you can find one at the right price. Try Amazon, HERE.

Hi Henry Brown & Charlie Jordan Titanic Blues (3:15)
Skillet Lickers
Wreck Of The Old 97 (2:54)
Birmingham Jug Band
Bill Wilson (3:22)
Bob Miller
The Crash Of The Akron (3:32)
Ernest Stoneman
The Fate Of Talmadge Osborne (3:07)
Cantor Joseph Rosenblatt
El Mole Rachmim (Für Titanic) (3:31)
Alfred Reed
The Wreck Of The Virginian (3:00)
Bill Cox
Fate Of Will Rogers & Wiley Post (3:18)
Dixon Brothers
Down With The Old Canoe (2:53)
Cliff Carlisle
Wreck Of Number 52 (3:17)
Furry Lewis
Kassie Jones, Part 1 (3:08)
Furry Lewis
Kassie Jones, Part 2 (3:04)
Carver Boys
The Brave Engineer (3:16)
Richard ‘Rabbit’ Brown
The Sinking Of The Titanic (3:49)
Blind Alfred Reed
Fate Of Chris Lively and Wife (3:26)
Red Fox Chasers
Wreck On The Mountain Road (2:37)
Kentucky Ramblers
The Unfortunate Brakeman (2:26)
Riley Puckett
Altoona Freight Wreck (2:38)
Mainer’s Mountaineers
The Fatal Wreck Of The Bus (2:49)
Frank Hutchinson
Last Scene Of The Titanic (3:30)
Skillet Lickers
Casey Jones (2:49)
Fred Pendleton
The Wreck Of The Westbound Airliner (2:59)
Ernest Stoneman
The Titanic (3:14)
William & Versey Smith
When That Great Ship Went Down (2:57)

Ernest Stoneman The Story Of The Mighty Mississippi (3:08)
Robert Hicks
Mississippi Heavy Water Blues (3:04)
Fiddlin’ John Carson
Dixie Boll Weevil (3:00)
Charlie Patton
Mississippi Boweavil (3:06)
Bob Miller
Ohio Prison Fire (3:28)
Elder Curry
Memphis Flu (3:04)
Blind Alfred Reed
Explosion In The Fairmount Mine (3:22)
Fiddlin’ John Carson
Storm That Struck Miami (3:02)
Kansas Joe & Memphis Minnie
When The Levee Breaks (3:13)
Andrew Jenkins
Alabama Flood (3:18)
J.H. Howell’s Carolina Hillbillies
Burning Of The Cleveland School (3:03)
Charlie Patton
High Water Everywhere, Part 1 (3:07)
Charlie Patton
High Water Everywhere, Part 2 (3:06)
Martin & Roberts
Ryecove Cyclone (3:03)
Cap, Andy & Flipp
McBeth Mine Explosion (2:53)
Charlie Patton
Dry Well Blues (3:21)
Charlie Poole
Baltimore Fire (3:12)
Uncle Dave Macon
Tennessee Tornado (3:15)
Son House
Dry Spell Blues, Part 2 (3:14)
Green Bailey
The Santa Barbara Earthquake (2:58)
Vernon Dalhart
The Death Of Floyd Collins (3:29)
Carson Robison Trio
The Porto Rico Storm (2:34)
W.A. Lindsey & Alvin Condor
Boll Weavil (3:00)
Elders McIntorsh & Edwards
The Flood Of 1927 (3:14)

Hayes Shepherd Peddler And His Wife (3:24)
Earl Johnson
The Little Grave In Georgia (3:07)
Ernest Stoneman
Kenney Wagner’s Surrender (2:24)
Kelly Harrell
Henry Clay Beattie (3:09)
Carolina Buddies
The Murder Of The Lawson Family (3:27)
Clarence Ashley
Naomi Wise (2:54)
Will Bennett
Railroad Bill (3:00)
Dykes Magic City Trio
Frankie (3:03)
Bill Cox
Trial Of Richard Bruno Hauptmann, Part 1 (3:01)
Bill Cox
Trial Of Richard Bruno Hauptmann, Part 2 (3:05)
Dennis McGee & Ernest Fruge
Lanse Des Belaires (2:51)
B.F. Shelton
Darling Cora (3:54)
Furry Lewis
Billy Lyons And Stack O’Lee (2:37)
Grayson and Whitter
Tom Dooley (3:11)
Floyd County Ramblers
The Story Of Freda Bolt (3:37)
John Hammond
Pretty Polly (3:11)
Bob Miller
Fingerprints Upon The Windowpane (3:00)
Roy Harvey & The North Carolina Ramblers
The Bluefield Murder (3:08)
Ashley & Foster
Frankie Silvers (3:06)
Wilmer Watts
Fate Of Rhoda Sweeten (3:11)
Willie Walker
Dupree Blues (3:30)
Dykes Magic City Trio
Poor Ellen Smith (3:13)

