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VARIOUS ARTISTS The Voyager Golden Record: The Sounds Of Earth (1977) – Out Of This World Music!

Voyager-Golden-RecordThe Voyager Golden Record: The Sounds Of Earth (1977)
The Earth Says Howdy

You could call it the world’s rarest record… except it’s as far from Earth as anything man-made has ever been, currently hurtling through interstellar space aboard both Voyager 1 and Voyager 2, with an included stylus, needle, (typically confusing stereo) instructions, an unspecified destination and a far-flung mission to introduce ourselves to everyone – anyone – hanging out in the universe. I miss this kind of forward thinking, which has more recently been supplanted by partisan rancor and criminal nearsightedness. I also miss Carl Sagan, the famed astronomer who chaired the committee that was tasked to compile this nearly two-hour introduction to the voices, sounds, images, inhabitants and music of planet Earth… or what Frank Zappa might have called, “the best of what the 20th Century has to offer.” Sagan dismissed the tunnel-vision hacks who wanted to showcase only Western music, navigated the puritanical mindset that balked at his plans to include nude images of a man and woman, and still managed to forge this fascinating and intelligent compilation – featuring greetings in 55 languages (including whales) and music from Pygmies, symphony orchestras, Navajo Indians and Chuck Berry, alongside a taste of anything and everything in between. A fun and imaginative listen, to say the least. The Beatles were invited, too (“Here Comes The Sun”), but some thick-headed pinhead at EMI saidSounds Of Earth no… for reasons that will also confound aliens 40,000 years from now when Voyager 1 flies within 1.6 light-years of Gliese 445. For those wanting to actually see the rarest of gold records (gold-plated copper, to be precise, with an aluminum cover and “an ultra-pure sample of the isotope uranium-238″), there’s a copy on display at the Washington Dulles International Airport in Virginia. For anyone holding out for a remastered Deluxe Edition… don’t hold your breath.

Greetings From The Secretary General Of The UN, Kurt Waldheim (0:47)
Greetings In 55 Languages (4:25)
UN Greetings/Whale Greetings (4:06)
The Sounds Of Earth (12:27)
Munich Bach Orchestra BACH: Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 In F, First Movement (Germany) (4:48)
Court Gamelan of Pura Paku Alaman
Puspawarna (Kinds Of Flowers) (Indonesia) (4:52)
Tchenhoukoumen (Senegal) (2:13)
Pygmy Girls Initiation Song (Zaire) (1:01)
Morning Star/Devil Bird (Aborigine Songs) (Australia) (1:31)
Antonio Maciel y Las Aguilillas with El Mariachi México de Pepe Villa
El Cascabel (Mexico) (3:25)
Chuck Berry
Johnny B. Goode (United States) (2:44)
Men’s House Song (New Guinea) (1:26)
Goro Yamaguchi
Tsuru No Sugomori (Crane’s Nest) (Japan) (5:09)
Arthur Grumiaux
BACH: Gavotte En Rondeaux, Partita No. 3 In E Major For Violin (Germany) (3:02)
Bavarian State Opera
MOZART: The Magic Flute, Queen Of The Night, Aria No. 14 (Austria) (2:58)
Georgian State Ensemble
Tchakrulo (Georgia SSR, Soviet Union) (2:29)
Panpipes and Drums (Peru) (0:57)
Louis Armstrong And His Hot Seven
Melancholy Blues (United States) (3:11)
Kamil Jalilov
Mugam (Azerbaijan SSR, Soviet Union) (2:38)
Columbia Symphony Orchestra
STRAVINSKY: Rite of Spring, Sacrificial Dance (Russia/France) (4:37)
Glenn Gould
BACH: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, No.1 (Canada/Germany) (4:51)
The Philharmonia Orchestra
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 5, First Movement (Germany) (8:53)
Valya Balkanska
Izlel Je Delyo Hagdutin (Bulgaria) (5:05)
Navajo Night Chant (Native American) (1:02)
David Munrow and The Early Music Consort Of London
The Faerie Round (United Kingdom) (1:20)
Melanesian Panpipes (Solomon Islands) (1:18)
Wedding Song (Peru) (0:43)
Kuan P’ing hu
Liu Shui (Flowing Streams) (China) (7:49)
Surshri Kesar Bai Kerkar
Jaat Kahan Ho (India) (3:40)
Blind Willie Johnson
Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground (United States) (3:25)
Budapest String Quartet
BEETHOVEN: String Quartet No. 13 In B Flat, Opus 130 (Germany) (6:47)

