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

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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!

THE PRE- LOSS LEADER…
00 1968 PRO290 – SOME OF OUR BEST FRIENDS ARE (1LP) (HERE)

THE LOSS LEADERS SERIES
#01 1969 PRO331 – THE 1969 WARNER/REPRISE SONGBOOK (HERE)
#02 1969 PRO336 – THE 1969 WARNER/REPRISE RECORD SHOW (HERE)
#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)
#07 1970 PRO423 – LOONEY TUNES AND MERRIE MELODIES (3LP) (HERE)
#08 1971 PRO443 – NON-DAIRY CREAMER (1LP) (HERE)
#09 1971 PRO474 – HOT PLATTERS (HERE)
#10 1971 PRO486 – TOGETHER (1LP) (HERE)
#11 1972 PRO512 – THE WHOLE BURBANK CATALOG (HERE)
#12 1972 PRO525 – MIDDLE OF THE ROAD (HERE)
#13 1972 PRO529 – BURBANK (HERE)
#14 1972 PRO540 – THE DAYS OF WINE AND VINYL (HERE)
#15 1973 PRO569 – APPETIZERS (HERE)
#16 1973 PRO573 – ALL SINGING – ALL TALKING – ALL ROCKING (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)
#23 1975 PRO608 – I DIDN’T KNOW THEY STILL MADE RECORDS LIKE THIS (HERE)
#24 1975 PRO610 – THE WORKS (HERE)
#25 1976 PRO630 – SUPERGROUP (HERE)
#26 1976 PRO645 – THE PEOPLE’S RECORD (HERE)
#27 1977 PRO660 – COOK BOOK (HERE)
#28 1977 PRO691 – LIMO (HERE)
#29 1978 PRO-A-726 – COLLECTUS INTERRUPTUS (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)
#34 1980 PRO-A-850 – MUSIC WITH 58 MUSICIANS, VOLUME ONE (HERE)
#35 1980 PRO-A-857 – TROUBLEMAKERS (HERE)

EPILOGUE…

UPDATES: OCTOBER 10, 1969ZAPPÉD… & MORE…
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.

SPEAKING OF THANKS…
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.

1969-05-31 SongbookVINTAGE ADS FROM ROLLING STONE…
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.

LOSS LEADER SONG AND ARTIST .PDF INDEX…
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.

LISTEN TO THE LOSS LEADERS RADIO SHOW…
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 @ wfmu.org/playlists/hd/20140718

IMITATION IS THE SINCEREST FORM OF JUMPING ON THE BANDWAGON…
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.
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FINAL BIT OF TRIVIA…
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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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)
Wire
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)
Wire
I Should Have Known Better (3:54)
Modern Lovers
I’m Straight (4:22) (Previously Unreleased)
Devo
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)
Nico
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)
Ramones
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)
Funkadelic
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)
Osiris
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)
Runner
Sooner Than Later (3:24)
Roger Voudouris
Does Our Love (Depend On The Night) (3:11)
Nytro
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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Pumping Vinyl (1979)
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)
Fortune
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)
Prince
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)
Renaissance
Northern Lights (4:07)
Ronnie Montrose
Mandolinia (3:14)
Gary Wright
Sky Eyes (4:53)
Deodato
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)
Attitudes
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)
Funkadelic
Comin’ Round The Mountain (3:46)

Side 3
Ashford & Simpson Tried, Tested And Found True (3:23)
Banks & Hampton
Loving You (3:55)
Crackin’
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)
Mystique
What Would The World Be Without Music (6:31)
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LOSS LEADERS #26: The People’s Record (1976)

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More Acoustics, Less Disco…

The sole oddity to be found on The People’s Record is one whose history I’m not familiar with. According to the liner notes (again by Dr. Demento), a track from Little Feat – a re-recording of their “All That You Dream,” originally found on their 1975 LP, The Last Record Album – and released only as a 45… until appearing here. Why the band wanted a make-over is beyond me, as is whether this version would eventually surface elsewhere or not. The rest of the tracks come from Warners’ catalog of recently released albums, and leans back to the folkier roots of the series, with contributions from James Taylor, Arlo Guthrie, Gordon Lightfoot, Leon Redbone and other like-minded types, though… there’s also a fair share of rockers, jazzers and left-fielders, too, lending this set the diversity we’ve come to expect from the label, in general, and the Loss Leaders series, in particular. Mike Finnigan, who you can hear below, is the keyboard player whose name appears in many an album credits, from Hendrix to David Crosby to Buddy Guy. As usual, there are some interesting names and unions to be discovered in the liner notes. HERE is a print ad for The People’s Record. Vinyl copies are at Amazon, HERE. Find all the Loss Leaders, HERE.