Great Debuts…
THE EVERLY BROTHERS The Everly Brothers (1958)

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Phil & Don Say Hello…

Debuts don’t get much better. Energetic, concise, focused… with a fully formed sound and style seemingly destined for greatness. Certainly destined to influence a generation of future rockers on both sides of the pond. Would there have been a Beatles without the Everly Brothers? Sure… but they just wouldn’t have been as good. After a flop single for Columbia Records in 1956, and a year’s apprenticeship as songwriters for Acuff-Rose publishing, The Everly Brothers hit the ground running with this finely tuned mix of country, pop and rock ‘n’ roll – something they themselves once defined as “American skiffle.” The acoustic guitars provided the upbeat numbers with a percussive shuffle, buoyed by those elastic, skin-tight harmonies that have been echoed by emerging artists every single day in the 56 years since this record’s release. That these voices still sound fresh today is a testament to their greatness, with only the technology of the times hinting at its age, because their vocal stylings are still heard – intact and unchanged – on many a new “country” artist release. This album was, of course, only the beginning, as the Everly Bros. would join forces with Warner Bros. within a couple of years and release even bigger hits than this debut’s “Bye Bye Love” and “Wake Up Little Susie.” We’ve got more Everlys in the archives, including: EB ’84 and Born Yesterday (HERE, both produced by Dave Edmunds). For those who like tributes, check out the 2013 release, The Chapin Sisters’ A Date With The Everly Brothers (HERE). Not sure why I couldn’t find a hard disc at Amazon (HERE).

This Little Girl of Mine (Ray Charles)
Maybe Tomorrow (Don Everly)
Bye Bye Love (Felice Bryant/Boudleaux Bryant)
Brand New Heartache (Felice Bryant/Boudleaux Bryant)
Keep a Knockin’ (Richard Penniman)
Be-Bop-A-Lula (Tex Davis/Gene Vincent)
Rip It Up (Robert Blackwell/John Marascalco)
I Wonder If I Care as Much (Don Everly)
Wake Up Little Susie (Felice Bryant/Boudleaux Bryant)
Leave My Woman Alone (Ray Charles)
Should We Tell Him (Don Everly)
Hey Doll Baby (Traditional)

WHITE NOISE An Electric Storm (1969)

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Quirky Psychedelia, Even By 1969’s Standards

I still remember the first time I heard White Noise’s An Electric Storm. I was simply confused. I was pretty sure I didn’t like it, but I was still listening to pop music at the time, so I was easily confounded by many things that didn’t fit into the conventional norm. Every now and again I would revisit An Electric Storm – with its simple, sing-along melodies, occasional musique concrete side tracks and cornucopia of moog effects – and, ever so slowly, found myself being won over by the curious fusion of music and anti-music. It was the Brit/60s psych song craft that first sunk its hooks in, while the expert synthesizer support proved itself to be head and shoulders above the imprecise noodling that found its way onto most albums of the era. These guys sounded like nerdy, knowledgable techs, with a sense of musical humour (with a u) and whimsical compositional characteristics (along with a touch of psychedelic Spike Jones) that had a way of lingering around your frontal lobe just waiting for you to catch up to the notion that you liked it and wanted to hear it again. Which is why, over the years, this LP became a quiet favorite, if still curious exercise in musical ingenuity, sounding quite unlike anything else I can recall. Though, “Your Hidden Dreams” isn’t too far removed from the haunting explorations of David Lynch & Angelo Badalamenti’s Twin Peaks collaborations (over two decades later, HERE). The All Music Guide posted an interesting history of this project (HERE), whose origins are based in the BBC’s Radiophonic Workshop. An LP originally funded by Island Records’ Chris Blackwell. Find An Electric Storm at Amazon, HERE.