VARIOUS ARTISTS The OKeh Rhythm & Blues Story 1949-1957 (1993)

OkehThe OKeh Rhythm & Blues Story 1949-1957 (1993)
Righteous Early R&B From Columbia/OKeh Records

It’s hard to believe that CD box sets like this will probably never be produced again. Economics, limited commercial appeal and the New World Technological Order have probably spelled the death of hard disc collections like this. The music will live on, of course, but the delivery system has changed forever, and not necessarily for the better. And, along with it will go the informative mini-books, details and graphics that tell the bigger picture that’s always lost with mp3s. Yeah… the info will still be online for those who want to feel like they’re ‘researching’ instead of enjoying the music’s minutia, but future generations of music lovers will rarely hold a box like this in their hands again, while the older generation will forever look back at the excess of the record industry of the 90s as the “golden age” of music. This 3CD compilation represents Columbia Records’ early 1950s foray into the R&B market, even though the label never really dominated this style of music, and was easily trumped by other labels more adept at catering to the genre. But, via their OKeh offshoot, Columbia had some shining moments and this compilation gathers the best of it all in one place. Essentials abound, from Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ downright frightening original version of “I Put A Spell On You,” to Big Maybelle’s “One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show,” to Andre Williams’ classic, “Bacon Fat,” there are too many highlights to count. Then there’s the (now) politically incorrect material, like The Bill Davis Trio’s “Catch ‘Em Young, Treat ‘Em Rough, Tell ‘Em Nothin’” and The Treniers’ “Poontang” – yet another aspect of the past that’s not likely to be convincingly repeated again. That’s LaVern Baker (then called Bea) singing with Maurice King & His Wolverines, and Marvin Gaye as a member of The Marquees. And… it’s all peppered with previously unreleased tracks and lost alternate versions. An outstanding collection that fans of the genre are sure to appreciate. Find this future-collectible hard box at Amazon, HERE.

Chris Powell & The Five Blue Flames Rock The Joint (2:36)
Chris Powell & The Five Blue Flames
That’s Right (Previously Unissued Alternate) (2:36)
The Five Scamps
Chicken Shack Boogie (2:48)
Mr. Google Eyes with Billy Ford & His Musical V-8’s
No Wine, No Women (2:28)
The Five Scamps
Red Hot (2:52)
Mr. Google Eyes with Billy Ford & His Musical V-8’s
Rough And Rocky Road (2:50)
Chris Powell & The Five Blue Flames
Hot Dog (2:35)
The Five Scamps
Fine Like Wine (2:38)
Jumpin’ Joe Williams with Red Saunders & His Orchestra
Chi (Chicago) (2:17)
Jumpin’ Joe Williams with Red Saunders & His Orchestra
Lyin’ Girl Blues (2:43)
The Ravens
Gotta Find My Baby (2:18)
Chuck Willis
Let’s Jump Tonight (2:20)
Maurice King & His Wolverines
I Want A Lavender Cadillac (2:57)
Earl Williams
If You Ever Had The Blues (2:24)
The Bill Davis Trio
Catch ‘Em Young, Treat ‘Em Rough, Tell ‘Em Nothin’ (2:53)
Jumpin Joe Williams with Red Saunders
Weekday Blues (3:13)
Irlton French with Chuck Thomas
My Run Around Baby (2:27)
The Five Scamps
Stuttering Blues (Previously Unissued) (3:04)
Leroy Johnson
She Did Me Wrong (Previously Unissued) (2:48)
The Ravens
Honey I Don’t Want You (2:32)
Larry Darnell
Work Baby Work (2:52)
Pinnochio James
Camp Meeting (2:24)
Pearl Traylor with Chuck Thomas & His All Stars
Come On Daddy (2:14)
Maurice King & His Wolverines
I Feel So Good (Previously Unissued) (2:56)
Pearl Traylor with Chuck Thomas & His All Stars
Three Ball Sam (2:58)
Little Brother Brown
Brother’s Blues (Previously Unissued) (2:53)