Side 1
James Taylor Shower The People (4:35)
Gordon Lightfoot
I’d Do It Again (3:16)
Dion
Runaway Man (3:03)
The Beach Boys
Back Home (2:51)
Arlo Guthrie
Patriots’ Dream (2:55)
Mike Finnigan
Saved By The Grace Of Your Love (2:43)
Fleetwood Mac
Over My Head (3:37)

Side 2
Peter Ivers In Pursuit Of Treasure (3:14)
Tiger
Suzy Slicker (4:34)
Alice Cooper
Go To Hell (5:12)
Graham Central Station
Save Me (5:27)
Philip Catherine
We’ll Find A Way (5:03)
Nazareth
I Will Not Be Led (3:28)

Side 3
Lamont Dozier Right There (4:00)
Little Feat
All That You Dream (3:36)
George Benson
This Masquerade (8:06)
Al Jarreau
Hold On Me (1:49)
Rod Stewart
The Killing Of Georgie (Parts I and II) (6:30)

Side 4
Billy Joe Shaver Texas Uphere Tennessee (2:43)
Leon Redbone
Polly Wolly Doodle (2:53)
Michael Franks
Popsicle Toes (4:39)
Rex Allen, Jr.
Crying In The Rain (2:56)
Bonnie Bramlett
You Send Me (3:40)
Ray Stevens
Om (4:31)
Tom Ranier
Goin’ Home (4:29)
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LOSS LEADERS #25: Supergroup (1976)

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From ‘Put On Your Sailin’ Shoes’ To Put On Your Dancin’ Shoes…

There’s nothing included on Supergroup that wasn’t readily available on any of the 23 Warner Bros. albums this collection was designed to promote, but the set is still an interesting sign of the times… as that new-fangled dance craze that was just beginning to sweep the world in 1975 begins worming its way into some of the material heard here. In strange places, too, like Elvin Bishop’s “Struttin’ My Stuff” and The Bellamy Brothers’ “Let Your Love Flow.” It’s not straight-out disco, mind you, but it’s easy to hear the artistic concessions to the changing consumerism in recordings by long establish types looking for inroads back to the airwaves – from George Benson to The Four Seasons to The Doobie Brothers. Fortunately… just as many have chosen to keep the faith; Jesse Colin Young revs up Randy Newman’s “Have You Seen My Baby” (a.k.a. Hold On), Todd Rundgren covers The Yardbirds “Happenings Ten Years Time Ago,” Maria Muldaur records Wendy Waldman’s “Back By Fall” and Emmylou Harris offers her cover of “Ohh Las Vegas” (first heard on Gram’s Grievous Angel). Some new, jazzier names surface here as well, including Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Pat Martino and Miroslav Vitous. Check the inside cover to put names to the faces of the cover art, cleanly printed with no album title (or any other information, save the catalog number). HERE is a July, 1976 advert for Supergroup. Vinyl copies can be found at Amazon, HERE. Find all the Loss Leaders, HERE.

Side 1
Jorge Calderon City Music (3:35)
William D. Smith
Take Your Pick (Do Your Trick) (3:47)
Jesse Colin Young
Have You Seen My Baby (3:27)
The Four Seasons
Silver Star (6:03)
Elvin Bishop
Struttin’ My Stuff (4:05)
Bellamy Brothers
Let Your Love Flow (3:16)

Side 2
George Benson Breezin’ (5:27)
First Choice
Are You Ready For Me (4:00)
Bootsy’s Rubber Band
Physical Love (4:44)
Miroslav Vitous
Synthesizers Dance (5:06)
Todd Rundgren
Happenings Ten Years Time Ago (3:13)

Side 3
The Doobie Brothers Rio (3:47)
Michael Franks
Monkey See – Monkey Do (3:32)
Seals & Crofts
Get Closer (3:53)
Maria Muldaur
Back By Fall (3:59)
John Sebastian
Welcome Back (2:49)
Leon & Mary Russell
Quiet Nights (3:20)

Side 4
Pat Martino Starbright (3:34)
Roger Cook
Beautiful Memories (4:14)
Phil Cody
Bogie (2:41)
Rahsaan Roland Kirk
Sweet Georgia Brown (4:46)
Emmylou Harris
Ooh Las Vegas (3:36)
Slade
All The World Is A Stage (3:58)
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LOSS LEADERS #24: The Works (1975)