Love Without Sound (3:07)
My Game Of Loving (4:09)
Here Come The Fleas (2:15)
Firebird (3:05)
Your Hidden Dreams (4:59)
The Visitations (11:14)
The Black Mass: An Electric Storm In Hell (7:26)

VIVIAN STANSHALL Sir Henry At Rawlinson End (1978) – Plus… Christmas At Rawlinson’s End (1975), Sir Henry At Ndidi’s Kraal (1984), Men Opening Umbrellas Ahead (1974), Teddy Boys Don’t Knit (1981)

Sir Henry At Rawlinson End CDSir Henry At Rawlinson End (1978)
Far Stranger Than The Bonzos

FIRST POSTED IN 2007: Here’s a spoken word oddity (with musical interludes) from the late, great Bonzo Dog Band co-founder/madman Vivian Stanshall. More of an insane radio play than a musical offering, Sir Henry At Rawlinson End – Stanshall’s second solo release – has a larger history that spilled over into other Sir Henry serials, via CD, video and BBC performances. To be honest… this stuff is way over my Americanized head, and even though I’ve had it nestled on the CD shelf for decades, I’ve never understood it in the slightest. Which isn’t to say I don’t thoroughly enjoy it. I do. I just wish I knew why. Judging by what The All Music Guide has to say, I’m obviously not alone. “Essentially, a parody of British radio serials… tempered by the deflating sensibility of, say, Monty Python. Does it make sense? No. Is there a plot? No. Does it matter? Not a bit. Stanshall is superbly entertaining, a wordsmith who can trip from the sublime to the louche in the wink of an eye, from wicked puns to appalling jokes in a tale (of sorts) set in a country estate, and told in more accents than you can shake a stick at. The music (uncredited, but quite probably former bandmate Neil Innes) ranges from ’20s perky to neovillage brass band, making an apt accompaniment for the words. With Stanshall as your guide you’ll get thoroughly lost, but come the end, you really won’t care. So maybe, ultimately, it really is completely mad.” We’ve got two versions of Sir Henry At Rawlinson End, my original CD rip, which is sequenced as a continuous piece (52 minutes split into 2 sides), and a track-separated vinyl rip (courtesy of craigie), boasting excellent sound and a more easily accessible listening experience. Find Sir Henry At Rawlinson End at Amazon, HERE.

Aunt Florrie’s Waltz (3:48)
Interlewd (1:53)
Wheelbarrow (3:55)
Socks (6:01)
The Rub (7:59)
Nice ‘n’ Tidy (2:22)
Pigs ‘Ere Purse (0:42)
6/8 Hoodoo (2:38)
Smeeton (4:17)
Fool & Bladder (2:48)
Endroar (3:05)
The Beasht Inshide (2:14)
Junglebunny (4:03)
Rawlinsons & Maynards (1:58)
Papadumb (3:07)
Aunt Florrie’s Waltz II (1:16)

Part One (26:40)
Part Two (25:26)

Christmas At Rawlinson EndSir Henry At Ndidi's Kraal
Christmas At Rawlinson’s End: The Peel Sessions – December, 1975 (1975)
Sir Henry At Ndidis Karaal (1984)
An Unreleased BBC Performance And A Final Sir Henry CD

Two more illuminations of the Sir Henry saga. The first, Christmas At Rawlinson’s End, is an unreleased 1975 BBC performance (thanks to Winking Tiger for the share), while the second, Sir Henry At Ndidis Karaal, is the single track, 1999 CD issue (with the nifty Ralph Steadman cover art) of Viv’s 1983-84 recordings. I’d say more about all of this, but… I literally can’t. You’re on your own with this definitely mad, succinctly English story time fare. You can find Sir Henry At Ndidis Karaal at Amazon, HERE.

Christmas At Rawlinson End – The Peel Sessions
Christmas At Rawlinson End, Part 1 (10:44)
Christmas At Rawlinson End, Part 2 (8:44)
Christmas At Rawlinson End, Part 3 (7:36)
Christmas At Rawlinson End, Part 4 (13:21)

Sir Henry At Ndidi’s Kraal
Sir Henry At Ndidi’s Kraal (51:43)

Men Opening Umbrellas AheadTeddy Boys Don't Knit
Men Opening Umbrellas Ahead (1974)
Teddy Boys Don’t Knit (1981)
Musical Offerings… But Equally Perplexing

Viv’s first and third albums (the Sir Henry‘s being his second and last), and a bit more in line for those familiar with Stanshall via his contributions to the legendary Bonzo Dog Band. Still, while they are musical concoctions, they’re also wildly divorced from the realities of the music business, which is pretty much what fans have long-cherished Stanshall for – who’s probably best known to the masses as the introductory voice heard in Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells (we’ve got some rare Viv-related versions of Bells in the archives, HERE). As above, I’m not comfortable dissecting Viv’s work. I’ve always enjoyed it (especially the sometimes jam-oriented, Men Open Umbrellas Ahead, from my own post-Bonzo 70s days), but I’ve just never really understood why. Find Men (HERE) and Teddy Boys (HERE) at Amazon.