Jumpin’ Joe Williams Hey Bartender Give That Man A Drink (Previously Unissued Alternate) (2:27)
Little Brother Brown
Goof Boogie (Previously Unissued) (3:05)
Chuck Willis
I Rule My House (2:49)
Pinnochio James
Pinnochio’s Blues (Previously Unissued) (2:56)
Larry Darnell
I’ll Be Sittin’, I’ll Be Rockin’ (2:34)
Annie Laurie
It’s Been A Long Time (2:40)
Hadda Brooks
Jump Back Honey (2:29)
Titus Turner
Got So Much Trouble (2:55)
The Royals
Gas Happy Mama (Previously Unissued) (2:27)
Chuck Willis & The Royals
My Story (3:14)
Big Maybelle
Gabbin’ Blues (2:42)
The Treniers
The Moondog (78rpm Version) (2:23)
Annie Laurie
Stop Talkin’ And Start Walkin’ (2:33)
Red Rodney Sextet
Dig This Menu Please! (2:49)
Paul Gayten
It Ain’t Nothing Happening (2:27)
Chuck Willis
You Broke My Heart (2:37)
The Treniers
Poontang (2:40)
Hadda Brooks
Brook’s Boogie (2:53)
Big Maybelle
Jinny Mule (2:46)
Titus Turner
Livin’ In Misery (2:21)
Jumpin’ Joe Williams with Red Saunders & His Orchestra
Voodoo Blues (Prev. Unissued) (3:00)
The Bill Davis Trio
Bring The Money In (2:28)
Sammy Cotton
You The Kind Of Women (2:44)
Annie Laurie
I’m In The Mood For You (2:11)
Chuck Willis
Make Up Your Mind (3:08)
Paul Gayten
Cow Cow Blues (2:01)

Cliff “King” Solomon But Officer! (2:52)
Sammy Cotton
Give Me One Drink (2:12)
Annie Laurie
Leave It To Me (Previously Unissued) (3:17)
Cliff ‘King’ Solomon and His Orchestra
Square Dance Boogie (2:26)
Big John & The Buzzards
You’re Cash Ain’t Nothin’ But Trash (2:22)
Big Maybelle
One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show (2:53)
Titus Turner
My Lonely Room (2:53)
The Treniers
Uh Oh (Get Out Of The Car) (3:01)
Paul Gayten Featuring Lee Allen
Creole Alley (Previously Unissued) (2:14)
Larry Darnell
Give Me Your Love (Previously Unissued) (2:05)
The Shufflers
Bad, Bad Woman (Previously Unissued) (2:31)
Big Maybelle
I’m Gettin’ ‘Long Alright (2:49)
Big John & The Buzzards
Oop Shoop (2:17)
The Shufflers
Jump Ted! (Previously Unissued) (2:26)
Big Maybelle
Ocean Of Tears (Previously Unissued) (2:31)
Chuck Willis
Ring-Ding-Doo (2:32)
Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
Little Demon (2:25)
Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
I Put A Spell On You (2:27)
Andre Williams
Bacon Fat (3:05)
Hurricane Harry
The Last Meal (2:18)
Little Joe & The Thrillers
Let’s Do The Slop (2:50)
Lloyd Farman
Where You Been (2:32)
Lloyd Fatman
Miss Mushmouth (2:29)
The Marquees featuring Marvin Gaye
Wyatt Earp (Previously Unissued Alternate Version) (2:27)
Billy Stewart
Billy’s Heartache (Previously Unissued Alternate Version) (2:25)
Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
Yellow Coat (2:24)

D.I.Y. #9: Mass. Ave. – The Boston Scene (1975-83) (1993)

Mass AveMass. Ave. – The Boston Scene (1975-83) (1993)
#9 of 9

Like the Los Angeles installment of the series, D.I.Y. Mass. Ave. – The Boston Scene (1975-83) is weaker than its predecessors because the music it covers simply isn’t as diverse, energetic or interesting as the music from New York and England. Boston did have some great bands, yet their second-level groups weren’t particularly interesting, and they pale considerably when placed next to the paranoid punk of Mission Of Burma (“That’s When I Reach For My Revolver”), the garage rock of The Lyres (“I Want To Help You Ann”), the rootsy Del Fuegos (“I Always Call Her Back”), and The Cars’ raw demo of “You’re All I’ve Got Tonight.” There are a few cool obscurities, such as Willie Alexander’s “Mass. Ave.,” Nervous Eaters’ “Loretta,” Unnatural Axe’s “They Saved Hitler’s Brain,” Neighborhoods’ “No Place Like Home,” and The Neats’ “Six,” but they aren’t enough to make Mass. Ave. worthwhile for anyone but punk and new wave fetishists. - The All Music Guide. Find Mass. Ave. – The Boston Scene (1975-83) at Amazon, HERE. Find all the DIYs in our archives, HERE.