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A Fitting Title…

The Works, as the title might suggest, boasts a wide assortment… contributions from Black Sabbath, Rod Stewart, The Meters, Little Feat, Foghat, Jimmy Cliff, Graham Central Station, the welcomed returned of Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart (together), and plenty of individually stylistic types to round things out… from Leon Redbone to David Sandborn to Al Jarreau to perennial WB favorite, Van Dyke Parks. Nothing in this collection was hard to find or unusual back in 1975 (according to the liner notes, anyway), with the exception of The Beach Boys’ very obscure, “Child Of Winter,” a 1974 Christmas single b-side to “Susie Cincinnati.” The track was so rare, it wouldn’t show up on a Beach Boys album until 1998’s Ultimate Christmas collection. It also features 2/3rds of (the still-to-come) Wilson-Phillips – Brian’s daughters Carnie and Wendy Wilson – on sleigh bells. Dr. Demento is back to compile and annotate this collection, and the liner notes even reference the fact that collectors were spending “$25 or more” for the “sadly discontinued” 3LP Loss Leader, Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies (HERE). Also hidden in the text; Commander Cody’s Tales From The Ozone was produced by Hoyt Axton (and it’s available on 8-track and cassette); Richard Pryor collaborated with Mel Brooks on the screenplay to Blazing Saddles; it was deemed necessary to point out that Leon Redbone had no affiliation with the band, Redbone; and in a never-ending attempt to sell Bonnie Raitt to the masses, she had been paired with five different producers over five albums, the latest being famed Doors producer, Paul Rothchild. Future screenwriter Charlie Haas contributes to the notes. BIG thanks once again to Rebecca for ripping and scanning The Works for us all to enjoy. See an ad for The Works from Rolling Stone, HERE. Find all of our Loss Leaders, HERE.

Side 1
Rod Stewart Stone Cold Sober (4:08)
Foghat
Fool For the City (4:29)
Jimmy Cliff
If I Follow My Mind (2:43)
Montrose
Dancin’ Feet (3:59)
Tower Of Power
On The Serious Side (2:48)
Van Dyke Parks
Clang Of The Yankee Reaper (3:36)

Side 2
Fleetwood Mac World Turning (4:22)
Al Jarreau
We Got By (4:59)
Bonnie Raitt
What Do You Want The Boy To Do? (3:16)
Ray Wylie Hubbard & The Cowboy Twinkies
Jazzbo Dancer (3:04)
David Sanborn
It Took A Long Time (3:28)
Graham Central Station
Water (4:23)

Side 3
The Meters Fire On The Bayou (4:03)
Leo Sayer
Moonlighting (4:10)
Little Feat
One Love Stand (4:22)
Commander Cody And His Lost Planet Airmen
Roll Your Own (3:15)
Richard Pryor
Cocaine (4:04)
Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart
Debra Kadabra (3:53)

Side 4
Ronee Blakley American Beauty (1:58)
Leon Redbone
Desert Blues (Big Chief Buffalo Nickel) (3:38)
Chris Ducey
Seeds (4:44)
Black Sabbath
Supertzar (3:40)
Todd Rundgren’s Utopia
Something’s Coming (2:51)
The Beach Boys
Child Of Winter (2:49)
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LOSS LEADERS #23: I Didn’t Know They Still Made Records Like This (1975)

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I Didn’t Know They Still Made Records Like This (1975)
… In A Way, They Don’t!

Something about the 1975 Loss Leader, I Didn’t Know They Still Made Records Like This, seems a little different… yet the same. Starting with the album cover, whose design reeks of some long-ignored graphics designer and photographer teaming up to hatch a surefire scheme to meet hot cover models. Then there’s the curious song selection. It’s always great to hear Van Morrison’s “Moondance,” but the album it came from was released five years prior, in 1970, while Randy Newman’s “Mama Told Me Not To Come” comes from his already ancient ’71 live album. Joni Mitchell’s “Carey” is from her 1971 LP, Blue, and Arlo Guthrie’s cover of “City Of New Orleans” was first issued in 1972. Now… these are all great songs, and considered ‘should-owns’ for any collection, but on the surface it looks like Warners didn’t have any new music to promote. Perhaps they were just pushing the back catalog, or maybe it’s as the cover suggests… they don’t make records like this anymore, and here are some of them again to remind you. The uncredited liner notes offer no reasoning, and are more historical than revelatory. So, I Didn’t Know They Still Made Records Like This ends up being an oddball entry in the ongoing series… one that wasn’t even advertised all that much (if at all) via inner sleeves, either. All the while stylistically seeming like an earlier edition in the series, thanks to the older material. Something I didn’t know (or just refused to remember) is that Leo Sayer’s career was kickstarted when The Who’s Roger Daltry specifically picked him to write songs for his debut solo album. Now you know who to blame. Hard copies of this one are at Amazon, HERE. Find all the Loss Leaders, HERE.