Men Opening Umbrellas Ahead
Afoju Ti Ole Riran (Dead Eyes) (7:53)
Truck-Track (4:00)
Yelp, Bellow, Rasp Et Cetera (4:46)
Prong (1:02)
Redeye (5:21)
How The Zebra Got His Spots (4:55)
Dwarf Succulents (2:17)
Bout Of Sobriety (2:48)
Prong & Toots Go Steady (1:58)
Strange Tongues (6:43)
Baba Tunde (Single B-Side) (3:29)
Lakonga (Single A-Side) (5:06)

Teddy Boys Don’t Knit
King Kripple (2:59)
Slave Valse (4:48)
Gums (2:13)
Bewilderbeeste (3:01)
Calypso To Colapso (3:09)
The Tube (3:28)
Ginger Geezer (3:18)
The Cracks Are Showing (0:54)
Flung A Dummy (3:19)
Possibly An Armchair & Embodying Fresh Faced Boys (5:25)
Terry Keeps His Clips On (3:43)
Bass Macaw & Broken Bottles (3:03)
Nose Hymn (2:28)
Everyday, I Have The Blows (5:07)
Smoke Signals At Night (3:16)
Nouveau Riffe (3:41)

Search by date inside Readers Links (HERE) for a whole bunch of Bonzos (courtesy of George The Penguin & Muther), including: The Doughnut In Granny’s Greenhouse, Keynsham, Peel Sessions, Tadpoles (November 9, 2013), Pour L’Amour Des Chiens (May 17, 2014), Cornology Box Set (May 17, 2014) and “No Matter Who You Vote For, The Government Always Gets In” (May 17, 2014).

MOJO Presents… Brain Damage (2014)

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The latest free CD from the December, 2014 issue of MOJO is subtitled “A Compendium Of Mind-Blowing Heavy Psych, Space Jams & Astral Chants.” Do you really need a hard sell? If The Coffin Daggers’ cool version of Pink Floyd’s “Interstellar Overdrive” (below) doesn’t seal the deal, nothing will. This one’s a keeper. Find all 152 of MOJO‘s freebie CDs, HERE. See the complete list, HERE.

THE COFFIN DAGGERS Interstellar Overdrive (8:33)
PONTIAK Ghosts (3:18)
ANTHROPROPHH Crow With Sore Throat (2:50)
FOXYGEN Star Power II: Star Power Nite (2:14)
THE WYTCHES Digsaw (3:19)
GOAT Gathering Of Ancient Tribes (6:13)
DEAD SKELETONS Dead Mantra (4:27)
GNOD Visions Of Load (8:25)
HOOKWORMS On Leaving (6:00)
HILLS Master Sleeps (8:54)
LAY LLAMAS We Are You (7:18)
WHITE MANNA Acid Head (7:21)
THEE OH SEES (Featuring Chris Woodhouse) Penetrating Eye (3:17)
ELECTRIC WIZARD Sadiowitch (4:08)

WILLIE NELSON Shotgun Willie (1973/2006) – Non-Existent 2CD Deluxe Edition

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Deluxe Edition That Doesn’t Exist, But Should…