Willie Alexander Mass. Ave. (2:45)
Real Kids
Do The Boob (2:19)
Nervous Eaters
Loretta (2:17)
Unnatural Axe
They Saved Hitler’s Brain (2:50)
La Peste
Better Off Dead (3:11)
The Cars
You’re All I’ve Got Tonight (Demo) (4:13)
The Neighborhoods
No Place Like Home (2:18)
Human Sexual Response
Jackie Onassis (3:53)
The Maps
I’m Talking To You (3:04)
Mission Of Burma
That’s When I Reach For My Revolver (3:57)
Classic Ruins
(1+1<2) (3:30)
The Lyres
I Want To Help You Ann (2:32)
6 (2:47)
Hey! (Not Another Face In The Crowd) (2:46)
Robin Lane & The Chartbusters
When Things Go Wrong (3:18)
The Atlantics
Lonelyhearts (4:23)
Dangerous Birds
Alpha Romeo (2:58)
Del Fuegos
I Always Call Her Back (3:28)
The Outlets
Knock Me Down (2:47)

D.I.Y. #8: Shake It Up – American Power Pop II (1978-80) (1993)

Shake It UpShake It Up – American Power Pop II (1978-80) (1993)
#8 of 9

In general, the songs on D.I.Y. Shake It Up – American Power Pop II are a little lighter and bouncier than those on its predecessor Come Out And Play, but since there was always an element of sweetness in power pop anyway, that difference will matter to only a handful of listeners. Shake It Up still shares many of the same characteristics of Come Out And Play – namely, it’s a collection of 19 dynamic, hook-laden singles from the first wave of American power pop bands. Again, only a couple of these songs are well-known outside of power-pop circles – The Romantics’ “What I Like About You” had become a frat-rock anthem by the end of the ’80s – but within those circles, The Rubinoos (“I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend”), Chris Stamey & The dB’s (“[I Thought] You Wanted To Know”), The Shoes (“Tomorrow Night,” “Too Late”), 20/20 (“Yellow Pills,” “Giving It All”), Off Broadway USA (“Stay In Time”), Holly And The Italians (“Tell That Girl To Shut Up”) and The Beat (“Work-A-Day World,” “Walking Out On Love”) and their songs became semi-legendary. With the exception of Come Out And Play, there’s no better overview of the early-’80s power-pop movement than Shake It Up, even with the absence of such major players as Dwight Twilley, Phil Seymour, and Great Buildings. - The All Music Guide. Find Shake It Up – American Power Pop II (1978-80) at Amazon, HERE. Find all the DIYs in our archives, HERE.

The Cryers Shake It Up (Ain’t It Time?) (3:14)
The Rubinoos
I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend (3:22)
Chris Stamey & The dB’s
(I Thought) You Wanted To Know (3:16)
Gary Valentine
The First One (2:37)
Love You Tonight (Saturday’s Gone) (3:11)
Giving It All (2:49)
The Romantics
Tell It To Carrie (3:20)
Tomorrow Night (3:00)
Yellow Pills (4:18)
The Beat
Walking Out On Love (1:48)
Too Late (2:46)
The Beat
Work-A-Day World (2:57)
The Pop
Waiting For The Night (3:35)
Pearl Harbor & The Explosions
You Got It (Release It) (2:32)
Off Broadway USA
Stay In Time (2:57)
The Romantics
What I Like About You (2:56)
The Plimsouls
Zero Hour (2:35)
The Know
I Like Girls (2:10)
Holly & The Italians
Tell That Girl To Shut Up (3:00)

D.I.Y. #7: Come Out And Play – American Power Pop I (1975-78) (1993)

Come Out And PlayCome Out And Play – American Power Pop I (1975-78) (1993)
#7 of 9