Side 1
Seals & Crofts I’ll Play For You (4:05)
Bonnie Raitt
You Got To Be Ready For Love (If You Wanna Be Mine) (3:10)
Leo Sayer
One Man Band (3:36)
Dionne Warwick
Then Came You (3:58)
Van Morrison
Moondance (4:36)
Fleetwood Mac
Rhiannon (4:10)

Side 2
James Taylor How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) (3:36)
Marcia Waldorf
The Rhythm Of The South (3:27)
Arlo Guthrie
The City Of New Orleans (4:29)
Randy Newman
Birmingham (2:49)
Cher
Geronimo’s Cadillac (3:04)
Emmylou Harris
If I Could Only Win Your Love (2:37)
Chris Ducey
Hula Rocka Hula (3:24)

Side 3
Joni Mitchell Carey (3:04)
Randy Newman
Mama Told Me Not To Come (1:53)
John Sebastian
Singing The Blues (2:22)
Maria Muldaur
Oh Papa (3:19)
Kenny Rankin
Silver Morning (4:17)
Wendy De Los Rios
Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 In A Major, Opus 92, 2nd Movement (5:08)
San Sebastian Strings
Declaration/Atlas (2:56)

Side 4
Gordon Lightfoot Rainy Day People (2:50)
Gregg Allman
These Days (3:57)
Rex Allen, Jr.
I Can See Clearly Now (3:41)
Wendy Waldman
Spring Is Here (3:28)
Jesse Colin Young
Songbird (4:16)
Rod McKuen
They’re Playing Our Song (2:59)
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LOSS LEADERS #22: Peaches Vol. 2 (1975)

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In 1975, Capricorn Records Was Coming On Strong…

One thing I’ve gleaned from the two editions of Peaches, as well as a couple of the other Loss Leaders featuring Capricorn acts, is just how consistently solid Wet Willie was/is. Funky, soulful, southern and passionate… and the legendary Tom Dowd is on board to produce this set’s contribution, “Ain’t He A Mess.” As for the rest of this 2LP collection, a virtual replay of the first Peaches released just a year earlier, there’s not much in the way of rarities, though… a number of tracks are from albums that were then in the works. The broad diversity, however, illustrates that Capricorn had more on their corporate minds than just southern-fried rock. There’s plenty of country and soul here, too, both from veterans and newcomers. New label signee Travis Wammack was best known as a Muscle Shoals session guitarist, while the great Bonnie Bramlett (of Delaney & Bonnie) joins the Georgia label with her soulful 1975 release, It’s Time. Speaking of which, Bonnie’s former bandmate, Bobby Whitlock (ex-Derek & The Dominos), is on board with his Capricorn debut, One Of A Kind. Rounding it all out are names familiar from the first edition, and from southern rock and country genres in general; The Allman Brothers (including solo Gregg & Richard Betts), Grinderswitch, The Marshall Tucker Band, and other like-minded types. Like the first Peaches (HERE), Peaches Vol. 2 was rarely included in the label’s mail order ads alongside the other Loss Leaders, but when it was advertised, like in Rolling Stone (HERE), it was marked-up an additional 50¢, selling for $2.50. Guess the Capricorn boys wanted a piece of lost profits, too. Find all of our Loss Leaders posts, HERE.

Side 1
Elvin Bishop Sure Feels Good (2:48)
Wet Willie
Ain’t He A Mess (2:56)
Bobby Whitlock
Free And Easy (4:33)
Gregg Allman
Are You Lonely For Me Baby (4:28)
John Hammond
It’s Groovin’ Time (2:48)
Travis Wammack
Love Being Your Fool (3:22)

Side 2
The Allman Brothers Band Nevertheless (3:31)
Hydra
The Pistol (4:38)
Fallenrock
Love’s A Game (2:39)
Percy Sledge
I Believe In You (3:08)
Marcia Waldorf
You Don’t Have To Beg For What You’re Man Enough To Steal (2:38)
Grinderswitch
Drifter (4:18)

Side 3
Razzy Bailey Peanut Butter (2:14)
Kitty Wells
Anybody Out There Wanna Be A Daddy (3:19)
Johnny Wright
Wild, Passionate Lover (3:18)
Kenny O’Dell
My Honky Tonk Ways (2:19)
Johnny Darrell
Pieces Of My Life (3:40)

Side 4
The Marshall Tucker Band Fire On The Mountain (3:57)
Martin Mull
Do The Dog (2:53)
Cowboy
Where Can You Go? (2:19)
Bonnie Bramlett
Since I Met You Baby (3:05)
Blue Jug
Hard Luck Jimmy (3:22)
Richard Betts
Highway Call (4:31)
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