The All Music Guide calls Willie Nelson’s Shotgun Willie (the 1973 debut for his new label, Atlantic Records), “possibly his finest album ever.” Whether or not you’re inclined to agree with that assessment is irrelevant, since the album ranks high with both hardcore and casual fans alike, regardless if they might consider it his “best.” So it’s hard to believe Nelson would record only two albums (this one, and Phases And Stages) before getting his walking papers from Atlantic, who apparently didn’t appreciate the weak sales and/or Willie’s re-tooling of the country music formula. Nelson would, of course, move on to christen his long relationship with Columbia Records with the release of another considered best, a popular recording, Red Headed Stranger. But Shotgun Willie is where it was all coming together for an artist that was discovering he was ill-suited for that country gentleman suit, brandishing artistic aspirations larger than any single musical category could contain. Fusing oil-and-water musical styles – outlaw country, blues, jazz, folk, Texas swing, and a hint of rock ‘n’ roll – all made for a genre-bending brew on Shotgun Willie – in a day when strait-jacketing territorial limits were still respected… and expected. Willie was having none of that, however, but he didn’t approach this period of growth with a wrecking ball – instead, he projected a casual ease that belied his hidden, even somewhat irreverent, agenda. The end result would help to change the course of country music in ways few had yet to envision. Of course, few could pull it off with such graceful panache, either, which helped to establish Willie as the one-of-a-kind sort he’s still considered today, even long after the ground-breaking years of country music’s expansion. What we have here, in this non-existent Deluxe Edition, is the original Shotgun Willie, along with the session outtakes that first appeared on 2006’s The Complete Atlantic Sessions… gathered together to give the listener a bigger-picture look at the bigger picture Willie was painting back in 1973. As always, we’ve got more Willie Nelson in the archives, including; the essential Teatro (with Emmylou Harris, HERE), Me And The Drummer (HERE), Willie Nelson & Family (HERE) and One For The Road (with Leon Russell, HERE). Find Shotgun Willie (the original) at Amazon, HERE, and Willie’s The Complete Atlantic Sessions, HERE.

Shotgun Willie (2:43)
Whiskey River (4:08)
Sad Songs And Waltzes (3:08)
Local Memory (2:22)
Slow Down Old World (2:56)
Stay All Night (Stay A Little Longer) (2:38)
Devil In A Sleeping Bag (2:42)
She’s Not For You (3:16)
Bubbles In My Beer (2:35)
You Look Like The Devil (3:29)
So Much To Do (3:12)
A Song For You (4:28)
I Gotta Have Something I Ain’t Got (Outtake) (4:00)
I’m So Ashamed (Outtake) (1:58)
My Cricket & Me (Solo Outtake) (3:01)
Both Ends Of The Candle (Outtake) (3:03)
Slow Down Old World (Alternate Version) (2:55)
Under The Double Eagle (Outtake) (5:06)
So Much To Do (Alternative Version) (3:11)
My Cricket & Me (Band Outtake) (3:19)
Save Your Tears (Outtake) (3:29)
A Song For You (Alternative Version) (4:33)
Whiskey River (Alternative Version) (4:21)
I Drank All Our Precious Love Away (Outtake) (3:11)

THE PAUPERS Ellis Island (1968) – Psych/Folk Oddity

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Psych/Folk Oddity w/Post-BS&T Al Kooper Sitting In

An unheralded psychedelic favorite from The Paupers, featuring future Lighthouse founder (and Mike Bloomfield cohort), Skip Prokop. Ellis Island, the band’s second album, is an era-representative, fence-straddling fusion of electric psychedelia and hold-over folk tunes, typically given flowery strings and/or jazzy Carnaby Street window dressing arrangements. Al Kooper distinctively sits in on organ, most notably on the jammin’ “Numbers” (Prokop would later return the favor, performing on The Live Adventures of Mike Bloomfield And Al Kooper, HERE). The All Music Guide calls the LP’s opener, “South Down Road,” a psychedelic battle between Procol Harum and The Electric Prunes (with Procol coming out on top) and, typical of the times, there are off-beat stylistic sidetracks, like the comically country, “Another Man’s Hair On My Razor,” along with a few pensively pretentious folk offerings. It’s the fun, fuzz-laden jamming that makes Ellis Island worth hearing, however, while the folk/pop side lends this, the band’s final album, a bit of character (if less commercial appeal). Not for everybody, but for suckers of the era (like myself) a varied ride. Bassist Brad Campbell would later wind up playing with Janis Joplin. At Amazon, HERE.

South Down Road (8:30)
Cairo Hotel (4:10)
Cant Go On (3:35)
Another Man’s Hair On My Razor (4:15)
Numbers (5:33)
Oh That She Might (4:56)
Yes I Know (6:23)
Ask Her Again (4:00)
Juliana (2:49)
If I Call You By Some Name (2:52) – Bonus Track
Copper Penny (2:36) – Bonus Track
White Song (2:55) – Bonus Track