Power-pop benefited from the punk explosion, since it had as much to do with the rock & roll mainstream as with the punks. In the wake of The Ramones and Sex Pistols, straightforward, guitar-driven power-pop bands had a greater audience than before, since more listeners were aware of the existence of such music. And if the ringing pop on D.I.Y. Come Out And Play – American Power Pop I has more to do with the British Invasion than The Damned, it shares the same kinetic energy and vital spirit as punk, especially since many of the bands on this collection were doggedly releasing independent records and touring in the late ’70s to a dedicated cult following. There are no hits on Come Out And Play – Cheap Trick, the one marquee name on the compilation, is represented by the dynamic album track “Southern Girls” – but that doesn’t mean it’s a collection of also-rans and mediocrities. Instead, these songs are the foundation of the first wave of power pop, and many of the artists here – Pezband (“Baby It’s Cold Outside”), The Nerves (“Hanging On The Telephone”), Artful Dodger (“Wayside”), Chris Stamey (“Summer Sun”), Tommy Hoehn (“Blow Yourself Up”), The Paley Brothers (“Come Out And Play”), Fotomaker (“Where Have You Been All My Life”) and Chris Bell (“I Am The Cosmos” – have become legendary in certain circles. As a result, Come Out And Play serves as a terrific introduction to the world of power pop, but it’s better seen as a collection of some of the best and catchiest pop singles that slipped through the cracks in the late ’70s. - The All Music Guide. Find Come Out And Play – American Power Pop I (1975-78) at Amazon, HERE. Find all our DIY posts, HERE.

Flamin’ Groovies Shake Some Action (4:33)
Baby, It’s Cold Outside (2:52)
The Nerves
Hanging On The Telephone (2:05)
Artful Dodger
Wayside (4:24)
Hit The Floor (3:47)
Can’t Wait (3:25)
The Nerves
When You Find Out (2:00)
Chris Stamey
The Summer Sun (3:09)
Tommy Hoehn
Blow Yourself Up (2:56)
The Scruffs
My Mind (2:16)
The Names
Why Can’t It Be? (4:01)
Cheap Trick
Southern Girls (3:44)
The Real Kids
All Kindsa Girls (4:06)
The Paley Brothers
Come Out And Play (2:35)
Where Have You Been All My Life (3:24)
Stop! Wait A Minute (2:44)
The Flashcubes
Christi Girl (3:51)
The Diodes
Tires Of Waking Up Tired (2:55)
Chris Bell
I Am The Cosmos (3:40)

D.I.Y. #6: We’re Desperate – The L.A. Scene (1976-79) (1993)

We're DesperateWe’re Desperate – The L.A. Scene (1976-79) (1993)
#6 of 9

If D.I.Y. We’re Desperate: The L.A. Scene (1976-79) is one of the weakest installments in the D.I.Y. series, it’s only because the Los Angeles scene wasn’t nearly as rich and diverse as those in New York and London. New wave pop didn’t have a stronghold in the L.A. punk community, which tended to favor raw, hard, amateurish punk. Essentially, Los Angeles was one of the first towns to embrace hardcore, and almost all of We’re Desperate plays as proto-hardcore punk. Of all the bands on the collection, X displays the greatest songcraft and style with their edgy guitars and tag-team vocals. No other group has their finesse, but then again, they don’t attempt to write songs, they just want to make noise; on that level the collection works, even if it may get tedious to listeners who have just a passing interest in this style of punk. Still, We’re Desperate is a good overview of the L.A. scene, featuring its handful of major players – The Germs (“Forming,” “Lexicon Devil”), The Dickies (“You Drive Me Ape [You Big Gorilla]”), The Weirdos (“We Got The Neutron Bomb,” “A Life Of Crime”), The Dils (“I Hate The Rich”) – plus many lesser-known acts like The Zeros, The Furys, Eyes, Bags, The Last, Alley Cats, The Plugz, and The Dogs, as well as a demo from The Motels. There’s not enough variety or substance to make it as essential as the New York and U.K. collections, but that means We’re Desperate is an accurate representation of Los Angeles punk. - The All Music Guide. Find We’re Desperate – The L.A. Scene (1976-79) at Amazon, HERE. Find all the DIYs in our archives, HERE.

The Pop! Down On The Boulevard (2:43)
The Dogs
Younger Point Of View (3:15)
The Motels
Counting (Demo) (4:44)
The Germs
Forming (3:06)
The Dils
I Hate The Rich (1:42)
The Zeros
Don’t Push Me Around (2:28)
The Weirdos
A Life Of Crime (2:22)
The Zippers
You’re So Strange (2:48)
The Quick
Pretty Please (4:32)
The Last
She Don’t Know Why I’m Here (3:27)
The Furys
Say Goodbye To The Black Sheep (2:29)
The Dils
Mr. Big (1:44)
We’re Desperate (2:04)
The Weirdos
We Got The Neutron Bomb (3:01)
The Germs
Lexicon Devil (2:05)
Alley Cats
Nothing Means Nothing Anymore (3:15)
The Plugz
La Bamba (1:37)
The Dickies
You Drive Me Ape (You Big Gorilla) (1:54)
Taqn (1:34)
Survive (2:48)
Los Angeles (2:25)

D.I.Y. #5: Blank Generation – The New York Scene (1975-78) (1993)

Blank GenerationBlank Generation – The New York Scene (1975-78) (1993)
#5 of 9

From the outset, New York punk rock had more subgenres and styles than its British counterparts. Even the Ramones, who were seemingly the most straightforward band on the scene, had a distinctly arty conceit behind their fusion of garage-rock, bubblegum, and pop-culture kitsch. Most of their contemporaries had similar attitudes, whether it was Blondie with their sexy, ironic revision of ’60s pop, Television’s cerebral guitar rock, Richard Hell’s jaggedly atonal rock, Patti Smith’s punk poetry or Suicide’s eerie synthesizers. All of those bands are collected on the superb overview D.I.Y. Blank Generation – The New York Scene (1975-78), along with such cult favorites as The Dictators (“[I Live For] Cars And Girls”), Mink DeVille (“Let Me Dream If I Want To”), Wayne County, The Dead Boys, The Heartbreakers and The Mumps. While Talking Heads are missing from the collection, Blank Generation nevertheless is an accurate and nearly flawless portrait of the heyday of New York punk.The All Music Guide. Find Blank Generation – The New York Scene (1975-78) at Amazon, HERE. Find all the DIYs in our archives, HERE.

Ramones Blitzkrieg Bop (2:14)
The Dictators
(I Live For) Cars And Girls (3:58)
Patti Smith Group
Ask The Angels (3:11)
Tuff Darts
All For The Love Of Rock ‘N’ Roll (3:16)
Mink Deville
Let Me Dream If I Want To (2:55)
Wayne County & The Back Street Boys
Max’s Kansas City 1976 (5:38)
X Offender (3:13)
Richard Hell & The Voidoids
Blank Generation (2:45)
See No Evil (3:53)
In The Flesh (2:32)
Mink Deville
Spanish Stroll (3:41)
Venus (3:55)
Dead Boys
Sonic Reducer (3:08)
The Heartbreakers
Chinese Rocks (2:55)
Sheena Is A Punk Rocker (2:48)
Crocodile Tears (2:10)
Richard Hell & The Voidoids
Love Comes In Spurts (2:03)
The Heartbreakers
Born To Lose (3:06)
Cheree (3:48)

D.I.Y. #4: Starry Eyes – UK Pop II (1978-79) (1993)

Starry EyesStarry Eyes – UK Pop II (1978-79) (1993)
#4 of 9

Picking up where Teenage Kicks left off, D.I.Y. Starry Eyes: UK Pop II is even more pop-oriented than its predecessor, and that’s taking The Buzzcocks’ searing “Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve?)” into consideration. Although it includes a handful of great singles from artists that were on Teenage Kicks (The Undertones’ “Get Over You,” XTC’s “Life Begins At The Hop,” Squeeze’s “Up The Junction,” The Revillos’ “Where’s The Boy For Me?”), plus Joe Jackson’s familiar “Is She Really Going Out With Him?,” Starry Eyes shines in rounding up terrific singles from under-appreciated artists like Bram Tchaikovsky (“Girl Of My Dreams”), The Jags (“Back Of My Hand [I’ve Got Your Number]”), The Records (“Starry Eyes”), The Searchers (“Hearts In Her Eyes”) and Purple Hearts (“Millions Like Us”). These are sparkling pop songs, with ringing guitars and immediate, catchy melodies. Very few of these songs were actual hits, but they are the cornerstone of British new wave and power pop, which has rarely sounded as energetic and vital as it does here.The All Music Guide. Find Starry Eyes – UK Pop II (1978-79) at Amazon, HERE. Find all the DIYs in our archives, HERE.

Buzzcocks Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve?) (2:42)
The Undertones
Get Over You (2:46)
Yachting Types (2:50)
Joe Jackson
Is She Really Going Out With Him? (3:38)
Schooldays (3:23)
Bram Tchaikovsky
Girl Of My Dreams (4:09)
The Squares
This Is Airebeat (3:07)
Life Begins At The Hop (3:49)
Up The Junction (3:13)
The Jags
Back Of My Hand (I’ve Got Your Number) (3:23)
The Radiators
Let’s Talk About The Weather (4:21)
The Records
Starry Eyes (4:25)
Mourning Star (3:28)
Purple Hearts
Millions Like Us (3:12)
The Distractions
Time Goes By So Slow (3:24)
The Searchers
Hearts In Her Eyes (3:23)
The Revillos
Where’s The Boy For Me? (2:03)
White Mice (3:39)
The Tourists
So Good To Be Back Home Again (2:38)

D.I.Y. #3: Teenage Kicks – UK Pop I (1976-79) (1993)

Teenage KicksTeenage Kicks – UK Pop I (1976-79) (1993)
#3 of 9

Punk helped restore a nervy, stripped-down sensibility to rock that was quickly filtered through a number of more pop-oriented bands that were labeled as new wave. Not surprisingly, many of these new wavers were holdovers from pub rock, whose unpretentious, anti-star attitude foreshadowed punk rock. These pub rockers were devoted to the three-minute pop single, but they also had a biting wit and kinetic energy that separated them from conventional pop/rock bands, and the best of this first wave of new wavers are collected on the dynamic D.I.Y. Teenage Kicks: UK Pop I (1976-79). Beginning with Nick Lowe’s explosive “So It Goes,” the collection runs through a series of classic singles from Eddie & The Hot Rods (“Do Anything You Wanna Do”), Wreckless Eric (“Whole Wide World”), The Motors (“Dancing the Night Away”), Tom Robinson Band (“2-4-6-8 Motorway”), Squeeze (“Take Me, I’m Yours”), The Only Ones (“Another Girl, Another Planet”), XTC (“This Is Pop?”), The Rezillos (“Top Of The Pops”) and The Undertones (“Teenage Kicks”), throwing in a number of forgotten gems along the way. Although the collection doesn’t feature Elvis Costello due to licensing restrictions, he isn’t missed – in fact, the collection plays better without him, since focusing on overlooked artists demonstrates what an amazing era new wave was for smart, catchy guitar pop. Few various-artist collections capture their subject as well, or as infectiously, as Teenage Kicks does.The All Music Guide. Find Teenage Kicks – UK Pop I (1976-79) at Amazon, HERE. Find all the DIYs in our archives, HERE.

Nick Lowe So It Goes (2:32)
Eddie & The Hot Rods
Do Anything You Wanna Do (4:06)
Nick Lowe
Mary Provost (2:47)
Wreckless Eric
Whole Wide World (3:01)
The Motors
Dancing The Night Away (3:17)
Tom Robinson Band
(2-4-6-8 Motorway (3:19)
Kursaal Flyers
Television Generation (2:40)
Take Me I’m Yours (2:51)
The Only Ones
Another Girl, Another Planet (3:03)
This Is Pop? (2:44)
The Boys
Brickfield Nights (3:14)
The Motors
Airport (4:14)
Jilted John
Jilted John (2:59)
The Rezillos
Top Of The Pops (2:58)
Rich Kids
Ghosts Of Princes In Towers (3:35)
The Undertones
Teenage Kicks (2:27)
Look Back In Love (Not In Anger) (2:26)
The Pleasers
A Girl I Know (Precis Of A Friend) (3:29)
Into The Valley (3:16)

D.I.Y. #2: The Modern World – UK Punk II (1977-78) (1993)

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Picking up where the first volume of D.I.Y. UK Punk left off, D.I.Y. The Modern World: UK Punk II (1977-78) captures the moment when punk began to fracture into post-punk, hardcore and new wave. There are still some straightforward punk anthems from The Jam (“The Modern World”), The Buzzcocks (“What Do I Get?”), The Rezillos (“[My Baby Does] Good Sculptures”), Generation X (“Wild Youth”) and Stiff Little Fingers (“Alternative Ulster,” “Suspect Device”), but the collection finds punk turning dark, noisy, paranoid and weird through Siouxsie & The Banshees (“Hong Kong Garden”), The Fall (“Bingo Master”), Wire (“I Am The Fly”), X-Ray Spex (“The Day The World Turned Day-Glo”), The Soft Boys (“[I Want to Be An] Angleploise Lamp”) and Magazine (“Shot By Both Sides”). There’s also some loutish rock from Sham 69 and 999, but The Modern World, on the whole, is much more interesting than that. Despite missing a few major figures like The Clash, it is a definitive portrait of the last days of the original British punk movement, and it works both as an introduction and a great, listenable overview. - The All Music Guide. Find The Modern World – UK Punk II (1977-78) at Amazon, HERE. Find all the DIYs in our archives, HERE.

The Jam The Modern World (2:34)
Generation X
Wild Youth (2:53)
The Rezillos
(My Baby Does) Good Sculptures (2:53)
Emergency (2:46)
Sham 69
(There’s Gonna Be A) Borstal Breakout (2:08)
Shot By Both Sides (4:05)
What Do I Get? (2:56)
I Am The Fly (3:09)
X-Ray Spex
The Day The World Turned Day-Glo (2:52)
Stiff Little Fingers
Suspect Device (2:44)
The Lurkers
Ain’t Got A Clue (2:12)
The Soft Boys
(I Want To Be An) Anglepoise Lamp (3:02)
Sham 69
If The Kids Are United (3:49)
Alternative TV
Action Time Vision (2:33)
The Fall
Bingo Master (2:25)
Stiff Little Fingers
Alternative Ulster (2:46)
Siouxsie & The Banshees
Hong Kong Garden (2:57)
Homicide (3:44)
Subway Sect
Ambition (3:04)

D.I.Y. #1: Anarchy In The UK – UK Punk I (1976-77) (1993)

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OK, Let’s Do These…

With the exception of The Clash, who could not be included because of licensing obstacles, this 19-song collection includes all of the major originators of British punk music. The Sex Pistols are here, of course, with somewhat rawer demo versions of “Anarchy In The U.K.” and “God Save The Queen” that have previously appeared on various quasi-legitimate albums. Otherwise, you get the major singles from a posse of leading bands of the movement, including The Damned, The Saints, The Jam, and The Buzzcocks. Acts of nearly equal importance, like X-Ray Spex, The Adverts, The Only Ones, Generation X and Wire also weigh in with trailblazing singles like “Gary Gilmore’s Eyes” and “One Chord Wonders.” Major punk fans and collectors won’t find anything here that they don’t already have. But for those who didn’t pick up everything the first time around, or weren’t even around the first time around, it’s as ideal an introduction as can be imagined to a sound that totally realigned rock with its emphasis on brittle guitars, amphetamine rhythms and socially charged songwriting.The All Music Guide. Find Anarchy In The UK – UK Punk I (1976-77) at Amazon, HERE. Once posted, you’ll find all 9 DIY CDs in the archives, HERE.

Sex Pistols Anarchy In The UK (Demo) (4:05)
The Damned
New Rose (2:45)
The Saints
(I’m) Stranded (3:33)
Eddie & The Hot Rods
Teenage Depression (2:59)
Sex Pistols
God Save The Queen (Demo) (3:35)
The Stranglers
(Get A) Grip (On Yourself) (4:04)
The Damned
Neat Neat Neat (2:44)
The Jam
In The City (2:20)
The Adverts
One Chord Wonders (2:38)
The Vibrators
Baby, Baby (3:43)
The Only Ones
Lovers Of Today (3:14)
The Boomtown Rats
Lookin’ After No. 1 (3:11)
The Adverts
Gary Gilmore’s Eyes (2:24)
Generation X
Your Generation (3:21)
The Stranglers
No More Heroes (3:31)
X-Ray Spex
Oh Bondage Up Yours! (2:52)
Orgasm Addict (2:04)
Don’t Dictate (2:56)
12xU (1:57)

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

Here are two 1970 ads from Rolling Stone that show how other labels (Mercury, A&M) tried, but failed to follow up on, the lead set by Warners’ Loss Leaders concept. Click each for pop-up enlargements.
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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)
Map Reference 41 N 93 W (3:40)
Marianne Faithfull
Working Class Hero (4:46)
John Cale
Temper (5:00) (Previously Unreleased)

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

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

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

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Celebrating WB’s Union With ECM Records

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

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

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

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

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

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A Price Increase… And The End Is Near

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

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

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

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

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

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Dr. Demento Bids Farewell…

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

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

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

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

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

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To Quote The Liners… A Diverse Menu

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

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

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

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

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

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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)
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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